Volunteer

Learn how we put unconditional love into practice by serving our community.

New Volunteer?

Would you like to make a real difference in your community?

1. Fill out the volunteer application at the top of this page.
2. Someone from our staff will contact you to confirm your availability and approve your application.
3. Sign up for your volunteer shift! We can only accept volunteers during posted shifts on our website.

If you would like to volunteer as a group, please contact Alisa Newber at 910.794.9656 Ext. 116 after registering to volunteer.

Brothers & Sisters of Hope Mentorship

Brothers and Sisters of Hope are mentorship programs designed to bring friendship, love, encouragement and hope to men and women experiencing homelessness. As a one on one program, every mentor will be partnered with a resident to build a relationship that supports their journey towards self-sufficiency.

Apply for Sisters of Hope

Apply for Brothers of Hope

Program Description:

Brothers and Sisters of Hope are mentorship programs designed to bring friendship, love, encouragement and hope to men and women experiencing homelessness. As a one on one program, every mentor will be partnered with a resident to build a relationship that supports their journey towards self-sufficiency.

Program Guidelines:

Applicants must be 18 years of age, confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be mature in their faith.   A six month commitment as well as bi-monthly trainings are required.  All applicants will need to attend our pre-scheduled bi-monthly group socials.  Mentors meet on our campus or plan outings with their mentees.

Requirements:

Complete emailed application (email Alisa at anewber@firstfruitministries.org with any questions)
Provide 2 Character References
Background check

Sisters of Hope Application

Brothers of Hope Application

Urban Missionary Program

First Fruit Ministries (FFM) shares the unconditional love of God through food, shelter, and friendship with those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Southeastern North Carolina. Our local homeless community is familiar with First Fruit Ministries through continued outreach and service over the last two decades. The trust in these relationships overcomes the fears that many homeless people have regarding accessing professional services. First Fruit Ministries focuses on supportive housing for women and families and outreach programs such as street meal programs, food pantry service, and a day shelter which provides medical care, emergency services, and housing referrals.


The vision for First Fruit Ministries comes from Isaiah 58:6-7, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

Our commission is to host the Presence of God that He may work through us toward our donors, our clients, and our community. First Fruit Ministries’ Urban Missionary Program is a training opportunity offering Christian believers the chance to serve in urban ministry, be trained by highly qualified and experienced leadership, and grow as sons and daughters of God through whom God’s unconditional love is shared with the most vulnerable people in our community. Missionaries come to live the Scriptures! All ministry flows from relationship. There are three pillars that help define the ministry philosophy at First Fruit Ministries: Sonship, Empowerment, and Communication.

Urban Missionaries are Christian believers who join FFM’s outreach and residential teams, care for others through faith and service, and mature through effectively ministering to those who are homeless or experiencing brokenness. This training opportunity focuses on establishing Urban Missionaries in their identities as sons and daughters of God, through whom God’s unconditional love is shared with the most vulnerable people in our community.

  • Urban Missionaries are Christian believers who feel called to serve at First Fruit Ministries for 30 or more hours per week for a year.
  • Each Urban Missionary is partnered with a specific staff member or program. They join FFM’s outreach and residential teams to mature through active faith and service.
  • Urban Missionaries may participate in all ministry activities. They can also specialize in either an Outreach, Supportive Housing, or Administrative track for deeper exploration of social justice and poverty issues.
  • There are fellowship and debriefing events, trainings, along with individual mentorship by Executive Staff and Community Mentors.
  • Urban Missionaries generally live on the ministry campus. The fee is $300 per month, which includes meals and groceries, and all housing and utilities costs.

For more information on First Fruit Ministries’ Urban Missionary Program and application process,

please contact Alisa Newber at (910) 619-0345 or anewber@firstfruitministries.org.

Opportunities

Outreach and Engagement Center

Day Shelter: Help homeless friends access showers, enjoy Bible study, and share a community dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesdays: 9am-2pm
Thursdays: 9am-5pm

Showers
(help hand out towels and toiletries)
Thursday from 9am-3pm

Worship Service
(pray for and encourage each other)
Thursday at 3pm

Dinner Service
(serve hot meal in ministry dining room)
Thursday at 12:30pm at 4:30pm

Sign Up for Shift
First time volunteers must fill out a volunteer
application before signing up for a volunteer shift
Food Pantry

Give out boxes of food and supplies to our homeless and low-wealth neighbors or host a food drive.

Mondays 8:30am-1pm

Wednesday 8:30am- 2pm

Saturdays 8:30am-1pm
Sidewalk Supper

Meet at ministry campus and then go downtown to share hot meals with those living on the streets. (All volunteer spots filled).

Wednesday nights from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Supportive Housing

Join the Sisters of Hope Mentorship Program to become a mentor to a woman or family leaving homelessness.

More Volunteer Opportunities

We have volunteer opportunities for every size group!
Following are some ways in which you can help:

Get creative: throw a party to raise awareness about First Fruit Ministries’ work

Introduce First Fruit to your friends at a social or business event

Link to us on social media and share our newsletter

Post to our pages about how much fun you had volunteering with First Fruit on the streets or at the campus

Get your swim team or cousins or neighborhood (or really anybody) to do a food drive

Join one of our Advisory Board committees to help with our spring and/or fall fundraisers or our annual banquet for the homeless

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