December 11: Sledding, Shopping and Food Drive Sunday: This is an annual Beary Merry Christmas event sponsored by the Downtown Council New Bern Chamber of Commerce. Each year, SNOW comes to New Bern with a fun afternoon of sledding, bouncing, arts and crafts for the kids. Guests are encouraged to bring food donations for RCS and/or make a monetary contribution to help others during the Christmas season. All proceeds from the sale of hot chocolate and cookies come back to RCS. This event requires a lot of volunteers, so please consider giving time during this very fun afternoon! More information online at www.bearymerrychristmas.com.
Empty Bowls is a joint outreach of RCS and the Craven Arts Council & Gallery. Empty Bowls is a project designed to fight hunger and help support the Arts Council. What makes this event so wonderful is that it is personalized by artists and organizations on a community level. Local restaurants and churches make, serve and donate soup and bread for the event; and individuals and local artists donate pottery, baskets and paintings. Attendees get to have some soup and bread and choose a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Bring your friends ~ who doesn’t love hot soup on a cold winter’s day? More information and tickets at Craven Arts Council.
March Madness: GET IN THE GAME! RCS is thrilled to announce our latest fun-raiser as we tipoff with March Madness! In the spirit of the season, enter to win at 50″ Smart HDTV and Party for 10 on NCAA Championship Game Day! Your ticket purchase will help feed and shelter those in need!
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: Join us as we celebrate our wonderful volunteers! RCS relies heavily on the participation of hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. Without this help, we could not offer the number of services we do every day.
Mail Carrier Food Drive: sponsored by the USPS, this national event will take place on May 14th, 2016. Residents in Craven County are encouraged to leave canned goods by the mailbox in bags. Your mail carrier (or RCS volunteer drivers) will pickup these canned goods to bring to the Food Pantry at RCS. Last year New Bern residents donated over 32,000 pounds of food! Volunteers are needed on collection day and the days to follow to help sort food and prepare for storage. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals and small groups.
Tryon Civitan Food Drive: Every June, the Tryon Civitan Group sponsors a special food drive to encourage donations for RCS. Past donations have included sugar, peanut butter, rice, cereal, and diapers. Stay tuned for what the 2016 collection will be. Donation drop is at the UPS Store on Glenburnie Road in New Bern; please consider making a donation to this effort!
Christmas in July: sponsored by Thea’s Ideas, this event takes place every year in July. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods or monetary donations to RCS as their cost of admission to see the latest in business promotional items. This is a wonderful event for businesses and non-profits to attend. More information can be found at Thea’s Ideas.
Ice Skating in the Park: It’s not too often when you can ice skate in AUGUST, but we make it happen during this extremely fun and unique summer experience. This is a ticketed event with lots of activities to last throughout the day. There is ice skating, bounce houses, arts and crafts, great food and music. We do encourage advance ticket purchases online to secure designated skate times and minimize wait lines at entry. All proceeds benefit RCS. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
CROP Walk: To be held each fall, this is an annual event organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger. Start point is at Union Point Park and there are 5K and 10K options. A great event for the family, we encourage you to sign up to walk and get sponsors to donate money per mile or completion. More information can be found here.
Home on the Range: New Bern Concerts presents “Home on the Range” at The Emerald Golf Club on Sunday, October 2 from 5-8pm. Join us as we welcome country legend John Michael Montgomery, Ira Dean (formerly of Trick Pony), up and coming J.D. Shelburne and our very own Bryan Mayer! Proceeds from the event will benefit RCS. Sponsorships and tickets available online at www.newbernconcerts.com. VIP and General Admission options available! Call Susan Lucas at 252.633.2767 is you are interested in becoming a VOLUNTEER for this event!
MumFEST: New Bern’s annual street festival in downtown New Bern is in mid-October. Attracting thousands of people from all over our state, MumFEST is a good time to be had by all! Craft and food vendors line the streets with their wares. There are activities and rides for kids, music for all ages and a chance to enjoy being outside with the family. RCS participates as a vendor to distribute information and signup volunteers.
Neuse River Backwater Open: Annual one-day fishing tournament that is the only ALL artificial tournament in eastern North Carolina. This one-day event raises money AND fish for RCS. For more information, visit www.nrbwo.com.
Neuse River Bridge Run: Another fun event in October. The Neuse River Bridge Run has grown significantly over the years to be one of the premiere races in our state. Thousands of runners and walkers participate in this run that offers a 5K, 10K and half marathon. A portion of the proceeds raised at this event benefits RCS, with portions donated to other non-profit organization. We are pleased to be a part of this wonderful event and encourage you to register to run and/or volunteer during the day of the event.