New Opportunities to Serve C4C
 
C4C Ministry Update
 
Congregations for Children (C4C) is an initiative that was started at the North Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference in 2013. The focus of C4C is to reflect the love of Christ to our neighbors, by helping children in public schools who live in poverty. Front Street has been partnering with Eastlawn Elementary school for several years. The free and reduced lunch rate at Eastlawn is a staggering 100%, so this ministry is so important.
 
Backpack Ministry
As you may know, the food collected from our food drives goes to our C4C (Congregations for Children) partner school Eastlawn Elementary. Historically, the food has gone to "Out of the Garden Project" in Greensboro and then back to Burlington to our local elementary school. We are trying to simplify this process by collecting, sorting, and bagging food at Front Street. From here, the food can then be taken directly to Eastlawn and straight into the classrooms. This will allow many more opportunities for people at Front Street to participate in this ministry as it will allow opportunities to donate food or money, sort food, bag food, and distribute food. We can do this alongside one another. Watch this space for opportunities to get involved!
 
Food Collection Additions
Thank you to everyone who donated food during our August food drive. We are so appreciative of your continued support of our Backpack Ministry.  We are still in need of some specific additional items: canned meat, mac and cheese, pasta sauce and peanut butter in plastic jars, and granola bars. Also, if you find yourself with extra plastic bags from the grocery store, we would love them!   We will use them to bag up the food for the students.  You can drop the bags or food items in the Welcome Center.  We will begin sending home food for 100 kids starting next week. 
 
School Buddies
This year, we excited to share that we can now go back into the school system to volunteer! We can serve as reading buddies, math buddies, lunch buddies, etc. These kids need all of the love and support that we can give them in every way possible.
 
If you want to serve the children and families at Eastlawn by either volunteering in the school or helping with the backpack ministry, please contact Melissa at melissa@frontstreetumc.org.
 
Watch this space for more oportunities to get involved over the coming months.
 

 

Last Published: September 14, 2022 10:08 AM
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