There are countless ways to get involved in the outreach work of First Church. Whether you want to serve hot meals to your neighbors or build houses for those who desperately need them, your hands are needed here!
The Drive-By Drop-Off Food Drive
Second Saturday* of the month, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Rotunda Entrance. The need is great…most needed items are canned fruit & applesauce, soup, tuna & canned meats, rice, baked beans, cold cereal, canned pasta, and other items as well. Donations can also be left on Mondays during the JPWL curbside pick-up from 2 to 3 p.m.
*March pick drop-off will be on March 6th to be in combination with Easter Basket distribution.
These are some of the organizations that First Church members actively support:
Covenant to Care provides a chance to impact the lives of families and children at risk through First Church’s relationship with an area social worker. Many families in the Hartford region lack many of the basic essentials that most of us take for granted. Food, clothing, furniture and other items are donated and collected by First Church. The Mitten Drive has been a successful way for our congregation to share the Christmas spirit through donations of mittens, warm coats, scarves and other items that help families get through the cold winter months.
Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. First Church has had a long association with this national organization and has helped to build several homes in the Hartford area over the past twenty years. Our church is very active in providing leadership, money and time to this worthwhile group, and has one of the largest work teams in the area. Construction knowledge is not a requirement to get involved.
Loaves and Fishes is a local soup kitchen that provides warm meals and a safe place to eat for the hungry people of Hartford. First Church volunteers work with Loaves and Fishes staff to serve a meal once a month for people needing more than the street can provide.
On the fourth Tuesday of each month a group from First Church go to Immanuel Congregational Church where they serve the food from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. from 100 to 150 of the homeless and the hungry.
Food Baskets. At each entry door to the building there are food baskets for donations to the South Street Food Pantry which serves many needy families in Hartford.