We are a Community that Makes a Difference!
At St. Peter’s we have a passion for helping others. The Outreach Advocates are the ministry group that coordinates support (time, talent, and funds) to organizations outside the parish. Our mission statement: To support the larger vision of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Diocese of South Carolina, the Outreach Advocates group seeks to serve God and change lives by helping to meet the needs of our local community and the world through Christ-centered outreach.
St. Peter’s parish assists the organizations listed below with programs designed to help those in need. Working with the Vestry Liaison to the group, the Outreach Advocates evaluate these programs and requests to determine where monetary contributions should be focused. With vestry approval, the group distributes funds, allocated from the church’s operating budget, to these organizations.
Outreach Advocates actively meet with representatives of these organizations to coordinate service projects and opportunities for the parish. Weekly food drives, collection of needed supplies for the homeless, blood drives, community meals, backpack supplies for school children, and Christmas gifts for families in need are just a few of the ways we seek to serve.
St. Peter’s Outreach Advocates meet on the third Monday of each month (except July) at 7 PM in the church parlor. There are many ways to support our efforts, whether you have time, talent or money to contribute. We are always looking for new ideas, new members and new volunteers. Please contact any Outreach Advocate for more information.
2018 Group Chair: Bob James
2018 Vestry Liaison: Deb Yochum, Madison Powell, Tom Priddy
Local Organizations & Opportunities
St. Peter’s is proud to partner with Harvest Hope Food Bank to provide weekend food for at least 24 students at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School in downtown Greenville. 1 in 4 children in South Carolina are food insecure – they may not know where their next meal is coming from. These kids are fed breakfast and lunch at school, but may not have dinner when they get home. Weekends are more of the same. Through the support of generous donors and grants, Harvest Hope provides a backpack full of healthy food for over 2,000 kids each weekend. The backpack contains 7 meals plus snacks to sustain these kids until Monday morning. The goal is to make sure that children are fed, but the results are far greater than that. Children who are well fed show improvements in grades, attendance, behavior, and attention. And the cost is so reasonable:
$7.50 will feed a child for a weekend
$270 will feed a child for a school year
We need donors, packers, and deliverers to be successful. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dotti Priddy (or contact any Outreach Advocates member). Thank you for caring about our area children. For more information on Harvest Hope, www.harvesthope.org
We coordinate two blood drives a year with The Blood Connection. Contact: Paige Griffin
Every year in December, members of St. Peter’s parish come together to make Christmas merrier for families and older adults who do not have the means to celebrate with traditional gifts. The Service Committee works with contacts at various social services agencies to identify and contact several families in need to obtain a Christmas wish list. The requested items are purchased by parish members and service groups. Many years we also supply groceries for the Christmas dinner, thanks to several parish members. The wrapped gifts are delivered to the families the weekend before Christmas.
Get Involved: Contact Meta Armstrong
We have four gardens dedicated to providing organic vegetables to Miracle Hill Shepherd's Gate Women's Shelter. We deliver produce weekly during the growing season (March - October). Get Involved: Contact Delores Smith
Periodically, St Peter's hosts a Community Movie Night for the surrounding community. Families from the surrounding area gather at St. Peters Pavilion for a night of fellowship and refreshments. It's a great way to meet and get to know members of the church outside of the traditional Sunday liturgical services. Contact: Madison Powell
Founded in 2010, Feed Thy Neighbor has grown to become a cooperative effort of the Episcopal community in Greenville. St. Peter’s, St. Andrew’s, St. James' and Christ Church feed the homeless every Saturday at St. Andrew’s in downtown Greenville. St. Peter’s volunteers serve on the fourth Saturday. We have fed upwards of 90 people, who otherwise might not eat that day. The menu is simple: eggs, ham biscuits and grits, juice and coffee, and sometimes cookies and fruit. Diners have been heard to comment that we serve the best breakfast in Greenville.
Get Involved: Contact Franca George for more information or to volunteer.
Greenville Free Medical Clinic is an integral part – the safety net – of the health care delivery system in the Greenville community. For over twenty-five years, the clinic has provided health care and wellness services at no charge to people who cannot pay for care and to those who do not insurance available to them. The Clinic helps the uninsured stay healthy!
Get Involved: http://greenvillefreeclinic.org, 864-232-1470 or contact Bobby Goodman.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness. The ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety. In a typical year, HFH of Greenville County champions about one dozen projects, which often include recycling of materials and weatherization. They operate two “Restore” facilities that accept building materials and home décor items from the public at 5201 West Wade Hampton Blvd. and 305 Rutherford Rd.
