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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 month, GSLC is supporting North Raleigh Ministries, an organization that provides for those experiencing crises that require assistance from the Christian community, this month. Currently, NRM is taking both food and monetary donations. Some items of interest include: peanut butter and jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, boxed potatoes, flour, sugar, oil, canned meats, cereals, paper products, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products. No glass containers or jars. You can also give monetarily at https://northraleighministries.com/give/.
Food Pantry Needs Help
Do you feel called to reach out to our hurting neighbors? In addition to running the Helen Wright Center, Urban Ministries of Wake County has a Food Pantry that is serving an ever more hungry community. They need volunteers to help pack food boxes, organize the shelves, and take out the cardboards. You will be asked COVID prescreening questions and need to be able to lift 25 pounds. The shifts are Monday through Thursday from 8:45 am - 12:00 pm. They have masks and gloves available for volunteers and physical distancing will be practiced. Ages 10 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent. Sign up to volunteer at https://urbanmin.org/volunteer/.
LWR Face Mask Challenge
Join the 75,000 Face Mask Challenge! COVID-19 is threatening vulnerable communities, and Lutheran World Relief urgently needs cloth face masks to send to them. The cloth mask you sew in your living room will provide love and protection to a neighbor in need halfway around the world. How many will you make to help stop the spread? Sign up for more info.
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 email@example.com 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 is preparing to re-open its food pantry and its Thrift Shoppes, which are a major source of support services to our most vulnerable neighbors. To do so, they need:
- Donations of Sanitizing Supplies: Hand Sanitizer, CDC Approved Disinfectant and Wipes, and Disposable Gloves
- Food: Good Shepherd's Food Barrel this month supports NRM. (See above.)
- Cloth Masks: Donate or make washable cloth masks. Masks will allow NRM staff to safely work in the food pantry and protect clients, volunteers and staff (for instructions on sewing masks email firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more details go to https://northraleighministries.com/volunteer-opportunities/.