Community Outreach Ministry

The Community Outreach Ministry (COM) introduces the congregation to opportunities to address the practical needs of people now.  We serve in local, state and national communities, as well as the wider United Church of Christ. In these many ways CUCC, through its Community Outreach Ministry, is living up to the scripture according to James 2:17-18 with its good works, so that its faith may live.

If you would like to be notified of new, one-time opportunities to join CUCC in serving in the community, check the Community Volunteer Opportunities tag in your Breeze profile.

If you are inspired to work on a community project not listed here, bring your energy and talents to COM and we'll help you figure out how to get others at CUCC involved.


Have a few hours to give?  Consider one of these projects.  Some take a few hours one time, others are short-term projects, and a few allow you to build a sustained relationship with someone special.  The link tells you more about how you can be involved.  Contact information is on Breeze, our online directory.
  • Cook part of or serve a meal for 40 women at the Helen Wright Center for Women (CUCC is scheduled for third Sundays).  Contact Laura Upchurch about cooking or serving.
  • Bring a food bag for the Urban Ministries Food Pantry (collected every first Sunday). Here are suggestions of food for your bag under the new Client Choice shopping program at Urban Ministries.  Contact Joe Retzer if you have questions.
  • Tutor a child or organize a fun seasonal event through Neighbor 2 Neighbor.  Contact Charles Coble.
  • Tutor a child with Loaves and Fishes Ministry.  Contact Susan Lane.
  • Walk, donate or coordinate CUCC's team for the CROP Walk.  The 2018 walk planning will be gearing up soon, but until then you can read about the 2017 walk.  Talk to Laurel Powell to be on this fall's CUCC Team organizing group.
  • Offer a welcoming smile to people who stop to chat at CUCC's OutRaleigh! table.  The 2019 effort will organize in the spring, but until then you can talk to Dawn Koonce.
  • Provide rides to appointments for our mother/daughter family from Eritrea who are still settling in as refugees coming to our country.  Talk to Suzette Roach.
  • Be on the PR team for One Great Hour of Sharing (spring 2018) or Neighbors in Need (gearing up for fall 2018), two major offerings through the United Church of Christ.  Contact Laurel Powell to help with either short-term, seasonal PR effort.
  • Be on the small planning team for our Advent angel tree, a short-term project every fall.  Contact Laurel Powell to be on the team for 2018.
  • Fill in for one of our Meals on Wheels food delivery drivers when we have a vacation vacancy.  Look for substitute announcements in the CUCC Weekly eNews.
External Ministries Supported by COM

CUCC serves on the Boards of Directors of three local organizations which CUCC helped found.  If you have skills which you might share with their boards or a passion for early children's education or for affordable housing, please contact CUCC's current board representatives.
  • Method Child Development Center, an intentionally economically, educationally, and racially diverse child care program.  Learn more about MCDC from our 2018 board representative, Marty Lamb.
  • RICH Park Housing for low income residents.  Learn more about RICH Park from our 2018 board representatives:   Porter Bell, Charles Coble, Susan Maleszweski, Frank Gailor, and Peg Hulslander (substitute).
  • Community Church Low Income Housing Corporation was founded by CUCC to manage a six-unit apartment building and a small home adjacent to the church.  Some units are reserved specifically for low income housing and all are rented at below market rates.  Talk the 2018 Board Members of CCLIHC:  Betsy Towler (Chair), Maria Mayorga, Everette Noland, Cathy Marshall, Frank Gailor, Carol Kepler, Geri Bowen, Billy Keck, and Lavon Page.        
Community Outreach Ministry supports the following organizations through its yearly budget: