Doylestown Presbyterian Church is committed to being the hands and feet of Christ by volunteering in our community to make it a healthier, safer place to live. We also strive to find ways to help those in need who may be far away, but are near to our hearts just the same. Below is a list of upcoming opportunities to get involved in mission at DPC.
DPC hosts a Community Meal on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 12 pm in Fellowship Hall (11 a.m. during June, July, and August). True to its name, it is meant to be a time to build community - both within our own congregation and outside of our walls, and is a chance for those in need of a warm meal or companionship to join us for the afternoon.
No RSVP is necessary - you may just join us after church! If you are interested in also volunteering or cooking a main dish or side for the meal, please visit http://bit.ly/DPCMeal617
The Aid for Friends program enables shut-ins to remain in their homes by providing food, friendship, emergency aid, and advocacy. Over 250 meals are prepared at DPC each month. The meals are packed on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Andrews Hall kitchen, and volunteers are always needed. For more information or to volunteer, contact the church office at 215-348-3531. Look for our sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in Andrews Hall to donate casseroles, vegetables, stewed tomatoes or applesauce. Reminder: Casseroles should be cold when dropped off in the kitchen due to the danger of bacteria growing in hot food.
To access the Aid For Friends recipe booklet, click here.
What: Each month, DPC members volunteer at Care and Share Thrift Shoppes. Tasks include greeting shoppers, operating the cash register, folding and bagging items, helping customers, and many more.
Where: Souderton, PA
Age Group: Adults
Other Details: The third Friday of each month is the ½ price sale day at Care and Share, which allows those in need to get clothes affordably. The store is always packed, and most of the proceeds go to charity. Our congregation is responsible for bringing 14 volunteers each month, so your help is greatly needed and appreciated!!
Located in Doylestown, Good Stuff Thrift Store sells gently used items to help support nonprofit organizations benefiting children, one of which is Hunting Park Christian Academy, whose mission is to provide a quality, affordable, Christian education to young people living in a diverse community. DPC currently provides scholarships to 4 students to attend Hunting Park, and parnters with the school in many other ways.
You can help Hunting Park and the other great organizations that Good Stuff Thrift Store supports by donating clothing and accessories, household goods, toys, furniture, and many other items found in your house, or by stopping by to shop! The store is located at 3633 North Easton Road in Doylestown. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Did you know that the packaging from many of the things we buy at the grocery store each week can be used to help support the Red Bird Mission School in rural Beverly, Kentucky, which provides Christian-based education to grades K-12?
We collect the following to send to the Red Bird Mission School:
General Mills Box Tops
Campbell's Labels for Education
Tyson Chicken Products A+ Labels
Empty Inkjet Cartridges
Aluminum Foil Flip Top Tabs
Capri Sun Packages
Please drop off your items in the designated boxes by the Narthex entrance of the Sanctuary building or by the Fellowship Hall entrance on the first floor of
For more information on the Red Bird Mission School, visit their website at http://school.rbmission.org/.
We are now accepting donations for the New Britain Food Larder every week. You may drop your items off inside the entrance of Sanctuary Building on Mechanics Street. There are green bags in the coat room for your use, or you may feel free to bring your own!
The most needed items at this time are:
Coffee & Tea | Jelly | Laundry and Dish Detergent | Toothpaste | Toothbrushes | Toilet Paper | Sugar & Flour | Condiments | Canned Fruit | Canned Juices | Juice Boxes | Pancake Mix & Syrup | Rice | Cleaning Supplies | Deodorant| Shampoo | Shaving Cream | Razors | Spaghetti Sauce | Cake Mix & Icing | Canned Beans | Canned Tomatoes | Canned Meats & Soups | Saltines
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis situations in our country and around the world. PDA focuses on the long term recovery of communities that are impacted by disaster, and is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and individual gifts.
Recent disasters that PDA has responded to include Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, the midwestern Tornadoes, and the wildfires in the west. A full list of places where PDA is active in the United States is available here.
If you would like to donate to PDA in general or in support of a specific disater, please visit their contributions page.
In addition to outreach opportunities organized directly by DPC, there are many ways to volunteer to help others in our community on a more regular, ongoing basis as an individual or with your family. A list organizations needing volunteers and information about how to learn more about getting involved can be found below.
Broad Street Ministries in Philadelphia is always looking for volunteers for its Breaking Bread program, which they offer five days a week and at which they provide a hot meal and a variety of social services. Volunteers would be asked to help prepare and serve food, as well as help with the clothes closet, mail service, and handing out personal care items.
Ages: 16 and older. Ages 12 and above are welcomed with parental supervision.
Code Blue provides emergency shelter to homeless individuals in Central Bucks County on extremely cold nights. Doylestown Presbyterian Church serves as one of these shelters one month out of the winter. In addition to needing volunteers to help staff the shelter when it is open, Code Blue also needs assistance with things including administration, finance, supplies, transportation, community relations, volunteer coordination, training, homeless outreach, and risk management. If you are interested in assisting in any of these areas, please contact the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH) at 215-550-3578 or visit their website and click on "Contact Us."
Bucks County Housing Group in Doylestown is in need of volunteers to help in their food pantry on Wednesdays (5:30pm – 8pm); Thursdays (10:30am – 1:30pm); and Sundays (10:30am – 1pm). For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at the Doylestown site at 215-345-4311 x101. There are also additional ways to volunteer, including helping with the Monday night Kids Club. More information can be found on the BCHG website.
Ages: All Ages
Ages: 6 and older
Ages: 14 and older
Ages: 16 and older
Presbyterian Children's Village provides a comprehensive range of prevention, child welfare, therapeutic, and educational services and programs to help heal the spirits of children, families, and communities in crisis. There are a number of volunteer opportunities, including tutoring, presenting at career night, and providing administrative support. For more information, visit their website.
VITA provides quality educational programs that help individuals gain skills that enhance their ability to deal with real-life situations, meet personal goals and become more self-determining and self-sufficient. Through literacy and decision-making programs, Vita brings learning to life for Bucks County adults, families and at-risk youth by helping them to develop skills that create opportunities for themselves, their families, and, in turn, the community. Volunteer opportunities exist in teaching Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Decisions for Living (DFL). Volunteers are trained in each program to work with adults in the community or the Bucks County Correctional Facility. No prior teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language is needed. For more information, please visit their website or call 215-345-8322.
Ages: 21 and older
A Woman's Place provides a full range of assistance and support services for victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children. Volunteers are needed in areas like administrative work; communications; thrift store assistance; and fundraising. These positions require volunteers to take the C.O.R.E. Training, which is 10.5 hours of instruction that focuses on A Woman's Place projects, programs, and domestic violence issues in the community.
There is also the opportunity to volunteer as a children's advocate; hotline counselor; legal advocate; peer counselor; shelter advocate; support group facilitator; and teen chat line operator. These positions require 42 hours of direct service training, which emphasizes in-depth understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence as well as skill building in supporting victims of domestic violence. These volunteers are trained to work directly with victims.
The Teen Volunteer Program is open to young people in grades 7-12. Volunteers must attend 6 hours of training, which discusses the issues of teen dating violence as well as the impact of domestic violence on children and families. Volunteers can help in areas including administrative work; children mentorship; and as a thrift store attendant.
Ages: 12 to adult