Service Projects 2019-10-09T18:11:56+00:00
“North Branch has always done so much for the community. It’s a church with the community in it’s heart!!”
~ Dan P.

Service Projects

NBRC’s Mercy Ministries first started working with Anderson House in 2014 under Kathy Gianetti’s leadership.

Anderson House is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to provide drug addiction recovery services for up to 14 homeless and indigent women. Anderson House is now associated with another 501(c)(3) organization called Turning Point.

Anderson House is located at 532 Main Street (County Road 523), Whitehouse Station.

“I began giving blood when I was 23 and to date have given 27 ½ gallons. It is a small way the I can give back to the community and help others.” ~ Kip B
Blood Drive300Joining with other churches in the area, NBRC sponsors and members support the community by participating in 3 annual blood drives. The church joins with others to help save lives and give back to our community, as Jesus gave his blood for us.
Needed to participate: 1 hour on donation day in February, June, and August

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“ BRICK Academy breaks the cycle of poverty in Newark’s South Ward by managing and turning around low-performing public elementary and middle schools.”

Since BRICK assumed management of its first K-8 school—Avon Academy— in 2010, student achievement has improved dramatically, doubling and even tripling performance in some grades in three years. On the strength of this progress, BRICK assumed management of a second K-8 South Ward district school, Peshine Elementary, in 2012. BRICK plans to add 1-2 additional schools in the next three years.

North Branch Reformed Church helps support the good work of BRICK Academy through different missions. In January, there is a Book Drive at the Preschool Book Fair and in August we have our Backpack Project. Many children in need start the school year with no supplies so North Branch donates filled backpacks for children at Brick Academy. Parents and children gather each year to fill the backpacks with donated items that are then delivered the school.  These items enable the children to start the school year prepared to succeed.

In 2017, we stuffed 110 backpacks! and in 2017 we stuffed 115!

Needed to participate:  1 hour on a Sunday in August to fill the backpack.

“The best part of the backpack project was its multigenerational nature. My kids (along with many other families) shopped for school supplies and put together the backpacks. Even the youngest children were able to experience this simple act of service. We’re never too young to appreciate our blessings and share with those in need.” ~ Denel B.
Bountiful Backpacks
“I was awed by the spirit of the clients as they came for their groceries and heard “God Bless You” from so many.  NBRC folks displayed a genuine warmth and respect for each person served.  A set of sisters in their ‘80’s impacted me the most.  To think of having to come for groceries at the food bank at that stage of your life make my heart hurt.” ~ Diane L.

The mission of the Food Bank Network is to distribute food and provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community.”  The food is distributed through 3 food pantries in the county.  The church prepares the bags of food for distribution and fully staffs the center in Somerville for food distribution each Saturday in July, serving over 150 families of Somerset County.

NBRC at the Food Bank

Needed to Serve: 3 hours, each Saturday morning in July. Contact Doug Dzwonczyk for more information.

“Helping Learning Gate is the best thing that a church like North Branch can do to help families in poverty because reasonable day care allows the clients to work.” ~ County Leader

Members of our congregation have adopted the Learning Gate Preschool in Raritan and Finderne which helps support low income families who need child care as they go to work.

We have a special relationship with Learning Gate and people at Learning Gate have been very excited with the support we have provided.

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“Carla & Danielle and I choose short stories of personal interest, or seasonal or holiday themes. The most important story elements are themes of inspiration, faith hope, humor and love. Through the heartwarming stories and the personal relationships with residents we are touched as well and leave each week feeling truly blessed.” ~ Kathy M.
Nursing Home Outreach With a heart to serve, North Branch works with the elderly and shut ins at Rivers Edge Rehabilitation. Residents enjoy ‘book club’ with stories and books being read to them, and various other activities that help to brighten their day.
Needed to Serve: 1 hour per week on Thursdays, 3:30PM
“I was excited about knitting prayer shawls but visiting turned out to be the best part of this special ministry.  Meeting the lovely souls, wrapping the shawls around their shoulders, praying with them and being photographed with them – then returning and presenting them with their photos – what a blessing!” ~ Pam F.
Prayer Shawl MinistryShawls have been used for centuries to provide warmth. Prayer shawls made by NBRC knitters or crochet participants, provide a loving ‘embrace’ to those in hospitals and nursing homes. Reflecting a loving God, makers of the shawls and lap blankets pray, dedicating the work of their hands and the love of Christ for the receiver.
Needed to participate: The ability to knit or crochet and leisure time to create the gift.
“The number of church and community participants has increased dramatically from last year! Adults and children collect a significant amount of rubbish and when I have problems getting into tight spots my 8 year old son, Alastair, is adept for the task. What better way to thank and praise the Almighty than by being responsible caretakers for the next generation.” ~ John C.
River Clean-up2600“The mission of the Raritan Headwaters Association is to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. Each spring RHA organizes clean-up programs to protect water quality and promote public stewardship of local streams and rivers” ~ Raritan Headwaters Association
Needed to participate: 3 hours on a Saturday April 13

Our Day on the River

“I love the difference Urban Promise is making in the lives of children. It’s a bright light of hope in a sea of urban challenges. I’m inspired by the people and the work we do around the facility each time we visit.” ~ Kathy G.
“Begun in 1988, Urban Promise serves to provide the children and young adults of Camden with the skills necessary for life through academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership” ~ Urban Promise

Needed to participate: 3 hours on a Saturday in June


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