Local Outreach

Local Outreach Fair

Local Outreach through Grace

We have an on-going commitment to serve our local communities. See the list below of our ministry partners. If you are interested in being a part of Local Outreach at Grace Mills River, contact Amanda McLamb, Mercy & Outreach Director, at 

Are you interested in serving our communities through Local Outreach? We'd love to hear from you!

Serve with GMR Local Outreach 

School Supply Collection for Party in the Park

GMR Local Outreach will be collecting school supplies at our Sunday services on August 2nd, 9th & 16th (along with Feed the Need food donations). The school supplies will be donated to “Party in the Park”, an annual community-wide event to provide free school supplies for children as well as to local schools. This year "Party in the Park" will be a free, drive-thru event at Mills River Park on Sunday, August 9th from 4-6pm.

Suggested school supplies donations:

  • glue sticks
  • safety scissors
  • #2 pencils
  • crayons (8, 16, 24 or 36 packs)
  • colored pencils (12, 24 or 36 packs)
  • pencil-top erasers
  • 1-subject spiral bound notebooks
  • composition notebooks
  • wide-ruled notebook paper
  • 1” binders
  • 1 1/2” notebooks
  • pencil pouches
  • headphones

Feed the Need Food Drive continues

We will continue Feed the Need Food Drive receiving donations before our outdoor Worship Service on August 2.

All non-perishable foods in child-friendly packing will feed 5 families in our community throughout the summer! We will continue to collect food items throughout the summer to support these families.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with collection, organization, or food delivery, please contact Christen at .

Please be sure to check expiration dates and provide child-friendly food items as listed below. Please keep in mind, if you and your family would not eat it, don't donate it! ;)

Suggested items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Oatmeal Packages
  • Beans and Franks
  • Cereal
  • Soups
  • Fruit Cups
  • Pop Tarts
  • Vienna Sausage
  • Crackers
  • Pudding
  • Canned Stew
  • "Chef Boyardee" Items
  • Mac and Cheese Bowls
  • Raisins/Dried Fruit
  • Baby/Toddler foods

COVID19 Response: Ways to support some of our local community organizations

Grace Mills River is “Adopting” Elmcroft
Grace Mills River is “adopting” Elmcroft, a long-term care facility in Hendersonville, for the summer. As a church family we want to bless the staff and residents as they continue to battle the isolation and stress of the impact of Covid-19 on our community. Elmcroft is closed to visitors for the foreseeable future, but we want to find creative ways to encourage their residents and the essential workers and show them the love of Christ. This can be through writing notes & prayers, creating care packages, delivering flowers, donating simple crafts, decorating outside residents’ windows, setting up bird feeders outside the facility, etc. If you, your family or your small group would like to organize an outreach project to Elmcroft please contact Amanda McLamb

Henderson County Council on Aging/ Meals on Wheels: https://coahc.org/meals-on-wheels/

- Making phone calls to check on Meals on Wheels clients
- Hot Meal Delivery to clients in Mills River (*Once the stay-at-home order is lifted, online volunteer orientation required)
- Write cards to homebound clients in MIlls River

Contact: Christy Zbulyt:
Director of Outreach & Volunteer Engagement for the Council on Aging

Homeward Bound:
Support their donation drive for their emergency homeless shelter at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville and for their clients. Items can be dropped off at the Welcome Home Donation Center at 205 Elk Park Drive between 9am to noon. Find the list of items needed here: https://homewardboundwnc.org/donation-drive-in-response-to-covid-19/

Interfaith Assistance Ministries:
Donate items to their food pantry
Monday - Friday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
310 Freeman Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
See the list of food needs here: https://www.iamhendersoncounty.org/donate/needs-and-news.html

Least of These:
LOT is still serving Saturday breakfasts to the homeless of Asheville just in a different way. They are offering grab and go sandwiches, snacks, water, fruit, and hygiene items. You can help their ministry by donating hygiene items or home baked goods, making individual snack bags, and writing encouraging notes and pictures for them to give to their guests. Donations can be delivered at to Missio Dei Church at 531 Haywood Rd in Asheville or sent to LOT Asheville PO Box 895 Fletcher NC 28732. Contact Liz Loop at with any questions.

