Community Outreach

Want to get involved and looking to give back? Look no further!

Doylestown Presbyterian Church is committed to being the hands and feet of Christ by volunteering in our community to make it a healthier, safer place to live. We also strive to find ways to help those in need who may be far away, but are near to our hearts just the same.

See our local partners listed below to see how you can get involved.

Bethel Presbyterian Church

Philadelphia, PA

Our congregation supports Bethel’s weekly meal program in Philadelphia. Volunteers are needed to help twice a month on Saturdays with Bethel’s Community Meal.  The time commitment is from 11 a.m. (leaving Doylestown) until returning home about 5:30 p.m.  If you would like to help, you can sign up for a Saturday that works for you here: https://bit.ly/DPC-BPC 

Back to School Supplies for Bethel. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia is having a special Youth Fun Day for Pre-K to 2nd grade children. To make it a success, the goal is to gather donations of 100 new gender-neutral back packs and school supplies to fill them. New or very gently-used books for Pre-K to 2nd grade would also be a huge help. Please sign up at bit.ly/BPC-school to let us know what you can provide. All items can be dropped off in the Andrews Hall entrance during the day on weekdays or Sunday mornings through August 12.

Community Meal

The monthly Community Meal occurs from 11 am to 12:30 pm each third Sunday of the month, as we join together with our own congregation, community members and our homeless guests. Those wishing to help by volunteering at the meal or by bringing food items can CLICK HERE to sign up.

Carversville Farm All-DPC Food Gleaning Day and Picnic!

There are many farms in our area which provide produce to our food pantries and hunger programs. They need our help planting, weeding, and harvesting.  Join us for an all-DPC family work day.  We will meet at Carversville Farm to volunteer with weeding and harvesting on Saturday, September 10, from 9 am until 11 am.  Following our time at the Farm, we will join for a bring-your-own picnic lunch (beverages and dessert provided).  Come for both parts of the day, come just to work on the Farm, or just come for lunch at 11:15 a.m.  Please sign up here: https://bit.ly/DPC-CF  

For more information on either of these opportunities, please contact Erin Rizk at erinr@dtownpc.org

Food Drive

The need at our local food pantries is growing by the day during this time of crisis. DPC is hosting a monthly food drive for the Bucks County Housing Group and New Britain Food Larder on the third Sunday of each month from 9:30 to 11:15 am. Drop-off is under the bridge on Mechanics Street. Current needs can be found at https://www.bchg.org/make-a-donation.html

New Britain Food Larder

22 E. Butler Ave., New Britain, PA 18901

Drop Off Hours: Mondays, 9 am – 12 pm

Doylestown Food Pantry

470 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901

Drop Off Hours: Wed., 5:30 pm – 8 pm; Thursday and Sunday, 10:30 am – 1pm

Thank you for helping those in need in our community! 

Caring for Friends

The Caring for Friends program enables shut-ins to remain in their homes by providing food, friendship, emergency aid, and advocacy. For more information or to volunteer, contact the church office at 215-348-3531. Look for our sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in Andrews Hall to donate casseroles, vegetables, stewed tomatoes or applesauce.  Click HERE to signup for the August 16th meal packing event.

Hunting Park Christian Academy

Doylestown Presbyterian Church has a strong relationship with Hunting Park Christian Academy, which provides a Christian-based education to children living in inner city Philadelphia. There are many ways to get involved, including tutoring in reading or math; teaching a lesson in art, music, or gym; giving a presentation at career day; assisting with mailings or other office work; or leading a biblical lesson during chapel time using drama, music, or dance.

You’re invited to join in our all-DPC Work Day at Hunting Park Christian Academy on Saturday, August 13.  We will be doing a variety of jobs to help the school get ready for the school year.  This could include painting, cleaning, moving and cleaning furniture and desks, etc.  We will plan to leave the DPC parking lot at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Plan to bring your own lunch, wear work clothes.  Everyone ages 8 to 108 welcome to join us!  Please sign up HERE!

