At Fondren Presbyterian we value our long tradition of a strong presence in the community, offering monetary support and active volunteers for projects and programs ranging from the local community to the wider world. We find many ways to serve!
Partners in education
Fondren Pres was the first church in Mississippi to "adopt" a public school. Since 1981 we have generously contributed time, money, and talents to an elementary school in the heart of Jackson’s urban core. Support activities include Book Buddies, student incentives, field trips, teacher appreciation, school supplies, uniforms, and joint community service projects.
Our historical partner, George Elementary School, closed after the 2017-2018 school term. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year our new partner is Galloway Elementary. Located on Idelwild St. near the Jackson Medical Mall, Galloway is a school of more than 400 students in K-6th grades. Fondren Pres will be working with the school’s teachers and leadership to pilot a new program called Arise-to-Read, leading field trips for student enrichment, supporting the clothes closet, offering career guidance through Career Conversations with students, and supporting a vibrant and safe learning environment for Galloway’s scholar-students.
Habitat for Humanity
More than twenty-five years ago, Fondren members Governor William Winter and his wife, Elise, were among the founders of the first Habitat for Humanity organization in Jackson. As a church we have continued our commitments of money, labor, and resources to Habitat projects over the years. Most recently, we participated in the three-year Habitat Peace House initiative, a multi-faith, multicultural outreach for the city of Jackson dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Besides continuing our financial support of Habitat for Humanity, we also provide volunteer construction labor, food for volunteers, training for Habitat homeowners, and support for fundraising. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson and opportunities for service, visit www.habitatjackson.org.
Meals on Wheels
On the first Saturday and third Friday morning of each month, Fondren Pres volunteers serve approximately twenty-four people a hot meal, providing a friendly face at the door and a regular check on the recipients’ well-being. Some of us cook, assemble, and package the meals; others deliver. Anyone who is interested may help with this worthwhile effort.
Stewpot Community Services
Stewpot Ministries began in 1981 when a group of Jackson churches combined resources to help alleviate the problems of homelessness and poverty in the city. Our church participates through monetary support and by providing a hot meal on the first Sunday of each month. Our youth are actively involved in this ministry.
Living Waters for the World
Fondren Pres has participated monetarily and our members personally with this mission of the Synod of Living Waters for several years, supporting the installation of three water systems in Haiti. Fondren Pres is planning a trip to Haiti to install a new water system in 2019. For more information about this exciting project, visit the Living Waters website.