In the World

Caldwell Presbyterian believes we are called, both individually and collectively, to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  One way we do this is by reaching out to comfort, nourish and empower marginalized people in disadvantaged circumstances in our community and in the world. This strong tradition of discipleship reflects Caldwell’s deep commitment to be the Body of Christ in the world. You can also learn more about how we support the missions of our campus partners. We also have an active congregational care program at Caldwell. Volunteer.

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
[tippy title=”Habitat for Humanity” height=”130″ width=”400″]Help build homes for those in need. Tasks usually include siding, drywall and interior trim. No experience necessary. Meets quarterly on Saturdays 8AM – 4PM. Contact: Sheena Bossie or David Ashley 304-542-3058 Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”McCreesh Place” height=”100″ width=”400″]Celebrate birthdays for formerly homeless, disabled men in supportive housing. Volunteers greet and visit with residents, bring and serve refreshments. Quarterly 5:45 – 7PM, dates vary. Contact: Marilyn Marks or Tracy HewettVolunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Room In The Inn” height=”130″ width=”400″]Provide emergency winter shelter for our homeless neighbors. Serve meals, socialize and provide overnight accommodations at a neighboring church. Volunteers can provide food and/or stay overnight. Evenings as scheduled in November – March. Contact: Mike Watson, Lynn Watson, Craig Ogle, or Mary Ann Ogle.Volunteer.[/tippy]

CHILDREN AND EDUCATION
[tippy title=”Merry Oaks Partnership” height=”100″ width=”400″]Support students and staff at a high-poverty elementary school with a diverse population. Assist in the classroom, office, media center or with special events such as teacher appreciation events and/or ice cream parties for accelerated readers. Tutor or read to children. Help with the school garden. Volunteers must register with CMS, which includes a background check. Contact Sally Thomas. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Caldwell Bilingual School” height=”100″ width=”400″]Support the Preschool, either at Caldwell or at its Third Avenue location, by volunteering in the classrooms or teaching English as a Second Language to adult family members.  The Preschool serves the U.S.-born children of Spanish-speaking immigrants and helps them transition from Spanish to English as they prepare to enter kindergarten. Contact: Ann Alford. Volunteer.[/tippy]

BUDDY/MENTOR CHARLOTTE
[tippy title=”Volunteer Requirements” height=”200″ width=”600″]We meet the second Sunday of the Month October-June from 1:00-3:30 here in Belk Hall. (In May we will meet the first Sunday of the month due to Mother’s Day). There will be a least two field trips on a few of our scheduled meeting days instead of being in Belk.

  • Provide a lunch for yourself and your buddy
  • Assist your buddy with an arts and crafts project
  • Engage them in conversation and our organized activities
  • All of these meetings are supervised and structured
  • Call your Buddy to remind them of the meeting
  • Arrange an alternative time to meet with your buddy, if you are comfortable with this, or provide coverage with another mentor for yourself if you cannot attend a scheduled meeting.

DATES FOR 2014-2015

Second Sundays of the month- except May (Mother’s Day)

OCTOBER 12
NOVEMBER 9
DECEMBER 14
JANUARY 11
FEBRUARY 8
MARCH 8
APRIL 12
MAY 3 (First Sunday of the month due to Mother’s Day)
JUNE 14

Additional questions or ideas: email Kim Bohannon[/tippy]

INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC MISSION
[tippy title=”Latino Missions” height=”100″ width=”400″]Areas of focus include partnership with the Bilingual Preschool, justice forums and congregational awareness of immigrant issues, periodic bilingual worship, and special events like Las Posadas. Programs and activities are coordinated through the Latino Ministries Committee. Contact: Kitty Bohr. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Guatemala Trip (every other year)” height=”130″ width=”400″]Join a Caldwell Vision Team to work with Common Hope in Guatemala as they promote hope and opportunity through education, health care and housing.  These eight-day mission trips are generally scheduled every other year. Contact: Cathy Lum. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Common Hope (Guatemala)” height=”100″ width=”400″]Help support this community development organization in Guatemala. Help families overcome poverty and lack of education. Sponsor an individual child, support the community. Contact: Joyce Deaton. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Domestic Mission Trip (every other year)” height=”100″ width=”400″] Volunteer.[/tippy]

NEIGHBORHOOD
[tippy title=”Elizabeth Communities of Faith” height=”100″ width=”400″]We partner with four Elizabeth churches, CMC-Mercy Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital to focus on neighborhood needs. Contact: Pastor John Cleghorn, 704-334-0825. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Mecklenburg Ministries” height=”100″ width=”400″]Mecklenburg Ministries is an interfaith, interracial, and multi-ethnic organization that seeks to build bridges across differences by engaging clergy, encouraging congregations and energizing the community through the inspiration of our shared faith traditions. Caldwell is one of nearly 100 member congregations, representing more than a dozen faith traditions in the area.  Caldwell members may participate in their many social and educational events.  Please visit Mecklenburg Ministries. Contact: Caldwell’s Mecklenburg Ministries liaison Marion Idol, for more information. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Loaves and Fishes” height=”100″ width=”400″]Bring canned goods to church to feed the needy. 4th Sunday of each month. Contact: Carol Williams.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Crop Walk” height=”100″ width=”400″]Join us for a 5K walk each October supporting hunger relief in Charlotte and the world. Charlotte boasts the largest CROP Walk in the country in terms of dollars raised and participation, and the walk begins and ends right here in our Elizabeth neighborhood! You may participate as a walker, or a sponsor. Money raised supports local organizations such as Loaves & Fishes, Crisis Assistance, and Second Harvest, as well as the worldwide efforts of Church World Service. Please visit Charlotte Crop Walk. Contact: Marion Idol, Caldwell’s CROP Team Captain, for more information. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Vegetable Garden” height=”100″ width=”400″]Caldwell’s Community Garden is located directly behind the church. Help community members feed themselves. Contact: Merritt Tracy. Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Super Bowl of Caring” height=”100″ width=”400″]Work with our youth as they participate in this national annual fundraiser to address hunger at the local level. Contact: Caroline LublinkhofVolunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Forums and Educational Events” height=”100″ width=”400″]Volunteer.[/tippy]
[tippy title=”Political support, petitions, letter/email campaigns” height=”100″ width=”400″]Contact: Alex Smythers,704-258-0361, to volunteer or to present suggestions. Volunteer.[/tippy]

 

God Invites. We Welcome. All.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9