Community organizations to support and serve.


Let's serve together with our family/community groups to create and distribute CARE PACKS to every family for every car!

When we meet individuals who are experiencing homelessness, we can encourage them with a genuine hello, a smile, and a CARE PACK!

Our church family will restock our CARE PACKS during the first week of every month!

CARE Packs

YES Program

Books for Africa

Youth Villages 

Mission 127

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Sherltering Arms

*Upcoming Opportunites Summer 2022


Read with Hope! 




Every January communities across the country honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the MLK Day of Service. This federal holiday is devoted to inspiring individuals, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, creating solutions to social problems, and moving us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

The MLK Day of Service recognizes and honors the total legacy of Dr. King—championing the issue of civil rights, highlighting the use of nonviolence to promote change, and calling individuals into public service—while inspiring us to support and improve communities in our own ways.

The North River HOPE Chapter will participate in the MLK Day in two ways this January:       

1)     American Red Cross Blood Donation Drive:We will join other HOPE Chapters across the nation by donating blood through the American Red Cross SLEEVES UP Campaign during the month of January! The COVID pandemic has created severe blood shortages, and this campaign enables us to easily meet a huge need! Instead of limiting our blood donations to only one day during MLK Day, we can now donate in a more convenient way and generously provide even more units of blood throughout the entire month of January! All previously pledged donors from North River (as well as new donors) can sign up to donate blood HERE with this direct link to the Sleeves Up Campaign. You will see ALL of the American Red Cross donation sites within your zip code where you can donate! Simply fill out the short application, pick a day, time and a convenient site near you! We encourage everyone to invite family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and folks from your community to become a “blood buddy” to donate with you as you give blood and the gift of life! Our goal at North River is to donate 100 units of blood in the month of January!        

2)     Donations of Food, Toiletries, School Supplies, and Care Pack items:

We are communicating with several of our trusted community partners to learn what their greatest needs are. On Sunday and Monday (January 16th and 17th) everyone can participate by dropping off these specific donations at the Lighthouse! On Sunday, January 16, volunteers can sign up to sort and distribute these donations to our community partners! Our MLK donation drive last year, as well as our recent coat drive, was a tremendous success in meeting identified needs throughout our local communities! Thank You!

Donation drop off will be Sunday, January 16th 1PM-3PM at the Lighthouse (AND before or after Church service if meeting at Building - to be determined) 

Our generous donations will support our valuable community partners who educate, encourage, and empower marginalized children and families, as well as individuals experiencing homelessness!

Our community partners include:

 MUST Ministry Food Pantry 
 Mission 1:27 Centers for marginalized children
 Youth Villages (for children experiencing serious challenges)
 Shady Grove Baptist Church providing the homeless with daily meals
 YMCA Food Relief 
 Sheltering Arms centers for marginalized children
 North River Care Packs for homeless

Donation items needed:

Toiletry supplies:

 Diapers, wipes (MUST, YMCA, Sheltering Arms)
 Toiletries: soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, chapsticks, wet wipes (NR Care Packs, MUST, YMCA)

Clothes items:

 Teen /adult size socks, underwear, sports bras without wires (Youth Villages)
 Men’s pants (sizes 30-36), Men’s belts (size small)- Shady Grove for homeless
 Socks, hats, gloves for homeless

Homeless/Outdoor Supplies:

 Candles (all sizes and types, new and used)- Shady Grove for homeless:
 Propane (1lb. cans) and Butane fuel (8 ounces) – Shady Grove for homeless

School supplies: 

 crayons, colored paper, computer paper, child scissors, playdough, etc.

School snacks: 

 Chips, Scooby Snacks, water, Juice boxes, freeze pops, cookies, fruit cups

Home cleaning supplies: 

 Disinfectants, paper towels, toilet paper

NR Care Pack Items: 

 All above toiletry items, water bottles, socks, Care Cards (notes of encouragement, written by kids and adults!)


 Please make notes of encouragement for Care Packs, school age children, and “Thank You” cards for HEALTHCARE Professionals!) Kids, teens, and adults can make! 

