Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

serve – in the community

Connecting our gifts and passions with service to our neighbors

Our local outreach ministries aim to connect people's gifts and passions with service to our neighbors, building caring and nurturing relationships with people struggling with poverty, homelessness or hunger.
How would you like to share your gifts? Here are several of the ministries and partners that we support.
Contact Director of Mission & Outreach, Lucy Crain, to learn more.

Lift up Students this Fall

Each fall, thanks to donations from our members, Covenant provides 200 backpacks for Highland students filled with supplies for the academic year ahead. This year, we're assembling bags for children at The Mezzanine on Freedom, too. We’re collecting supplies now through August 13, and on Sunday, August 22, all are invited to a special Blessing of the Backpacks for students, teachers and families embarking on the new school year.

Responding to hunger needs

Dinner for neighbors at Roof Above
Fifth Tuesdays each month
(about 4 times a year)

 Texas Hash casseroles, desserts and fresh fruit are needed for each meal, and people (older than 16) are invited to come serve the meal at the shelter. 

Sort food, box groceries for neighbors in need
Second and Fourth Tuesdays every month

Food insecurity will affect nearly 1 in 5 North Carolina residents in 2021. Loaves & Fishes has launched temporary mobile pantries across the city. Covenant folks can sort food twice each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or sign up to be a delivery driver here.

Operation Sandwich
Second Mondays every month

You can make 25 sandwiches and bring them to church,
where Lucy will be outside to collect
and deliver directly to Roof Above's day services center. 

Apply for Mission Grants

In response to God's Grace, our mission is to participate in holistic partnerships with organizations which provide hope, help, and dignity to those in the severest need.

It is the calling and purpose of the Grant's Committee of the Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by extending God's love beyond our congregation.

Our commitment is to serve the poor, the needy, the weak and the oppressed. The work of this Committee is to send an offering into the community, providing a ministry of money and engagement with God's children who cry out for help.

The following criteria guide our evaluation of grant requests:
  • We consider only non-profit 501-3C organizations.
  • We prioritize requests based on focus in one of 4 areas in the Charlotte area: hunger, housing/homelessness, poverty, children at risk.
  • We seek evidence that the organizations/agencies we fund use grant monies primarily for programming versus administrative or general operating needs.
  • We encourage grant requests in the range of $1,000 - $10,000 although we will consider larger requests.
  • We seek organizations/agencies that can ensure availability of volunteer outreach opportunities for Covenant members.
  • We verify that Covenant Presbyterian Church is not the sole source of revenue.
  • We request your most recent audited financial statements and a current list of the Board of Directors.
  • We consider only grant requests that meet all deadlines.

Note: For 2022 budget consideration, grant requests must be received no later than August 31, 2021. Grants decisions are made in January and notifications will be made at that time. 

Contact Lucy Crain for more information.

Covenant's commitment to the Community

Covenant Presbyterian Church is honored to support the creation of affordable housing in Charlotte with a contribution of $1 million to Roof Above.

Roof Above, the merged Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, is converting a hotel on Clanton Road into an apartment complex with 88 units and services for some of the city’s most vulnerable neighbors.
Covenant’s donation, made possible by an incentivizing gift, an estate gift, and the strong support of Covenant’s entire congregation, nearly completes fundraising for the $12.5 million project, enabling Roof Above to move forward with plans to break ground in early May, with housing ready to open by December 2021. This donation does not include an additional $500,000 raised for affordable during our Capital Campaign For a Whole Community, which will be allocated to a separate effort in the near future.

This permanent supportive housing will be similar to Moore Place, a 120-unit community established in 2012, which moves people directly from chronic homelessness to housing and surrounds them with supportive services, like nursing care, case management, social activities, and psychiatric care.
The Clanton Road complex will provide shelter and services for 15% of Mecklenburg County’s chronically homeless population, all of whom are at the top of a community-based vulnerability index.

Covenant’s Session unanimously voted in favor of the grant as proposed by a Planning & Evaluation Board (P&E) Task Force formed to recommend use of funds to address the critical need for affordable housing in our community.

The Clanton Road apartments are located less than five miles from uptown and in close proximity to public transportation, a grocery store, a branch of the Charlotte Y, and a health clinic.
During an Easter morning announcement, Phil Koonce, Clerk of Session, presented a check on Covenant’s behalf to Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above, at the site of the apartment complex on Clanton Road.  (View the announcement.)

“It has been a privilege for Covenant to serve with Roof Above at Moore Place, the Men’s Shelter and other endeavors throughout the years,” he said, “and it is an honor to support the creation of permanent supportive housing here. We do so with deepest gratitude for Roof Above’s work and pledge to work together to bring hope and new life to these residents.”

Liz Clasen-Kelly received the gift with gratitude, proclaiming “this is an amazing celebration of life and what we will do is invest in creating stability, dignity and safety for people here, and we could not be prouder to have Covenant as a partner here.”
Rendering of planned renovations/additions.
This announcement comes with an invitation to everyone at Covenant and the greater community to consider how we might build upon this contribution, making a direct impact and further embracing this opportunity to serve God’s most vulnerable people in our city.

“I thank you all at Covenant for your strong contributions and generous support,” says Senior Minister Bob Henderson. “We’re not finished with all the funding that is needed for Roof Above for this affordable housing solution and I encourage everyone to consider how else we might support the ministry there.” 

Community  service Opportunities

Freedom School

When you open books, you open doors. Freedom Schools summer programs give children three resources needed to develop their potential and inspire a love of reading and learning – literacy skills, character strengths and a community that believes in them. Covenant supports a Freedom School site at Highland Renaissance Academy serving 60 children in grades K-8.

Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter of Charlotte)

On fifth Tuesdays (about 4 times a year), volunteers from Covenant serve donated Texas Hash casseroles to neighbors who rely on the shelter. Casseroles, desserts and fresh fruit are needed for each meal, and people (older than 16) are invited to serve the meal at the shelter. 

Moore Place

Join the team to provide a Thanksgiving meal at Moore Place, a community for folks overcoming homelessness. You can help in advance by preparing side dishes and delivering supplies on the day of the event, or/and you can help serve the meal. This partnership is special to both Covenant and Moore Place — we are the only group each year that serves a holiday dinnertime meal to the residents! 

Highland Renaissance Academy – Our CMS Partner School

There are many ways to get involved with Highland Renaissance Academy, located just north of uptown at 125 W. Craighead Road. Covenant's longstanding partnership with Highland continues to lift up teachers and students by providing reading buddies, teacher appreciation brunches and more.

Want to Learn more about serving in the Community?

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