Local Outreach

To see a gospel awakening in the city of Charlotte that is carried to the ends of the earth

coronavirus: how can I help?

Mercy Church, we want to serve our city well during this pandemic. Many of you have been asking how to help during this time. In addition to loving your neighbor, we recommend supporting the following ministries and organizations. Each of them represents different needs in our city – children, the homeless, impoverished, and others in vulnerable situations.

Over the next eight weeks, we will update this page as needs arise.

Resources

See below for Meal Distribution Information During School Closure

Local Outreach opportunities

Blood Donations

There has been a shortage of blood for patients in our hospitals because of social distancing and self-quarantining. Blood is necessary and critical for so many and there must be a steady supply even in the face of pandemic. Consider making an appointment prior to donating to minimize the time you spend at the site. Here are a handful of locations you can donate blood.

OneBlood 

American Red Cross 

CSL Plasma 

Children

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)  is providing lunches and breakfasts Monday-Friday to children under 18. Below is a graphic of all the locations food is being distributed. One of the schools listed is Eastway Middle, which is one of our partners. Based on the unknown nature of events, they will keep us up to date on needs that arise, but for now, they have none. Potential needs they will have are a lack of people to distribute food and a need to send non-perishables home to feed families that are unable to work since the children are not in school. 

Accepting Volunteers: No

The Abandon Project works to love those trapped in negative cycles. They are asking for donations for their communities who are being hit hard by social distancing and quarantines. Use this link for donation instructions and resources they need. 

Accepting Volunteers: No

Accepting Financial Donations: Yes

The Charlotte Dream Center works in neighborhoods around the city to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those that live there. Everything they do is centered around consistency—of showing up, of investing, and of providing over and over again.  They are continuing to function through this time and have had many needs arrise as kids are at home and parents are in need. You can access their amazon wishlist here. You can donate to their meal fund here.

Accepting Volunteers: No

Accepting Financial Donations: Yes

Homeless

The Urban Ministry Center feeds nearly 800 people every weekend. The center is in need of money to make purchases and has an amazon wishlist filled with current needs the ministry has. You can give financially to them here. You can access their wishlist here

Accepting Volunteers: No

Accepting Financial Donations: Yes

Impoverished

Loaves and Fishes is a referral only food bank. They are in need of delivery drivers and financial/non-perishable support to maintain their commitments to providing food to those in need. Use this link to give.

Accepting Volunteers: Yes

Accepting Financial/Food Donations: Yes

Second Harvest Food Bank helps to feed families with children at home and the elderly who are being affected the most by quarantine and social distancing and in most need of financial support. Use this link to give.

Accepting Volunteers: No

Accepting Financial/Food Donations: Yes

Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry is providing groceries and other needs for the homeless community of Cabarrus County. They are in desperate need of many resources. Click on this link to see their list of needs. 

Accepting Volunteers: No

Accepting Financial/Food Donations: Yes

Vulnerable

Friendship Trays (Meals on Wheels) provides meals to the elderly who are unable to get out to buy themselves food. They have limited their volunteers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but are still providing meals as staff. They are in need of financial support. You can give here.

Accepting Volunteers: No

Accepting Financial/Food Donations: Yes

The VISION

The Local Outreach Ministry at Mercy Church exists to send disciples to display the gospel to the marginalized communities of our city. Serving alongside like-minded partner organizations, we seek to love others as Jesus loves us.

Learn about and connect with our local outreach teams below.

The City Fund

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7)

Due to the incredible generosity of our people to our Christmas Missions Offering, The City Fund was created to mobilize our church to engage in the mission of God in Charlotte. Inspired by God’s words in Jeremiah 29:7, the Lord has called us to send disciples to display and proclaim the gospel to the marginalized communities of our city. As we seek the welfare of Charlotte, we believe an awakening of the gospel can be carried to the ends of the earth.

Grants will be distributed in the amount of $1,000 through Mercy Church community groups to local organizations they serve. In order to be considered for a grant, a community group must meet the following criteria:

  1. The community group must have served at least 120 hours* together at the organization at the time of application.
  2. The organization must be within the Charlotte metro area and Christian and/or morally positive.
  3. The community group must be willing to personally deliver the grant to the organization.
  4. The community group must complete online application.

Have you already been accepted for the City Fund? Log your hours here.

*The 120 hours does not include any hours served as part of Serve Week. 

**Community groups may make a maximum of two applications per calendar year.