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. Please check back regularly for updates. Page last updated on July 8, 2020.

Sunday Spotlight videos highlight our Outreach Partners and our current response to the needs associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.

Questions? Email Chrissy Carlton at ccarlton@myersparkpres.org

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”

Loaves & Fishes
Ways to Help:
Home Delivery Drivers

Loaves and Fishes is in need of delivery drivers to deliver food boxes to neighbors who do not have a way to pick up food from a mobile pantry and no friends or family to pick up for them. If interested in delivering food boxes, please follow the sign up process found in the PDF below.

Donations

Diapers: In addition to an increased demand for food, many families with small children are struggling to purchase diapers for their babies. Loaves and Fishes has begun to bring a supply of diapers in various sizes to each mobile location to share with families whose referrals indicate they are in need of diapers. To help meet the need, Loaves and Fishes added larger size diapers (size 4, 5 & 6) to their wish list of needed items.

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
  • Peanut Butter

(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.

Support Refugees in Charlotte
Ways to Help

Support refugees in Charlotte by donating items to Refugee Support Services’ weekly food drive at the Galilee Center. Sign up here.

Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region
Ways to Help

Click here for a few ways you can volunteer from home to support Habitat for Humanity.

Freedom School Partners
Ways to Help

Freedom School Partners is looking for much needed supplies for the 2020 Freedom School program. Please shop their Amazon Wishlist.

Latrobe Warehouse Helper

FSP currently has volunteer opportunities to help at their warehouse with various tasks like sanitizing donations, sorting books, or preparing enrichment kits. There are opportunities from now until July 31. Here is a link to their Volunteer Hub web page, search for “FSP Latrobe Warehouse Helper”. They ask that volunteers be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers younger than 16 should have an adult accompany them.

Sew Fabric Face Masks for Ministry Partners

Several of MPPC’s ministry partners have requested homemade, fabric face masks to help protect their staff and the vulnerable populations they serve during the coronavirus pandemic. Below is information from the CDC regarding face masks and how to make them. However, you may use any tutorial you prefer. Completed masks can be dropped off in the labeled bin under the portico at MPPC  and will then be delivered to Urban Ministry Center | Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, the Grier Heights Community Center, and other ministry partner sites as needed.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Please contact Outreach Coordinator Chrissy Carlton at ccarlton@myersparkpres.org with any questions.

Friendship Trays
Ways to Help:
Shop Friendship Trays’ Amazon Wishlist

Friendship Trays Amazon Wishlist

Please have items shipped directly to 2401 Distribution Street, Charlotte NC 28203

Find additional opportunities to give by visiting https://friendshiptrays.org/donate/nc-donor/

CrossRoads Corporation and Grier Heights Community Center
Ways to Help:
Donate non-perishable food for “meal kits”

CrossRoads Corporation is accepting donations at Grier Heights Community Center of non-perishable food to support residents of Grier Heights who are facing food insecurity.  CrossRoads’ staff will prepare “meal kits” that will be delivered to these residents.

Please ONLY donate the following items:

  • Box/Non-perishable microwavable dinners (hamburger helper, tuna, microwavable macaroni and cheese, etc)
  • Ramen NoodlesChef Boyardee
  • Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottles of Water
  • Snacks (cookies, chips, fruit snacks, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, etc.)

Donations can be dropped off at the Grier Heights Community Center, 3100 Leroy St., on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Roof Above
Formerly Urban Ministry Center | Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
Ways to Help:
Prepare and donate bagged lunches for Roof Above’s Day Services Center
  • All bagged lunches should be non-perishable and pre-packaged
  • Lunches can be bagged in gallon-size plastic bags or lunch-size paper bags
  • Roof Above will accept any amount of bags you’re 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 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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. 

Shop Roof Above’s Amazon Wishlists

Roof Above has consolidated their Amazon Wishlist needs for the whole organization (six campuses) into this link: bit.ly/UrbAmazon.

Support Roof Above’s Motel Site

Roof Above is looking for volunteers to provide bagged lunches for motel guests. You can sign up here

King’s College Dorm Bagged Lunches

Sign up here to provide 70 bagged lunches for guests at Roof Above’s off-site shelter.

The Department of Emergency Management
Ways to Help:

The Department of Emergency Management and the CharMeck Responds Coalition are currently collecting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our first responders. Several YMCA sites are serving as collection sites and PPE can be dropped off at the sites, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. For a list of PPE that is needed and the addresses of collection sites, download the flyer below.

If you or someone you know has the ability to procure or manufacture large quantities of PPE (e.g., if you know of an architectural or engineering firm that has access to a 3D printer or other tools for making PPE), please complete this form

Charlotte Rescue Mission
Ways to Help:
Samaritan House
Ways to Help:

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 greggchapman1@gmail.com if you are interested in dropping off a meal.

Hope Haven
Ways to Help:
Donate needed items to Hope Haven or shop their Amazon Wishlist

You can also shop for and send the following items to Hope Haven’s main campus at 3815 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206.

  • Regular size body wash/lotions
  • Regular size deodorants and Antiperspirants
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wash Cloths and bar Soap
  • Big bottles of shampoo & conditioner

Make an immediate impact at Hope Haven by making a purchase from their Amazon Wishlist.