Serving Locally

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Ongoing Local Projects

We want to make a lasting, sustainable, practical and relational impact on economic justice issues in our local community. The needs are numerous and can sometimes seem overwhelming, but through a prayerful process we have prioritized two particular areas for engagement: food and education. The pursuit of justice and equity in these areas brings together the work of our community farm, racial reconciliation team, and Guatemala partnerships.

Here is a list of a few ongoing projects to participate in:

  • Each month we donate needed items to families in need at nearby Greencastle Elementary School. Please click here for a list of toiletries that have been requested, and to sign up. Donations can be left in the Commons on any Sunday, or any time in the bins outside the front doors of the main church building. For more information, contact Ruth Campbell.
  • During our farm’s growing season (typically between April-Oct) we grow fresh, chemical free produce to benefit the hungry in our local area. Check out the farm page to see how you can help plant, weed, water and harvest produce.
  • Weekly distributions of farm food are in collaboration with the Manna Food Center. If you are interested in delivering this year please contact Tinica Mather.
  • We need volunteers to cook and/or serve meals on the third Saturday of each month at Sophia’s House. We cook in our individual homes and then bring the items to the women’s shelter, arriving at 6:15 pm and serving until about 7:30 pm. Kids are welcome–bring the whole family! For more information or to sign up, contact Caroline Ferrante.
  • Please pray for economic justice. Despite feeling the odds are stacked against our work at times, we at Cedar Ridge have hope and believe the world can be a wonderful, amazing, light-filled place! You can pray for our work in general, and for the people we come in contact with through our outreach partnerships.

Days of Service

Twice a year we gather together for breakfast before departing in groups to serve our community. Some projects occur in the church building or on our farm or property. Others take place off-campus at nearby schools, parks and other sites. There are tasks for all ages and abilities, and most of them are eligible for student learning hours. Projects include making no-sew blankets, packing bags for people experiencing homelessness, school beautification projects, weeding, stream clean-ups, and more. Our next service day is on October 29. Check back soon for a list of projects and the chance to sign up in advance.

SSL & Community Service Hours

Cedar Ridge has many opportunities for earning Student Service Learning (SSL) hours or community service hours. In particular, the farmproperty workdays, special events such as the Harvest Festival, and our regular Days of Service provide ideal opportunities. For more information on upcoming opportunities, please contact Ruth Campbell.

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