Service in the Community
God calls us to serve our neighbor. We take service seriously at ORPC, which means there are a variety of opportunities to serve throughout every week that address a variety of needs in our community. In addition to weekly opportunities, ORPC hosts bigger service events at different points during the year that are based on neighborly service.
Out of the Garden
Out of the Garden Project started in 2008 with the simple task of supplying six to ten families with a small bag of food each Friday so that those children and their families would have something to eat over the weekend. What began as a humble act of kindness has now grown to the largest organization of its kind in the Piedmont Triad taking on one of the biggest problems in the world today: chronic hunger.
ORPC supports Out of the Garden Project with volunteers in two ways:
Fresh Mobile Market
Fourth Thursdays of the month, 1:30-3:30pm, Morehead Elementary
Fresh Mobile Markets are free mobile food pantries that distribute fresh produce, bread, meat, and shelf-stable items to qualifying families on a monthly basis throughout 20 locations in the Piedmont Triad. Here, volunteers distribute food to households through a drive-through market. Volunteers might interact with families or be sorting/giving away food. ORPC supports the Fresh Mobile Market at Morehead Elementary School on the 4th Thursday every month from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
Out of the Garden Project Warehouse
Fridays, 3pm, Out of the Garden Warehouse
Every Friday afternoon ORPC supplies volunteers to pack the fresh produce boxes that are distributed at the Fresh Mobile Markets. Volunteers work in the warehouse from 3pm-5pm. This does not require an every-week commitment. You can just offer your time 1 or 2 Friday's a month – or even sporadically. Your service will always be welcomed.
Please contact Matt Beam if you are interested in this mission opportunity.
Habitat for Humanity
Quarterly Saturday Workdays
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
ORPC partners with Habitat for Humanity of High Point, Archdale, & Trinity, helping build homes in High Point. This Habitat affiliate has completed over 140 houses, home to over 500 people, including 350 children. We volunteer four times a year (once a quarter) on Saturdays. The day begins at 8:30 am and lasts until the job for the day is complete or mid-afternoon. Jobs vary from installing shingles, siding and flooring to painting, insulation and landscaping. You don’t have to have any experience as you will be taught what to do by the Habitat foreman or other volunteers that have the experience. It is a great way to learn some skills that you can use at your own home!
If you have interest in getting involved or want more information, contact Jay Overmyer firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-420-0269.
Quarterly Saturday Workdays
BackPack Beginnings’ mission is to deliver child-centric services to feed, comfort and clothe children in need. By ensuring food and basic necessities are given directly to children in need, we make a positive and lasting impact on their health and well-being.
BackPack Beginnings’ provide tangible basic needs directly to children and families in need. We distribute food, fresh produce, formula, baby food, comfort items, hygiene products, school supplies, diapers, clothing, shoes, books, baby accessories and baby equipment.
The work of BackPack Beginnings would not be possible without the support of all our amazing volunteers. As an 95% volunteer organization, volunteers are the key to helping us achieve our mission. Please note that anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
A Simple Gesture
Sundays, 10am, Sanctuary
A Simple Gesture (ASG) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that collects food from generous donors. Donors are neighbors, businesses and faith communities that fill green reusable grocery bags that are then collected by volunteers and distributed to our food pantry partners.
Simple Gesture has three main goals:
To ensure no child is hungry
To create new neighborhood connections and strengthen our community
To serve as a model for other communities
Simple Gesture volunteers sign-up to pick up food bags from a designated neighborhood and deliver them to a specific non-profit location. Please visit https://asimplegesturegso.org/ if you're interested in volunteering!