MLK Weekend Volunteer Opportunities 
(Please contact Noelle if you are interested in “hands-on” volunteering during one or more of these times.; 919-699-8745

 Saturday, January 15th – Books for Africa – 9AM-11AM – group of 10 sorting books
 Saturday, January 15th – Books for Africa – 12NOON-2PM – group of 10 sorting books
 Sunday, January 16th – NR Lighthouse – 1PM-3PM – 20 volunteers collecting and sorting donations
 Monday, January 17th – NR Lighthouse – 1PM-3PM – 20 volunteers sorting donations, making care packs




YES! Program | Ministries | NRCOC

Contact: Jasmine Jackson, Program Director

Phone: 404-849-5570 Email:

A North River Church of Christ program providing youth empowerment, family food support, childrens' school supplies supports STEAM-based curriculum and sports camps. Ongoing opportunities within the neighboring community. 

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HOPE  Video Buddies: Books and More!

Contact: Sherry Miller (NR Member)

Phone: 954-644-2233 Email:

 Volunteers of all ages can create short, positive videos to encourage homebound kids by reading popular children’s books, demonstrating sports and music skills, and sharing about career options!

Check out this info link

Books for Africa

Contacts:  Jen Hale, Coordinator-

NR Contact: Noelle Broyles, 919-699-8745; (Please contact Noelle if you'd like to volunteer with other NR volunteers or create a group volunteer time).

Books For Africa collects, organizes, and regularly ships hundreds of thousands of high-quality books to countries throughout the continent of Africa every year! 
Volunteer Opps: Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack books for two-hour time shifts Monday- Friday (9-11 am or 1-3 pm) or on Saturdays (9-11 am or 12-2pm). Saturdays are for experienced volunteers only, or new volunteers may accompany experienced volunteers.  
Volunteers must pre-register via the website and participate in a brief orientation at the beginning of the shift. (No walk-in volunteers). Groups of 16 can serve together. The minimum age is 14 years. It's so rewarding! 

Sheltering Arms

Contact: Noelle Broyles (NR Member) Phone: 919-699-8745;  Email:

Respected Early Childhood Development centers (13) throughout the Atlanta area providing education/support for at-risk children.

Volunteer Opps: SA's new director will inform us of new volunteer opportunities soon! Reading with children, sharing life skills, mentoring, and center clean-ups have been serving opps in the past!

Inner Harbour Campus | Youth Villages

Contact: Debbie Swain (NR Member)

Phone: 757-812-0256  Email:

A highly respected, comprehensive residential treatment program for 120+ children and youth with serious emotional and behavioral challenges due to childhood trauma.
Volunteer Opps: Monthly Birthday Parties for children, usually on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm! It is the highlight of the month for every child! 

Monthly Encouragement Cards & Birthday Party Supplies desired!

120 care cards needed each month!

Serving Our Neighbors in Need | MUST Ministries

 Contact: Jasmine Jackson Phone: 404-849-5570  Email:

Contact: Noelle Broyles Phone: 919-699-8745 Email: 

Quarterly opportunities for North River members to organize and distribute food boxes for at-risk school-age children and families within Marietta.  Specific supplemental donations are regularly needed. 

Adventure Centers — Mission 1:27

Bible-based after-school program for elementary school children located within five Walton apartment complexes throughout the Marietta area.
Volunteer Opps: Fun devotionals, games, and activities to be prepared and shared with the children during every month. Available at two Marietta locations (Walton Ridge Center on Cobb Parkway and Ridenour Center on Barrett Parkway). Volunteer time is about 1.5 hours, usually starting at about 3 pm. Times can vary.
There are also limited “in-person“ volunteer opportunities for reading, math help, sharing skills like sports, music, arts and crafts. Monthly Care cards and specific donations are often needed!

Monthly Encouragement cards and specific donations desired!

125 care cards needed each month!

Contact: Noelle Broyles; 919-699-8745;

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Gratitude Packs for Veterans 

Read with HOPE!

Summer Book Lending and Reading Opps with children in the local community, and sharing books around the world!