Serve In Our Community
We live our faith through regular service within the Greensboro community. In addition to these opportunities, we provide financial and prayer support to numerous organizations. See the full list.
It’s easy to get involved. Learn more about the opportunities, see which ones move you, and join us! Need more information? Contact Ann Comfort.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing: Westminster will once again adopt the Salvation Army kettle at the Friendly Center Harris Teeter from December 1 through December 23. This Westminster Advent tradition funds a large portion of the services offered by Salvation Army throughout the year. Time slots fill quickly for this family-friendly activity, so sign uptoday!
Please contact Westminster member and bell ringing coordinator Melanie Wilkerson at email@example.com or 336-255-2433 with questions or for help signing up. The two-hour shifts are available Monday-Friday from 4—8pm and Saturday from 10am—8pm.
Partnership Village Angel Trees: It is Westminster’s long-standing tradition to provide Christmas gifts for the families living at Partnership Village, a Greensboro Urban Ministry transitional housing community. Angels listing the wishes and needs of the families will be available at both campuses November 19 through December 10 (while supplies last). Unwrapped gifts are due back to either campus by 10:30am Sunday December 10 or before. If you would like to participate in this ministry and are not able to select an angel from the tree, financial contributions are welcomed. Please make checks payable to Westminster Presbyterian, earmarked Partnership Village Families. For more information, please contact Ann Comfort.
Weaver House @ West Market Church – WPC Volunteers Needed
The Weaver Extension Shelter at West Market Church (formerly West Market United Methodist Church) is an extension of Greensboro Urban Ministry’s (GUM) Weaver House Shelter. The shelter provides a place to sleep and meals for approximately 15 men during the winter months. The same guests stay at the shelter each night and GUM staff helps them find employment and housing.
Westminster will continue its partnership with West Market Church and work alongside Christ United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal and First Lutheran and several other congregations to staff the shelter with volunteers and provide evening meals. Meal preparers and servers are needed every other Tuesday beginning January 9. Male overnight hosts are needed each Saturday December 9 through the end of March.
To provide a Tuesday evening meal, please contact Westminster member Dottie Henderson at 336-765-4733.
To learn more and/or sign up to help as a male overnight host, please contact Westminster member Robert Bell at 336-324-3528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentoring Success 101 Program: Would you like to mentor a high school student? Mentors and students are paired based on the mentor’s availability during school hours and meet weekly for one hour at Grimsley HS. Grimsley reports that Success 101 students paired with mentors have increased their attendance and grades and have reduced incidences of negative behavior. The one-on-one relationship that develops between the student and mentor makes a profound difference in the student’s life.
Homework Helpers: The Eastside Park Community Center has hired Marcia Moyd-Williams as the part-time director of their afterschool homework helper program for neighborhood elementary school students. Westminster will continue to provide homework helpers as part of our ongoing relationship with the Eastside Park neighborhood.
Elementary Classroom Volunteers: Westminster members will begin working with teachers at Foust Elementary as classroom volunteers. Our volunteers will help give individualized assistance to students in specific subjects as directed by the teachers.
For all of these current opportunities, contact Ann Comfort to learn more.
Each Advent, we sell a selection of Honor Cards benefiting local, national and international ministries. We also sell Amani bead jewelry, handcrafts, and artwork our mission teams bring back from Haiti, Kenya and other mission trip destinations.
A SIMPLE GESTURE-Greensboro, founded by Westminster member Bob Biggerstaff, is a not-for-profit, grass roots food collection program dependent upon Volunteer Donors and Volunteer Drivers.
How would you describe a situation in which one in four children live in poverty, 60 percent need a free or reduced price school lunch and a third read below grade level?
Looking at this reality last year, the United Way of Greater Greenboro came up with a striking name: “Greensboro’s poverty crisis.”
Community Housing Solutions (CHS)mission is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low-income households. We are working towards the elimination of substandard housing, restoring the dignity and hope to families living in Greensboro neighborhoods.
Westminster and the Eastside Park Neighborhood have a long history of partnership including the building of the Eastside Park Community Center through Habitat for Humanity Greensboro. Westminster currently helps coordinate their afterschool homework program by supplying volunteers Monday through Thursday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm during the school year.
This year, our church community is collecting boxes of macaroni and cheese that will help stock the GUM food pantry. Next time you go grocery shopping, put an extra box of macaroni and cheese in your grocery cart and deposit it in the collection bins at either campus.
As part of our Outreach focus on Children in Poverty, Westminster has partnered with Grimsley High School to provide mentors for their Success 101 program. For the 2016-17 school year, Westminster has 15 adults serving as mentors for this innovative program. We would like to expand it for the 2017-18 school year. Mentors and students are paired based on the mentor’s availability during schoo...
