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Benevolences

OAPC supports a variety of helping agencies in our community and around the world through its individual members and the Missions Committee.

Our Benevolences for This Year Include:

  • Adult Enrichment Center Rock Hill (formerly Park Avenue Adult Day Care)
    provides medical, respite, Alzheimer's, and social care for the elderly

  • Affinity Health Center (formerly Catawba Care)
    provides medical care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS

  • Alternative Gift Opportunities - this event encourages alternatives to consumerism at Christmas time, supports our Mission Partners financially, and deepens relationships between Mission Partners and our congregation.
    Alternative Giving Catalog -- Simplify your Christmas giving and honor a loved one by supporting our Mission Partners, who reach out to care for our community and others throughout the world.
    Equal Exchange - Your purchase is more than just delicious -- it goes a long way toward empowering farmers, strengthening democratic co-ops and changing the food system -- organic chocolate; coffee, tea, fair foods.
    Who we are and what we believe in - watch video.
    Greenery Order form -- handmade garland and wreaths
    Presbyterian Giving Catalog - Your gifts join with others to help feed the hungry, comfort the brokenhearted, and share our faith with young and old.
    SERRV nonprofit, fair trade -- selling handcrafted products to benefit disadvantaged artisans, farmers and their families.

  • Bethel Men's Shelter - Virtual Community Fundraising Event, Sept. 27 - Oct. 3 -- percentage of proceeds donated from selected local restaurants (9/27-10/2); BBQ/roasted coffee curbside pickup (Sat., 10/3, 11 am-2 pm; tour of shelter 1-1:30 pm)

  • Children's Attention Home
    provides emergency residential shelter for abused and neglected children

  • CROP Hunger Walk
    Sun., Nov. 1, 2020 - What is a Virtual Walk?
    It’s an actual walking activity, but for reasons of safety and social distancing, participants will commit to walking on their own, in families, or in small groups, in their neighborhoods, parks, trails, etc. on walk day, which is Nov. 1, 2020.
    We will not be gathering in our usual large group this year, and the time and length of your walk is flexible! It’s up to your small group, or to individuals where and when to walk, and for how long!
    People affected by the COVID-19 crisis will be assisted locally through the work of: Tender Hearts, Clover Area Assistance Center, and Pilgrim’s Inn, and throughout the world through CWS projects.
    How Should I Raise Funds? Online is best. You may donate through OAPC, or through www.crophungerwalk.org/rockhillsc, and look for Team OAPC. Walkers who collect checks need to have them made out to: CWS/CROP, and mailed to: Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Cash should be converted into a check and mailed. Please bring canned goods to the church. They will be distributed from there to local agencies that help feed the hungry. Peanut butter, canned meats, and other protein-rich nonperishable foods, fruits, vegetables, cereal, pasta, are all needed.

  • Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen
    interdenominational hot meal lunch program Mon.-Sat. OAPC serves on 3rd Tuesdays and 5th Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
    a program that provides food, shelter, and training for homeless families

  • Haven Men's Shelter
    shelter and a meal for homeless men

  • HOPE of Rock Hill
    To view a video of how HOPE of Rock Hill is impacting our community, click here.
    HOPE of Rock Hill (Helping Other People Effectively) ministers to those in need by providing groceries and partial payments for utilities and medicines.

  • HOPE Garden
    OAPC members plant, tend and harvest crops to donate to HOPE of Rock Hill ministry. Contact: Sue Smith, 803-328-8681

  • Just Coffee
    is a coffee cooperative developed by our Missionary Team in Agua Prieta, Mexico

  • NAMI
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is an education and advocay group for people with brain disorders. Support Groups meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. in rooms 202/203; an open Education Meeting meets quarterly at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of March, June, Sept. and Dec. in Fellowship Hall.
    Family-to-Family Free Peer Education Program, starts Sat., May 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for 8 consecutive Saturdays through the online platform Zoom Pro. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Pilgrim's Inn
    offers five programs to assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

  • Safe Passage
    supportive service for families living with abuse

  • Saluda Center
    counseling services for a variety of needs such as for the emotionally troubled, families, and clergy training.

  • serrv - Click to order Fair Trade, handmade, nonprofit products, with 20% or your purchase donated to OAPC's Mission Partners. Click here to learn from one of the artisans how your support provides for individuals and families in the Philippines.

  • STAR (Student Tutorial And Recreation Program)
    provides after-school assistance with homework to 1st-5th graders from Ebenezer Elementary School.
    To see a video of how the STAR Program is impacting our community, click here

Groups we support through special campaigns and participation in quarterly or yearly events:

  • Crop Walk -- Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m., collect donations online; walk neighborhood or park with your household

  • Habitat For Humanity (OAPC partners with a Faith Build yearly; next work date to be announced.)

  • Red Cross (quarterly Blood Drives: usually the first Monday of March, June, September, and December -- remaining 2020 date: Dec. 7.

PC(U.S.A.) Institutions we support:

NOTE: ALL Support Groups have been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 precautions for groups.
Check with the facilitator or watch our website for updates.

Non-Profit Groups we support through use of our facilities:

  • AA -- meets at 5:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., Presbyterian Student Center

  • Al-Anon --meets at Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, room 202

  • Chemically Dependent Anonymous -- meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Presbyterian Student Center

  • DBSA (Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance) -- meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., Presbyterian Student Center

  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) --  General Educ. meetings are held quarterly (March/June/Sept./Dec.) 2nd Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall; Connections and Family Support groups meet 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m., room 202 education wing; family classes meet when scheduled.

Last Published: October 12, 2020 2:18 PM