SERVE: LOCAL MISSIONS
The Local SERVE Ministry of HHPC exists to offer the hope of Christ to our neighbors in word and in deed. The Bible teaches us that by the intentional stewardship of our time, talent and treasure, Christians bring nothing less than a foretaste of the Kingdom of God into reality within their given community.
Our local ministry began largely in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. Since that time, the Local SERVE Ministry has been devoted to building relationships in our community through our efforts to make our neighbors and their homes safe, sanitary, and secure.
What began as a few teams of willing volunteers in the aftermath of the storm grew into a months-long project removing trees and debris from more than 340 of our neighbors’ roofs and yards. As this work in the community revealed more extensive needs, the Local SERVE Ministry shifted its focus to replacing damaged roofs, wet ceilings, walls, and floors for families around the island, with much of the work being done in mobile homes. In the years since, we’ve continued home repair projects year-round throughout Hilton Head and Bluffton.
We are continuing to work with families in our community in need of home repair work. Join with a team every Monday and Tuesday morning, from 8:30am - Noon.
For more information, contact Jim Hill.
Join us throughout the year for SERVE SATURDAYS as we head out into the community and serve in Jesus' name! There are ways for everyone to jump in and help, both on-site and in the community. Stay tuned for the next date and project details! If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hill.
In 2018, we received a donation expressly earmarked to build a habitat-style home for one of our church members, and we are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a four-bedroom home for HHPC member Thelma Byas, her daughter Sherry, son Maurice, and great-grandson Elijah. We broke ground in early May of 2019, and we'll have ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the project. Join us in living out our HHPC Mission Statement as we “live in deep community and serve the needs of others” - in this case, one of our own church members.
How can you get involved?
- Construction: You don't need any formal construction experience - just an able body and willing heart. If you're interested in volunteering, you'll need to fill out a Volunteer Waiver and contact Jim Hill to be added to our volunteer email list. All volunteers will receive weekly emails listing the project slots available that week, and you can sign up for tasks based on your schedule and interests. Project slots will be M-F, typically 7:30 AM -12 PM. You must be 18 years or older to sign up for construction dates. Youth volunteer opportunities will be announced as we move into painting and landscaping.
- Refreshments for Daily Coffee Breaks: Each workday at 10 AM, volunteers take a short break for coffee and snacks. We need volunteers to provide muffins, pastries, coffee cake, and donuts! If your LifeGroup, Bible study, ministry group, or family is interested in signing up for a date (or week) to provide coffee and light snacks for a group of 15-20 volunteers, please contact Jim Hill.
- Serve Saturday: As we move from heavy construction into interior work and finishing touches in the coming months, we'll be announcing Serve Saturday opportunities for volunteers to assist with painting, landscaping, etc.
We will hold a volunteer interest meeting on Sunday, May 19th after each worship gathering in Ilderton Hall. Whether you’re ready to jump in right away or not available until summer, this is an important time to learn about the volunteer guidelines and scheduling procedure.
Stay tuned for details on our Wall-Raising Celebration! The entire congregation is invited to gather in June for a celebration to watch the walls go up and time to pray over the frames of this home.
OUR LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS:
Our partnership with Community Foundation of the Lowcountry began in 2016 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The foundation made $20,000 available to HHPC through a grant that allowed us to help many of our neighbors impacted by the hurricane.
“Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is dedicated to helping donors, nonprofit organizations and other community members make a difference in the lives of Lowcountry citizens. Our impact will be achieved by bringing together financial resources, knowledge and collaborative networks to serve community needs.”
HHPC supports our local HHI Cluster Schools (Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Island Middle School, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts) through teacher supply drives at the beginning of the school year, filling teachers’ mailboxes with encouraging messages, providing lunch for teachers during celebratory days, and spending Serve Saturdays on campuses, stocking snack closets and pantries for students that are in need with items such as uniforms, snack items, toiletries, school supplies.
For more information on how we support our schools or how you can be involved, please contact Shannon Bedenbaugh.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization with a vision for a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of decent and affordable housing.
We began working with our local Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity in 2018 on several home repair projects for members of our community, and we are excited to grow in our partnership as we break ground on construction of a house for one of our own church members in 2019.
Bluffton Self Help was chartered in 1988. Initially offering food and clothing to working families and senior citizens, Bluffton Self Help has grown over the decades to provide a variety of services including short-term emergency rent assistance and help meeting utility bills to prevent disconnection of services.
HHPC supports Bluffton Self Help by providing non-perishable food items donated by the congregation as part of our Bumper Crop ministry.
Since 1954, FCA has been using the powerful platform of athletics to share the Gospel. The FCA vision is to see the world impacted by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes and its mission is to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. Locally, South Coastal FCA has a presence in 30 middle and high schools along with USCB in a four-county area. Every week, over 2,000 coaches and students participate in FCA programs locally opening the Word of God and praying on all our public and private school campuses. HHPC has been a significant partner in ministry providing volunteers, several FCA board members, and resources that have multiplied FCA ministry in our area.
The Deep Well Project helps Hilton Head Island residents in emergency situations by providing support such as rent payment between jobs, food for families in need, school uniforms for children, and small home repairs.
Our congregation supports The Deep Well Project by providing non-perishable food items collected several times each year as part of our Bumper Crop ministry.
Young Life is a non-profit organization that reaches out to nearly 1.5 million middle school, high school and college students in communities across the United States and around the world, providing the friendship of adults who take the time to relate to kids in their world, a chance to gather and have fun in a safe setting outside of school, and an opportunity to consider the basic claims of the Christian faith in a non-threatening setting.
The vision of the Kairos Prison Ministry is “a community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ.” Its mission is “to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.”
HHPC is an active supporter of the Kairos Prison Ministry through Kairos weekends that occur twice each year at Ridgeland Correctional Institution and the monthly Kairos reunions at the prison. HHPC also supports Kairos financially by providing a significant monthly donation. For more information, please contact George Pipas.
A local food back started address the issue of hunger among the underserved Hilton Head community, the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry now provides food each Tuesday and Friday to over 800 families. The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry partners with the Lowcountry Food Bank of South Carolina, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Second Helpings to provide healthy food options to residents of Hilton Head Island.
Our partnership with the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry began in 2018, providing non-perishable food items donated by the congregation as part of our Bumper Crop ministry.
The only free prenatal medical clinic within 100 miles of Hilton Head, Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country (PCCLC) assists more than 4,000 individuals annually throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties. PCCLC offers 22 free programs to the community, including free early prenatal care for the first 16 weeks of gestation to help ensure healthy mothers and babies.
HHPC supports Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country through monthly donations.