Each year, St. Peter's has joined with other churches to work on building a home in the Greenville area. Click here to sign up to work on a St. Peter's team (Note: this link will be updated when the time comes for us to join a build. Traditionally this has been in the early summer.).
To get involved individually contact the Greenville office for Habitat for Humanity - www.habitatgreenville.org, 864-370-4787 or contact Bob James.
Home Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996. Their mission is to show God's love by repairing homes of homeowners in need, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Individuals of all faith backgrounds are invited to join and share in this service of love, giving thanks to God for miracle after miracle. More than 30,000 volunteers have joined to repair homes of and bring hope to more than 1,900 homeowners, typically individuals retired or disabled and living on less than $12,000 per year. Volunteers include youth and adults, skilled and unskilled, from a variety of faith backgrounds and organizations. Repairs are done at no cost to homeowners and are funded by hundreds of individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors. Home Works is also a United Way agency. Repairs are often done in collaboration with city and county governments. Volunteers from St. Peter’s, both youth and adult, have assisted with several local and regional projects. There are 3 Greenville sessions each year: a one-day Saturday event each spring and fall, and the week-long youth mission event each summer.
: For information on projects St. Peter’s is participating in, contact Deb Yochum. For general information: www.homeworksofamerica.org
Laundry Love Greenville is a FREE laundry event on the last Tuesday of the month (6:30-8:30pm). We provide the cost of the machines, detergent, and dryer sheets. No strings attached. Clean clothes can make a world of difference for adults seeking employment and kids attending school. It is really simple: neighbors helping neighbors.
339 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
Greenville, SC 29607
Last Tuesday of the month
https://laundrylovegreenville.com/ or contact April Purvis.
Meals on Wheels of Greenville depends on volunteers to package and deliver meals each day. The individual connection each volunteer has is as nourishing to the clients as the food provided. Whether you give your time once a week or once a month your support is invaluable to fulfilling the Meals on Wheels mission and impacting the lives of 1,500 clients each day. St. Peter’s parishioners are currently delivering 9 routes which is approximately 90 meals each month!
: For information on volunteering please contact Meals on Wheels at 864-233-6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Delores Smith.
Mentor Upstate provides opportunities for community members to mentor local students in dozens of Greenville County public schools. The program recruits volunteers to commit one hour a week to meeting with an individual elementary or middle-school student throughout the school year. No special talents are needed. Volunteers are not tutors or counselors. A mentor is simply someone who provides a consistent smiling face and a willingness to listen to a student in need of some extra adult attention and encouragement.
Get Involved: For more information, email Jennifer Medlock at email@example.com, or check out Mentor Upstate’s website at www.mentorupstate.org or contact Deb Yochum.
The Soup Kitchen offers a balanced, nutritious meal each day, in a clean, safe and loving environment for all who are hungry. They serve 200 of our less fortunate neighbors Sunday through Friday, no questions asked. For some it is the only meal of the day, for others, the meals alleviate difficult decisions, such as whether to pay the energy bill or buy groceries. In 2015, over 42,000 meals were served at a price per meal of $.39.
Get Involved: www.projecthost.org, 864-235-3403 or contact Nicola Page
The Quilt Ministry is open to anyone in the parish who would like to help make lap size quilts for those who are ill, or struggling with a problem, or for a momentous celebration in ones' life. Father Furman determines the recipient for each quilt. We make the quilts by machine, every Wednesday, at the home of Betsy Cummings. You do not have to have any experience, just come, play with fabric and make new friends. Contact: Betsy Cummings
The Ronald McDonald House in Greenville serves as a home for critically ill or injured children and their families, providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most. There are so many ways you can participate in the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas - from preparing a meal to attending an event to giving of your time or resources.
At present St. Peters prepares a meal for the residents about once a month. This is an ad hoc group that can be joined at any time. To sign up to help with a meal, click here. Contact: Bob James.
In addition, there are many other opportunities to volunteer at the RMH. Several St. Peters parishioners are already helping in the office, baking cookies, etc. for more information on helping the house as an individual please follow this link: rmhc-carolinas.org.
Speak for Animals fills a need in our community for low cost options to have pets sterilized and vaccinated. Over the years, the mission has evolved to include humane education and distribution of pet food and supplies. Through collaborative effort with volunteers, veterinarians, and other animal welfare groups, they serve often overlooked areas of major need: disabled residents, at-risk animals, elementary humane education, and low income households.
