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Serve Opportunities During COVID-19
March 31, 2020

Serve Opportunities During COVID-19

New City Serve

 How You Can Help

We want to give you an update about how New City is engaging in serving our region as we respond to the spread of COVID-19. 

 

(updated 4/3/2020)

 

New Opportunities
 

NEW CITY VOLUNTEER SHIFT WITH SECOND HARVEST

There is an urgent need for volunteers to help pack food for Second Harvest Food Bank. A team of New City volunteers served on April 2 and we will be sending another team on Thursday, April 9 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate. We also request that not only the volunteer be healthy, but everyone in his/her household be as well. Registration is required. Email serve@newcity.us for a registration link.  

Volunteer Opportunities  

If you are healthy and want a way to volunteer, below are some of the area’s most immediate needs. These opportunities fall under the category of essential services as defined within the Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order: 

SECOND HARVEST 

ABOUT: A distribution warehouse providing food to charitable organizations in the Charlotte Region. They need people to process food in the warehouse.  

NEED: Volunteers age 17 are needed to inspect, sort, and pack donated products so that they can be distributed to 700 partner agencies including homeless shelters, emergency pantries and soup kitchens.   
Volunteer with Second Harvest 

 

LOAVES AND FISHES 

ABOUT: An organization that provides outlets for people to get food.
NEED: Volunteers are needed in their warehouse and to stock the mobile pantry. 
 
Volunteer with Loaves and Fishes 


COMMON HEART (UNION COUNTY) 

ABOUT: A grassroots organization of locals who work to help meet the basic needs of others in their community.
NEED: 
Volunteers are needed to be a backup for delivering groceries to local families on Saturday mornings as well as pick up food donated at local grocery stores six days per week. 
Email to Volunteer 

HELP A FAMILY IN NEED

There are families in the Gladedale Community who can use some assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. If you would like to help, contact the New City Serve team.
Email for details

#NOKIDHUNGRY

ABOUT: #NOKIDHUNGRY is working with Freedom Within Walls to help make sure that no kid is hungry during school closures.
NEED: Volunteers are needed daily to help distribute food to kids and families in need.
Register to volunteer
 

GIVE BLOOD 

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma.  
Learn More about Donating Safely 

MAKE MASKS

If you have the supplies, you can help by making masks for Atrium Health to be distributed to patients, families, and community partners, including homeless shelters and nursing homes. Email serve@newcity.us to receive the sewing instructions.


Financial and Supply Needs
 

URBAN MINISTRY CENTER

ABOUT: UMC provides support to Charlotte's homeless community.
NEED: Due to COVID-19, UMC has shut down their dining facilities and are handing out to-go meals. Many pre-bagged meals filled with prepackaged items are needed. 
UMC is also asking for donations through their Amazon wishlist
More Information on How to Support UMC

URBAN PROMISE

ABOUT: UP provides support for local youth with spiritual, academic, and social support to become Christian leaders who are determined to restore their communities.
NEED: Many of the UP street leaders are teens who help support their families. Also, many street leader parents will be affected by the economic impact of the service industry downturn. In response to the COVID-19 disruption, Urban Promise has opened a Family Stability Fund specifically to support the needs of Urban Promise students and families during this uncertain time. 
Donate to the Urban Promise Family Stability Fund

CONGREGATIONS FOR KIDS

ABOUT: CFK is a bridge organization that provides pathways to support youth in foster care.
NEED: CFK is requesting gift cards to help meet the immediate needs of foster youth, their foster parents, and those who have aged out of the system. Many young adults are already "just getting by" and will need our support in the coming weeks. 
More Information on Gift Cards

MATTHEWS HELP CENTER

ABOUT: MHC is a central resource in the community where help and resources are provided to those in need.
NEED: MHC is in need of cleaning and disinfecting supplies, as well as monetary donations to help families who will need financial assistance in the coming weeks. 
Donate/more information

MATTHEWS FREE MEDICAL CLINIC

ABOUT: MFMC provides free, quality healthcare to low income, uninsured patients in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.
NEED: With many people losing their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, request for services will increase. The clinic will need financial support to expand its services and meet the needs of its community.
Donate to help with increasing demands

CHARLOTTE RESPONDS COALITION 

New City Church is a part of a network of churches through ForCLT, which is connected into the larger coordinated effort under the umbrella of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management. That office has asked the faith community and other non-profits to initially focus our efforts on ensuring that students are fed while schools are closed. 
 
CMS has opened 69 feeding sites at schools throughout the district. Two of the sites are at our partner schools Idlewild Elementary and Greenway Park Elementary. We are actively working under the umbrella of the coordinated effort to meet this need. As more needs are identified and as we are asked to help, we will respond. If there is opportunity to serve as part of this coordinated effort, we will let you know. 
 
Right now, the most effective response is giving to the larger coordinated effort. You can do that here through the ForCLT Coronavirus Response Fund.   
Donate to the ForCLT Response Fund 

 

NEW CITY LOCAL SERVE 

You may also designate your giving to New City into our Local Serve Fund to equip our Serve Team to channel support where/when it is most needed. Simply select "ServeLocal" from the dropdown on our giving page. 
Donate to New City Local Serve 

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