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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 & Order Form-- 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.
    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

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

  • CROP Hunger Walk (typically in Nov.)
    How Should I Raise Funds? Online is best. You may donate through OAPC, or through www.crophungerwalk.org/rockhillsc, and look for Team Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. 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 -- HOPE is now located in the former OAPC Activities Center, at 504 Oakland Ave.
    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 -- the garden, and gardeners, are taking a rest this season. Watch for opportunities to join as the work resumes. 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. They are located on the OAPC Campus (in the building previously known as the Hut.) They offer Support Groups, an open Education Meeting, and other resources, including the Family-to-Family Free Peer Education Program (which typically meets from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for 8 consecutive Saturdays.)  Click here for photos from their Open House in May 2021.
    Contact: NAMI Helpline: 800-950-NAMI; info@nami.org, M-F, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET.  Crisis Text Line: Text "NAMi" to 741741.

  • 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. (date to be determined), 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 dates to be announced.)

  • Red Cross (quarterly Blood Drives: usually the first Monday of March, June, September, and December. Next date: June 21, 2:30-7:00 p.m., now being conducted at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

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

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

  • AA -- meets at 5:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., Presbyterian Student Center; also 9:30 a.m. Fri., PSC.

  • Al-Anon --meets at Noon on Tuesdays, 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) --  NAMI is now housed on the OAPC campus, in the building previously known as the Hut (entrance is from the parking lot through the playground.)

Last Published: June 11, 2021 3:56 PM