If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. James 2:8
FPC is committed to serving individuals right in our own community. You don’t have to travel far to find folks who can use the love and helping hand of God’s people. Below are a few of the local ministries we support and serve.
Porchlight Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church provides emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling, and affordable transitional and permanent housing to homeless people in the Dane County area. For many years FPC has dedicated the fourth Thursday of the month to preparing, cooking, delivering and serving a meal to men who call the Porchlight Shelter “home” for the evening. http://porchlightinc.org/.
River Food Pantry is a non-profit, volunteer driven, faith based project that provides food, meals, clothing and household items to needy families in Dane County. Volunteering is easy (no appointment needed); go to www.riverfoodpantry.org and click on the "Volunteer" tab.
The Road Home is a Dane County program that helps people back into permanent housing, with local churches “hosting” the participants in their facilities. FPC partners with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton – FPC volunteers provide meals, activity support for the children, and spend the night with the clients in the church facility. http:trhome.org
The Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) serves families in need in Waunakee and the surrounding area. Items in the store such as clothing, furniture, household goods, toiletries, etc. are free of charge. You can volunteer your time or donate items to the store. www.waunakeeneighborhoodconnection.com
FPC is a member of the Waunakee Ecumenical Board (WEB) along with the other churches in town. WEB sponsors the local blood drives (held here at FPC), the Christmas Tree Giving Tree, the Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service, Easter baskets to shut-ins and Thanksgiving Baskets to those in need, and other assistance programs. The WEB FOOD PANTRY is their main effort – located on 806 S. Division Street, where we help with volunteer support. There is a shopping cart in the main Office entrance of church to place food donations. www.waunakeeweb.org www.waunakeefoodpantry.org
Lydia Home Association based in Chicago is all about strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot. They provide counseling, foster care and safe family programs. FPC supports Lydia Home by providing approximately 45 children with Christmas gifts each year. www.lydiahome.org/.
Pres House reaches out to a wide range of students at the University of Wisconsin – Madison who are exploring their faith. This ministry includes a growing worship community and an apartment building. First Presbyterian Church supports Pres House through funding and providing and serving a meal for the students several times each year. www.preshouse.org.