CKWFU has a strong commitment to collaborating with community organizations to fight hunger and poverty and do the most possible good in the community. Without the exemplary agencies that we partner with to distribute food to those in need throughout the city, our work would be immeasurably more difficult. We are immensely grateful to these organizations for the powerful work they do in the Winston-Salem community and for the amazing impact they are having on individuals’ lives. CKWFU’s hope is that delivery shifts will encourage volunteers to further engage in the community and help our partners fulfill their missions serving the greater W-S community.
AIDS Care Service
We provide meals for 2 AIDS Care Service centers on Tuesday evenings. Shifts are very small and volunteers must have a negative TB test and physical from the past 12 months on file. We serve both Holly Haven House and Horseshoe Apartments. Holly Haven is a 24-hour holistic care group home built to meet the needs of persons seriously ill with AIDS related illnesses. Horseshoe Apartments is a temporary independent housing apartment complex for AIDS or HIV positive persons and their families. Horseshoe Apartments is transitional housing that helps to fill ACS’s commitment to assist clients in locating decent, low cost housing options. ACS offers other volunteer opportunities for students and communities in addition to Campus Kitchen shifts. For more information, visit their website or contact Katherine Foster at email@example.com, 336-777-0116.
The Children’s Home
We serve 4 different cottages at The Children’s Home. On Mondays we serve My Aunt’s House cottage and Gray Cottage. My Aunt’s House is a home for single homeless teenage mothers and their children. MAH provides these women and their children with housing, food, adult supervision, and guidance in completing their education and planning for the future. Volunteers to MAH must have a recent TB test and physical on file with CKWFU. Gray Cottage is an emergency housing facility for children and youth ages 7-17.
On Thursdays we serve the 2 main cottages at The Children’s Home: Aldergate and Bristol cottages. These cottages are more traditional group homes that provide residential treatment for adolescents ages 12-17. These cottages serve youth who, for mental health reasons, cannot safely live at home or in a less restrictive environment. The Children’s Home is also a working farm and offers additional options for volunteers outside of the Campus Kitchen shifts working directly with the kids or providing labor for ongoing renovations and grounds work. For more information, visit their website or contact Linda Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org, 336-721-7699.
We deliver communal meals to Prodigals Community on Sunday evenings. Prodigals is a welcoming and affirming faith based drug rehabilitation center located on Waughtown St. Prodigals works with individuals through a Christian community to lead responsible and drug-free lives. All of our shifts are unique from each other because of the unique communities we interact with. This shift is by far our most communal and most volunteers build lasting relationships with residents at Prodigals. There are a variety of ways to get involved at Prodigals outside of Campus Kitchen shifts including attending Monday night worship, tutoring, or providing residential assistance. For more information, visit their web site.
Azalea Terrace Senior Apartments
Azalea Terrace deliveries take place every Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We deliver prepackaged, individual meals to about half of the residents at this mixed-income senior apartment complex. Residents expect us every week and are excited to form relationships with volunteers.
All God’s Children Community Resource Center
A ministry of First Assembly of God, we serve two ministries of the All God’s Children Community Resource Center once a month. On the second weekend of the month, we provide a meal for the Overcomers Support Group for individuals and families recovering from previous drug or alcohol abuse or other traumatic instances. On the third weekend of the month we provide the food for the Homeless Ministry that is run out of the AGC Resource Center’s 25th Street location. Very few volunteers are needed for these shifts as we typically drop the food off the Friday before Saturday meetings and AGC volunteers cook and serve food.
Another student-led initiative,CROP (Campus Raised Organic Produce) previously the WFU Campus Garden, is located behind the Sustainability Theme House at 1141 Polo Road. Campus Kitchen is the beneficiary of CROP’s homegrown produce. The garden also serves as a research space for Biology professor Dr. Gloria Muday’s research on heirloom tomatoes. The garden is an excellent volunteer opportunity for larger groups who are interested in working with Campus Kitchen since most of our cooking and delivery shifts are relatively small. For more information about the garden and to volunteer, please contact Luke Johnston email@example.com.
The Winston-Salem Fresh Market began partnering with CKWFU in the Spring of 2010 thanks to the hard work of Wake Forest staff member Tracy Stegman. We pick up excess, bruised, or otherwise unsold produce and assorted other goodies from The Fresh Market every M-F between 4-6pm. This food, which would usually go to waste is redistributed to food insecure Winston-Salem community members through 3 Winston-Salem community centers serving 3 distinctively different communities: El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, The Shalom Project, and The Potter’s House. This partnership allows us to make fresh produce available to people who live in food deserts or who otherwise struggle to maintain access to fresh produce. Food that is not edible is composted in the Campus Garden for use by CROP and the El Buen Pastor Community Garden. Volunteers are always needed for these shifts as we are typically picking up, cataloguing, and redistributing over 100 pounds of food per pickup.
Our partner on a variety of projects, EBP provides a variety of services to their community of Latino recent immigrants in Old Town. In addition to being one of the drop off and redistribution sites for Fresh Market produce, EBP is also a site of one of two MLK community gardens started in 2010 with money from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The EBP garden is looking awesome and will surely bare a lot of food for the community that is working hard to maintain it. EBP also partnered with CKWFU in the summer of 2010 to host Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship’s Youth Fighting Hunger Program for a week. Through this week of service the youth from GHBF worked with EBP community members to construct a large outdoor classroom to be used in conjunction with the community garden. El Buen Pastor has a ton of excellent service opportunities in addition to the programs we cooperate on including, but not limited to, youth soccer coaching, tutoring, and garden work. EBP is a particularly good site for volunteers who want to practice their Spanish conversation skills but Spanish is not necessary for volunteering here. For more information about volunteering, go to their web site or contact Mary Bolton at firstname.lastname@example.org, 336-924-0401.
The Shalom Project is housed at Green Street Methodist Church downtown in the historic West Salem Community. The Shalom Project “seeks to develop ministries and programs of compassion and justice that enhance the development and serve the needs of West Salem and the greater Winston-Salem area.” This includes a weekly Wednesday night meal called The Welcome Table, a community garden (funded in part by a grant through the Campus Kitchens Project and The Corporation for National and Community Service), a clothes closet, food pantry, and weekly free medical clinic. CKWFU partners with The Shalom Project on their community garden and on the weekly Fresh Market produce redistribution program. The Shalom Project serves as a redistribution site for this mission on Tuesdays. For more info on volunteering, visit their web site or contact Eileen Ayuso email@example.com, 336-721-0606.
The Potter’s House of Winston-Salem is a ministry run by John and Pansy Young in the 25th Street neighborhood near LJVM Coliseum. They focus on homelessness prevention, neighborhood stabilization, and educational support (through tutoring and mentoring programs). The Potter’s House provides emergency food, clothing, and other services to the low-income and undeserved people of their community. CKWFU partners with The Potter’s House on produce redistribution as The Potter’s House serves as a redistribution site twice a week (Mondays and Fridays). In addition to their regular year-round services, The Potter’s House is constantly seeking to enhance their community and therefore maintains a constant need for volunteers in their after-school program as well as during special events. For more information on volunteering, visit their web site.
Every Saturday, a group of Wake Forest students gathers downtown Winston-Salem to prepare lunches for homeless and food-insecure populations in the city. The primary purpose of these meals is to provide an opportunity for friendship and fellowship. CKWFU supports this ministry with bread, fruit, and vegetables from the Campus Garden (when they are available). More importantly, CKWFU deeply respects this freelance service led by Wake Forest students and hopes to be able to direct increasingly more volunteers to their weekly meals. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with the Wake Saturdays program, please contact Beth Ann Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.