"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
(Jesus, Matthew 25:35-36, New International Version)
ALLIED CHURCHES OF ALAMANCE COUNTY
The mission of ACAC is to prevent and end homelessness and food insecurity through providing direct service and leadership in collaborative community efforts.
ACAC operates an emergency shelter, resource day center, community kitchen, and food pantry. ACAC seeks to provide basic needs as well as resources and case management support in order to meet social, educational, health, and other needs of the hungry and homeless in the surrounding community. In addition, we work with several community partners to provide services to shelter guests during their stay, and continued support once they have exited the shelter.
FUN FRIDAYS AT SPRINGWOOD
On alternate Fridays, we partner with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities for a morning experience of friendship building, isolation-busting fun. Activities include cooking or baking, crafts, singing, games, poetry or writing, tea time, and devotions. Springwood volunteers have been blessed by the spiritual depth shared by our partners from Peacehaven Community and Ralph Scott Life Services. We are learning much from them!
SEDALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Springwood volunteers serve as reading buddies and math friends at Sedalia School through CLASS - Congregations Linking and Supporting Schools, and the Guilford County Schools volunteer program. Children need caring adults to support them in their skill development, and for some of these kids, our volunteers are the only folks outside of their classroom teacher who will do that with them. Research shows a strong correlation between literacy and success in life, and we are blessed to be able to participate in this life-giving ministry to young children.
THIRD WEDNESDAY LUNCH SERVICE
On the third Wednesday of each month, Springwood prepares, cooks, and serves lunch for more than 100 homeless persons and families at Allied Churches. The Kitchen prepares nutritious and delicious meals to those in need. Of course those staying in the homeless shelter eat there. But there are also a large number of persons and families that eat there as well. More volunteers are always welcomed.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every four weeks we deliver meals to the elderly and homebound in the Gibsonville area through Alamance County Meals on Wheels. With the help of volunteers, this organization serves about 380 meals each weekday to individuals in our community who are homebound.
MEALS ON WHEELS
TWIN LAKES CONNECTION
Whether a service of communion or hanging Christmas lights, Springwood members regularly enjoy fellowship at the Twin Lakes Retirement Community. A number of our active members are residents in the community.
Aside from volunteering and leading worship in local organizations, we at Springwood collect money for a wide variety of causes. Thousands of dollars are given by our congregation every year. Some more recent causes we have supported include:
One Great Hour of Sharing
Christmas Joy Offering
The CROP Walk
Pennies for Hunger
The Heifer Project
Church World Service Blankets and Tools
World Mission Project of the Presbyterian Church
Souper Bowl of Hunger
Children's Hope Alliance