We know that many of you are looking for ways that you can help during this crisis, and many of our ministry partners are in need. The needs listed here are especially urgent during this time:
Good Shepherd Is Here for You. How Can We Help?
You know that our pastors are available to talk with you and pray with you when you need it. Did you also know that members of the Good Shepherd community are available to help? Whether you need someone to pick up your groceries or a prescription, if you are looking for a youth to read to your child through FaceTime or Skype while you work, or if there is something else that you need, contact us at email@example.com. And, if you can help, let us know. If you have friends in need who are not online, send their information and we will work to get them connected.
Urgent Need for Volunteers at Urban Ministries' Food Pantry
Urban Ministries, which runs the Helen Wright Center, urgently needs helpers at its Food Pantry, Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 am. Volunteers sort food, make up food boxes, and load food into grocery carts which are then unloaded into patrons' cars by staff. Volunteers wear masks and gloves and are spaced out within the well-ventilated food pantry. Ability to be on your feet and lift up to 25 pounds is needed. Sense of humor and enjoying Motown music is a plus! Urban Ministries feeds up to 85 food insecure families a day. They are located at 1390 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh. To volunteer, go to www.urbanmin.org, click on Volunteer at the top, read the description and click "Apply Here".
ELCA Covid-19 Response Fund
Help the ministries of the ELCA during this time of uncertainty by making a donation to the ELCA's Covid-19 Response Fund in addition to your gifts to Good Shepherd. Your donation will provide funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help, including congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need. Donate today.
Family Promise of Wake County
Family Promise is committed to transforming the lives of families experiencing temporary homelessness by providing support services and moving them into safe, affordable, permanent housing. Any size gift provides concrete help to a family in need.
• $10 provides one day of food for one person in their emergency shelter.
• $20 provides one night of emergency shelter for one person.
• $50 provides one week of housing for a family in their transitional housing program.
• $200 provides one month of housing for a family in their transitional housing program.
Make a cash donation to Family Promise here.
This October, the GSLC Food Barrel supports Family Promise of Wake County, a program that helps families experiencing temporary homelessness move from transitional to permanent housing. Family Promise helps families succeed by providing necessary resources--life skill classes, budget and crediting counseling, support for employment searches--as well as being one of only two emergency shelters that allows families to stay together, regardless of age and gender of the parents and children. Currently, Family Promise is asking for donations that include medicine (adult, child, and infant for pain, fever, or colds), baby wipes, Pack 'n Plays, unexpired car seats/boosters (within 6 years of manufacture date), phone cards, bus passes, postage stamps, and 60-watt light bulbs. You can also donate through Family Promise's Amazon Wish List or you can donate monetarily here.
Meals on Wheels (MOW)
Meals on Wheels delivers 1400 meals a day to shut-ins in Wake County. However, as of March 20, MOW did their last hot meal delivery for the foreseeable future. Beginning Tuesday, March 31, MOW will attempt to deliver 5 frozen meals once a week to all 1400 participants in Wake County.
The following frozen meal delivery pick-up locations will need volunteer support: Rolesville, Wendell, Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Fuquay Varina, and Garner.
If you are a current volunteer, please contact your site manager to let them know if you can help. If you are not a current volunteer, and would like to help, please fill out the official Meals on Wheels of Wake County Volunteer Application. Also, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the email update list. Learn more about Meals on Wheels here.
Mnene Orphan Support
Your financial support of our friends in Mnene, Zimbabwe is more important than ever, as they are facing new challenges during Covid-19. Many hospitals lack basic supplies, let alone PPE. The country’s economy was sinking, even before Covid-19. A sickness has recently decimated the cattle population, and they are facing drought and the food crisis that comes with it. Those who are able to support this ministry can give on Realm or write a check to Good Shepherd with Mnene in the memo line. Learn more about Good Shepherd's relationship with the orphans of Mnene here.
North Raleigh Ministries
North Raleigh Ministries has re-opened its food assistance and Thrift Shoppes programs, with safety protocols for Covid-19. These programs are a major source of support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Starting September 1, families with elementary or middle school age children are eligible to receive child friendly breakfast and lunch foods in addition to the Food Pantry groceries.
North Raleigh Ministries needs production volunteers for both Thrift Shoppe locations. This involves sorting, pricing, and displaying donated items. They are also looking for food processors for the Food Pantry. Food processing volunteers need to be able to lift 50 lbs. All NRM volunteers must be masked and will be pre-screened for COVID-19 risk before volunteering. To find out more, contact email@example.com.
For more information on North Raleigh Ministries, visit their website: https://northraleighministries.com.
Triangle Family Services (TFS)
TFS offers programs focused on family safety, financial stability, and mental health. They are responding to increased need in our community due to Covid-19, and financial gifts help a great deal. Visit tfsnc.org for more information or to make a donation.