Community Outreach

Partnering with Schools

partnering_with_schoolsWe are honored to serve as a partner in education to bless James Love Elementary and Shelby Middle School in the Cleveland County Public Schools system, which believes in equipping all students with the knowledge and skills to become productive citizens in a globally competitive world by partnering with our community to provide appropriate educational experiences. Unfortunately, many of these students face greater challenges in their home life. There are several ways to serve the children and staff. They include:


  • Help with various school events throughout the school year

  • Provide school supplies for the students

  • Participate in the Backpack Ministry

  • Serve as a tutor, mentor, or lunch buddy

  • Donate School Supplies from the following list:

Boxes of Kleenex
Spiral Notebooks
24 count box of crayons
Hand Sanitizer
Glue Sticks
One-inch three ring binder
Liquid Hand Soap
#2 Pencils
6-Pocket folders

Disinfectant Wipes    
Wide-ruled notebook paper
One subject spiral notebooks
Quart Zip-Lock Bags        
Black & White Marbled Notebooks
Gallon Zip-Lock Bags    
Pencil Box    
Dry Erase Markers

There will be boxes outside the choir room for the collection of school supplies.

Backpack Ministry

backpack-ministry-logoThe Backpack Ministry of Central United Methodist Church involves packing backpacks each week and delivering them to Shelby Middle School for students to take home over the weekend. The reality for thousands of children in the Shelby area is they will face a long weekend with little or nothing to eat. Be a blessing to these children because hunger doesn't take the weekend off. We will purchase food with Legacy funds, pack the backpacks, and deliver them every week to Shelby Middle for distribution.  Church member may also donate non-perishable food items and/or volunteer to pack or drop-off/pick-up the backpacks.

If you are interested in any of these areas of service, please contact Lori Wilson at [email protected] for more information.

Second Harvest Food Bank

feeding_americaCentral United Methodist Church is a partner agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM). SHFBM partners and distributes food and essential grocery items to approximately 550 hunger feeding agencies in 19 counties in North and South Carolina. Agencies served include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.

Red Cross

redcrossEvery 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily during chemo treatments. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

Blood donations help millions of people in need. The American Red Cross supplies approximately 40% of the nation’s blood supply. Central United Methodist Church partners with the American Red Cross by hosting quarterly blood drives. These drives are held at Central in the months of February, May, August and November. Giving blood is a convenient way for members to support their community and help save lives. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

The need for blood is constant. Consider giving blood at the next blood drive and count on giving at Central each quarter. If you have never given blood, it is never too late to start. Watch for specific dates in the newsletter. For more information, contact Joanie Mabry at [email protected] or 704-418-5865. 

Cleveland County Rescue Mission

interfaithMission Statement
Cleveland County Rescue Mission is a non-profit faith based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs and support services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. “Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,” Philippians 1:4 KJV. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 KJV.

Our Story
Beginning in 1985, a rotating night shelter system for homeless individuals was opened in churches throughout Shelby.  At the same time, a rotating five-day-a-week soup kitchen ministry started meeting for lunch in Shelby churches.  By 1990, a location was secured for a homeless shelter and it was dedicated at 301 N. Washington Street in Shelby.  In the year 2000, a local agency agreed to administer the work of the shelters for men and women thru February of 2009.

The community began conversations in late 2007 as to how a new organization of compassion could be called together to be ready to manage the men’s shelter and address the larger issues of homelessness in Cleveland County.

In February of 2009, the (IFA) Inter-faith Alliance was launched, (the governing board of the Cleveland County Rescue Mission) as a means through which the people of Cleveland County could work together to address the emergency shelter needs of homeless people while encouraging an on-going conversation of all community partners to end homelessness in Cleveland County.  In, July of 2010, the Cleveland County Rescue Mission officially assumed responsibility of day to day shelter services.

What’s in a name?
Gospel rescue missions have a long history of providing lifelines for those drowning in the waves of adversity and the undertow of addiction. For more than a century, they have been keeping watch on the waterfront of despair, and countless men, women, and children have been saved in every sense of the word.

Gospel is part of our name because their leaders are compelled foremost by Jesus’ instructions to actively care for those in need, and to introduce them to the liberating good news of His kingdom and all it represents.

Our name includes rescue because delivering those in need from danger is the critical and consuming first part of a sometimes slow but always exciting journey that leads to new desires, choices, and direction in life.

The word missions is in the name because those in need see each of our structures as a bastion of protection and a refuge from fatigue and failure.

For more information please visit our website at


habitatCentral is a big supporter of this local building program. An applicant for a home must live in substandard or overcrowded housing, have sufficient income to pay an interest-free mortgage, live in Cleveland County for at least one year and must contribute 200 hours of sweat equity per adult living in the home. Three bedroom, two bath homes have been built for twenty-five families and a four bedroom house for a grandmother raising four grandchildren and a disabled son. Our talented volunteer builders work on Thursdays and some Saturdays and are always seeking new team members. Current projects include the “Methodist Build” project in Kings Mountain and a new Rotary-financed home near the new Shelby Middle School and, in 2016, our 26th home for our Grandmother Peggy. In 2008, Habitat opened the ReStore at 323 Grover St. where all kinds of donated items are for sale. The store is open M-F from 10-5pm and Saturday from 8-2. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Call the ReStore at 704-482-6289 if you would like to help. Many Central members belong to our Habitat’s Carpenters Club. Their annual support helps build our homes.
Habitat's website:


hospice-logoHospice of Cleveland County has two inpatient facilities: Wendover in Shelby and Kings Mountain Hospice in Kings Mountain. Both facilities provide end of life care in a warm, familiar setting. Hospice also provides support and nursing assistance for in-home care of the dying patient.

Both locations have various opportunities for volunteers. Volunteer applications are available on their website as well as specific opportunities needed at any given time.

Hospice also needs many supplies. Their wish lists range from cleaning supplies to art supplies to food and clothing and is updated quarterly. The Central Issue Newsletter will be publishing this list, focusing on one component each month. A box is placed outside the 2nd floor elevator (Sanctuary side) for easy placement of items which are then delivered to the Wendover facility. Central has remained a very active participant in the program----much appreciated by the Hospice staff, patients and families.
Hospice of Cleveland County's Website: