Community Outreach & Missions
First Presbyterian Plano is extremely committed to community outreach and involvement. As a congregation, we are especially dedicated to serving those who are most at need and are often forgotten.
We offer many ways for you to connect with and serve others!
Plano experiences 30 - 35 nights each year when temperatures fall below freezing. The Plano Overnight Warming Station (POWS) provides a safe, secure overnight sleeping environment to assist those in greatest need. FPC Plano is currently providing a warm place for the POWS workers to store and sort clothing.
Streetside Shower/Clothing Ministry:
First Presbyterian Church Plano has entered into a joint ministry effort to help those in our local community. The Streetside Shower Ministry, created by Lance Olinsky (www.streetsideshower.com) has been helping north Texas communities for a few years now. They come to Plano, currently on Wednesdays, to offer those in need of a shower that opportunity.
Given our long running clothes closet experience, 50+ years serving our local community, we extended those resources to join forces with the Streetside Shower Ministry. Thus, as community members partake in the shower program they have an opportunity to pick up needed clothing items supplied by FPC Plano. The Streetside Shower Program services roughly 30 to 40 folks on any given day. They also provide toiletries, underwear, and socks to clients on a weekly basis. FPC Plano is distributing roughly 150 to 200 clothing related items each week.
In addition to the free Shower Program and free clothing area, individuals/organizations bring sack lunches and drinks for those community members using these services.
All in all, thanks to the Streetside Shower Program local community members are able to get assistance in a few different ways. Least of which is building relations with others in the community they live in.
Food for the Hungry
Collect food for the Plano Food Pantry:
Prior to the Super Bowl each year, First Presbyterian Church collects canned and boxed foods in support of the national Souper Bowl of Caring program. Food collected goes to local food pantries to resupply their inventories.
Valentines Boxes for church members who are serving in the military or are away at college
The Annual Cookie Caper sales raises funds benefiting CITY House (Collin Intervention to Youth) located in downtown Plano. CITY House ”serves youth ages newborn to 21-years old.” Their programs include:
For more information visit City House.
FPC sponsors families through the Christmas Adopt a Family Program from the Assistance Center of Collin County. This program at Christmas has been matching families in need with individuals or group sponsors to provide gifts for their children and one month’s worth of food at Christmas for over 20 years. For more information visit Collin County Assistance Center.