First Presbyterian Church is an active supporter of our Gainesville and Hall County community and those in need through a variety of programs and benevolences.  Volunteers and financial support are needed by all these missions.


Each year in August, we come together to celebrate our partnerships in mission with local agencies at the Local Mission Expo. It’s a fun-filled Saturday morning with breakfast, a time to visit with local mission representatives and to head out to be “love in action” as we clean, paint, mow or in other ways support local missions.

We do service projects quarterly.
ur last project we re- built a well house roof for a widow. Contact Rev. Shon Peppers to learn more. 

First Presbyterian Church supports the following Local Missions FINANCIALLY as well as with VOLUNTEER HOURS, where appropriate:

(CASA) Hall-Dawson CASA Program, Inc.
P.O. Box 907471, Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact: Janet Walden, Executive Director,
To ensure abused and neglected children have the right to a safe and permanent home.
Special Events: Mitch Farmer June Jam benefit concert 6/30/2018 Gainesville Civic Center; CASAblanca Gala 10/19/2018 Chattahoochee Country Club.
Volunteer Needs: Volunteer as a child advocate by developing a bond with abused and neglected children through monthly visits. Gather information about their circumstances to report to the judge about what is in their best interest.
Tangible needs: New or gently used clothing ages birth to 18 for our foster children clothing bank; baby items/supplies: diapers, wipes, etc.; monetary support; school supply drive in June; Christmas toy drive in December; gift cards for teens, Birthday gifts for foster children.

Center Point
1050 Elephant Trail, Gainesville, GA 30501
3584 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch, GA 30543
Contact: David Smith Executive Director,
Mission is to develop programs that strengthen students and families, such as counseling, education, mentoring, and substance abuse prevention.
Special Event: Annual Gala in April
Volunteer Needs: Major need is participation in student mentoring.

Center Point Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc. 
(770) 535-7066
Committed to addressing teenage pregnancy and its prevention with counseling, education and support.

CHOICES Pregnancy Care Center
P.O. Box 52, Gainesville, GA 30503-0052, 770-535-1413
Contacts: Lee Koz, Executive Director; Sue Kaufman, Administrative Coordinator,
Vision: Eliminate abortion in our communities.
Mission: Restore the value of life through educational, emotional and spiritual support.
Values: Christ-Centered, Life-Affirming, Hope-Giving, Kingdom Building, Excellence Driven.
Special Events: Change for Life Baby Bottle Campaign, Mother’s Day – Father’s Day; Run For A Life 5K October 13, 2018 9:30AM Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville, GA; Choices Annual Gala fund raising dinner March 21, 2019 @6:45Pm Location TBD.
Volunteer Needs of the Agency: Baby items or money to purchase items for the baby boutiques; funding to update computers and software; male and female advocates – mentoring patients faced with life choices; donations of office supplies, i.e. Paper, folders, pens, etc.; contractors to assist with general maintenance and grounds upkeep or handyman; funding for advertising to promote our services; and many other needs, call Choices office for information.

Family Promise of Hall County
1001 Riverside Dr., Suite B, Gainesville, GA 30501
Family Promise of Hall County provides temporary house, family counseling, financial counseling, and job-search support for homeless families.
Volunteer Needs: Local churches host homeless families, in rotation, for each week, and church members provide on-site support such as van driving, providing evening meals and night time hosts.

Gainesville/Hall Community Food Pantry
(678) 450-0077
Provides food to needy families.

Gateway Domestic Violence Center
P.O. Box 2962, Gainesville, GA 30503
770-539-9080 (Administration)   770-536-5860 (Crisis hotline)
Contacts: Jessica Butler, Executive Director;
Shelby Kinsey, Volunteer Coordinator
Gateway House provides shelter, crisis intervention, ad comprehensive support services for victims of domestic violence. Gateway House also provides community education and outreach services for the prevention of domestic violence.
Special Events: Gateway 2020 Campaign, to build a new shelter for domestic violence survivors in Hall County.
Volunteer Needs: Groups to provide dinner for families during support group nights (up to 50 people) every other month. Provide items on the “wish list”, which is a collection drive for items needs by the shelter (list is available on the website). Volunteers to hope in the office to do administrative work, answer the phone, volunteer with children support groups, etc.

Good News Clinics
(770) 297-5040
Support and free medical care to the indigent, homeless, and low-income people with no health care coverage.

Good News at Noon (GNAN)
P.O. Box 1577, Gainesville, GA 30503
Contact: Beth Oropeza
GNAN provides lunches 7 days a week and dinners 5 nights a week, provides weekend groceries for families, shelters and counseling for 18 men, Bible studies.
Volunteer Needs: Provide meals for the lunches and dinners for those at the shelter. Also assist with service projects at the facility, visit with the men at the shelter and assist in the office at the reception desk.

