2017 Capital District IMPACT
Disaster Recovery and Relief
Presenter: Gary Locklear, Lay Leader, North Carolina Conference
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew left a vast array of destruction, displacement and depression in eastern North Carolina. Discussion will include ways in which local churches can help with ongoing relief and recovery efforts
Faith-Based Food Ministries
Presenter: Justine Post, Faith & Food Coordinator, Resourceful Communities
Resourceful Communities creates opportunities that preserve the rural landscape, lift people out of poverty and celebrate communities’ unique cultures. Discussion will include: root causes of hunger, determining community food needs, assessing local church and community resources, and developing innovative models for community engagement in relieving hunger.
Project AGAPE (Armenia)
Presenter: Lou Ann Allred, Fairway District ADS, North Carolina Conference
Project AGAPE — ministry to Armenia and to some of our most desperate Christian brothers and sisters — is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina and the Western North Carolina Conferences of The United Methodist Church in a joint effort with the Armenian Apostolic Church. Discussion will include Christmas Boxes and Welcome Home Kits.
C4C (Communities for Children)
Presenter: David Rockefeller, Capital District Coordinator, Congregations for Children
Congregations For Children (C4C) is a state-wide initiative of The United Methodist Church focused on reflecting the love of Christ to our “neighbors” by helping children in public schools who are living in poverty. C4C’s areas of focus include:
- Helping to improve K-3 Literacy rates (volunteer tutors, collecting/donating books, summer reading programs; etc.)
- Helping to meet the Basic Needs of students (food, clothing, supplies etc.);
- Helping to increase Parental Involvement (and interactions with positive adult role models – i.e. Watch DOGS, lunch buddies etc.);
C4C is a great option for churches looking for ways to increase outreach to their community/mission field.
Confronting Domestic Violence
Presenter: Leigh Duque, Executive Director, InterAct of Wake County
InterAct is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct also promotes violence-free relationships and communities through collaboration, public information, education, and advocacy. InterAct is the only confidential domestic violence prevention program serving Wake County’s twelve municipalities. Discussion will include ways in which local churches can support InterAct or similar programs through volunteering, donating, and other means.