For more info, please contact Erin Rizk at erinr@dtownpc.org

Care and Share Thrift Shoppes

Ongoing – Third Friday of the Month

On the third Friday of each month, DPC members volunteer at Care and Share Thrift Shoppes in Souderton. Tasks include greeting shoppers, folding and bagging items, helping customers, and many more. The thrift store’s proceeds go to charities supported by the Mennonite church. For more information, contact Erin Rizk at erinr@dtownpc.org. To sign up, click here: bit.ly/DPC-CS

Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County

Watch for upcoming news on how you can be involved with Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. To get involved, contact Erin Rizk at erinr@dtownpc.org.


Additional Opportunities

In addition to outreach opportunities organized directly by DPC, there are many ways to volunteer to help others in our community on a regular, ongoing basis as an individual or with your family. See below!


Bucks County Housing Group

Bucks County Housing Group in Doylestown is in need of volunteers to help in their food pantry on:

Wednesday 5:30 – 8 pm

Thursday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Sunday 10:30 am – 1 pm

For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at the Doylestown site at 215-345-4311 x101. There are also additional ways to volunteer, including helping with the Monday night Kids Club.

More information can be found on the BCHG website.

Contact Erin Rizk at 215-348-3531

Ages: 10 to adult

Code Blue

Code Blue provides emergency shelter to homeless individuals in Central Bucks County on extremely cold nights. Doylestown Presbyterian Church serves as one of these shelters one month out of the winter. In addition to needing volunteers to help staff the shelter when it is open, Code Blue also needs assistance with things including administration, finance, supplies, transportation, community relations, volunteer coordination, training, homeless outreach, and risk management.

Contact the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH) at 1-866-390-0291  or visit their website and click on” Contact Us.”

Ages: Adults

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons collects new or gently used toys, books, clothing, etc., for children living in homeless or low-income situations in Philadelphia. Volunteers help to sort and pack donations.

Families are welcomed:

Wednesday – Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm or 1 – 3 pm

Tuesdays,  6 – 8 pm

Select Saturdays, 10 am – 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm

Call 215-836-0958

Ages: 6 and older

Good Stuff Thrift Store

Located in Doylestown, Good Stuff Thrift Store sells gently used items to help support nonprofit organizations benefiting children, one of which is Hunting Park Christian Academy, whose mission is to provide a quality, affordable, Christian education to young people living in a diverse community. DPC currently provides scholarships to 4 students to attend Hunting Park, and partners with the school in many other ways.

You can help Hunting Park and the other great organizations that Good Stuff Thrift Store supports by donating clothing and accessories, household goods, toys, furniture, and many other items found in your house, or by stopping by to shop! The store is located at 3633 North Easton Road in Doylestown.

More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Habitat ReStore

Habitat’s ReStore is located in Warminster and sells new and gently-used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build and renovate more homes and communities. If you’d like to volunteer at the Habitat ReStore, tasks include unloading deliveries, cleaning and testing donations, stocking merchandise and assisting customers.

Visit their website or the volunteer coordinator at 215.822.2812 x302 or volunteer@habitatbucks.org

Ages: 14 and older

Philabundance

Philabundance is a food bank in Philadelphia that contributes to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond. There are a variety of ways to volunteer, including in the Hunger Relief Center, the Community Food Center, and the Fresh for All program.

To learn more visit volunteer@philabundance.org, or call 215-339-0900.

VITA Education Services

VITA provides quality educational programs that help individuals gain skills that enhance their ability to deal with real-life situations, meet personal goals and become more self-determining and self-sufficient. Through literacy and decision-making programs, Vita brings learning to life for Bucks County adults, families and at-risk youth by helping them to develop skills that create opportunities for themselves, their families, and, in turn, the community. Volunteer opportunities exist in teaching Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Decisions for Living (DFL). Volunteers are trained in each program to work with adults in the community or the Bucks County Correctional Facility. No prior teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language is needed.

Visit their website or call 215-345-8322.

Ages: 21 and older