Mission Statement of the Interfaith Council
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service meets basic needs and helps individuals and families achieve their goals. We provide shelter, food, direct services, advocacy and information to people in need. We accomplish this through strong partnerships with volunteers, staff and those we serve. We rely on the active involvement of caring individuals, congregations and other community organizations.
For over 45 years, the InterFaith Council for Social Services (IFC) has provided shelter, food, direct services, advocacy and information to our neighbors in need. United Church of Chapel Hill assists in the mission of the IFC by providing volunteers to help in the following ways:
- Meal Serving Teams at IFC Community Kitchen
- IFC Food Pantry
- Volunteering at IFC
- Supporting Special Events
The Community Kitchen provides around 80,000 meals to hungry persons every year. Meals are free of charge and are provided to residents of Community House and anyone who is hungry.
United Church serves 12-15 casseroles at Community Kitchen twice a month:
dinner (5:30 to 7 pm) on the 2nd Thursday of each month, and
lunch (10 to 12:30 p.m.) on the fourth Thursday of each month.
The Community Kitchen is located at the corner of Rosemary and Columbia in Chapel Hill.
To join our meal teams – contact the church office by email at email@example.com or call 919-942-3540.
HomeStart provides 24-hour emergency and longer-term housing and services to homeless women and children. HomeStart’s mission is to provide “a safe, structured home for homeless women and children, helping them to access community resources and offering everyone on-going support to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”
A small team of women at United Church serve dinner to the women and children of HomeStart the 3rd Thursday of the month.
- Members of United Church of Chapel Hill bake 36-40 casseroles a month to provide meals to serve at IFC Community Kitchen and HomeStart. You can become a “Casserole Chef” and fill a church pan with your favorite casserole that freezes and is moist.
IFC Food Pantry
Bring a jar of peanut butter, a can of beans, a bag of rice, a jar of pasta sauce, or another non-perishable food item! We collect food each Sunday for a community pantry in Carrboro that is available to people in crisis.
Without volunteers, the IFC would not be able to provide the same level of services to those in need. The IFC began as a volunteer-run organization. The IFC relies heavily on volunteers and in-kind donations. Volunteers and interns now contribute more than 43,000 hours at the IFC every year. To put that number in perspective, our volunteers worked more hours than our full-time staff.
IFC offers a variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities for individuals and those who want to do service projects.
For more information about volunteering at IFC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919 929-6380.
RSVVP Day in November
“RSVVP” stands for “Restaurants Sharing Ten Percent” (the Vs are Roman numerals). Participating restaurants will contribute 10% of their total proceeds on that day to benefit the IFC Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. A great day for going out for lunch and/or dinner.
Holiday Meals Program November/December
Only $25 helps us offer a holiday meal to an entire family – a turkey or ham, stuffing, vegetables, bread and dessert. Over the holiday season, please consider sharing a holiday meal with someone who might not otherwise get one by participating in our Holiday Coupon campaign. It’s simple. Look for coupons in October/November in your church bulletin.
Annual CROP Hunger Walk
Please watch for more information this spring.