Local Service

Cary Presbyterian (CPC) supports the following ministries and organizations through member involvement and financial gifts:

The Carying Place Transitional Housing Program assists families with children who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless by providing short-term housing and support services. We provide meals several times a year (contact: Kim Markham, markhamk[at]nc.rr.com); Christmas gifts are provided to families by the Christian Adventurers youth (contact: Tiffany Warren tiffany.warren@carypresbyterian.org), and Presbyterian Women (contact: Belinda Weinbrecht, belinda.weinbrecht[at]sas.com); and school supplies and new housing supplies are provided through our Summer Mission Experience. To help, contact: Todd Crouse, crousetrc@gmail.com) or go to their website, www.thecaryingplace.org.

Dorcas Ministries: The thrift store provides funding for the crisis ministry office, which offers crisis relief to families in need. A food pantry is available. Scholarships and job training programs are offered for more long term help. Many CPC members help: donate food right here at church, and at Dorcas, give gently used items to be sold, and volunteer for a variety of positions: contact: Alger Faber, algerf@att.net . See www.dorcas-cary.org/ to learn more about their work and ways to help.

Food, Friends, and Fun: In 2016 we joined two nearby churches reaching out to our Hispanic neighbors in the Wrenn Drive area of Cary. This ten week program includes rotating stations for the children to help them read and practice English, be creative with crafts, and exercise through active games. Parents have tutorials in English, computers, healthcare and first aid, cooking, and crafts. The program is one day a week at CPC on Wednesday mornings and concludes with lunch. Over 125 people from the congregation have participated, and close to 100 people from the Wrenn Drive community attended. We expect this project to continue, in cooperation with Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church and Greenwood Forest Baptist. Contact: Medora Hix, medora.hix@carypresbyerian.org.

Loaves and Fishes, at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, provides support for academic, physical, and social needs to economically disadvantaged children and youth in southeast Raleigh in grades K-12. Families, schools, and the community are closely involved with the program. CPC donates Christmas gifts to families through the Angel Tree. To volunteer directly or to donate supplies, contact Barbara Turner, j1ht@earthlink.net. Online, visit https://lafchildren.org/

Meals on Wheels: Cary Presbyterian provides drivers who deliver meals to the frail, homebound elderly and disabled citizens of Wake County through Meals on Wheels three days each month. To drive one of Cary’s six routes with one or two people in the car at lunchtime, contact: Nancy Blunt, napajwred@aol.com, Deb Stalls,deb@stallsmedical.com, or Sally Goettel, sgoettel@nc.rr.com. For complete information about the program, see www.wakemow.org/ .

Summer Mission Experience: CPC’s own intergenerational 2- or 3-day mission event in late July working at various local charities such as Interfaith Food Teaching Farm, Brown Bag Ministry, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Dorcas Shop, Wheels for Hope. Activities are provided for a variety of ages but with a strong focus on middle and high school youth. Commitments begin with a half day for children and adults. Contacts: Renee Clark,renee_clark@unc.edu, or Jane Dunbar, thedunbars@mindspring.com

Wheels4Hope: Affordable, reliable transportation is provided to low-wage families and individuals through recycled, donated, cars. Partner agencies refer the recipients, who pay $500 for the car. Volunteers are needed to pick up donated cars and transport vehicles to/from partner garages, mechanics and car enthusiasts are needed to assess and repair donated vehicles. Consider donating a car or serve as a sponsor for a car ($500). Contact: CPC member Jeff Clark, jwccrc@gmail.com; or katy@wheels4hope.org.

Stop Hunger Now Numbers of people from all ages come out twice a year to package 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now. See the Global Missions section for information about this ministry.

The following ministries and organizations are supported by the Cary Presbyterian Missions Budget:

InterAct of Wake County: InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct fulfills this mission through the support of its volunteers and community. Volunteers can serve in different ways, with persons, administration, or in special projects. See this page for more information: http://www.interactofwake.org/volunteer/

Western Wake Crisis Ministry assists people in emergency situations in Western Wake County. Food, clothing, firewood, and assistance with emergency financial aid for rent, fuel, medical needs, and home repairs, and transportation are provided to persons in Apex, Friendship, New Hill, and Holly Springs. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available as this organization has little staff. Click here to do so: http://www.wwcm.org/volunteer-registration-