In Our Community
At Northwest Presbyterian, we affirm and bear out our faith by extending ourselves into the community and world through deeds. Members can make a difference in a variety of local, regional, and global service projects. Check the NWPC Weekly or the Announcements on this Web site for current opportunities.
By providing financial support and giving of our volunteer time and talents, we help many organizations outside our walls that minister to those in need, including:
Agape Community Center: An outreach of Trinity Presbyterian Church, this ministry helps build community by offering programs for children, disabled persons, older adults, and families in the Bolton Road area. Northwest Presbyterian volunteers serve as tutors for the after-school enrichment program (grades K-12). Also, Presbyterian Women of Northwest provides and serves food periodically.
Buckhead Christian Ministries: Since 1987, this ministry has provided compassionate emergency assistance to individuals and families in need. The organization provides a wide range of services, including emergency financial aid, food supplies through its Food Pantry, a thrift store, and seasonal donation drives. Northwest Presbyterian members stock the pantry periodically and donate generously to the Christmas toy drive.
Calvin Court: Located in Buckhead, Calvin Court is a part of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, offering affordable housing for seniors. Each year, Presbyterian Women of Northwest collects single-serving food items for the Calvin Court food pantry. Items are delivered at the annual Calvin Court Birthday Party held each April. Northwest Presbyterian Women volunteers help make the occasion festive by providing food and fellowship.
Central Presbyterian Night Shelter: Twice a year, volunteers from Northwest and Presbyterian Women of Northwest prepare, deliver and serve two meals (a hot dinner and a sack lunch) for 75 or more homeless men at Central Presbyterian Night Shelter. Additionally, the shelter is the recipient of one of Northwest Presbyterian’s most cherished service opportunities: the annual ditty bag project. Each fall, Presbyterian Women sew the bags and ask members to help stuff the bags with toiletries, gloves, socks, hats, and other necessities. The bags are distributed to the men at the evening meal.
Clifton Night Shelter: Started in 1979, the shelter provides meals, beds, and a sense of community to as many as 36 men every night of the year. The ministry depends on volunteers from local churches. Northwest Presbyterian provides volunteers on the fourth Saturday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December) from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Volunteers provide food and fellowship.
FCS Urban Ministries: Family Consultation Services was established in 1976 as a nonprofit counseling agency for low-income clients. Today, FCS Urban Ministries is a community-development agency focusing its efforts on four Atlanta neighborhoods: Summerhill, Grant Park, East Lake, and South Atlanta. Northwest Presbyterian is involved in many ways, including supporting the FCS Family Store with clothing and toy collections.
Habitat for Humanity: Each year, members join with other churches and business partners to build an affordable house for a low-income family, who otherwise would not be able to afford a home. Working through Habitat for Humanity, our volunteers participate in all aspects of home-building from framing to painting to landscaping.
Thanksgiving Baskets: Each fall, our members collect and sort canned goods, staples, and fresh foods for Thanksgiving baskets, which are then delivered by Northwest Presbyterian volunteers to families in need. We work with FCS Urban Ministries (see above) to identify several "grandparents" who need and appreciate the items. Baskets are also delivered to Northwest Presbyterian's "adopted" families in the Reynoldstown community as well as the family assisted through our Habitat for Humanity project (see above).
Thornwell Children's Home: Located in Clinton, S.C., this ministry provides housing, education, counseling, and other services to children in need. Both Northwest at large and Presbyterian Women support Thornwell through our popular Angel Tree project at Christmas, encouraging members to "adopt" a child and fulfill his or her Christmas wish list. Additionally, Presbyterian Women sponsors the Bryan-Mac Cottage, enabling these middle school and high school boys to enjoy outings throughout the year. Many members also have participated in mission trips to Thornwell to help maintain its facilities.