serving within

our community

In the spirit of acting locally, service to others within our community is an essential part of our congregation’s ministry.

These programs, generously supported by members of the wider community, continue to change lives and expand the definitions of “neighbor” and “community.” Since these programs depend on many volunteers for their success, we encourage involvement not only by church members but also by folks from the wider community.

Charter House

Our congregation founded Charter House Coalition (CHC) in 2005 and continues to host and support its programs.

Charter House Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing in and around Middlebury, Vermont. For the year ending June 30, 2019 volunteers served over 39,500 meals, grew a ton (literally!) of food in our community gardens and housed 134 men, women, and children in our winter shelter and transitional housing programs.

To learn more about Charter House, go to CHC’s website.

House menders


Every year since 2011, members and friends of our congregation have participated week-long service work, most often away from Vermont but also within our community.

On past adult service trips, volunteers worked on Habitat for Humanity projects in New Orleans, Joplin, Missouri and in rural West Virginia. Our church’s House Menders group works on a variety of local service projects.

View photos from adult service trips & projects:

Community Suppers

Free Community Suppers are served to our neighbors and friends in our Fellowship Hall every Friday. This program provides a free supper for 200 people every Friday evening.  Each year, more than 35 organizations host a supper. The volunteers prepare and serve the supper from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. 

The Community Suppers are open to everyone and serve the multiple roles of providing nutritious meals to those who need them and a welcoming setting for community members to gather and connect. Click here for meal schedule.

If you would like to be involved in this ministry, contact Dottie Neuberger at 802-388-7613.

Community Lunches

This free lunch program provides meals about 55 people every Monday through Thursday. Volunteers prepare and serve the lunches from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. On scheduled Wednesdays, our church provides Community Lunches at Charter House. 

The lunches are open to everyone, providing a regular nutritious meal and a comfortable setting for people from many different parts of the community to get to know one another. Click here for meal schedule.

If you would like to be involved with this ministry, contact Steve Jewett.

Other community organizations

  • We actively support Church World Services CROP Hunger Walk every October to raise money to help end hunger globally and locally.
  • We support the work of other local organizations, such as The Open Door Clinic, HOPE, Habitat for Humanity … and many more.
  • We encourage and gather contributions to the local Food Shelf every Sunday.