Ways to Help Our Community and Community Partners

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? If you are finding yourself in need, contact us at info@gslchurch.org. And, if you have friends in need who are not online, send their information and we will work to get them connected.


Ongoing Need for Volunteers at Urban Ministries' Food Pantry

Urban Ministries, which runs the Helen Wright Center, always 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. Mask-wearing and social distancing are observed within this well-ventilated food pantry. 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.

Food Barrel

Good Shepherd's Food Barrel, a literal barrel painted like a Campbell's soup can, sits in the Narthex (lobby), to the left of the sanctuary doors. Donations are almost always being collected in the barrel to be distributed to area pantries and shelters.

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 caroline@northraleighministries.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.

Serving the Community

God’s mission is to the world – both to serve and to draw people to Christ. At Good Shepherd, we seek out ways that we can serve others both here at our church and in the greater community. Below are some of the many ways that Good Shepherd regularly serves the community.

  • Coffeehouse

    Coffeehouse is an evening of entertainment and fellowship for people of all ages and abilities held once a month at Good Shepherd. It’s designed to be especially appropriate for adults with developmental disabilities. With over 250 guests each month, many are needed to serve at these monthly events. Coffeehouse is a great place for families and groups to serve. If you are interested in donating food or serving at Coffeehouse, contact the Coffeehouse team at coffeehouse@gslchurch.org or sign up online

    Check out upcoming Coffeehouse dates and scheduled entertainment.

    More information about Coffeehouse is available at The Serving Cup.

  • FAmily Promise

    Family Promise, is a private, non-profit coalition of individuals and religious organizations united to provide short-term shelter, meals, and other assistance to homeless families of Wake County, with the objective of seeing them return to independent living. Throughout the year, Good Shepherd provides meals, shelter and care to families working to establish independence through Family Promise. There are numerous opportunities to serve the families directly or behind the scenes. Contact the Family Promise team at familypromise@gslchurch.org to learn more.

    Watch the Family Promise Intro video.

    Check out upcoming host dates for Family Promise at Good Shepherd.

    Sign up to serve. (Note that this sign up has a required password - homeless.)

  • food Barrel

    Each month, Good Shepherd supports a local partner through our Food Barrel found outside the Sanctuary. The Food Bank of Eastern NC, Backpack Buddies, Families Together school supplies drive and more are served through Good Shepherd's Food Barrel.  A list of needs is provided each Sunday in the bulletin. Consider making the Food Barrel part of your households' monthly giving. You will extend our care and love when you do!

  • Helen Wright Center

    The Helen Wright Center provides housing in downtown Raleigh for homeless women, and the evening meal is provided to the women each night. On the fifth Sunday of the month, Good Shepherd provides a hot meal at the shelter. A sign up is posted on The City each time we serve, with an opportunity to donate food or deliver the food to the shelter. Contact the Church Office at info@gslchurch.org to learn more.

  • magi giving tree

    Each December, a tree filled with "Wish List" ornaments is placed in our church. It is our Magi Giving Tree, and each ornament provides a requested gift for either a youth in foster care through Lutheran Services Carolinas, an adult resident of the Whittecar Home, or an adult resident of the Serving Cup Green Level Homes. This is just one way that we share our gifts with our neighbors in need.

  • Meals on Wheels

    Wake County’s homebound residents receive a warm, home cooked meal daily thanks to the efforts of Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is a non-profit volunteer program which delivers 1,000 hot, nutritious meals each day to homebound Wake County citizens 60 and over. 

    Drivers for Meals on Wheels are always needed, and you can deliver meals in your own vehicle to the homebound on one of thirty routes in Raleigh and northern Wake County. For more information, contact Meals on Wheels or the church office at info@gslchurch.org.

  • Memory Cafe

    Memory Café is a fun, safe, welcoming place for fellowship, dinner, and MUSIC! Individuals experiencing dementia and their caregivers who wish to socialize with others in similar circumstances while enjoying an evening out are invited to participate. We have found that a special connection exists when children and youth participate in Memory Cafe as servers, and there are numerous opportunities for adults to serve. To learn more about serving at Memory Cafe, contact the Memory Cafe team at memorycafe@gslchurch.org.

    Watch the Memory Café Intro video.

  • Mission & Educational Trips

    As we serve in the broader community, we believe it is integral to also broaden our perspectives. Mission trips at Good Shepherd include Appalachia Service Project and trips to Mnene Parish in Zimbabwe. Educational trip destinations include Greek Orthodox Church, Mormon Temple, Salvation Army Denomination, Islamic Center, Germany, Footsteps of Paul in Greece, Israel-Palestine and ELCA Youth Gatherings.

  • Serving Cup: Green Level Homes & Building Independence

    Good Shepherd formed the Serving Cup, a not-for-profit agency devoted to serving adults with developmental needs, in 2000. The Serving Cup grew out of the needs of guests at our monthly Coffeehouse who were in need of alternative housing. In 2010, through a grant from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and other community partners, the Serving Cup opened Green Level Homes. Green Level Homes houses twelve adults in supported independent living in six apartments. In 2014, in partnership with Lutheran Services Carolinas and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, the Building Independence Project which provides nine adults with three adjacent Wake County homes was completed. Good Shepherd members are encouraged to provide organized activities - cooking classes, art classes, walking clubs, and more - to engage and support these residents. All activities are coordinated through the home director. 

    To learn more about these opportunities, contact Gail Vaughn.