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Serving Local

Habitat for Humanity

Mt. Sylvan Saints

Every Wednesday morning and some weekends, a group of people from Mt. Sylvan UMC gather to work on local Habitat house builds.

To get involved, contact: Herb Cimburke at 919-998-9345

Urban Ministries of Durham

Canned goods, dry cereals, and staples of all kinds are collected and taken to the Urban Ministries Center. Volunteers from Mt. Sylvan work in the Urban Ministries food pantry each week and serve a hot meal twice a month in their community kitchen. The youth ministry serves lunch on the 4th Sunday of each month.

Interested in serving in the food pantry? Contact Frances Cimburke at

Interested in serving a meal during the week? Contact Terry Rhodes at

Interested in serving lunch with the youth the 4th Sunday of the month? Contact Susan White -

Families Moving Forward

Families Moving Forward (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) addresses the immediate and ongoing needs of homeless families by mobilizing Durham congregations and people of faith to help families move toward residential stability and self-sufficiency.

During the day, families receive comprehensive case management services, including assistance in procuring jobs, medical care, day care and school placement, and stable housing. In the evening they provide meals and temporary housing.

For years Mt. Sylvan UMC was a host church for Families Moving Forward providing a place for homeless families to stay once a quarter. In 2016 Families Moving forward established their own temporary housing facilities through sponsorship of the community and churches like Mt. Sylvan. Now Mt. Sylvan goes to FMF’s new facility once a quarter to provide meals, childcare, and other support services for their guests.

To participate contact: Susan White -

Mt. Sylvan Community Garden

The Mt.Sylvan Community Garden exists as a place for people of all ages, abilities, races, and classes to come together as one community to learn and grow. The food produced by this garden will be spread widely across our church and local community as a way of meeting the hungers that we all share: the hunger for healthy food and the hunger for a community.

Interested in receiving some produce from the garden or volunteering some time to work in the garden? Contact Barbara Peoples at

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