Events

September, 2013 begins a first of many firsts for Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Below is a list of Compassionate Acts that will start in this month, some reaching completion at the end of it, while others will experience their kick-off for a year-long project.  Contact us at compassionatews@gmail.com should you wish to learn how you can get involved with any of these wonderful, compassionate acts.

  1. N.C. Campuses Against Hunger, Wake Forest University.  Students from campuses across North Carolina come together to learn more about the problem of hunger and homelessness and decide what they can do to alleviate it, during this two-day conference.  September 6-7.
  2. The Shalom Project will announce a “Circles” program, based in part on Ruby Payne’s book, “Bridges Out of Poverty.” This major, long-term program surrounds people in poverty with a readily available support system to help them escape the spiral of poverty.  Grace Presbyterian Church and Green Street Church are spearheading the effort.
  3. Temple Emanuel, Highland Presbyterian Church and the Second Harvest Food Bank will open a food pantry for children and adults who are food insecure, in conjunction with Moore Elementary School.  This is the first collaboration of its kind in the city.
  4. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina will participate in the national observance of Hunger Action Month.  Numerous events are scheduled, including speaking engagements and HarvestFest, a celebration of community gardening at the Jim and Betty Holmes Community Garden at the Children’s Home.
  5. September 5 has been designated as “Go Orange” Day by the Second Harvest Food Bank to increase awareness of the need for donations, volunteer support and advocacy.  Everyone is asked to wear orange clothing, use orange light bulbs, change Facebook profiles to orange and use orange in other ways.  For more information http://www.hungernwnc.org/.
  6. The Adam Foundation stages its monthly Adam Night Out to bring the community together in an evening of fun. Check their calendar for dates and times.
  7. Ardmore Baptist Church expands its “Hunger to Health” (H2H) program to provide weekend lunches to students at Ashley Elementary School through the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC “BackPack” program.
  8. Cobblestone Farmers Markets will show how the practices of their vendors bring fresher, more nutritious products to the market while they respect the earth and the animals that sustain them. (Sept. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28)
  9. Green Street United Methodist Church reopens its Wednesday night “Welcome Table,” which provides a free meal to all comers.  The church also resumes its weekly medical clinic.  Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
  10. Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, September 13.  The community would be invited to perform acts of kindness and share them through social media.
  11. AIDS Care Service and the Adam Foundation host the Drag Disco Brunch to offer the community the opportunity to experience diversity, acceptance, tolerance and appreciation for equality at its finest.
  12. On September 26, Mission: Feet First, a service of Fleet Feet Sports, will bring its trailer to Green Street Church to provide free shoes for 46 middle school and high school students identified by the Shalom Project.
  13. The Forsyth Public Library branches and other venues around town will have book discussions, film presentations, workshops, panel discussions and other activities related to homelessness.  Author Chris Gardner will discuss his book, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which will be the featured book discussion for the annual “on the same page” program.  (Launch Sept. 11 continuing through Oct. 8).

  14. Interfaith Winston-Salem will begin several interfaith book clubs and will bring the interfaith community into a broader discussion of homelessness, beginning with a reading of Karen Armstrong’s “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life” and following with “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Sept. 23-27
  15. Through its Festival of Shelters event, Anthony’s Plot provides establishes a tent city on Fifth Street across from the central branch of the library to bring greater consciousness of homelessness in our community. Sept. 19-25
  16. In September, volunteers will distribute “postcards from the heart” to people and places around the city where they will provide a pleasant surprise when they are discovered.
  17. “Are You Hungry?   An Invitation.”  Centenary United Methodist Church begins a year-long program designed to minister to physical and spiritual hunger.
  18. A local, new non-profit, “Chive On Triad NC” (FaceBook) is dedicating their first project to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.  Their first Chive Meet will be at Burke Street Pub, Sept 28, 9pm.
  19. Advanced Care Planning. The public is invited to learn about the Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney.  Hospice & Palliative CareCenter staff will explain these documents, and you will receive a free copy.  A notary will be available for those who wish notarization of the documents.  A current, government-issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license, is required.  There is no charge for this service; donations are welcomed.  To RSVP or for more information, please call 768-6157, ext 1622.
  20. Pieternell VanDoornHarder is a professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest, that will have her students focus on the month of compassion by creating a photo collage about why we need interfaith activities.
  21. Hospice Healing Build.  Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, November 9, 2013 (All day). The death of a loved one and the grief that comes with it often destroys dreams- dreams of what could have been, dreams of what should have been. Grief often destroys hope as well. The Hospice Healing Build seeks to help bereaved members of our community rebuild hope by providing active and meaningful ways to process grief, while at the same time helping a family in our community achieve the dream of home ownership.
  22. Charities of the Triad.  Pay It Forward Breakfast in Greensboro

October

  1. The Moore School Food Pantry will begin in October, sponsored by The Temple & Highland Presbyterian Church. The pantry will be housed at Highland. We are so excited these faith communities have come together to help our families. They will serve 25 initially with hopes to expand at a later date.The pantry will be open twice a month on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. It will be exclusively for families at Moore Elementary School whose children are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Other pantries in the area, including the one at Ardmore United Methodist Church, support the Moore program.
  2. Link Up to Stop Bullying! Saturday, October 13 @ 8am.  BB&T Ballpark. School and Community walk to Stop Bullying.
  3. TBD

Ongoing-Monthly

  1. Advanced Care Planning. The public is invited to learn about the Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney.  Hospice & Palliative CareCenter staff will explain these documents, and you will receive a free copy.  A notary will be available for those who wish notarization of the documents.  A current, government-issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license, is required.  There is no charge for this service; donations are welcomed.  To RSVP or for more information and to find out clinic hours for this month, please call 768-6157, ext 1622.
  2. The Adam Foundation stages its monthly Adam Night Out to bring the community together in an evening of fun.  Check their calendar for dates and times.
  3. “Are You Hungry?   An Invitation.”  Centenary United Methodist Church offers a year-long program designed to minister to physical and spiritual hunger.
  4. Charities of the Triad. http://www.meetup.com/charitiesofthetriad/.  A compassionate group that collaborates on good causes within our community and volunteer together in order to make our town a better place.
  5. The Moore School Food Pantry is sponsored by The Temple & Highland Presbyterian Church, housed at Highland. The pantry is open twice a month on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Exclusively for families at Moore Elementary School, children are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Other pantries in the area, including the one at Ardmore United Methodist Church, support the Moore program.
  6. The Shalom Project announced a “Circles” program back in August, based in part on Ruby Payne’s book, “Bridges Out of Poverty.” This major, long-term program surrounds people in poverty with a readily available support system to help them escape the spiral of poverty.  Grace Presbyterian Church and Green Street Church are spearheading the effort.
  7. Ardmore Baptist Church expands its “Hunger to Health” (H2H) program to provide weekend lunches to students at Ashley Elementary School through the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC “BackPack” program.
  8. Green Street United Methodist Church reopens its Wednesday night “Welcome Table,” which provides a free meal to all comers.  The church also resumes its weekly medical clinic.
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