MPPC’s Outreach office has been in touch with our ministry partners and is gathering ways in which our faith community can continue to provide support to those most vulnerable during this difficult time. In the coming days we will learn of even more needs around food insecurity and shelter from our various ministry partners.
Listed below are current needs and service opportunities. At the bottom of the page, you’ll also find links to sites where you can directly support the financial needs of our ministry partners. Please check back regularly for updates.
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
Many of our ministry partners are facing additional challenges in providing critical resources and services to our vulnerable neighbors across Charlotte. Support our ministry partners’ immediate and sustained responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mail a check:
Memo field: COVID-19
MPPC Finance Office
2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte, NC 28207
Text-to-give: (704) 312-7540
Type the amount and the fund “COVID19”
Example: “$200 COVID19”
Urban Ministry Center | Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
UPDATED on 4/3: This pandemic is adding extra stress to an already stretched homeless service system. Meeting specific needs will provide immediate help to those UMC|MSC serves. Click here for a list of UMC|MSC’s needs surrounding COVID-19.
Ways to Help:
Sew face masks for UMC|MSC staff
UMC|MSC has requested homemade fabric face masks for their staff. You can use whatever tutorial you like, but below is one video tutorial for how to make a fabric mask.
Fabric masks can be delivered to the Day Services Center at 945 N. College St between 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please call Beth Trotter at 704-506-9535 30 minutes before you arrive so she can meet you outside and collect your donation. (Calling 30 minutes ahead will give Beth enough time to meet you if she is coming from another UMC|MSC campus.)
Prepare and donate bagged lunches for UMC|MSC
- All bagged lunches should be non-perishable and pre-packaged
- Lunches can be bagged in gallon-size plastic bags or lunch-size paper bags
- No amount is too big or too small! UMC|MSC will accept any amount of bags you are able to donate.
- Each bag should contain the following items:
- At least one ready-to-eat protein that is accessible without a can opener (i.e., tuna, chicken, turkey or meat packet or tabbed can)
- 1-2 fresh fruits (i.e., apples, bananas, oranges)
- 1 carbohydrate (i.e., crackers, nut and trail mixes, granola and power bars, chips)
- 1 dessert (i.e., cookies, individual cakes, muffins)
- 1 bottled water
- Utensils for eating if required for any food items
- napkin/paper towel if possible
Bagged lunch donations can be delivered to the Day Services Center from 8 am – 1 pm every day. However, it is ideal if lunches are delivered before lunch is served at 11:15 a.m. The address of the Day Services Center is 945 N. College St, Charlotte, NC 28206
If you would like to drop off the bagged lunches with limited contact, please call Lauren Cranford at 704-609-8680 when you arrive at the Day Services Center or text her when you are on the way so she knows to expect the donation and can meet you outside and see where you drop off the donation.
Loaves & Fishes
UPDATED on 4/2: As of this week, Loaves and Fishes will have sorted through ALL of their current food drive inventory and packed it for distribution. These emergency food boxes will be distributed using mobile food pantries.
Ways to Help:
Monetary donations to help offset these critical food purchases
Collect and donate the following non-perishable food items:
- Canned Fruits – Especially no sugar added or in juice
- Canned Meats – Tuna, chicken, salmon
- Canned Pastas – SpaghettiOs, ravioli, etc.
- Corn Muffin Mix
- Cereal – Please avoid sugary cereals
(For Safety – No Glass Please!)
Loaves and Fishes no longer has volunteer support to sort food that is delivered to their warehouse. Please pre-sort your items before dropping them off (i.e. all pasta together, all cereal together, etc.).
Please drop off your pre-sorted items at Fordham Park, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Rescue Mission
UPDATED on 3/20: Charlotte Rescue Mission is a leader in providing free Christian-based recovery programs that help people struggling with the disease of addiction achieve long-term sobriety, find employment and stable housing, and restore and build healthy relationships. Charlotte Rescue Mission’s recovery program is residential, so men, women, and children reside at their facilities for 120-days while overcoming addiction.
Ways to Help:
- Visit their “How to Help During COVID-19” webpage to make a donation, shop their needs list, sponsor a meal, and more!
UPDATED on 3/20: Due to the COVID-19 virus many volunteers have cancelled scheduled meal deliveries to Samaritan House. Being that this is one of the most vital parts of their volunteer program, Samaritan House is still accepting prepared and/or pre-cooked meals as drop offs for lunches and dinners. These meals can be prepared/cooked at home or ordered from a store or restaurant. Donated meals are one of the most important volunteer duties because they allow the small staff the chance to concentrate on other aspects of keeping Samaritan House the great place that it is.
Please contact Gregg Chapman at email@example.com if you are interested in dropping off a meal.
