Our church has a wonderful history of reaching out to those in need, in our local community as well as abroad. Our congregation has assisted families left homeless by Hurricane Katrina; sustained vital programs close to home, such as Los Niños Primero, the Community Action Center, and Clifton Sanctuary; and helped establish a sister church and school in Lusaka, Zambia. Our church is blessed to be a strong, constant presence both in our own community and across the world.
Los Niños Primero (“Kids First”)
Volunteer to assist a teacher, make snacks, be a field trip chaperone, or help in other ways at LNP. This is a three-week day camp educational experience co-sponsored by our church and school especially for Latino preschoolers in our neighborhood. Begun in 2001, it has helped many children get a leg-up before beginning school. Visit the Los Niños Primero website.
Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb is a network of congregations in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell and Alpharetta that hosts homeless families with children on a quarterly basis. MVPC and the other member congregations host up to 4 families at a time, allowing the families to eat and sleep at the church during the host week. Volunteers provide food and supplies, wash linens, and stay with the families at the church during our host weeks. Sign-up here for more information or to help with our next session.
Garden Presbyterian Church and School
Church members travel annually to meet the teachers and visit with students in the first through sixth grades at Garden Presbyterian School in Lusaka, Zambia. Our church supports this school by funding the teachers’ salaries and providing materials. While in Lusaka, church members also visit Crisis Nurseries and observe many other programs of the Alliance for Children Everywhere (ACE). www.childreneverywhere.org
Community Assistance Center (CAC)
Assist in the office, food pantry, or clothing closet of this Interfaith cooperative. Founded by MVPC and housed here its first 18 years, CAC now has its own space at 1130 Hightower Trail, Atlanta 30350.. CAC responds to emergency needs of local residents and is staffed by volunteers of the 21 sponsoring congregations and one paid director. Hours M-F, 10 am – 2 pm. Tel. Business Office: 770-552-4889, Helpline: 770-552-4015. Visit the Community Assistance Center website. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMIS (Atlanta Ministry with International Students)
Befriend a foreign college or grad student for a year or host one in your home during Christmas vacation. www.amis-inc.org
Clifton Night Hospitality
Prepare and/or serve dinner to the homeless on the third Sunday evening of the month. For more than 25 years the doors of Clifton Sanctuary have offered a place of rest, shelter, healing and support to the homeless men of Atlanta. www.cliftonsanctuary.com