In September, we partnered with St. Jude’s MCC Food Pantry to collect food for the homeless.

By September, 2020, our service energy was hitting its stride.  We have been connected; people were eager to begin an accelerated campaign of service to address needs in the community, some of which were being exacerbated by the Pandemic.  On Saturday, September 19th, more than twenty four participants showed up to drop off food donations, connect in person (safely and with masks of course!) and to show up and support Soul Center’s mission of creating a movement, grounded in love and kindness, that transforms our own lives, our community and the world.  It was a glorious morning of generosity and love!

Our new Caring Cards Campaign … Reaching out to Seniors who are feeling isolated during the Pandemic.

In September, 2020, when we began our monthly collection projects, we began a Caring Cards Campaign, to reach out to seniors who are feeling isolated because of this pandemic. We asked members to write cards with a simple caring message, put them in unsealed envelopes and drop them off with their food donations … or even if they had no food donation!  We enclosed a Soul Card inside each envelope, addressed it and sent it off with love to provide a smile, a note of encouragement, a reminder that we are all in this together.  We collected over sixty cards on our first drop off.  This is such good work!

The Pandemic of 2020 happened … and Soul Center held a Food Drive.

When the Covid-19 pandemic happened in the spring of 2020, we were in the midst of implementing a service project that would have involved working together in person, something that we could no longer do.  Taking care of ourselves and each other became our top priority, as we all navigated these new and unusual times.

In June, when it became obvious that our “virtual” connection was going to be the norm for a while, we were tuned into the community and what was needed as folks were struggling financially, even more so than usual.  On June 27th, we held a food drive for Nourish NC and Vigilant Hope, an organization that serves our community’s homeless. It was a drive-by event, complete with social distancing and masks. And it was a wonderful success.  Over thirty participants donated bags of groceries or gave money for this effort.  The entire Nourish NC program yielded over 3,000 pounds of food for hungry children in our area. We were grateful to everyone who came and for the opportunity to make a difference.  Such a blessing

Our SSC team turned into a WARM crew!

On February 8th, 2020, about twenty Spiritual Soul folks became a work crew, supporting WARM – Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries.  We did yard work, replaced a water heater, helped repair an accessibility ramp … all in an effort to help to make a home more livable, comfortable, beautiful.  Some of us formed a lunch team, taking sustenance to our workers who began early on a very chilly Saturday morning. It was a wonderful day!

We had a wonderful time supporting “Night to Shine.”

In January, 2020, Spiritual Soul Center joined with other church communities in Wilmington to support “Night to Shine 2020.”  Our congregation collected about five full carloads of formalwear — evening gowns, dressy dresses and tops, suits and ties, shoes, jewelry and evening bags and more. These donations came not only from Soul Center families, but their communities and friends. A Soul Center Florist donated table arrangements. We felt very grateful for this opportunity to serve.

On February 7, Night to Shine created an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. It was extraordinary, a living example of what love can do.

The holiday season was a great time to join up with the Food Bank.

On December 19th, 2019, twelve Soul Center volunteers showed up at the Wilmington Branch of the Central and Eastern Carolina Food Bank to help them in the work they do to serve those in our community who face hunger.  We are so grateful for this organization, and we had a wonderful evening together making a small contribution to their important mission.

October was WARM  … in more ways than one!

On October 5th, 2019, an eager band of SSC Volunteers joined in our first project with WARM – Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries.  It was an impressive effort, with plenty of work to go around for everyone, regardless of their special skills, ambition, abilities, etc.  It was an exhilarating day and so rewarding. We are grateful to partner with this fine organization.

Rise Against Hunger in early Fall

On Saturday, September 14th, 2019, 17 volunteers from Spiritual Soul Center worked with others from the Wilmington community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to package 10,000 meals that will be distributed to the world’s most vulnerable populations.  It was a great day!