UPDATED on 3/17: Please read the following message from CrossRoads
“Due to the incredibly overwhelming outpouring of generosity, as well as the fact that CMS has fired up its feeding sites throughout the district (one of which is Billingsville Elementary), we are temporarily ceasing our food collection efforts. Between yesterday (3/16) and today (3/17), we have delivered over 500 bag lunches and still have an incredible amount of food left to share. This is a good problem to have. Thank you! We will provide updates re: any new “needs” as time goes on. Thank you again for your quick response and generous spirit.”
Supportive Housing Communities
UPDATED on 4/1: SHC is now accepting In-Kind Donations. Shop from their list below to show your support as they try to best serve their residents during this uncertain time.
Ways to Help:
- Baby food (Fruit and Meat Jars of Food)
- Baby Wipes
- Bar Soap (regular size)
- Clorox Bleach
- Clothing Detergent Pods
- Distilled Water for CPAP Machines
- Drinking Water (24 packs)
- Ear Thermometers
- Enfamil 9 (Baby Formula)
- Feminine Hygiene Products (Tampons and Kotex)
- Ground Tarps (Street Outreach)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Kleenex (small boxes and regular size boxes)
- Pampers Sizes 2, 3 and 4 and pull-ups
- Paper Towels (12 Packs)
- Sleeping Bags (adult size) Street Outreach
- Snacks PACKS (Large zip lock bags filled with pop-top canned Vienna sausage, beef jerky, peanut butter crackers,
- canned fruit with a pop-top, granola bars, power bars, bottled water)
- Surgical Gloves (Medium and Large)
- Tents (Small single and double) Street Outreach
- Toilet Paper
- Canned Peas, Beans, Corn
- Cans of Tuna, Chicken, or Turkey
- Dried Fruits
- Gatorade or Powerade
- Jars of Peanut butter
- Jars of Spaghetti Sauce with Meat and without Meat
- Juice Boxes
- Pasta (any Kind)
- Powdered Milk
- Protein Power Bars
- Snack Crackers (Cheese and Peanut Butter)
- Whole Wheat Crackers
You can order online (Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc) and have your donation delivered to SHC, 601 E. 5th Street, Suite 255, Charlotte, NC 28202, Attn: Linda Miller- COVID Donation
Please confirm all donations prior to delivery with an estimated delivery date/time with firstname.lastname@example.org and update Linda Miller when you have confirmation of the delivery on route.
You can deliver to McCreesh Place as follows: All donor delivered donations that are paper products and perishable food items can be delivered to McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, (48-Hour in advance notice to Linda Miller)
SHC staff and resident volunteers will be made aware of the donation 48 hours in advance. All deliveries to McCreesh Place will be placed to the back door of the building where resident volunteers will receive the items (Social distancing will be adhered). Please confirm all donations prior to delivery with an estimated delivery date/time to email@example.com.
Ways to Help:
You can make an immediate impact at Hope Haven by making a purchase from their Amazon Wishlist.
Please consider financially supporting our ministry partners through the links listed below.
The Harvest Center – The Harvest Center invites you to join them in this work to create community and transform lives. Any donation you give, during this global slowdown, will enable them to keep individuals from falling back into homelessness. Donate to their COVID-19 emergency fund here.
The Learning Collaborative – TLC is building ‘Learning Packs’ with books, crayons, paper, and other items for the children to use at home. Parents can pick up at TLC after speaking with their child’s teacher. To donate towards Learning Packs, click here.
Urban Ministry Center | Men’s Shelter of Charlotte – As needs are changing frequently, you can support UMC|MSC operations with a financial donation during this time of crisis. Unrestricted funds help address the greatest needs each day, whether it is increased staffing, equipment, medical supplies, or anything else needed to continue to put the most vulnerable neighbors first. Donate here.
Loaves and Fishes – Loaves and Fishes is already seeing a dramatic increase in the number of neighbors looking for emergency food help. Your support is needed now more than ever to ensure our neighbors in need are fed. Donate here or text HUNGERACTION to 44321.
Charlotte Rescue Mission – Make a donation to support our most fragile neighbors who have no where else to go but Charlotte Rescue Mission. Your donation can help save the lives of those in need.
Supportive Housing Communities – SHC is asking for unrestricted donations to make sure they remain financially secure in case there is an interruption in current funding or resources. Please consider giving what you can in honor of the 300 residents they serve. Please send an email confirmation of financial donation to firstname.lastname@example.org and donate here: Or mail a check to SHC, 601 E. 5th Street, Suite 255, Charlotte, NC 28202. Please place Attn: Linda Miller on your donation to help keep track of donations toward this effort.
Charlotte Family Housing – Support CFH’s continued commitment to the families they serve by contributing to their newly established COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
Crisis Assistance Ministry – Even after the COVID-19 pandemic has eased, the economic crisis will be long-lasting. Please join this community challenge and have your gifts matched dollar for dollar (up to $250,000) from now until April 30th.
Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region – The pandemic hinders Habitat’s ability to serve the community as they have canceled construction shifts and closed ReStores. Financial donations can be made here.
Hope Haven – You can support Hope Haven by making a donation at www.hopehaveninc.org/donations .