Serve

Independent Presbyterian Church believes strongly in continuing to carry out Christ's ministry in Birmingham and the world through acts of service. Learn more about how IPC Community Ministries serves others, and how you can to live out your faith in the community. The large range of opportunities allows for all ages and skill sets to participate! 

Ready to serve others?

Click here to view and sign up for current volunteer opportunities or select the project you are interested in exploring below.

Service Projects

  • The mission of First Light is "to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential." Join together with other members of IPC to be the Body of Christ moving beyond the church into our community through providing and serving dinner for the women and children staying at First Light. IPC will be providing evening meals each night for four weeks in 2023. Volunteers are needed staring in February, so please consider participating in this great activity with your family or a group.

  • LIFT OFF to Learning, IPC’s social-emotional learning (SEL) and literacy program for 3rd and 4th graders from Hayes K-8 school, begins October 11th. The goal of LIFT OFF is to develop students’ social-emotional learning and literacy skills and give them opportunities to practice those skills among their peers through play. Volunteers are needed weekly on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:45pm. These volunteers will work with the same small group of students each week. LIFT OFF includes a time of snack and fellowship followed by small group lesson time. Experience teaching or working with children is not required. We will host a training for all those interested in volunteering and all materials needed for the day will be provided. Graduates of this program are invited to attend camp each summer at the Fresh Air Farm. If you have questions, please reach out to Catherine Goudreau (cgoudreau@ipc-usa.org).

  • Harvest for Hunger

    Join us for our annual Harvest for Hunger drive when we have a special call for members to bring food and hygiene items to the church. Pick up a Harvest for Hunger grocery sack at IPC and return your filled bags for the Harvest for Hunger dedication and celebration.

  • IPC supplies, packs, and delivers 160 snack bags to Hayes K-8 monthly. Groups and individuals are welcome to contact Sarah Scruggs at sscruggs@ipc-usa.org to find out what is needed to pack bags!

  • IPC is committed to providing food to those in need in our neighborhood! The Blessing Boxes outside the church provide a space for our neighbors to come get necessary items like canned goods, hygiene products, and water during the week. With a constant stream of folks from 10:00 am-4:00 pm each day, we are able to provide for them through your donations. Donations and restocking volunteers needed.

  • Meals on Wheels depends on volunteers who are brought together by the need and desire to ensure the well-being of homebound seniors and disabled persons. Meals are picked up at United Way and delivered to homes in the Kingston neighborhood. IPC focuses a significant part of community outreach on this area, and volunteers find Meals on Wheels to be very worthwhile service. Please contact Susan Haskell for more information. She and other volunteers would be happy to share their experience and help connect you to this vital service for vulnerable adults.
    We are excited to begin partnering with Meals on Wheels in a new way by preparing meals in their brand new kitchen! This opportunity will be available for sign up soon.

Past Community Outreach Events

  • Thank you to everyone who helped make our Crop Drop on Oct. 17, 2021, a huge success! Kicking-off our annual Harvest for Hunger campaign, more than 100 children, youth, and adults sacked more than 800 bags of produce to share with our neighbors.