Current Opportunities to Serve

Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers, the backbone of the food supply chain for every program, agency and ministry in our city and county needs additional food and support to keep up with increased demand because of the coronavirus. Canned food and other staples may be dropped off at First Pres Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Financial gifts may be made by check or online.

First Pres Garden

Join us in starting our First Pres garden from home! Sign up by Sunday, May 10 to receive a kit. We’ll provide the seeds, some soil, and seedling containers. You’ll plant and care for the seedlings and then when we are able you can drop off your seedling plants at the church to be included in the First Pres garden! Find out more or sign up here.

Alpha House

With the families at Alpha House sheltering in place, lunches are now being provided by congregations and community groups. Support of the homeless is considered an essential service. If you’d like to help out, contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Heffner (249–9227).

Thrive Juicery - Support for Our Local Emergency Room Medical Personnel

You can help provide immune-boosting, raw, cold-pressed juice to the amazing ER medical staff. For each dollar donated, Thrive Juicery will match the donation in juice. Deliveries will be made daily to the UM and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospitals. Call 585-5221 or donate online (https://www.thrive-juicery.com/).

Suds ‘n Sheets Campaign for Cass

Help our Suds ‘n Sheets Campaign for Cass Community Social Services. Please bring your donations of paper towels and laundry detergent, items always in demand at Cass, and drop them off in in the bins outside the Memorial Garden entrance Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. This collection of basic items assists the Cass Community in a particularly fragile time. Financial gifts may be made by check or online.

Future Opportunities to Serve

First Pres Community Garden

If you are itching to get out of your house, you might consider helping plant and tend the First Pres Community Garden located on the church campus adjacent to the Triangle Play Area and the open space during the growing season. This activity can be therapeutic, can involve entire families young and old and is a good way to serve the community safely during this time of social distancing. Food harvested in the garden goes to clients at the Food Gatherers and CASS Community Social Services and other community feeding programs. We anticipate preparing the garden on Mother’s Day weekend, weather conditions permitting. If you would like to help with the garden please contact jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org.

House of Faith Project to Begin in July

Pick up your hammer and build a home! Our House of Faith building project with Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity plans to begin in mid-July with a scheduled completion date of September 2020. The house, on Ford Road in Ypsilanti, has been framed by Habitat staff in this season, and will be ready for volunteer work in mid-summer. For more information, contact Don Redding at dredding58@yahoo.com or Rev. Jay Sanderford at jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org.

Questions?

Contact the First Pres Local Community Mission Team -
Jim Peggs & Helena Prince, Co-Chairs
Revs. Khayla Johnson (kjohnson@firstpresbyterian.org) and Jay Sanderford (jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org), Staff