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Doylestown Presbyterian Church
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    and a beacon of His love.”

Serve Locally

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.

 

Hunting Park Christian Academy Cleaning Day

Saturday, August 19  | 9:00am to 3:00pm

SchoolJoin Hunting Park Christian Academy staff, faculty, and volunteers from other area churches to get the Hunting Park Christian Academy ready for students to return. We will be doing general cleaning, painting, and small maintenance jobs. This is a great opportunity for DPC members to see the school where we sponsor four students as part of the mission component of the Forward Together! campaign. To sign up or for more information, please contact Erin Rizk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, August 23

The American Red Cross has had a very difficult summer where the blood supply has not met the demand, and they have declared an urgent need for blood donors. DPC will host a blood drive on Wednesday, August 23, from 2 p.m.—7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall in response to this great community need. To sign up to donate blood, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your donation will save a life.

 

Raise the Roof: Code Blue Fundraiser

Saturday, September 23 at 6pm

raise the roof

Code Blue will be hosting its Raise the Roof for Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at the Doylestown Country Club. The evening will include a gourmet dinner, live music, raffle baskets, a silent auction, open bar, and more. Tickets are $125, and this is the main source of income for Code Blue for the year. For tickets, please visit www.raisetheroof.info.

 

Good Stuff Thrift Clothing Drive

Saturday, October 14 | 8:00am to 4:00pm

The Good Stuff Thrift clothing drive at DPC will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. They will be accepting donations of clothing, household items, décor, and gently used toys and books. The proceeds will benefit organizations that help children, including Hunting Park Christian Academy. Drop-offs will be accepted under the Mechanics Street bridge, and large item pick-ups can be arranged by calling Lou Zoppel at 610-334-9129. 

 

Feed My Starving Children Meal Packing Event

Sunday, October 2 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Feed My Starving ChildrenFeed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers to hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children. The meals are sent to partners around the world where they're used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Delaware Valley University will be hosting a meal packing event the weekend of October 26 –  29, and a large group from DPC will be going together right after worship on Sunday, October 29 from 1p.m. – 3p.m. Anyone ages 5+ may volunteer, so this is a great event to do as a family. To sign up to volunteer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue

Ongoing - Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning 

rolling harvestLooking for a way to help your neighbors in need this summer and fall? Rolling Harvest, a Bucks County nonprofit that works with local farmers to provide fresh produce to low income residents and food pantries, needs help with planting, weeding, and harvesting vegetables every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9 am - 11 am at the Carversville Farm Foundation in Mechanicsville (just 10 minutes from church). Anyone 8 or older is welcome to volunteer with a parent. If you plan on going, please contact Erin Rizk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

DPC Community Meal

Ongoing - Third Sunday of Each Month

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/DPCMeal817

 

Aid for Friends

Ongoing - Third Tuesday of Each Month

affThe 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.

 

Care and Share Thrift Shoppes

Ongoing - Third Friday of the Month

careshare.jpgWhat: 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!!

For More Information: Contact Erin Rizk in the church office at 215.348.3531 x232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign-up for this opportunity.

 

 

Good Stuff Thrift Store

Ongoing

good stuff thriftLocated 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.

 

Red Bird Mission School Box Top Program

Ongoing

boxtopDid 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
Andrews Hall.

For more information on the Red Bird Mission School, visit their website at http://school.rbmission.org/. 

 

New Britain Food Larder

Ongoing - Every Sunday

beansWe 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

Ongoing

pdaPresbyterian 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.

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


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

bsm logoBroad 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.
Volunteer times include Mondays (7am - 9am); Tuesdays (7am - 9am and 3pm – 6pm); Wednesdays (3pm – 6pm); Thursdays (10:30am – 2pm); Fridays (10:30am - 1:30pm) and Saturdays (10:45am – 1:30pm). For more information, please click contact Christine Moriarty, volunteer coordinator, at 215-735-4847 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ages: 16 and older. Ages 12 and above are welcomed with parental supervision.

 

Code Blue

csshCode 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."

Ages: Adults

 

Bucks County Housing Group

bchglogoBucks 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

 

Philabundance

philabundancePhilabundance is a food bank in Philadelphia that contributes to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond. There are a variety of ways to volunteer, including in the Hunger Relief Center, the Community Food Center, and the Fresh for All program. To learn more about these opportunities, visit their website or contact 215-339-0900 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Cradles to Crayons

cradlestocrayonsCradles to Crayons collects new or gently used toys, books, clothing, etc., for children living in homeless or low-income situations in Philadelphia. Volunteers help to sort and pack donations. Families are welcomed Wednesday – Fridays from 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm, Tuesdays from 6pm – 8pm, and select Saturdays from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. For more information, please contact Courtney Straka at 215-836-0958 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ages: 6 and older

 

Habitat ReStore

habitatrestoreHabitat's ReStore is located in Chalfont and sells new and gently-used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build and renovate more homes and communities. If you'd like to volunteer at the Habitat ReStore, tasks include unloading deliveries, cleaning and testing donations, stocking merchandise and assisting customers. For more information, please visit their website or the volunteer coordinator at 215.822.2812 x302 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ages: 14 and older

 

Hunting Park Christian Academy

hpcaDoylestown Presbyterian Church has a strong relationship with Hunting Park Christian Academy, which provides a Christian-based education to children living in inner city Philadelphia. There are many ways to get involved, including tutoring in reading or math; teaching a lesson in art, music, or gym; giving a presentation at career day; assisting with mailings or other office work; or leading a biblical lesson during chapel time using drama, music, or dance. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Deane, director of development, at 215-324-9180 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ages: 16 and older

 

VITA

vitaVITA 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

womansplaceA 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.

For more information, visit their website or contact Lark Irwin at 215-343-9241 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ages: 12 to adult

 

The Village (Presbyterian Children's Village)

the villagePresbyterian 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.

Ages: Adults

 

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