Go Local: What happens when you engage your neighbors? Find out from your Carmel Family!

 

Check out the list below for opportunities to  serve our neighbors or click Here!

Carmel's Local Outreach ministry partners and collaborates with organizations and churches throughout the city in order to care for the hidden and forgotten in our community.

We are FOR Empowerment - We desire to see the marginalized move from a cycle of dependence to a place of holistic shalom. Examples of ministry include Charlotte Rescue Mission and East Charlotte Partnerships and investment.

We are FOR Mercy (Care) - We desire to love and serve the vulnerable in order to address unmet needs, Examples include advocating and caring for preborn, low income older adults and those with special needs.

We are FOR Collaborations - We collaborate with organizations in the community who work to enhance the care and support of the vulnerable and marginalized in our community. Examples include Beds for Kids and Joni & Friends.

Check out the list below for opportunities to  serve our neighbors. 

 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Angela Schlottman or Dawn Morton

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself."   Matthew 22:37-39

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Local Outreach Opportunities

Want to know how to care for the Hidden and Forgotten in Charlotte? 

Be sure to read Enews each week 

That is where we will share the latest collection opportunity or volunteer need. In addition, glance at the list of ministry opportunities below. Some of these are great for individuals and families, and some are well suited for you to do with your small group. 

Email the Carmel Neighbors Outreach Team

 Email us at  . Yes, we know that you will want to email the ministry directly. That makes sense. BUT, experience has shown that you're likely to get a quicker and more coordinated response if you start by emailing us. We can get you to the right person quickly, and even connect you with others from Carmel who are also serving!

What Opportunities are Available? 

Holiday Outreach Opportunities : Looking for a way to love our neighbors this Christmas season?

  • Project 658's Christmas shop: A dignified way to help families this holiday season.  Want to participate?
    1. Check out this Amazon Wish List!
    2. Purchase the item from Amazon (or another store)
    3. Return to Carmel no later than Friday, December 3 (Drop off in the bins by the "Neighbors" Wall in the Gathering Space)
  • Winter Wonderland Respite Night with Joni and Friends:  Respite Night is a time for families with children with special needs to have a few hours away while their child and their siblings are cared for, and engaged by Joni & Friends and other volunteers!  Whether you are welcoming families, setting up activities, caring for siblings, or serving as a buddy, we have a place for you! Fun is guaranteed and training will be provided.
    1. WHEN: Saturday, December 4 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    2. WHERE: Morrison YMCA / Forest Hills Church Ballantyne campus
    3. VOLUNTEER: Click HERE to sign up

Encouraging Adults

  • Charlotte Rescue Mission- Rebound: Connect with residents monthly though serving a meal and connecting around the table. Lots of encouragement can happen around a table! Opportunities for virtual and in person GED tutors, interview coaching, etc. 
  • Charlotte Rescue Mission- Dove's Nest: Connect with residents monthly through meals, game times or Wednesday night bible study. Also have needs for volunteers to organize donations and greet visitors. 
  • Changed Choices: Encourage a woman in prison or in the community post release through card writing, pen pals or mentorship. 
  • Project 658: Support refugee and immigrant families through English classes, childcare, tutoring, and other family activities to encourage and equip. 
 

Empowering Children

  • CMS Partner School: Merry Oaks & Lansdowne: Form relationships through tutoring at risk students (training provided), write cards of encouragement to tired teachers, meet unique needs such as snacks, clothes, and incentives for the schools throughout the year (Just ask neighbors ministry what the current need is!)
  • Present Age Ministry: Join the fight to end human trafficking by becoming a trained advocacy or school prevention volunteer with Present Age Ministries. They are a trusted, Christ centered organization in the community that works closely with the legal and social service system to care for, and prevent human trafficking. 
 

Caring for Vulnerable

  • Carrington Place: Serve Ice cream weekly on Saturdays or provide prayer and encouragement through a monthly devotion time with elderly residents on Saturday afternoons. 
  • Congregations for Kids: Foster Parent Orientation 10/19 at 7pm via zoom. Learn about NC licensing course, the process to become foster parents and ask questions about the process with other believers in Charlotte. Click here to register. Also be on lookout for volunteer opportunities in December when Carmel hosts We See You event for Foster Care families and social workers. 
  • QCPRC: Charlotte's QC PRC is still getting up and running in their new location, but opportunities are coming to mentor, encourage and meet needs of at-risk families in Charlotte. Stay tuned for more details!

We have more opportunities so always feel free to just ask us about the needs, opportunities or where you can plug in! Email   for next steps.

Outreach Updates

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who served in Charlotte on October 9, 2021 for "We Serve 2021." What a joy it was to drive around Charlotte and see all ages coming together to love our neighbors. The work completed is seen and greatly appreciated by our Local Ministry Partners. It strengthened the relationship the church has with these partners and the prayers you prayed for our city and ministry partners was significant!!

We do events like WE SERVE to meet practical needs of our partners, but also to give you a chance to go in the community, learn about our ministry partners, and start to discern how you can take next steps to building new relationships with the hidden and forgotten in our city.  

 

Neighbors Resources

"YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. THIS IS THE GREAT AND FIRST COMMANDMENT. AND A SECOND IS LIKE IT: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." - JESUS

 

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR:

To be a disciple of Jesus requires a personal commitment to both the Great Commandments and Great Commission, which call all Christians to love their neighbors and make disciples.

SERVE YOUR NEIGHBOR:

Just as Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, Carmel is called to serve our neighbors.

HOW CAN I LOVE & SERVE MY NEIGHBORS?

There are a variety of practical ways for you to love and serve your neighbors. Below is a list that includes websites, resources, articles and books that can help equip you in your efforts to connect with your neighbors.

Outreach Training: At various times throughout the year, our team offers specialized training on serving in your community. We believe it is important to be prepared as we go, and to ensure we do not harm as we help.  To set up a presentation or training for your Small Group, email 

Meet Your Neighbors: Explore ongoing mission opportunities with our Neighbor ministry partners in Charlotte. Ask questions and get connected to serve! To request the "Meet Your Neighbor" training for your small group, email   . 

"Loving Where You Live" Sermon Series

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