First Presbyterian Church of Moscow has a long history of community service. A number of community programs in Moscow came out of our congregation, including:
HomeStart - gently used household items are donated by community members and distributed to those who are starting over and are in need of bedding, towels, dishes, cookware, and other similar household items. HomeStart is housed in the Family Promise of the Palouse Day Center on Palouse River Drive.
Prayer Shawl Ministry - volunteers from our church knit or crochet shawls and chemo caps for those who are ill or grieving. The shawls remind the recipients that others care and are praying for them.
Community Connections for All - families in need receive new or gently used items ranging from school supplies to warm socks, depending on the time of year.
Family Promise of the Palouse - this local affiliate of the national Family Promise organization is an interfaith network of local congregations whose volunteers help meet homeless families' immediate needs for shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services with the goal of helping these families achieve lasting independence.
Christmas for Kids - a volunteer organization that provides Christmas gifts given by community members to children who might otherwise have none.
Alternative Giving Market - community members are encouraged to donate to a variety of local organizations and causes in the name of family members or friends as an alternative to traditional Christmas gifts.
BSA Troops 344 and 333 - FPC has chartered Boy Scout troops continuously since 1923. Our boys' troop is celebrating 100 years of scouting. Troop 333, an new all-girls' troop, was the first girls' troop chartered in our district.
In our community, we volunteer with and give financial support to the programs listed above, as well as to the following organizations:
Moscow Food Bank Inland Oasis Food Pantry
Sojourners' Alliance Alternatives to Violence
Latah Recovery Center Habitat for Humanity
Moscow Interfaith Association Avista Project Share
St. Vincent de Paul Food Not Bombs of the Palouse
Summer Food for Kids Stuff the Bus
Latah Human Rights Taskforce CHAS Health Clinic
Community Action Partnership Backyard Harvest
Nationally and internationally, we support the mission efforts of our denomination, Presbyterian Church (USA). We have sent mission teams to assist with hurricane relief and other needs in areas ranging from Seattle to New York to Mississippi and Puerto Rico. We have also helped with needs closer to home, such as fire recovery efforts in Kamiah, and assisting with youth programs on the Yakama and Nez Perce Reservations.