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is a community-based organization dedicated to building affordable housing for low-income families. Both the Greensboro Habitat affiliate and Westminster Presbyterian Church have an established history of partnering with families to build homes. Visit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.
Westminster provides lunch five Saturdays a year for all volunteers building Greensboro Habitat homes. On our assigned dates, Westminster volunteers are needed to help prepare lunch at the Friendly Avenue campus from 9:30-10:45 am and deliver to the work site from 10:45-noon. Please watch the bulletin announcements for our upcoming dates.
Opportunities are available to work with immigrants and refugees in our community.
The first Wednesday and second Monday of each month Westminster volunteers deliver nutritious noontime meals to homebound senior adults age 60 and over through the Mobile Meals Program. To be eligible, the seniors must be unable to prepare a meal for themselves or have no one available to assist them. The volunteers also check on the well-being of each senior they visit.
We partner with Morehead Elementary School by providing Lunch Buddies for students during the school year. The Lunch Buddy Program pairs a caring adult with a same-gender student who needs a positive role model in his/her life. The one-on-one relationship that develops often makes a profound difference in the child’s life.
Westminster partners with Morehead Elementary school by providing volunteers for their Morning Stars reading program for students, first through fifth grade, who are English language learners. Volunteers listen to ESL students read one (or more) day per week from 7:30 – 8:10 am Monday – Friday. If you are interested in engaging in this way or would like to learn more, please contact Ann Comfo...
One Great Day of Service and Fall Kick-Off – Sunday September 24, 2017
One Great Day of Service Mission Statement:
Out of the Garden Project is a food assistance program for families primarily in Guilford County. OOTGP partners with parents, teachers, friends, and organizations to provide food and hope for every child!
OOTGP Fresh Mobile Markets take place at high need GCS schools and Guilford County food deserts. Each location is served monthly, each FMM serves between 50 - 90 families, and each family receives between 50 – 70 pounds of food. FMM recipients are referred to OOTGP by school social workers.
Partnership Village is a Greensboro Urban Ministry transitional housing community for formerly homeless individuals and families. The goal of Partnership Village is to assist the homeless in becoming self-sufficient with permanent housing within two years through case management and supportive services.
Operated by Greensboro Urban Ministry, Pathways provides emergency, temporary shelter for homeless families with children. Every third Thursday Westminster volunteers prepare and serve dinner for the residents at the North Church Street location. Normally we serve 10-15 adults and 15-20 children. This is a great service activity for Westminster families, a team of friends, or a small group.
Peacehaven Community Farm is a sustainable farm with 89 beautiful acres of organic gardens, rolling pastures and lush woodlands that connects people with disabilities to their community. Located in nearby Whitsett, Peacehaven is dedicated to establishing an affordable housing community that provides a permanent home for adults with disabilities in a supportive and family-like environment.
The beaming faces of Westminster’s children passing the blue buckets for our quarterly Pennies for Hunger offering are not easily forgotten! Since 1989, Salem Presbytery has distributed nearly $2.2 million to feed the hungry as a result of these Presbytery-wide collections.
Advent at Westminster would not be the same without the opportunity to ring the Salvation Army bells at the Friendly Center Harris Teeter. Individuals or up to four people per shift take turns standing at the kettle ringing the bell, thanking donors and wishing passersby a Merry Christmas. Money raised helps those in our community who are less fortunate.
This program provides rides for ambulatory seniors age 55+ to and from non-emergency medical appointments in Guilford County. On the second Thursday and fourth Monday of every month, a dedicated group of Westminster members volunteer for this rewarding ministry.
The Barnabas Network— a ministry that provides new and used furniture and housewares to individuals and families who are moving from homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, establishing lives as refugees, recovering from a crisis such as a fire or flood, or people whose income does not meet their basic needs.
What is UKirk Ministries of Greensboro? Formerly known as Presbyterian Campus Ministries Greensboro, this vital organization focuses on:
Operated by the Greensboro Urban Ministry, Weaver House provides temporary shelter for homeless single adult men and women. On the first Sunday morning of each month Westminster members prepare and serve breakfast, as well as lead devotional music and prayer. All are welcome to participate and no advanced notice or sign-up is required.
The Winter Emergency shelter at West Market Street United Methodist Church (WMSUMC) is an extension of Greensboro Urban Ministry’s (GUM) Weaver House. The shelter provides a place to sleep and meals for approximately 15 men during the winter months. The same guests stay at the shelter each night and GUM staff helps them find employment and housing.
Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, volunteer-driven, nonprofit, local organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles. We encourage you to prayerfully consider donating vehicles and volunteering to support the work of Wheels4Hope.