Summer Lunch Box Program
For eight weeks every summer, FPC packs lunches for hungry children in Cumberland and deliver them to eight different locations every Friday. We pack and serve almost 650 lunches every week and, by the end of the summer, we serve over 5,000 lunches to local children. Not only do our church members help pack these lunches, but they also donate towards the cost of the food, purchase the food and deliver the lunches.
Monthly Outreach Dinners
Recently, due to the retirement of the coordinator, we wrapped up a dedicated mission of supporting, preparing, and serving hot meals to approximately 50 of our neighbors in South Cumberland at a neighborhood church on the Fourth Sunday of every month. We are looking for new ways to be a helpful presence in our community.
Hosting NAILS Mission Teams
Throughout the summer FPC works with the NAILS ministry to house the out-of-town work teams for week-long work camps throughout the summer. "NAILS" is not an acronym. It is the name of a Mission Program that utilizes donations of supplies and funds, as well as volunteer labor to repair and improve local homes so that homeowners can live comfortably and safely in their home for as long as possible. The program specifically emphasizes assisting those with mobility impairments and health and safety concerns, as well as those in financial or dire need.
FPC regularly donates dry goods and canned food to the Interfaith Food Pantry and seasonally to the Union Rescue Mission. FPC also financially supports the Western Maryland Food Bank.
Union Rescue Mission of Western Maryland
The Union Rescue Mission has been in operation since 1963. The Union Rescue Mission(URM), a community organization, has served thousands of meals in its dining hall over the years as well as delivered many food baskets across the Tri-State area. They also provide clothing and other essential household items for those in need across the area. In addition to their meal service, URM provides shelters for men, women, families and handicapped individuals. Also during cold weather months, URM offers a cold weather shelter to aide those on the street during extreme temperatures. First Presbyterian has actively and financially supported URM for many years.
For information: www.urmcumberland.org ; Facebook
United Campus Ministry at Frostburg State University
Frostburg State University, located just 15 minutes west of Cumberland, has a strong and growing organization, United Campus Ministry (UCM), that brings together college students from all Christian denominations to continue walking and growing in their Christian faith. College can often be a difficult time for young adults, and this ministry plays a vital role in making our local students feel the love of Christ while also developing strong, lasting relationships with other Christians on campus. First Presbyterian actively supports this ministry in a variety of ways, including having a member sit on the UCM Board as well as through programs such as the exam "Cram Packs" that are given out to students during exam weeks with goodies and encouraging messages.
Fuller Center for Housing
In 2019, FPC partnered with the Fuller Disaster Rebuilders to help rebuild a hurricane damaged home in New Bern, NC. Members of FPC traveled to New Bern,NC to offer hands on assistance in repairing a home. In past years, FPC has offered hospitality to cyclists traveling the country fund raising for the Fuller Center.
For information: www.fullercenter.org
The Ihanktonwan Learning Camp – South Dakota
Our church has been serving the Yankton Sioux Tribe in southeastern South Dakota since 2009. It is part of a larger ministry of learning camps in the Native American churches of the Dakota Presbytery, through the Baltimore Presbytery. Our camp goals are to provide summer educational instruction in the areas of math, science and reading to children in pre-K through 8th grades. During the week, we also prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to the children, and most importantly, build relationships between this tribe and the Native American Cedar and Greenwood Presbyterian churches. FPC is responsible for the Ihanktonwan Learning Camp. We are always looking for volunteers!
For information: www.baltimoredakotalearningcamps.org
Allegany Health Right, an organization working to increase access to emergency dental care for low-income, uninsured/underinsured adults in Allegany County, Maryland.
For information: www.ahecwest.org
Allegany Law Foundation, an organization that provides legal services to low-income clients and seniors in Allegany County, Maryland for civil cases.
For information: www.alleganylaw.com
Reach and Rise, an organization, run by the local YMCA, that matches at-risk children, ages 6-18, with adult mentors.
For information: www.cumberlandymca.org
Family Crisis Resource Center, an organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault/abuse through intervention and prevention: providing counseling and shelter to victims of these abuses.
For information: www.familycrisisresourcecenter.org
Pressley Ridge of Western Maryland, a non profit organization that provides therapeutic foster care and mental health services to children in the community. FPC hosted a baby shower to help Pressley Ridge provide for the families in their program. For information: Facebook