Meals on Wheels
430 Prior Street, S.E., Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact: Stephanie Hood,
The purpose of the Meals on Wheels program is to provide a nutritional home delivered meal Monday through Friday as well as a friendly visit from a volunteer. These meals allow for our clients to still live as independently as possible.
Meals on Wheels has a need for volunteers to help deliver the meals to the clients throughout the City of Gainesville and Hall County area.

The Guest House
(770) 535-1487
Provides daytime care for older adults and offers a safe, caring environment that continues to enrich the lives of the frail elderly in this community.


We support the following with VOLUNTEER HOURS and NEEDED SUPPLIES:

Boy Scout Troop 3
(770) 532-0136 ext. 12
FPC is proud to be an active supporter of Gainesville’s Troop 3 in the American Boy Scouts. This active group of young men gather in our Lake House each week and work to develop character and self-discipline.

Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
(770) 535-8372
Full-day developmental care for ages 12 months to five years.

Children’s Center for Hope and Healing
226 Main St. SW, Gainesville, GA 30501
We strive to restore dignity, trust, and hope to individuals and families traumatized by sexual abuse through accessible and effective therapy, advocacy and education.
Special Events: June 15th 10th Annual Educational Conference Brenau Downtown Center; August 18 11th Annual Gala for Hope and Healing Chattahoochee Country Club.
Volunteer Needs: Individual wrapped snacks; hildren’s movies for lobby; paint and supplies, i.e., acrylics, brushes, aprons, etc.

Community Food Pantry
(678) 450-0077
615 Oak Street, Suite E, Gainesville, GA 30501;
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 12-1:30pm;
Client can come once every 60 days.

Eagle Ranch
(770) 967-8500
Home for abused and neglected children, ages 6-18.  Eagle Ranch is a Christ-centered home at nearby Chestnut Mountain for boys and girls in need of hope and healing.

Family Ties
615 Oak Street, Suite 700, Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact: Dee Dee Mize, 770-287-3071,
Family Ties is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families provide a safe, nurturing, and positive environment for their children and teenagers. The programs seek to educate parents from conception through age eighteen who wish to improve their parenting skills as well as families who are incarcerated or mandated by DFCS or the court system.|
Special Events: Fundraising currently are Thanksgiving and Christmas mailings and the spring pinwheels for prevention (to create more awareness).
Volunteer Needs: They have a need for volunteers as members of their Board of Directors. Board meets 4 times per year to help spread information about the organization.

Gainesville Action Ministries
(770) 531-0144
Working in partnership with churches and agencies throughout the community for families with unique needs.

Georgia Mountain Food Bank
P.O. Box 233, Gainesville, GA 30503
Contact: Kay Blackstock
GMFB mission is to address hunger, health and quality of life by serving those in need throughout North Georgia. GMFB provides a vital link between sources of food supplies and hardworking community-based partner agencies who help get the food into the hands of families and individuals who need it. Whether it’s distributing food or serving the community through outreach programs, initiatives and resources, GMFB’s time to serve is now.
Special Events: Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is the annual fundraising luncheon is held in September during Hunger Action Month. The 10th Annual event is schedules for Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Gainesville 11 AM – 1 PM.
Volunteer Needs: Mobile pantries, food sorting, gardening, and more! GMGB accepts donations of food Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 5 pm.
Financial Donations: GMFB accepts financial donations. Each $1 will provide 5 meals!

ITN Lanier
999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville, Ga 30501
Contact: Jerry Butler
ITN Lanier is a nonprofit working to ensure seniors and visually challenged adults in Gainesville have access to dignified transportation options. We help families stay connected to each other and to the community. And we help adult children minimize absenteeism from work. With ITN, older people keep their healthcare appointments and go shopping, businesses remain profitable, and seniors begin a new chapter in their lives that replaces dependence and isolation with independence and mobility.
Volunteer: Provide one afternoon a week or a few hours during the month. You’ll receive training and ITNLanier will arrange your driving assignments and routs around your schedule. You can even pick up a rider on your way to work and do a good deed before the day’s begun!
All contributions are appreciated. Help us keep our community moving. Together we are opening more than care doors. ITN Lanier is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Got an old vehicle sitting silent? Donate it to ITNLanier! Your old car can leave a legacy of future rides even after it’s gone. And it’s deductible.

