Local Outreach chair: Vic Arrington
Habitat for Humanity
The wallraising for FPC’s first Habitat house at The Glen on Alex Patterson Drive off Marshland Road was February 28. Pictured here are wall raising photos and a recent photo from early May. Volunteers to work on the house are needed – everyone from carpenters to helping provide snacks – contact the church office for information.
Click here for the form to volunteer or contribute to this project.
Thank you to all who supported the BackPack Buddies program. We received generous contributions that enable us to continue supporting children in Hilton Head Island schools and share the remainder with the Jasper County BackPack Buddies program. God bless everyone who stepped up and helped children in our community.
School Uniform Drive – July 23 – August 6
The annual school uniform drive will be held July 23 – August 6. Uniforms are needed for children of all ages. Look for cards indicating size and color that will be displayed beginning in July. The drive benefits children in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Jasper County. School social workers are grateful for the uniforms and our support! Look for more information in June.
“Book and a Buck” annual drive held in March
The Local Outreach Committee sponsored the annual Book and a Buck drive for children in the Corridor of Hope. Members and friends brought in donations of new and gently-used books for elementary-age children through high school, in schools in Allendale, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. The books were sorted by our youth and were taken to the schools. The church’s 2017 annual budget is supporting the program monetarily this year.
Family Promise volunteers are gearing up for 2017’s second hosting week, May 14-21. We have a continuing need for overnight hosts. If you are new to the task, you will be paired with a “veteran” for the evening. if you are interested, please contact either Lynn Cordy, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rich Allen, email@example.com, for particulars. All volunteers can expect to be contacted in mid-April for their availability for the May week.
Why do some 100 volunteers share their time with this worthwhile ministry serving homeless families?
• Direct involvement with the families being served
• Support from Family Promise staff when/if necessary
• Camaraderie with the best volunteers ever!
• Knowing they contribute to helping families achieve independence.
An update from Family Promise staff reports the following good news about the families who have been at First Presbyterian in the past year. Additionally there are updates on seven other families who are successfully in their own home but did not spend time with us. Several families are renting their own homes in the Beaufort area and in Hampton and are working full time. One parent takes the Palmetto Breeze bus from Hampton to Hilton Head for work 5 days a week. Several parents are part of the Leap Forward program. As one mother says: “I am so happy to feel that my boys are safe and that I can care for them the right way again. They are very much into basketball and football, we may see them on ESPN one day!”
Kairos Cookie Bake
More than 2,100 cookies were baked at the Kairos cookie bake the last Saturday in April for the semiannual Kairos Walk at the Allendale Correction Facility. The Walk was April 27-30. First Presbyterian Church has a growing number of members who devote their time to this Christian ministry, which is designed to help meet the spiritual needs of Allendale’s residents. Kairos’ ultimate goal is to see them restored to Christ, their families and their communities. No life is beyond the reach of God’s power!
Antioch Scholars Program in Jasper County
Local Outreach is sponsoring the Antioch Scholars Program, a pilot program at the Antioch Educational Center (AEC) in Jasper County, for 6- and 7-year-olds. The goal of the scholars’ program is to mentor and shadow these first grade students through their high school graduation. This newest of all AEC programs has the possibility of producing some outstanding results. There are now 22 scholars in the program. Learning together and individual mentoring can show remarkable positive growth in a young person’s life. Improvement on our scholar’s report cards, and growth in social and communication skills at the end of year one has been rewarding.
Pictured: The first scholars to graduate from first grade.
Angel Tree for Thornwell
For many years, FPC has had a Christmas “angel tree” for the children at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC. A warm thank you to everyone who donated gifts, money and gift cards! These will make a difference in the lives of the children at Thornwell. The gifts were delivered by volunteers before Christmas.
How You Can Make a Difference:
Read about some volunteer opportunities below and click on the Volunteer Opportunities page for more ways to make a difference.
Tutors, readers, mentors needed in local schools:
Reading Buddies: Volunteers are needed to work with children who need help with reading in Jasper County. We have all the books and supplies that you need. Training is available.
IMPACT in Hilton Head Elementary School:
Volunteer to mentor a student in the IMPACT program at Hilton Head Elementary School!
To learn more, contact Buck Edwards at 843-681-7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutors Needed: Tutors are needed for the children at Ridgeland Elementary School during the school year. Contact the church office for information about volunteering.
Book Buddies: Book Buddies is a reading and correspondence program at Ridgeland Elementary School. Adult book clubs are needed to adopt a classroom of third thru fifth graders that they will write letters to throughout the year. The group may purchase a book for each child, which, when finished reading, the student can share with other classmates. We have 13 groups so far and can use more!
Local Missions Supported by FPC:
Members of FPC have heeded Jesus’ directive to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked” and in other ways care for our neighbors in the Hilton Head Island community and “beyond the bridge.” A major focus has been on relieving hunger and providing shelter and other basic necessities. Missions supported are in the following 3 categories:
Hunger & Homelessness:
Feed My Sheep
The Deep Well Project
Sandalwood Food Pantry
Holiday Food Baskets
People in Need Ministry (PIN)
Thornwell Home for Children
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (PCSC)
Homelessness Task Force
Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen Ministry
Christian Teaching & Leadership:
First Presbyterian Day School
Hopeful Outreach (formerly Hope Haven)
Young Life Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry
School Uniform Drive