Mission & Outreach
Our Mission projects continue to be based around addressing the needs of our local community by working to end hunger, address homelessness and reduce poverty. There are many ways to get involved including the annual Pumpkin Patch, now a PCCT institution and community favorite which raises money for two of our hunger-related charities.
PCCT has made commitments to provide monthly volunteers to the organizations listed on these pages. Sign-ups are generally handled via email on a month-by-month basis, making these opportunities easy to take advantage of whether you want to join us regularly or just once in a while. Please email Rev. Tom Brown if you would like to be added to a list of potential volunteers for any of these organizations. Simply respond to the email if you are available that month – we’ll be glad to have you join us!
Community Food Bank (Hillside)
May 22, Summer 2017 dates are June 24, July 22 and August 26
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey facilitates a regional distribution network of critical food supplies to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and feeding programs in more than half the counties of New Jersey. Volunteers ages 12 and up generally help sort and repackage food for distribution, but are sometimes asked to sort clothes, restock the free teacher's supply store or any number of other tasks. We never really know what’s in store until we arrive! A carpool leaves PCCT at 8:15 am and returns by 11:30 am.
Community Soup Kitchen (Morristown)
Fourth Thursdays, 9:30 am.
At the Community Soup Kitchen, lunch is served to 200 hungry people each and every day. PCCT serves food at the Morristown facility. A sign-up board is posted in the upper lobby for volunteering to serve and/or donate bread and milk.
Kitchen Training for the Community Soup Kitchen
Many of you already volunteer in the serving line when PCCT has their day at the Community Soup Kitchen (CSK), which is typically one day a month. But did you know that at PCCT we only have 3 people trained to work in the kitchen on our CSK day? It would be great to have a couple more people trained and able to serve, so that the same 3 people don’t have to do it every month. Taking this training enables you to volunteer to work in the kitchen and you will learn many food safety tips, which are useful in your own kitchen. The CSK staff members who run the kitchen are super friendly and you partner with people from other churches. It is rewarding and lots of fun!
Our guests arrive on Sunday, July 30 and leave Sunday, August 6. Sign-up here to help! Family Promise, in partnership with dozens of churches and synagogues throughout Morris County, provides a rotating shelter for families experiencing a temporary loss of housing. It is one of the few organizations that houses families together as an intact unit. PCCT serves as a host site four weeks per year, and a team of our volunteers makes each week run smoothly. Volunteers are needed to host guests at PCCT, cook dinner, stay overnight, provide groceries, and do laundry.
Annual Pumpkin Patch 2017!
Pumpkins arrive on Wednesday, October 4 and the Patch opens on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 2 pm! Many people will not go hungry thanks to your support. While the purchase of the pumpkins themselves help support the Navajo Indians in New Mexico who grow them, all profits made by their sale are distributed between the Morristown Community Soup Kitchen and the Hillside Food Bank.
About 100 PCCT members volunteer their time to help sell the pumpkins, in addition to over 60 energetic teens who helped unload the truck and spread them over the front lawn. Even the rotten ones are used by local farmers as feed for animals and the leftover pumpkins go to an animal shelter. This is truly a community effort.
Thank you for your support and for helping to feed the hungry.
Each year, Bridges makes over 200 "Runs" providing food, clothing and necessities to people in need in New York City, Newark and Irvington. Our congregation sponsors three of these runs, one each in the fall, winter and spring, by packing and delivering sack dinners to people on the streets of the city.
A bin is located in the upper lobby for donations of low sodium soups, tuna fish, canned goods, cereal, peanut butter and other non-perishables that are donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving
Since 1991, the Harvest Festival has been a way for us to express our thankfulness through gifts of food and time. Please bring non-perishable food items (no glass containers) to worship and plan to stay after the service to help sort cans. Food will be delivered to The Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains. Make this a family event – children of all ages can contribute.
America’s Grow-A Row’s
The mission of America's Grow-A-Row is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. We host seasonal family days to help plant and harvest produce.
In January 2016 PCCT was again certified by Environmental Ministries of Presbyterian Church (USA) as an Earth Care Congregation. This is the fourth year in a row that we have received this certification. Please let the Earth Care Team know what you would like to see implemented in the coming year.