Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

serve in the community
and the world

Connecting our gifts and passions with service to our neighbors

Our local and global 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.

Highland Renaissance Academy

Read, Roar, Soar!  
Read with a 3rd Grader
Third Tuesday Each Month

Volunteers are needed to join in reading and sharing books once a month with  3rd graders.  We will be visiting classrooms on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m..  No prep work is required.  You’ll be in a classroom with other volunteers to help children select books.  We share a little about the books and then help the children choose one to take home with them and spend some time reading together.  
Contact Alan Morrow for more information.

Kindergarten Tutoring
Tuesday or Thursday Mornings for 1 Hour

Volunteer for one-on-one tutoring with 3 kindergarten students (20 minutes each, same students each week) working on sight with vocabulary and reading. Tutors work on beginning sight words using word cards, writing and tracing words, reading a simple, patterned book to student.  Tutor & student read together, then student reads alone.
Contact Betty Graybeal for more information.

Teacher Appreciation Snacks and Brunches

During the school year, Covenant embraces those who nurture students at Highland day-after-day. We provide our traditional monthly brunches and periodic snack carts, delivering goodies and refreshing drinks to teachers as a reminder that what they do matters – a lot – throughout  the day.
Sign up to donate goodies! 

Hearth Math Tutoring at Highland

"Heart Math Tutoring was my favorite time of the week. I loved the eagerness of the children about learning and mastering math, probably for the first time."    -HMT Volunteer 

Heart Math Tutoring provides a fun way to build relationships with students while delivering academic skills crucial to their success. Anyone who can commit one volunteer hour per week can make an impact.
Volunteers are fully-trained and supported by Heart Math staff.  
Times for Highland are 9:30-10:30 or 2:15-3:15 Tuesday through Friday.
Sign up here!

Responding to Community Hunger needs

Two New Ways to Serve with Roof Above

Covenant participates in a long time partnership between area churches and Roof Above. We provide  cook teams and meal services to guests of the Roof Above Levine Men's Shelter (3406 Statesville Avenue) once per month, typically on the 1st Monday night and the 4th Wednesday morning. This is a great opportunity to provide a hot meal and  fellowship to these neighbors. Volunteers prepare, serve and help clean up. It is a meaningful and enjoyable time. No special skills required!

Dinner for Neighbors @ Roof Above
Fifth Tuesdays Each Month

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. 

Sort food at Loaves & Fishes
Second and Fourth Tuesdays 

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 11:00 a.m. or sign up to be a delivery driver here.

Operation Sandwich
First 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. 

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.

Meet Our Community Service Leaders

Freedom School

Lucy Crain, Director of Mission and Outreach

Lucy joined the Covenant staff in 2013 and enjoys connecting folks in the Covenant community with opportunities for outreach ministry. She works alongside our local and global partners to educate and engage our congregation in the good work being done here in Charlotte and around the world.  Lucy is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.  

Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter of Charlotte)

Moore Place

Nikki Zimmermann, Pastoral Resident for Mission and Outreach

Nikki was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia before heading to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. After college, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee as part of the 2016 Teach for America Corps where she taught 6th grade ELA. From Nashville, Nikki moved to Princeton, New Jersey to begin her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. During her third year in the Master of Divinity program, Nikki served as the Pastor of Sunday Worship at Kingston United Methodist in Kingston, NJ.