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Help for Community Partners During the Pandemic
Since COVID-19 arrived in North Carolina, our Local Missions Committee has been monitoring the needs of Westminster’s 20+ community partners to see how they’re doing, what their needs are, and how the Westminster family can help. View the listing of community needs we’re tracking and find out what you can to do help. This resource will be updated with new needs and requests as we are made aware of them, so check back frequently.
In addition, Westminster serves each week at the food ministry run by our sibling church, Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel. Anyone age 14 and up can help at Iglesia on Wednesday afternoons each week directing traffic, counting cars, loading groceries, and more. All on-site volunteers must wear a face covering and gloves, and social distancing is required. Home volunteers are also needed to bag beans and rice for the food pantry. Watch a brief video to see how Iglesia’s food distribution program works, why it’s critical, and the ways you can help this vital ministry from home and on-site. Sign up now!
The community organizations that Westminster supports are divided into five categories. Oversight for each category is provided by a sub-chair from the Local Missions Committee, whose role it is to stay in touch with the congregational liaisons concerning any specific needs that may arise and to help with funding decisions.
How Do We Help?
In addition to the time and effort provided by individual members of the congregation, Westminster also provides financial support in the form of grants to these organizations. Late each spring, the process begins for determining which organizations will be included in the budget to receive funds the following year. The Local Missions Funds Allocation Procedure is used to help us be more thoughtful in our funding decisions. If you are a member of Westminster and work with an organization that you would like to add to this list, contact the chair of the Local Missions Committee.
Another way that we help is to identify the need for specific items, and to collect those items through donations. The needs are endless, and Westminster strives to meet as many as possible through its members and its outreach activities.