Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

serve – in the community

help at covenant's freedom school pop-up site

Responding to COVID-19, Freedom Schools will pivot to outdoor "pop-up" sites in July. As always, the mission is to prevent summer learning loss and inspire a love of learning among children.

Covenant's Freedom School will be held in the parking lot at the Sugar Creek Library. You can choose a day to provide snack bags. Snacks can go in individual paper bags (decorated or not decorated) or in Ziplocks. Simple welcome notes, drawings or cards are welcome as well. Please no specifically Christian messages.

Need funding for a worthy cause? Apply for a grant

Covenant provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in the following areas:  Hunger; housing/homelessness; poverty; and children at risk. Decisions are made in January. Notifications are made at that time. Click below for an application form.

Covenant’s Grants Committee Mission Statement
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.

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.

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 $1,500-$10,000, although we will consider larger requests.
  • We seek organizations/agencies that can ensure availability of outreach opportunities for Covenant members (e.g., volunteer, board, and staff).
  • We verify that Covenant Presbyterian Church is not the sole source of revenue.
  • We request your most recent audited financial statements.
  • We encourage agency representatives to speak to the Grants Committee about their initiatives.
  • We consider only grant requests that meet all deadlines as published on our website. 

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.

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! 

Room In the Inn

Rotating with other local churches from December through March, we offer our homeless neighbors caring hospitality by inviting them into our church home, preparing the evening meal, extending a helping hand and listening ear, and providing a warm, safe place to sleep. 

Charlotte Family Housing Hope Team

Join a Charlotte Family Housing Hope Team. This collaborative effort empowers working families to end a cycle of poverty with the help of a support system. Adults can join a HOPE team - a group of four to six people that provide a support system to one family in the form of friendship and advocacy. 

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?

We would love to hear from you. Drop us a line and we'll get back to you shortly.