Outreach and Mission

Our mission is to reach out and serve the world.

We have a rich history of working hand-in-hand with local and global agencies to provide meaningful outreach opportunities and respond to needs.

Along with providing monetary support to agencies, we seek to equip our parishioners to be servant leaders in our city, our nation and our world. We provide opportunities for all ages to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. 

We’re eager to share the exciting work taking place here and we hope you’ll feel called to join us. For more information, contact The Reverend Joan Kilian or Laura Konitzer. 

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Current Needs & Opportunities to Serve

2021 Easter Offering

Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping our neighbors in need during this very stressful year that has seen large increases in the number of people experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, and other hardships due to the pandemic. This Easter, your offerings will support two organizations, HopeVibes and Safe Alliance.

HopeVibes brings awareness, hope, and real solutions to the homeless epidemic in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. It began as a way to help women on the streets meet their personal hygiene needs, but it has grown well beyond that. In addition to distributing hygiene products, tarps, blankets and other items, HopeVibes garnered community support to provide a mobile shower/laundry facility to help our neighbors living on the streets feel clean and experience a sense of their human dignity again. They welcome volunteers on Service Days and they maintain an Amazon wish list to help provide needed items.

Safe Alliance provides hope and healing for those impacted by domestic violence. They do this through a variety of programs and services, including Greater Charlotte Hope Line, Domestic Violence Shelter, Victim Assistance Court Program, Sexual Trauma Resource Center and Survivor Resource Center, among others. At Safe Alliance, they care deeply about the safety and well-being of their clients.


Rama Girl Scouts

Our Rama Road Girl Scout Troop has made some changes this year due to COVID, but there are still open positions for women who want to make a difference in the lives of young girls. The troop typically meets two Mondays a month from September - May. During COVID the meetings have gone virtual, but the hope is that during next school year they will return to in-person meetings. In anticipation of returning to "normal" the troop is hoping to fill some much-needed volunteer positions in the coming months and are looking for a Troop Director, Assistant Troop Director, Assistant leaders, Substitute leaders, and a Badge Manager. Please contact Laura Konitzer for more information.

Rama Career Day

Virtual Career Day for Rama Students
On Thursday April 29, Rama Road Elementary will be hosting a Virtual Career Day. Speakers will "zoom" into classrooms to tell students about their careers (what they do, what they like about their career, etc.) and students will have the opportunity to ask questions. Presenters will be with each class for approximately 15 minutes. We are looking for volunteers to share about their careers with Rama students. Please contact Laura Konitzer for more information.


Habitat for Humanity 2021 Build

This year's Habitat Build has limited volunteer opportunities. Habitat Charlotte Region is committed to the safety of volunteers, staff & homeowners. Please review safety and COVID-19 protocols. All volunteers will sign up directly through Habitat's website. Click here to volunteer.

Want to help feed our crew?
If you are not able to build but would like to support our builders, please consider providing pre-packaged/individually wrapped snacks, bottled water, or boxed lunches. Find details and sign up here »


A Place at the Table: Sacred and Secular Conversations in Community

(Formerly Good Reads)
To provide greater flexibility and reach more people, we are changing from monthly to quarterly meetings and offering a broader palette of options, oriented around a central theme. So our discussions won't just be about a book, rather they will be topic-oriented. Our schedule will be similar, second Mondays at 6:30 pm. Registration is required; links are below. You are invited to any or all of the options!

Monday, April 12 at 6:30 pm
REGISTER HERE for the Zoom meeting »

Topic: Creation as a Gift

Read: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Caring for God's Gift of Creation by Jill Richardson, The Marvelous Gift of Creation by George B. Handley, Creation is a Gift, Not a Commodity by the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, Islam as a Model of Environmental Stewardship from the UN

Act: Walk a local greenway, or visit UNCC's Botanic Garden or Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, contemplating Creation as gift

Watch: The Pope's Second TED Talk (13 min) and/or read this Opus Dei articleThe History of Our World in 18 Minutes by David Christian, God's Gift of the Earth: A Photo Prayer (5 min) by the UMC

To help our small businesses, please consider ordering books from a local, independent bookstore. (If you purchase from Park Road Books, tell them it is for Christ Episcopal Church's Good Reads book club and they will give you a 20% discount.)


Loaves and Fishes Needs Volunteers!

Our community partners at Loaves and Fishes is seeking volunteers. They really need people:

  • at the warehouse to help sort food donations as well as to pack boxes for distribution through their mobile pantries or home delivery program. It's socially distanced and fairly easy (and a great way to get your steps in for the day!)

  • to be delivery drivers to take a week's worth of food per person in the household to people who cannot get out, mostly due to the pandemic. The boxes can weigh up to 25 lbs., and sometimes need to be carried upstairs to apartments. The delivery shifts are generally completed in 90 minutes or less as they are grouped by zip codes.

Individuals and groups/teams of up to ten people are welcome to sign up. Because of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, Loaves and Fishes is serving approximately twice as many people as they were before the pandemic. That need will continue, even long after the pandemic abates. Please consider getting involved and invite family members or friends to join you!

Episcopal Relief & Development Support

As so much of our country is being ravaged by hurricanes and wildfires, please consider making a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development to support relief efforts. Your gift will provide our partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water, pastoral care and other urgent needs. You’ll also help us assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal. Please visit this page to donate. 

Other Volunteer Needs/Opportunities:

 
  • Roof Above - there have been lots of donations, so the greatest need is for 1 or 2 volunteers to help sort and unpack boxes on Thursdays and Fridays between 9 am - 3 pm in the warehouse. You and your family or a group of friends might also want to help with Operation SandwichContact Ashley for sorting info. Amazon Wishlist is here.
  • Crisis Assistance Ministry is looking for volunteers to help sort donated items for their Free Store and to work in it. Access their volunteer portal here.

Updates From Our Partners During the COVID-19 Crisis

There are a few 'hands on' volunteer opportunities for those who are healthy:

  • Charlotte Family Housing is looking for a few volunteers to help move some appliances into their storage unit. A truck will be provided. For details contact Josiah Daniels at CFH.
  • Loaves and Fishes needs volunteers at mobile food pantry distribution sites and to pack food boxes (you must complete the whole application process, and we encourage you to take your own mask and gloves if you have them)
  • Matthew 25 casseroles are continuing and we need cooks! Contact Cristina Warlick or Caroline Stoneman for the easy recipe and further instructions
  • Sew facemasks for medical personnel and high risk people. Here's a pattern approved by Atrium Health (the video makes everything a little clearer). Please check with Louise Bonner (our resident expert!) before sewing the masks. If you have any 1/16" or 1/8" elastic to share, please let Louise know. You can get them to Louise or drop them at the church.
  • CMS is seeking to raise $4 million dollars to help provide digital access (especially hot spots) for all area students. Donations may be made to the CMS Foundation.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership is in need of furniture donations for the families that it houses. If you've been cleaning house during COVID-19 and have items to donate, please contact them.
  • Charlotte Rescue Mission (New opportunities) 1) CRM is scheduling groups of people to work on exterior facilities projects, with 10 - 20 people needed per project; 2) Dove's Nest is in need of women's winter clothing, especially coats; and 3) volunteers are needed for their meal services. Contact Jeff to find out more or to volunteer.
  • Roof Above (formerly Urban Ministries/Men's Shelter of Charlotte) needs volunteers to make and drop off sandwiches. They also can use donations at the facility of laundry detergent, especially Oxiclean. Additionally, they have a wishlist of needed items.
  • Rebuilding Together CLT needs volunteers to make critical home repairs to enable people to stay in their own homes.
  • Galilee Ministries hosts several non-profits who are working harder than ever to meet the growing needs caused by the pandemic. There are opportunities to augment their food boxes or volunteer to distribute food. Additionally, the Migrant Assistance Project (MAP) needs people to help distribute diapers from their Galilee location.
  • Give blood through OneBlood.org or the Red Cross.