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AUGUST NEWS 2015
Welcome to RCS!
What an exciting summer we have had at RCS! Our Ice Skating in the Park Fundraiser was a huge success and we have enjoyed getting to know several new faces in the building. We have big plans in the next few months and are looking for ways to expand our services and generate more awareness about what we do for our friends and family in need.

We hope you could attend our first (of many) Ice Skating in the Park Summer Fundraiser. With your generous contributions and sponsorships, we raised close to $10,000.00 for our Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter! The feedback was so positive, and we had so much fun, that we have already saved next year's date for the weekend of July 23, 2016! Mark your calendars to attend because it is going to be even bigger and better next year!

 

We especially want to thank our sponsors who allowed us to cover our costs before the event even started and the volunteers who generously gave their time at the event to make it even more successful. We could not have done this without you, so thank you for your participation!

 

There are many events this fall including CROP Walk, Neuse River Bridge Run, Neuse River Back Water Open Fishing Tournament and our Winter Coat Giveaway. The CROP Walk on September 27th raises awareness and funds for helping to stamp out hunger in New Bern. RCS receives 25% of all proceeds, so this is a big event for us. We encourage you to get a team together for an afternoon walk in downtown New Bern. 

 

The Bridge Run will take place on October 17, and RCS is one of eight non-profits who benefit from the funds raised during the event. Last year we received over $8000! We need volunteers to help serve over 1,000 runners at the Pasta Push dinner on Friday, October 16. Please let us know if you are interested. The Bridge Run offers a 5K, 10K and half-marathon run, so mark your calendar and prepare to join us for a great cause and a great time.

If you're not a runner, there's a fishing tournament October 17th to benefit RCS! This is a one day tournament on the Neuse. Last year, we received over 200 pounds of fish and over $3000! Special thank you to Malcolm Quay who puts this on for us each year. We really appreciate it!
 

We are also sponsoring a Winter Coat Giveaway with UPHC Rocky Run Church that will take place on November 7th. Please start collecting new/gently used coats for men, women and children. Donations will be accepted at RCS and UPHC Rocky Run now through November 6th.
 

Come see the exciting changes at RCS! Our staff is always working to improve our clients and our facility. If you have not been to RCS in a while, we invite you to take a tour. And as always, we thank you for your continued support.

Blessings,
Juliet Rogers, Executive Director
Resident Spotlight
Resident Spotlight -- Ora Jones
Ora came into our shelter 3 times in 3 years. Each time she would make one step closer to living independently. She credits the RCS shelter for allowing her to get her mind straight. She says, “I had been living in an abusive relationship and needed for it to end. I was scared when I finally decided to make time for myself and learn to love myself. I learned how to believe in myself and do what I needed to do to make me a better person. RCS gave me the confidence to change my circumstances. Today I am working as a personal care nurse, and I thank the staff at RCS for encouraging me to get a job and stay with it. I know that I am a better person and I can always hold my head up and know that I am beautiful inside and out.”

We are proud of Ora for taking charge of her life and making a difference for herself and her family. RCS provides many services that can help our guests get back on their feet in a time of need. We offer educational opportunities, rent and utility assistance, food and clothing fulfillment, spiritual guidance, nutritional counseling and so much more! If you know of someone who would benefit from RCS, please send them our way. And if you would like to help make a difference in someone life, we have LOTS of volunteer opportunities -- just call!

 
Upcoming Events
CROP Walk
September 27, 2015 | New Bern, NC
Join hundreds of local residents as we walk to help stop hunger! Did you know that RCS receives 25% of ALL proceeds from the New Bern CROP Walk? That's HUGE! Get a team together and make plans to enjoy a fun afternoon walking with friends and knowing you'll be helping those in need. CLICK HERE for more information.
Neuse River Bridge Run
October 17, 2015 | New Bern, NC
Special guest Dick Beardsley will be joining us at this year's Bridge Run. He will be participating in the race as well as speaking to all of our runners and their guests during Friday night's Pasta Push-Off Dinner sponsored by RCS. Dick will be sharing successful training and recovery techniques. We are looking for volunteers to help serve approximately 1,000 race participants at Friday night's dinner. This is a busy, fun night to get involved! RCS receives a portion of the proceeds raised at the Bridge Run. To volunteer, email Roseann! And for race registration, CLICK HERE.
Neuse River Backwater Open
October 17, 2015 | Lawson's Creek Park
11th Annual NRBWO Fishing Tournament on the Neuse is a one day, two man team tournament that benefits RCS. Targeted fish include flounder, trout, red drum and rock fish. Winning teams receive cash prizes; proceeds (AND FISH) will be donated to the Soup Kitchen at RCS. Last year, over 200 pounds of fish and $3000 was donated to RCS! Let's see if we can double that! To register, please CLICK HERE.
Winter Coat Giveaway
November 7, 2015 | RCS
UPHC Rocky Run Church and RCS are sponsoring
a Winter Coat Giveaway to be held on November 7th at RCS from 8am-1pm. START COLLECTING NEW/GENTLY USED COATS FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN to drop off at RCS or UPHC Rocky Run Church now through November 6th. We want our guests to be warm this winter and this is the perfect opportunity to help make a difference!

