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Winter Relief

Each winter, First Presbyterian houses 25 homeless men during Winter Relief, one of Arundel House of Hope’s programs. During our host week, guests stay in Fellowship Hall where rows of sleeping cots and folding tables are arranged. Delicious meals, hot showers, clean linens, haircuts and even a Bingo night are only part of the experience. Warm and nurturing volunteers dispense a week’s worth of God’s love. In return the volunteers receive back heartfelt appreciation and valuable insights into lives that many times are wrought with difficulties. Read more: Winter Relief Daily Blog.

Over 70 volunteers take part in our hosting week. Night monitors, meal preparers, help desk coordinators, set-up and break-down crews, are just some of the volunteer opportunities available. In many years, we are joined by memberse of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church which helps wtih volunteers and funding. We have been grateful for their help. Planning for each new year begins at the close of the prior year. It takes a full 12 months to be completely prepared for this important service. For more information on this outreach ministry, contact Steve Hays, Bill Hatchl, or Cathy Starnes.

Backpack Buddies

On Thursday afternoons during the school year, church volunteers stuff backpacks with nourishing food for select students to ensure their families will have food for the weekend.

The Center

The Center, a mission project of Baltimore Presbytery, hosts groups for week long and weekend urban mission projects.

Coats for Kids

 

Since 2012 we have provided new coats to needy children at Georgetown East Elementary School, Tyler Heights Elementary School and the Robinwood community. School personnel identify children who need a coat and contact the parent or guardian to make sure the coat is welcomed.  Names and sizes are given to Barbara Hatchl (barbhatchl@gmail.com) and she does the shopping and delivers the coats.  This mission is funded by generous donations from the congregation and is not part of the church’s budget.

Food Link

Church volunteers meet regularly with Food Link volunteers to collect surplus food donated by area grocers, restaurants and caterers, which are given to agencies and clients who assist those in need. FPC members also participate in food donation drives to add to Food Link pantries.

Habitat for Humanity

First Presbyterian Church supports Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and is part of the Anne Arundel County Interfaith Coalition that builds homes for select clients following the founding conviction that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. The coalition began a complete rehab construction in fall 2016 on123 Clay Street in Annapolis. The home was completed in August 2019 and will be dedicated in December. The church continues support in between house commitments.

Light House Shelter

The Light House Shelter provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for area homeless. First Presbyterian volunteers prepare meals, assist in the career counseling, teach GED classes, collect food from members of the congregation and deliver it to the shelter each Sunday in August and participate in fundraisers.

Maintenance Intern

Job-seeking men or women working to overcome the stigma of homelessness, incarceration or substance abuse, are given a second chance and a viable way to get their feet back on the ground through the church’s maintenance intern program.

To apply for the internship, please use this application form.

STAIR - Start the Adventure in Reading

Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR)-Annapolis is a nonprofit organization that serves second graders in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, providing one-on-one literacy tutoring twice a week during the school year. Dedicated STAIR volunteers meet with students at elementary schools and community centers throughout Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to share books, practice reading skills, and build relationships. STAIR uses an educator-approved curriculum designed to help children discover the joy of reading and improve academic readiness, and provides training and ongoing support for volunteers, so no prior tutoring or teaching experience is necessary. For more information about STAIR-Annapolis, please visit www.stairannapolis.org, connect with us on Facebook and Instagram @stairannapolis, or contact Executive Director Laura Iversen atExecutive_Director@stairannapolis.org.

Sweat Equity / Campus Care

Sweat Equity & Campus Care have been remarkable traditions at First Presbyterian Church since 1997. Numerous volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain, restore and enhance our church campus. They have upgraded and refurbished the main building; rebuilt and merged three houses to create the Kinhart Center; created the bricked courtyard and connecting walkways; renovated the Manse; restored the exterior and interior of the historic Zimmerman-Wilson House; and constructed the Winslow Shaw Chapel. This work totals nearly 40,000 square feet of worship, gathering, meeting, office, and living spaces, and was accomplished by volunteers of all ages, skill levels and specialties. The Trustees welcome all members to participate in this on-going maintenance and care of our church campus. Contact John Jamieson, Director of Facilities (facilities@annapolis-presbyterian.com), for information.