My Sister’s Place
P.O. Box 908492, Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact: Brandee Thomas, Executive Director,
My Sister’s Place provides a nurturing home, transportation assistance, nutritious meals and other basic necessities to the single women and mothers with children whom we serve. While they are with us, we provide: life skills workshops, case management, counseling and tools to help them to be in a better position when they leave than they were in when they arrived.
Special Events: Dinner Dance Fundraiser, Ocbober 4 2018, Chattahoochee Country Club, featuring music by Back In Time; My Sister’s Resale Boutique, 130 John Morrow Parkway, Suite A, Gainesville, GA 30501 – Open year round Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-3 pm.
Volunteer Needs: Office: Helping answer phones, greet visitors and completing basic, computer tasks.
• Meals: Prepare a meal off-site and deliver it to the shelter.
• Overnight supervision: Fill-in to provide overnight supervision at shelter.
• Committees: Serve on a My Sister’s Place committee, typically requires month meeting commitment.
• My Sister’s Boutique: Volunteers needed to help sort through donations that will be sold in the boutiques.
To become a volunteer, email

Rape Response, Inc.
P.O. Box 2883, Gainesville, GA 30503
770-503-7273    Outside Hall County: 800-721-1999
Contact: Jeanne Buffington, Executive Director,
Rape Response serves as a system of support, advocacy, and education, providing services to the community and survivors of sexual assault while safeguarding the dignity of each person served.
Special Events: Change for Change, save your spare change during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and help us Change Lives! • Dancing for a Cause, Saturday, August 25, 6-10:30pm, go to for sponsorship opportunities.
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers to answer the crisis lines from 6pm to 7am on weekdays and 24-hour periods on weekends; volunteer require 30 hours initial training and 10 hours continuing education each year.

The Salvation Army
681 Dorsey Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact: Lt Niurka Pena, Corp Officer
Year-round support of low income families. Provides weekly church services. Runs clothing store where donations turned into low cost clothing for needy. Provides Christmas to low income children thru the Angel Tree.
Special Events: Bell Ringing and Angel Tree
Volunteer Needs: Major needs are participation in the Angel Tree project and Bell Ringers for 2 Saturdays in December.

SISU (formerly Challenged Child)
2360 Murphy Blvd, P.O. Box 5458, Gainesville, GA 30505
Contact: Jamie Reynolds, CEO
Sisu (formerly Challenged Child and Friends) offers an integrated learning environment where children from 6 weeks to 6 years with special needs learn and interact alongside their typically developing peers.
We believe in fostering a courageous approach to life nurturing every child to reach his or her full potential. There is a unique spark in every child pushing him or her to accomplish more than ever dreamed possible. We invite you to discover yours.
Special Events: Nov. 30: Festival of Trees Scott’s downtown Gainesville
March: Supply meals of 5 days for teenagers for Alternative Spring Break
Volunteer Needs of the Agency:There are many ways to get involved at Sisu. The success of our school relies heavily on our community’s time, talent and treasure. We currently host over 500 volunteers a year and have more than 18 unique ways to volunteer! Your donations help us bridge the gap between what families pay for services and the actual cost to operate our program. Our net fees from tuition and therapy only make up approximately 40% of our operating revenue.
Our organization welcomes new committee members each year to help with activities ranging from classroom volunteers to decorations for our fundraising events.

Still Waters Counseling Center
621 Washington St. S.W. Suite A2, Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact Director: Greg Smith, LCSW    Office Manager: Teresa Smith
Believing and trusting that God is at the center of all change, Still Waters Counseling Center provides comprehensive Christ centered individual and family counseling to families in the Northeast Georgia area.
Volunteer Needs: Monetary donations are the need of this agency since all that work with those being counseled must be certified.


Child Development Center
(770) 532-8188
Full-day developmental care for ages 12 months to five years.

Wonderful Works
(770) 532-0136
Women create craft projects and perform acts of service.

Radio/Streaming Broadcast of Worship
(770) 532-0136
Ministering to the homebound by broadcasting the Sunday morning worship service on WDUN.


Easter and Thanksgiving Food Basket Program
(770) 532-0136
Preparing and distributing food baskets to needy residents of Hall County.  This ministry is a community-wide ecumenical movement involving multiple churches and organizations, thus giving us the opportunity to have a much wider impact.

Living Recovery
(888) 507-5433
Providing residential sober living for people with a substance use disorder.

Samaritan’s Purse
(828) 262-1980
Operation Christmas Child / Operation Shoebox – Providing toys and other items to the needy through Samaritan’s Purse at Christmas time.

Souper Bowl of Caring
(770) 532-0136
Mobilizing youth in a united effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need of food.

Women’s Prison Ministry
(770) 532-0136
Helping inmates identify the true sources of their anger, and to teach them how to change their behavior and responses in potential anger producing situations.