Individual members of our congregation are actively engaged in service activities beyond our official Outreach Ministries. The following is a list of community organizations our members are involved with.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County wants to end senior hunger in our community by serving the elderly, homebound, and people with disabilities. For more information, email George.
FLS is a non-profit preschool for children with developmental disabilities founded by a minister at Hayes Barton Baptist Church over fifty years ago. Volunteers help teachers during their daily routine and assist children with activities. For more information, email Susan or visit the Frankie Lemon School website.
Provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. For more information, email Don.
The EDF Ambassador Community is a collective of EDF supporters who are bringing a global conversation down to a local level by talking about solutions for the planet with their friends and neighbors. For more information, email Sarah or visit the Ambassador Program website.
Change the Triangle is a volunteer organization for young professionals in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The goal is to give young professionals a way to become involved with the local community in a fun, relaxed social setting with minimal time commitment. For more information, email Sarah or visit the Change the Triangle website.
OLLI provides short non-credit courses, study trips, and special events for adults aged 50+. Topics are wide-ranging in the liberal arts and sciences, with emphasis on learning for the joy of learning. Programs range from one-time lectures to six-week courses. Email Don for more information or visit the OLLI website.
Hesed, a Hebrew word meaning "God's lovingkindness," is a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to adults with developmental disabilities, their families, and their friends. Hesed organizes a spiritual retreat every year at a fully handicapped accessible camp. Participants meet new friends and join them in worship, music, and discussions about the life of Christ. They dress in costumes like those that Jesus' friends wore and participate in short dramas about important events in Jesus' life on earth. For more information, email Chuck and Carol or visit the Hesed website.
The Women's Center of Wake County, Inc. is a multi-services resource center that addresses the challenging issues of poverty and homelessness for single women and women with families. For more information, email Diane and John or visit the Wake Women's Center website.
Located on the grounds of the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women, Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) provides a homelike visitation center where children can visit with their incarcerated mothers. All visits are supervised by two volunteers (not prison staff) and allow children to visit with their mom in a more relaxed environment than what regular prison visitation has to offer. Prison Volunteer Training is required along with additional MATCH training. For more information, visit the MATCH website. You can also email the MATCH executive director or Susan Myrick, a regular volunteer from Benson Memorial.
A joint effort by Resources for Seniors and the SPCA of Wake County, AniMeals provides free pet food deliveries to low-income, homebound, senior citizen pet owners to help keep people and their pets together. Visits/deliveries happen every other month around the third Saturday. For more information, visit the AniMeals website. If you have any questions, email Naomi Avissar, SPCA Volunteer Services Director. You can also email Susan Myrick, a member of Benson Memorial who regularly volunteers with AniMeals.
The USO of North Carolina at Raleigh Durham International Airport provides a home away from home for active and retired service members and their families. The organization provides food, drinks, computers, TV, and video games for those traveling to and from RDU. All services are free. The center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Overnight travelers are accommodated if needed. Over 3,000 soldiers and marines are served each month. Donations of home cooked food and desserts are appreciated, as are snack foods and toiletries. Monetary donations are gladly accepted, since we are a self-funded organization. For more information, click here or email Nan Maples.
The mission of Growing Together Preschool is to provide free early childhood education for three and four-year-old children living in low-income housing in downtown Raleigh. The goal of this program is to prepare at-risk preschoolers for success in kindergarten. The preschool also offers support and educational resources for preschool families in order to assist them in raising healthy, happy, and well-prepared children. For more information, click here or email Karen.