Local Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a local Mission Project for your Women’s, Men’s, or Youth Group? Come help us get our next home ready! There are a variety of ways you can get involved and help! Call or email to find out more! Lily Pad Haven is a nonprofit Ministry born out of a Missions Ministry in a Congregation within the Presbytery of Charlotte…come be a part of making a difference in the lives of our sisters in Christ!  Contact by Email: lilypadhaven@gmail.com or call 704.312.2011 for more information. Visit our website: www.lilypadhaven.org
If you would like to learn more about the work of Lily Pad Haven or would like someone to speak to your congregation, please contact us at lilypadhaven@gmail.com.


Crisis Assistance Ministry is Mecklenburg County’s leading agency providing the working poor with emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing, household goods, and furniture. An independent non-profit agency, Crisis Assistance Ministry focuses on preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s working poor–providing assistance with rent, utilities, clothing and furniture.

Volunteers perform one-third of the work at Crisis Assistance Ministry – from direct customer contact to clerical support to community drives and other group volunteer projects.  There are many ways in which individuals, families and groups of all ages and ability can be engaged as volunteers.  Please visit our website for current opportunities.


CROSS MISSIONS @ MYERS PARK PC – Cross lines that divide. Eliminate stereotypes. And share Christ’s love. Spend an Urban Plunge weekend or a City Serve week-long mission trip with CROSS Missions, a ministry of Myers Park Presbyterian growing together as disciples and loving those in need through the power of relational ministry. Our unique urban outreach ministry combines worship, education\reflection and service. Be transformed, returning home inspired to meet the needs of your community.

To register your group, contact CROSS Missions Director Joel Tomkinson at  JTomkinson@myersparkpres.orgVisit the CROSS website at: http://cross.myersparkpres.org Visit @crossmissions on Twitter and Instragram and on Facebook at CROSS Missions
Myers Park Presbyterian Church:  http://www.myersparkpres.org/

ExodusFoundation.org is asking all Presbyterians to help stop the flow of African-Americans to prison by becoming a mentor for 1 year. The time it takes to watch two footballs games, approximately 7 hours a month, is all that is needed to help a man or woman recharge their lives. Retirees are welcomed! Through the Red Sea Crossings Mentoring and Scholarship Program you can utilize your gifts to help someone overcome legal discrimination aptly called “The New Jim Crow” because it is legal to discriminate against people with records in housing, education, employment and voting. Call 704-947-9090 ext. 102 to speak with the Mentoring Program Coordinator Latonya Vaughner. Call us now please even if you need to wait for the next training. We have a waiting list of people iwho desperately want personal coaches. I’m not afraid of them and you don’t have to be either! These are God’s creatures.
“When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, when human rights are perverted in the presence of the
Most High, does the Lord not see it?” Lamentations 3:34.

Madeline McClenney-Sadler, Ph.D
Exodus Foundation.org
704-947-9090 ext. 101



The Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (CRRA) believes all refugees and asylees deserve the chance to begin successful new lives in the United States. CRRA’s mission is to enable our clients to become self-sufficient and contributing members of American society by:Providing resettlement services to refugees and asylees who are escaping violence, persecution, and repression, without regard to their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
•Connecting refugees and asylees to other service agencies in the Charlotte area.

The federal and state grants we receive are not enough to meet our expenses and allow us to offer the quality of assistance that our clients deserve. We would also like to provide driving lessons and other services. Thus, we always welcome cash donations for the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency. As a 501(c)(3) organization all donations are considered charitable deductions for income tax purposes.  Visit our website to find out ways you can help!

