For nearly 35 years, RCS has been an active community partner providing critical services for those in need. Our central location in New Bern has been able to serve not only Craven County, but Jones and Pamlico Counties as well. Now, through the help of generous donors and a community grant program, RCS is pleased to introduce "Operation Outpost."
Operation Outpost is the newest initiative at RCS and will enable a team of dedicated volunteers to bring food, clothing and hygiene items to more rural populations in our tri-county area. We have designated 4 convenient locations that will serve as pickup locations for boxes filled with necessary essentials for daily living. As the program grows, we are looking to add at least 4 more locations in areas that need it most. We will also provide an outreach assessment for individuals and families and follow-up with our RCS case management team.
Ways you can help
Volunteers are needed to help with Operation Outpost. If you can volunteer on Tuesdays at RCS from 4pm-6pm to help prepare boxes that will be delivered on Wednesday, signup here:
If you can volunteer on Wednesdays to help distribute boxes at our first Operation Outpost from 5:30pm-7:30pm, signup here (locations per week will vary for Wednesdays on a rotation basis):
Do you live in an outlying area and need help getting food, clothing, and hygiene items?
Please contact the front desk to discuss your needs and find out about the nearest location drop in your area. You can also call
Thank you and please spread the word!
SPONSOR OPERATION OUTPOST: If you are a business or organization looking to get involved, we need your help! We have a variety of sponsorship levels available for this program. Monetary support is needed as we purchase household essentials to fill distribution boxes, fill the tanks of our trucks to deliver to outpost locations, identify individuals and families to help provide additional services if needed. The button below will take you to our online giving program. If you would like to help sponsor "Operation Outpost," please designate this program in the "purpose" section of the form.
If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Catherine Ackerman or call 252-633-2767 ext 121.
DONATE GOODS: We are in need of extra items to help fill our distribution boxes.
Items needed include, but are not limited to the following:
- peanut butter
- jelly (in plastic jars)
- tomato sauce (in cans)
- canned meats
- canned vegetables
- bottled water
- granola bars
- hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, fingernail clippers, lotion, etc.)
- gently used (clean) clothes and/or new clothing for adults and children. Please try to donate seasonal clothes as appropriate.
DONATED ITEMS CAN BE BROUGHT TO OUR WAREHOUSE (DROPOFF ENTRY FOR THE RCS WAREHOUSE IS ON THE GUION STREET SIDE OF THE CAMPUS) AND CAN BE DELIVERED MONDAY - SATURDAY 8AM - 2PM).