Through our local outreach initiatives, we partner with several organizations and ministries, working together to meet the practical and spiritual needs of the communities we serve.
Operation Christmas Child
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world.
Individuals, families, churches, and groups fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement.
During National Collection Week Samaritan’s Purse will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The gifts will be delivered to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.
Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children through Operation Christmas Child.
More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 100,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.
With the help of Panera, North River has set up a Ministry that is delivering day old Panera breads to Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Senior Centers and Veteran Shelters all over the South Shore. We have been successful in organizing volunteers to pick up and deliver the baked goods 6 days a week. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact the office or Lori Mulligan.
Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree
Who We Are
Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program is the only nationwide effort that specifically reaches out to hundreds of thousands of innocent children who carry the heavy burden of their parents’ incarceration throughout the year. At Christmastime, Angel Tree introduces prisoners and their children to Jesus and brings healing and restoration to families destroyed by crime.
What We Do
Through the delivery of a Christmas gift and the Gospel given on behalf of the incarcerated parent, Angel Tree boys and girls are presented with Christ’s free gift of salvation, feel loved and remembered by their parent, and experience the simple joys of the Christmas season. Angel Tree also provides ministry to the children through its summer camping program and promotes family reconciliation through discipleship and mentoring. North River participates in the Angel Tree Ministry each December.
Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore is dedicated to helping homeless families by providing food, clothing, furniture, shelter, education, and advocacy. They address a whole range of needs, from physical to emotional, from personal to social, and from psychological to spiritual.
Volunteers are used in all aspects of the program. They encourage individuals and groups from our area and abroad to be involved with their staff and families. They encourage weekly enrichment programs for adults and children and therefore have need of skilled tradesmen and leaders as well as unskilled helpers. Volunteers regularly come from grade schools, high schools, colleges, civic and religious organizations and businesses, and work with us just once, once a week. or every day.
North River teens have done yard cleanup for the Friends of the Homeless shelters. We have provided drivers, collected supplies for residents of the shelter and completed large-scale projects for them.
During these troubled financial times, the Food Pantry is helping more and more Pembroke families. North River collects specific food each month (2nd Sunday) for the Pembroke Food Pantry.
The Pembroke Food Pantry is always in need of the following items: all types of cleaning supplies; health and beauty aids such as bar soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant; paper products such as toilet tissue, paper towels, napkins and tissues. The Food Pantry is located in the Community Center Building and is open on Wednesdays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Telephone number is 781-293-4107.
Friendship Home enriches the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing quality respite and support services in a safe and caring environment.
Our programs build self-esteem and community involvement for our participants, while providing support for their families who may become overwhelmed and isolated by the daily demands of caring for their family members. While our programs directly address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, we are proud of our efforts to serve the entire community by raising up the people that we serve as vital contributors to our communities.
North River has hosted several fundraising events for Friendship Home.