Outreach Chair: Thomas Walker
Outreach Co-Chair: Brian Emigh
Charlotte Family Housing
Charlotte Family Housing (CFH) is a shelter-to-housing program for families experiencing homelessness. Their mission is to empower working families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive services, and advocacy. They help families achieve measurable and lasting change with a focus on dignity, self-esteem, and long term stability. Members of St. John's, in partnership with other churches and organizations, provide meals, overnight hosts, childcare, and Hope Teams for families transitioning to permanent housing.
Contact: Ryan Shine
Crisis Assistance Ministries
Crisis Assistance Ministries aids people in need including emergency help with household items, clothing, utilities, rent, medical treatment, and food, as well as job placement assistance. Volunteers from St. John’s meet the second Tuesday of each month at the headquarters. There donations of clothing, home goods, books, electronics, school supplies and furniture are sorted. St. Johns provides donation barrels throughout the church. Additionally, volunteers can conduct client interviews to prepare for assistance reviews.
Contact: Kay Norwood
Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte
Galilee Ministries is a collaborative effort of the Charlotte Convocation of Episcopal Churches, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, partnering with others to feed body, mind, and spirit. Galilee Ministries and partners provide wrap-around services to refugees and immigrants from around the world. St. John’s parishioners are a major source of volunteer help including regular shifts of welcoming and hospitality, staffing the Loaves and Fishes food distribution center, general maintenance opportunities, volunteer as a helper/problems solver with Refugee Support Services help center, preparing and serving the Charlotte Community Kitchen's weekly lunch, and many other one-time service projects.
Contact: Margaret Errington
Housed inside our facilities at St. John's, Hagar's Basket is a ministry of St. John's that offers household products to families of all ages in need. Household items are collected from parishioners which are then distributed monthly from the pantry. Volunteers are needed to help collect, sort, and stock the shelves throughout the month, find corporate sponsors, and staff the pantry the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Contacts: Erin Richardson, Louise Palmer, Meredith McGough
Kanuga Kids at Camp Bob
Each year, St. John’s partners with several local agencies to send disadvantaged children to Camp Bob at Kanuga. St. John’s raises the money and sends volunteers to help supervise at camp; the agencies (after-school programs and church/social-service organizations) select children from within their programs. The camp at Kanuga is fully staffed with trained counselors, and runs on a Monday through Friday schedule, usually in mid-July. There are many opportunities to help in this ministry. A couple of leaders are needed to organize all the pre-camp logistics: arranging for bus transportation for the kids, coordinating adult volunteers, coordinating the kids’ applications from the agencies, and acting as the fund-raising contact. Additionally, volunteers are needed to help the children check-in for the bus ride, to prepare bag lunches for the bus ride, and to travel to camp to mentor.
Contact: Ken Loeber
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Loaves and Fishes
Since 1975, Loaves and Fishes has provided emergency food to individuals and families in need throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Clients are referred to Loaves and Fishes by Charlotte-Mecklenburg human services agencies, hospitals, home health care providers, school counselors, and local clergy. Clients receive a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced meals, including non-perishable foods such as canned fruits, vegetables, soups, peanut butter, rice, macaroni and cheese, and such fresh foods as meat, eggs, margarine and bread.
There are several opportunities for volunteering: weekly donations of food, assist in the collection/transportation of the food to the pantry at Galilee Ministries, at the phone center, staff the pantry at Galilee Ministries to stock the shelves and assist clients during their shopping.
Contact: Louise Palmer
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte / Urban Ministries
Volunteers provide dinner for up to 300 men on the second Saturday of every other month. St. John’s kitchen provides the delicious main course from food set aside from the Wednesday night dinners. Volunteers prepare the remainder of the meal at the Men’s Shelter. Our team of 5 or 6 individuals begins food preparation on the appointed Saturday at 4:15 pm, serves dinner at 6:00pm, and leaves around 7 pm (with men from the Men’s Shelter taking care of clean up.) Additionally, St. John's hosts an annual Souper Bowl chili party for the men. Men from the Shelter are transported to STJE where they have dinner, watch the Super Bowl, and judge a Chili Context from the parishioner's homemade chili.
Contact: Tim Comin - Men's Shelter Dinners
Merry Oaks Elementary School / CIS
The ECW partners with Communities in Schools (CIS), an agency of Children & Family Services, to support Merry Oaks in numerous ways throughout the year, including a fall backpack and school supplies drive, the Win Robinson Christmas giving tree, Teacher Appreciation breakfasts, and clothing drives. STJE Volunteers can help by donating items throughout the year such as baked goods, back to school items, Christmas gifts, and clothing. Volunteers can also help serve breakfasts, sort and distribute donated items, and assist with the Christmas party.
Contact: Melissa Conway & Margaret Errington
The Lunch Project
The Lunch project is a Charlotte based non-profit dedicated to providing lunch to children in primary schools in Arusha, Tanzania. The Lunch Project also creates and manages grass-roots initiatives in Tanzania that serve to employ mothers and fathers and to provide the children's lunches. Over 4,000 children receive lunch each school day and graduation rates have doubled at these schools. The Lunch Project also partners with U.S. program Empathy Education to share the values of caring and service with children. The youth of STJE support The Lunch Project by sponsoring Fill The Bowl, an annual fund-raising event, and participate in an 11 day trip to Tanzania every other year. Volunteers can support this outreach ministry by participating in fund raising events, hosting a Lunch Project ambassador to present the Empathy Education program in your school or place of business, or serve as a youth chaperone during Fill The Bowl events or Tanzania trips.
Contact: Sarah Brock Rhodes
Roof Above/ Room In The Inn Urban Ministries
Since 1996 Urban Ministries of Charlotte has been working with congregations to open their facilities during the winter months to provide shelter and food for the homeless. The Room in the Inn Program began with 20 shelter sites and has grown today to almost 100 congregations providing 14,750 beds for 1,247 neighbors.
While COVID-19 has brought changes in the operations of this ministry, this ministry is not only a necessity for our neighbors in Charlotte, but also a very rewarding experience for the volunteers. There is an opportunity for everyone to help.
Contact: Jenny Taylor