We will also be accepting new/gently used blankets for our Shelter guests. Please spread the word!
Summer Highlights
Ice Skating in the Park

Our inaugural summer fundraiser kicked off July 17 & 18 with Ice Skating in the Park! The event was a HUGE success and plans are already underway for next year's event. SAVE THE DATE for July 23, 2016! We enjoyed two days of skating, music, water activities, children's crafts, delicious food and Kona Ice! We received some great publicity from V103.3, WITN, WCTI, and the Sun Journal as we continue to educate our community about hunger and homelessness in our area. Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this first event so successful -- together we raised nearly $10,000 to benefit the programs and services offered at RCS for those in need!


Christmas in July

Thank you to Thea's Ideas Christmas in July event held at the Doubletree on July 23rd! Each year, Thea hosts a special vendor show for new and existing clients to see the latest in promotional items. This is the third year she has collected food and toiletries for RCS. Anyone who brought in a canned good or toiletry item for the Shelter received a Bogue Sound watermelon! Over 100 pounds of food was collected at this year's event! THANK YOU!

RCS welcomes Deb Swan

RCS is pleased to welcome Deb Swan to help organize our volunteer efforts at a much larger scale. Deb has years of experience as VP of Operations for a large corporation and we are looking forward to new volunteer opportunities and proper training so we are ready for a busy fall and winter season! Welcome Deb!
 
Soup Kitchen Needs
The Food Pantry is in critical need of several items as we finish out the summer months. All donations can be dropped off at our warehouse location at 919 George Street. Warehouse hours are Monday - Friday 8am-3pm and Saturday 7am - 12pm. We have many guests who walk or ride bikes to our location in need of food and water. To help keep volunteers and guests safe from over-heating, we are in critical need of bottled water in addition to the following:
bottled water
peanut butter
ramen noodles
spaghettios/ravioli
Hamburger Helper
canned meat
Volunteer Needs
There are plenty of opportunities to serve others at RCS, either on site or at a number of local events. We encourage participation from all ages and are currently looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:
WAREHOUSE
Need help sorting food, house goods and linens Monday - Friday 8am-1pm. Call Sally at (252) 876-1718 or email for more information. 
YARD WORK
Need help with lawn maintenance, grass, flower beds. Call Sally at (252) 876-1718 or email to make arrangements. 
VOLUNTEER SPOT is a great way to see additional volunteer opportunities!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
FRONT DESK
Looking for volunteers to answer phones and greet guests on Tuesdays and/or Fridays from 8am - 12pm. Call Roseann at (252) 633-2767 or email for info!
SOUP KITCHEN
We are looking for a group of volunteers to help on the fifth Friday of those months with five Fridays. Times needed are 8:30am-12noon. Call Sally at (252) 876-1718 or email for more information. 
DRIVERS
Drivers needed Saturdays from 9am-11:30am to pickup food from grocers to bring back to RCS. Must have valid NC Drivers License. Call Sally at (252) 876-1718 or email for more information.
SUBSTITUTES
We are looking for substitute receptionists and drivers to assist any day of the week when needed.
Our Programs
RCS is a faith-based organization that addresses the basic needs of our community by providing food, clothing and shelter to those who need it most. Our primary programs include the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter, but we have many other programs that help nourish the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We offer many opportunities and welcome volunteer and monetary support for the following programs: 
Soup Kitchen
The Emergency Food Assistance Program
Transportation Assistance
Homeless Shelter
Disaster Relief & Recovery
Rent & Utility Assistance
Food Pantry
Clothing for Casual & Business Wear
Enrichment & Education Program
Help provide food and shelter for families in need! RCS relies heavily on donations from individuals and businesses to support our efforts. We need your help!