God has called us to embody the good news of Jesus in Winston Salem. We do so by partnering with a number of local agencies that are serving our community (see our list of local partners below). In addition, we are introducing Engage Winston-Salem, an all-church initiative in which we will focus each quarter on a specific need in our community such as equitable education or homelessness. Engage Winston-Salem features opportunities to learn about our community and the challenges that many face, as well as hands-on ways (both short and long-term) we can join in God's work of healing. Our focus for November is Neighbors in Need.
Our Neighbors in Need focus for November is Samaritan Ministries. The mission of Samaritan Ministries is "providing food, shelter, and hope through Christian love." The ministry is in need of six volunteers each evening November 18-22 from 5:00-7:30 pm. Duties will include minor meal prep, serving and washing dishes. Volunteers are also encouraged to engage with guests.
Must be 18 years of age or older
Wear comfortable shoes and a smile 😃
For more information and to volunteer, please email Ron Wixson.
Visit Samaritan Ministries to learn more about their impact in our community.
Amani Children's Foundation
Associates in Christian Counseling
Bethesda Center for the Homeless
City With Dwellings
City With Dwellings works to end the crisis of homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, providing a unique platform for volunteers across the community to connect and build relationships with individuals who are experiencing homelessness. First Presbyterian has a rich history of partnering with City with Dwellings in hosting an emergency overflow shelter each winter.
For seven years, City with Dwellings has provided winter shelter to many of our city’s most vulnerable neighbors. First Pres has been a vital part of Shelter by providing housing for up to twenty-six men in our Fellowship Hall from January – March. Due to COVID, City with Dwellings has restructured and will not be using churches for overflow this winter. While some things look different this year, the needs of our homeless neighbors remain.
Some of the needs include meal provision, laundry hosting, transportation, and much more. To view the different opportunities to assist City with Dwellings this season, please visit their website: https://www.citywithdwellings.org/wintershelter or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/citywithdwellings.
Cook Literacy Model School
Cook Literacy Model School is a Title 1 Elementary School in downtown Winston-Salem. First Presbyterian has been partnering with Cook for over ten years, and there are many opportunities to get involved.
Reading or Math Buddy: Tutor the same student 30-45 min per week. The teacher will provide materials.
Lunch Buddy: Eat lunch with the same student one day/week and build a caring relationship - you can make a lifelong difference in a student’s life! Lunch periods are either 45 min (younger grades) or 30 minutes (older grades).
Classroom Helper: Serve in the same classroom 1-2 hours per week assisting the teacher, as needed.
El Buen Pastor
El Buen Pastor is a Spanish-speaking New Church Development and long-standing partner of First Presbyterian Church. Under the leadership of their pastor Jorge Vasquez, El Buen Pastor seeks to live on mission to show and share Jesus in the Spanish-speaking neighborhoods of Winston-Salem.
Hawley House is a Women’s Substance Abuse Recovery Facility that houses women for a period of 9-12 months and offers 6 months of aftercare for women ages 18 and older diagnosed with the disease of addiction. They are the only state-licensed residential substance abuse program for women in Forsyth County
Love Out Loud
Love Out Loud has built strong relationships to form a collective of Christ-centered churches (over 80), groups & individuals living out Christ’s call to love our neighbor. Together, they partner with other local community organizations (200+ non-profits and scores of market place and civic leaders) for the flourishing of our city.
Samaritan Ministries was formed in 1981 in partnership with First Presbyterian Church. They are an interdenominational, volunteer-based Christian ministry that serves Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Their Soup Kitchen and Samaritan Inn Shelter are open 365 days and nights a year to serve people in need.
We recently discovered that Samaritan is short on vital volunteers that help provide lunch and dinner to guests. They currently need:
Lunch volunteers (7-8 each day): 9:00am-1:30pm, Monday- Saturday; 10:00am-2:00pm on Sundays. Participants must be at least 13 years old (13-16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult)
Dinner volunteers (2-3 each day): Flexible starting time.
Share Cooperative Harvest Market
Winston Salem Fellows
Winston Salem Street School
Winston Salem Street School is a private alternative high school serving the at-risk youth of the Greater Winston Salem area of North Carolina. It is designed to meet the needs of students who struggled in traditional schools due to academic or behavioral obstacles, many of whom were expelled or dropped out. The WSSS was specifically created to target these students and offers them the chance to earn a diploma recognized by the State of North Carolina.
World Relief Triad
Young Life & Younglives
Young Life introduces adolescents to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. It starts, not with a program, but with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship.
Since Young Life began in Forsyth county in 1957, we’ve grown to now offer:
Young Life (high school), WyldLife (middle school), Young Life College (college), Capernaum (special needs) and YoungLives (teen moms).
There are MANY ways to get involved: volunteer leader or mentor, YL committee, ministry support team, specific roles (driver, childcare worker, provide a meal), planning teams (BQT or Golf), etc. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-725-1750.