Meet Our Local Outreach Partners

Least of These


Least of These Asheville is a nonprofit that feeds a warm breakfast to the homeless community of Asheville every Saturday morning. We are always looking for groups big or small to come join us on a Saturday morning.  Least of These is able to provide a hot breakfast, clothing, blankets, tents and other living essentials to our guests because of generous donations. There is a bin in the GMR café for clothing items to be donated to LOT.  For more information email:

Interfaith Assistance Ministry


IAM’s mission is to provide emergency relief to Hendersonville County Residents who are in financial crisis by offering food, clothing, utility and rental assistance to those who qualify, school supplies, prescription support and overall guidance in an atmosphere of compassion and respect.  Volunteers are needed Monday-Saturdays from 9am-1pm. They can assist in the clothing and pantry areas or as an intake interviewer after a small amount of training. Please contact the volunteer manager at 828-697-7029 or email .

The Storehouse


The Storehouse is a Christ-centered food and hygiene pantry serving the low income, elderly and needy families of Henderson County.  Want to help at the Storehouse? You can volunteer time or talents! Volunteer any amount of time to helping us run The Storehouse or help with letter writing, data entry, handyman services, driver, etc. Call the Storehouse to find out more. (828) 692-8300

New City Christian School

New City Christian School serves kindergarten through 5th grade students from various racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. New City equips students with the knowledge, confidence, and hope to fulfill God's purposes in their lives and community. We accomplish this goal by providing a strong foundation in academic, spiritual, and relational growth. Ultimately through Christ our Savior and Redeemer, with our families, students, staff we hope to reduce the educational gap and cultural divisions within the greater Asheville community.  

Check here for updated volunteer opportunities: https://newcitychristian.org/volunteer.

For more information contact: Terry Wilken, Executive Director 

Asheville / Buncombe County Christian Ministries


 While responding to meet emergency needs, we develop strategic plans to address root causes of poverty, take steps to achieve independent living skills and restore lives in the community. We accomplish this through these ministries: Crisis Ministry, Jail/ Ministry, Veterans Restoration Quarters, Steadfast House, Medical Ministry and Veteran Services of the Carolinas. ABCCM is generously supported by over 289 churches of all denominations and 6,100 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability. ABCCM stimulates doing together what individual congregations and individuals cannot do separately.  Opportunities to serve with ABCCM: https://abccm.squarespace.com/serve

Young Life of Henderson County :


Young Life of Henderson County is an outreach ministry to local teenagers. Our mission in Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Our main method to reach teenagers is through genuine friendships with caring adults. A team staff and volunteer leaders invest in authentic relationships with high school students, walk alongside them through life, and share the gospel with them. We seek to reach kids with humor, adventure, and caring for every kid regardless of their response. We believe every teenager deserves the opportunity to hear about Jesus in a way they can understand from someone who cares about them.  To volunteer contact Graham at:

Council on Aging of Henderson County / Meals on Wheels


The Council on Aging of Henderson County provides services to engage, connect, and support adults in our community as we age.  The Meals on Wheels program provides a hot meal every weekday for homebound older adults in Henderson Meals on Wheels clients receive important social interaction with caring volunteers. These visits, which also serve as a regular wellness checks, often turn into lasting friendships.  Want to volunteer as a driver for Meals on Wheels? For more information about how to volunteer: http://coahc.org/volunteers/



 Kairos Prison Ministry International is a cross denominational ministry with the purpose of sharing Gods unconditional love to the incarcerated. Kairos focuses on developing and promoting a strong Christian brotherhood amongst the inmates within the prison community through their ‘Kairos weekends’ and subsequent monthly reunions'.  To serve as part of the Grace Kairos team or for more information please contact: Jeff Leider: