Central Presbyterian Church

Summer of Service 2021

Service is Central!

Central Presbyterian has been partnering with the downtown community for over 150 years! Service is at the heart of our ministry. Summer of Service includes service opportunities for all ages and time commitments. We challenge you to participate in two service activities between Memorial Day and Labor Day. As COVID-19 has impacted our community and lifestyle, we continue to learn about and best adapt to the needs of our mission partners while expanding our reach in the city and into the world.

2021 Volunteer Opportunities

Women’s Homeless Initiative (WHI)

Thursdays, May 20, 27, June 3, July 15, 22, August 12, 19, 26 | 9am   

Help make lunches for people experiencing homelessness. We gather (wearing masks) at Central and prepare the lunches. Contact Molly Brown to participate.

WHI plans to reopen in late fall 2021 by hosting women experiencing homelessness in churches for safe overnight accommodations. WHI has raised $50,000 of the $150,000 needed to reopen. Ideas on grants? Donors? Grant writing expertise? Contact WHI Executive Director, Diana Flahive: flahive@flahive.us or 303.832.4188.

Team Zimbabwe Elephant Rock Bike Ride

June 6

Ride for Team Zimbabwe in the Elephant Rock Ride at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, CO. There is also a virtual ride option and kids under 18 ride free. The ride supports the Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care (HCOC) near Murewa, Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Mission Partnership is led by 9 member churches of the Denver Presbytery, including Central. Register at: Partnership http://zimpartnership.org/team-zimbabwe

Habitat for Humanity/ Carpenter’s Helpers

June 12, 7:45am-3:30pm

Six volunteer spots available at a New Construction Site, Aria Homes.

Pre-registration required: centralpres.denver.volunteerhub.com/. All participants must be 16+ & register online by May 28.

New Genesis Transitional Shelter

June 16, July 14, August 25

We will provide dinner meals to New Genesis residents three evenings this summer. Contact Molly Brown, molly@centraldenver.com if you can help cook and/or drop off food.

La Puente Mission Trip to Alamosa

June 19-23

This intergenerational trip works with La Puente, an organization serving the San Luis Valley’s homeless and community members in crisis. Activities will include working with PALS (Positive Activities Lead to Success) children’s program and making facility repairs. Contact Molly Brown, molly@centraldenver.com for more information.

Earth Care at Central

Wednesday, July 21 | 7:30pm

Gather in Molly Brown’s backyard to watch I am Greta (Greta Thunberg) for Earth Care inspiration.

Join us after 9am Outdoor Worship this summer for community walks to clean up the neighborhood. We will sort our collections into recyclables and trash.

We Don’t Waste

Tuesday, August 17 | 12:30–3:30pm

We Don’t Waste works to reduce hunger and food waste in the Denver area by recovering quality, unused food from the food industry and delivering it to nonprofit partners. (Central members transport food from We Don’t Waste to New Genesis Transitional Housing Shelter on a weekly basis!)  Help feed hundreds of families by filling market attendee’s cars with bags of food at Presentation of Our Lady Church. Sign up online: https://wedontwaste.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/17

Zimbabwe Mission Partnership Open

Wednesday, September 1 

Calling ALL Golfers!  The Zimbabwe Mission Partnership invites you to enjoy a round of golf on September 1 at the beautiful Arrowhead Golf Course. The ZMP Open supports the Heather Chimhogoa Orphan Care Center and clinic in Zimbabwe. Golfer Fee: $200 which includes a grab-and-go breakfast, lunch, golf, and all golfer service charges. Register at: https://birdease.com/zmpopen. Please contact Celeste or Rob Habiger at 720.398.8025 or rchabiger@gmail.com for information and questions.

Central Visitation Program (CVP)

TBD

Help CVP staff adapt to construction at Central by setting up the remodeled office, plus do a deep clean for all the toys and rooms. To bring their new space up to date, they are requesting new posters/pictures that are welcoming for the children and families they provide supervised visits for at Central. Contact Molly Brown, molly@centraldenver.com to sign up.

Metro Caring

Ongoing throughout the summer

Two volunteer shifts available: 9-11:30am & 12-3pm. Youth under 14 should have an adult with them. Sign up for time slots on the website: www.metrocaring.org. You can continue to support Metro Caring by donating food, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and reusable grocery bags and financial support is always welcome.

Casa De Paz

Ongoing throughout the summer

Casa de Paz reunites families separated by immigrant detention. Volunteers can deliver meals, sign up as pen pals and even join a volley ball league. Learn more at www.casadepazcolorado.org/get-involved

Denver Inner City Parish (DICP)

Ongoing throughout the summer

DICP is looking for volunteers who can help sort and make food boxes for distribution and deliver boxes to community members. DICP needs latex gloves, masks, sanitizer, dried foods, canned goods, diapers, formula and baby food. Sign up at www.dicp.org/support.

Urban Peak

Ongoing throughout the summer

Due to COVID-19, volunteer meal service opportunities are on hold. If you would like to support Urban Peak, volunteer groups are encouraged to order meals for 50 individuals from local restaurants or catering companies to be delivered to the Drop-In Center or Shelter. If you are interested, please contact donate@urbanpeak.org.

21-Day Racial Justice Challenge

The challenge invites us to do something every day to raise awareness about the perniciousness of racism and encourage action in response to that awareness. Check out the activities at www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/racism/

Rainbow Alley (RA)

RA’s drop in center for LGBTQ+ youth remains virtual due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a potential activity for Denver Pridefest (June 26-27).

Presbytery of Havana, Cuba Partnership

Central continues to partner with the Havana Presbytery and monitors abilities to travel to Cuba later 2021 due to COVID-19.

…I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36

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