We welcome volunteers who are taking personal precautions to reduce contact with others during this time. If your household would like to serve together during this time, it is possible to do so without having other volunteers present.
If your household has underlying health concerns, a high contact job, or is not taking social precautions, we ask that you only volunteer in zero-contact ways such as phone calls.
Currently our regular schedule is on hold. Please use the calendar above for the most up-to-date information about opportunities to help serve our neighbors.
The Community Ministry relies on volunteers to set up the pantry, serve breakfast, and help with check-in on Second Saturdays. Volunteers are also welcome on Tuesday mornings between 9:30 and noon to sort, hang, and organize clothing donations.
Please email our Community Ministry Director, April Kennedy, if you’d like to help.
Actively Engaging in Our Neighborhood
history of our community ministry
In 1978, Tabernacle congregants began collecting food to be handed out to those in need. This would be the beginning of a robust Community Ministry. In 1998, the church partnered with the local food bank, now known as FeedMore, to participate in a USDA program called TEFAP, which provides emergency food assistance. This program is designed to give 2-3 days worth of food to neighbors in need.
The TEFAP distribution has grown from an average of 19 families each month to an average of 90 families each month as of early 2020. While the pantry was limited to two zip codes for many years, in late 2017, that limitation was removed. Today, we serve neighbors from at least 27 different zip codes.