In Greenville County in 2015 nearly 17,000 unwanted animals were surrendered to Greenville County Animal Care Services. Sadly, over 6,195 of these animals were euthanized. Many of these were healthy and adoptable dogs and cats that would have made wonderful companion animals, but the volume of surrendered animals far exceed the number of adoptive homes available. Spay and neutering is the only 100% effective method of birth control. By spaying and neutering your pets and by supporting Speak for Animals you are part of the solution.
864-421-0022 or contact Lauren Hill.
United Ministries provides life changing opportunities and advocacy for people in Greenville who lack education or employment skills, who are in financial crisis, or are homeless, and those who can help.
- Place of Hope
Couples tangible services such as laundry and showers with counseling and case management to meet the basic needs of the homeless
- Emergency Assistance
Provides rent, utilities and food in high-stress times
- Adult Education
Allows students to take control not only of their education but also their ensuing career path and life goals
- Employment Readiness
Assisting qualified participants in finding and obtaining a job
- United Ministries Interfaith Hospitality Network
United Ministries Interfaith Hospitality Network allows families with children to stay together as they confront the daunting challenges of tackling homelessness. The network consists of local congregations who share hospitality (in the form of emergency shelter, meals, and short-term housing) with homeless families that include children, and to help those families achieve self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment. IHN is the only local network that allows families to remain together in temporary housing. Four times per year, St. Peter's parish volunteers help host families at St. Giles Lutheran Church. Join us for this time of fun and fellowship. Help prepare a meal, enjoy dinner with these families, have a conversation or read a book to a child before bedtime. Contact for IHN: Bob James. Contact for Food Deliveries: Lauren Hill.
: Claire Winkler 864-335-2618, www.united-ministries.org
National and Global Organizations & Opportunities
Episcopal Relief & Development works with church partners and other organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. They rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger, and disease. Working in 40 countries, their programs have impacted the lives of approximately three million people worldwide.
or contact Betsy Cummings
The Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC) formed a sister relationship with the Diocese of Cange, Haiti in 1979. In 1981, the Ecole Bon Sauveur was established when EDUSC built a new school at Cange to replace one made from bamboo and banana leaves. St. Peter’s Service Committee regularly sends funds to support education of students at this school. $395 per quarter purchases books, uniforms, shoes and school supplies for four children.
At Cange, water for drinking, cooking, and bathing was obtained from a river 1,000 feet below. Attempts to drill wells had proven futile, and cisterns dug at the church to collect rainwater were ineffective. In 1984, Rev. Dennis Maynard led a team to study a large spring flowing out of a hillside near Cange that might serve as a source of water for Cange. The engineering team led by Pierce Williams and John Page surveyed and measure the flow of the spring’s water and concluded that the water could be pumped up to the Cange village. In 1985 the water system was completed – a mechanical marvel. The turbine cranked up as the water flowed from the spring down to the turbine and pump, and rose hundreds of feet above to three village fountains and then on to the mission. Cange was changed forever – from a dry, dusty, dirty squatters’ settlement to an oasis with running water. Running water was a catalyst to change lives. The Service Committee sends funds quarterly to help pay for the operation of the pump to continue to bring water where it is needed.
: More information on both of these missions can be found at www.edusc.org/world-mission-committee/changing-lives-in-haiti.html
Rise Against Hunger
gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, they have provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries. RAH is based in Raleigh, N.C., and operates throughout the U.S. and through affiliates in developing countries. They continually strive to be good stewards of the contributions they receive.
For the last 2 years, St. Peter’s has come together as a community and packaged 35,000 meals. The meals we packaged last October shipped in a container totaling 256,608 meals going to North Country Mission of Hope in Nicaragua. St. Peter’s has plans to package another 15,000 meals in October 2016 and make Stop Hunger Now an annual event for our community.
: For more information about this program, please contact Paige Griffin.
St. Peter's teamed up with the Islamic Center in October 2017 to package 31,000 meals.
Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) month held annually in April, is the nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. They encourage local businesses, non-profits, churches and schools to plant "pinwheel gardens" to increase awareness of the need to keep our children safe. The pinwheel symbolizes the carefree spirit of our childhood, they are used to draw attention to the solution of prevention and a visible presence of your commitment to preventing child abuse.
St. Peter's Outreach Advocates purchase pinwheels annually to support this awareness. The parish "plants" the pinwheels on a Sunday in April. For more information, contact Sandy McKenna or visit www.scchildren.org