CSSA refugee is someone who has fled their country of nationality because of fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or membership in a particular social group. The Refugee Resettlement Office at Catholic Social Services resettles between 300 – 350 refugees in Charlotte each year. How Can You Help? The basic needs of refugees are housing, employment, medical care, English language instruction, and assistance learning to navigate a new culture and community. Individuals can volunteer by:
Becoming a refugee mentor to help a refugee adapt to life in Charlotte.
•Tutoring a refugee child in our Youth Program.
•Assisting with the collection of donated furniture and household items or with apartment sponsorship.
•Rallying your local neighborhood, faith or school communities to participate in donation drives to collect household, personal care and food items.
• Joining our Helping Hands Team which works on one-time projects in support of our resettlement efforts.
The contributions of our volunteers enhance the level of service we are able to provide to our clients. Visit our website for a list of ways to share your time, talent or treasure.  We are currently seeking a group of volunteers to staff our reception window full time.  Contact the Charlotte Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Buck, at 704-370-3283 or Email: skbuck@charlottediocese.org with any questions.


CBCCThe Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is the primary blood supplier to 27 local hospitals, including the Carolinas HealthCare System.
DONORS NEEDED!We are working tirelessly to recover from our Summer Blood Shortages, and could really use your help in preparation for the holiday season so our numbers do not drop again. Your Church has the opportunity to save 3 local lives with each pint of blood collected, which will have a HUGE impact on our local community.
Contact Aly M. Johnson, Donor Recruiter, at: AJohnson@cbcc.us or if you would like to find a community blood drive near to you visit our website www.cbcc.us/donate and you can search mobile drives by zip code.

Volunteers are needed at Hawthorne Place – a ministry of Charlotte Family Housing.   See the list of needs and oppotunities to help.
For more information, contact:  Tammy Medlock – Volunteer Coordinator

The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is dedicated to providing safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man. Volunteer times can occur anytime between the hours of 4:00 am and 10:00 pm at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Most volunteer activities will be in two to six hour intervals and can be designed to fit your “free time” and/or specific needs. All volunteers should be at least 18 years of age unless previously approved by the Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application, read & sign a confidentiality wavier. We provide tours/orientations prior to getting started. Apply online to volunteer at the Men’s Shelter.
For information about volunteering, please contact Julie Putnam, Volunteer Relationship Coordinator.
To reach Julie by phone, please call 704-334-3187 ext 103. Learn more about our various
volunteer opportunities.



Gleaning is the traditional Biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot, or be plowed under after harvest. The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage this food for the needy.
Tens of thousands of volunteers from churches, synagogues, scout troops, senior citizen groups, and other organizations participate each year in Society of St. Andrew gleaning activities. Each year, tens of millions of pounds of produce are salvaged and given to the poor at no cost to them.
Gleaners are people of all ages and income levels who want to give of themselves. Usually within 48 hours of picking the produce, hungry Americans receive the gleaned food. Each year, some 30,000-40,000 people glean with us – to pick up over 20 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food for their hungry neighbors.
Opportunities for gleaning are available through the Society of St. Andrew. This organization operates a statewide, volunteer-driven Gleaning Network in North Carolina that coordinates with local farmers, thousands of volunteers, and food providing agencies. Volunteers can be from all age groups.
Send them an Email to find out about their upcoming gleaning opportunities.
Subscribe to the Gleanings newsletter from the Society of St. Andrew.
Join the
Society of St. Andrew – Charlotte Area on Facebook!



A Guardian ad Litem in North Carolina is a trained community member who is appointed by a district court judge to investigate and determine the needs of abused or neglected children. The Guardian ad Litem Advocate does not need to be an attorney or psychologist to help a child. We simply ask that you have a caring and committed concern for the welfare of a child. We will train you how to do your work and guide as you as advocate for your child(ren).
North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Advocacy helps to move children out of the court system in a timely manner and into a safe and permanent home. GAL is mandated by statute to protect and promote the best interest of juveniles in abuse and neglect court proceedings.This year in North Carolina an increasing number of children will need someone to give them a voice and see that their best interests are served. Because the number of cases has grown tremendously in recent years, more volunteers are urgently needed.

If you would like to be the voice for a child in the Mecklenburg County foster care system then joining the Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Program may be for you. Please fill out a Volunteer Application online. Anyone can apply to become a volunteer for the GAL program. Visit the GAL Charlotte website.
For more information on the program in your area if you are outside of Mecklenburg County, visit www.ncgal.org or call 1-800-982-4041.

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