We live our faith through regular service within the Greensboro community. We take seriously our call to help our community through engagement, financial assistance, and relationships with those who may never step through our doors.
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Current Community Partnerships
A Simple Gesture A Simple Gesture is a not-for-profit, grass roots food collection program dependent upon volunteer donors and drivers. The mission of A Simple Gesture is to assist local food pantries by replenishing their food supplies every other month.
BackPack Beginnings The mission of BackPack Beginnings is to deliver child-centric services to feed, comfort and clothe children in need. Westminster partners with BPB to serve Sternberger Elementary through their Food BackPack Program. This program fills the weekend food gap and reduces the negative impacts of hunger so children are ready to learn in school and succeed in life.
Meals on Wheels The first Wednesday of each month, Westminster volunteers deliver nutritious noontime meals to homebound senior adults through the Meals on Wheels Program. Volunteers also check on the well-being of each senior they visit.
Out of the Garden Project Fresh Mobile Market Out of the Garden is a local non-profit with a variety of programs dedicated to distrubuting meals in Greensboro and surrounding areas: Operation Backpack, Fresh Mobile Market, Food Reclamation Initiative, Shared-Use Kitchen, Summer Feeding Intiative, and an Urban Farm. Westminster partners with OOTGP by providing volunteers for one of their 22 monthly Fresh Mobile Markets which offer 65+ pounds of fresh and frozen food per family.
Pennies for Hunger Westminster collects spare change on a quarterly basis which is sent to the Salem Presbytery. Since 1989, Salem Presbytery has distributed nearly $2.2 million to feed the hungry as a result of these Presbytery-wide collections.
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Community Housing Solutions Community Housing Solutions mission is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low-income households. CHS provides home repairs to qualifying families who are owner-occupants of Guilford County homes and are below specific income levels. A few times a year, Westminster joins forces with CHS and provides voluteers for various building/home repair projects.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro Building 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.
Habitat Lunch Ministry Westminster provides lunch five Saturdays a year for all volunteers building Greensboro Habitat homes. On our assigned dates, Westminster volunteers prepare lunch at the Friendly Avenue Campus from 9:30am—10:45 am and deliver to the work site from 10:45-noon.
Partnership Village Families Partnership Village is a Greensboro Urban Ministry transitional housing community for formerly homeless individuals and families. Westminster helps in a variety of ways including backpacks and school supplies for students, purchasing Thanksgiving meals, and through our Angel Tree ministry.
Pathways Shelter Dinners 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.
Refugee Resettlement A dedicated team from Westminster partners with Church World Service Greensboro to help refugee families resettle in our area. This team assists with new housing, tutoring, transportation, and more.
Weaver Extension Shelter at West Market Street United Methodist Church The Winter Emergency shelter 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. Westminster provides meals and overnight volunteers.
Weaver House Breakfast and Worship 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.
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Eastside Park Homework Helpers 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 3pm—5pm during the school year.
Foust Elementary Classroom Volunteers Westminster partners with Foust Elementary, one of the most low-income schools in the state, by providing weekly classroom volunteers.
Grimsley High School Mentoring Westminster partners with Grimsley High School to provide mentors for their Success 101 program. 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.
Morehead Elementary Lunch Buddies Westminster partners with Morehead Elementary School by providing lunch buddies for students during the school year. The program pairs a caring adult with a same-gender student who needs a positive role model in his/her life.
Morehead Elementary ELS Reading Program 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) days per week from 7:30am—8:10am.
Peacehaven Community Farm 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. Westminster volunteers participate in a variety of ways, including their Saturday garden work days.
Senior Wheels Medical Transportation Program 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.
Wheels4Hope This program is a faith-based, local non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles. Westminster members have generously donated vehicles and annually volutneer during our One Great Day of Service.
Alternative Giving Each Advent, Westminster sells 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, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Ringing the Salvation Army Bell at the Friendly Avenue Harris Teeter is a long-standing Westminster tradition. Individuals and groups volunteer to stand 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.
Partnership Village Angel Tree Ministry Leading up to Christmas, Westminster members fullfill Christmas gift wishes for each family at Partnership Village.