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  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (September 16, 2020) - The Carolina Classic Fair has announced a limited selection of food and activities from Oct. 1 through 4 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on 27th Street.

    Earlier this year, fair officials canceled the Carolina Classic Fair, formerly the Dixie Classic Fair scheduled for Oct. 2 through 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The newly scheduled events, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each of the four days, will center on some favorite fair foods available for purchase from a handful of past fair vendors. The food and a game have been organized as drive-thru activities, where participants will remain in their vehicles at all times.

    Participants will enter at Gate 9 of the fairgrounds on 27th street and receive a menu, which also will be posted on the fair’s website at

    The drive-thru will proceed in this order:

    First stop will be a collection station that will accept canned food for donation to Crisis Control Ministry.
    Second stop will be a loose-change game, where participants can toss change from their vehicles into buckets. The game, cosponsored by WBFJ radio station, will help support the Salvation Army.
    Next, a contactless system will be set up to allow people to order food. This station will also sell fair T-shirts and “fair in a bag” packages that include tickets to the 2021 fair, a ball cap, lapel pin, pen, magnet, and tote bag.
    After people order food, vehicles will proceed to the food pickup area. Runners will deliver food to vehicles using baskets for contactless pickup. The fair said that customers should expect a wait for food pickup, but there will be video messages and entertainment at this stage, shared on the fair’s Facebook page,
    Vehicles will exit at Gate 2 near the Fairgrounds Annex, where people will have the opportunity to pose with their food at a “Road Bump” drive-thru ride, sponsored by Entercom Radio.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (September 2, 2020) - Crisis Control Ministry will hold its annual Hope du Jour fundraiser all day Tuesday, Sept. 8.

    It will be Crisis Control’s 30th year for Hope du Jour, which is usually held in May. The fundraiser was postponed earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Area residents are encouraged to eat out for breakfast, lunch or dinner — or all three — to support Crisis Control’s mission of providing assistance with housing and other essential needs to help people become self-sufficient. Participating restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops will donate what they are able to Crisis Control Ministry.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 28, 2020) — As the pandemic continues to bear down on the United States, many folks are facing another big obstacle, food insecurity.

    For Crisis Control Ministry, the largest emergency assistance provider in Forsyth County, helping feed others does not stop during a pandemic.

    “The need for food still exists, we are very grateful that we continued to have been able to receive food from others here so continuing to provide food to the families who need it,” said Executive Director Margaret Elliott.

    The nonprofit said the number of folks who were in need of food skyrocketed at the beginning of the pandemic, then began to fall and now those numbers are starting to rise again.

    And to make things a little bit more complicated, a fundraising event at the fair in Winston-Salem, that normally brings in about 70,000 pounds worth of food was canceled due to COVID-19.

  • KERNERSVILLE, NC (August 27, 2020) - Hope du Jour is Crisis Control’s signature fundraising event. In 2019, this well-established community tradition brought more than 135 participating restaurants and local diners together for a day of “feel-good eating.” You may be familiar with the French menu item “soupe du jour” meaning soup of the day. Well Crisis Control Ministry is taking that a step further – serving the community with “hope of the day.” All Hope du Jour donations stay in Forsyth County and help Crisis Control assist people who are having difficulty with housing payments, utilities, food and medication.

  • Written By Beverly Nelson

    Senior members of the community may feel isolated when it’s hard for them to attend church, participate in other activities, or handle daily tasks. As their neighbor, there are many things you can do to reach out to seniors in your community who need support.

    Find out how you can make a difference in local seniors’ lives, click the headline to learn more.

  • Kernersville News: Check Presentation
    Kernersville News: Check Presentation

    KERNERSVILLE, NC (Thursday, July 23, 2020) - Duane Long, of the Kernersville Foundation, recently presented a grant check to Kathy Hoffner, of Crisis Control Ministry of Kernersville.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 3, 2020) - Nonprofit organizations in Forsyth County are reporting varied impacts to their fundraising efforts and donations as they provide relief in communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Several nonprofits said they are receiving donations, but still facing challenges because of the virus.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 1, 2020) - Crisis Control Ministry had planned to host its 30th annual “Hope du Jour” fundraiser on Tuesday, May 5, benefiting its programs and services provided to families throughout Forsyth County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fundraiser has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

    But that doesn’t mean the day will go unrecognized. The first Tuesday in May each year, over 130 restaurants, bakeries, breweries and coffee shops in Winston-Salem, Kernersville and throughout Forsyth County come together to support Crisis Control Ministry by donating 10% of their proceeds for the day to the organization. This year, Crisis Control Ministry asks the community to return the favor.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 23, 2020) - Many local nonprofits have had to adjust their hours and limit their volunteers due to the possible spread of the virus. Older persons, who most often volunteer because they are retired and have the time, are at particular risk. Because of this, charities such as Crisis Control Ministry are not currently using any volunteers and have staff performing all the duties that volunteers once did. Needless to say, they are missed. They recently showed their gratitude for their volunteers by taking a photo for Facebook of the staff in the parking lot holding signs with messages such as “We miss you!”

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 17, 2020) - A total of $1,062,000 has been awarded to 15 local nonprofits in the first announcement of grants awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County.

    These awards will ensure rapid funding for nonprofit organizations meeting basic needs for community members impacted by the pandemic, including food, shelter, housing, and emergency financial assistance.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (April 1, 2020) - It’s an incredible thing to think that thirty years ago, what started out as an idea to save the food pantry at Crisis Control Ministry grew into the incredible outreach program and local tradition it is today. Hope du Jour has not only continued to make a difference to the Crisis Control Ministry and the citizens it serves, but to the community as a whole by bringing people together for something we can all agree on: great food!

    This year’s Hope du Jour event was scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th celebrating its 30th anniversary where participating restaurants donate 10% of their proceeds to Crisis Control Ministry, Forsyth County’s largest provider of emergency assistance. Due to Coronavirus pandemic, the fundraiser’s new date is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Members of the community can come out to show their support for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (March 26, 2020) - Before the COVID-19 crisis, any time you walked into an art gallery, hospital, community service agency, library, or other organization, you would see older adults working – for free – volunteering their time to support these community organizations. According to the National Community Service, people age 50 and over make up nearly 35% of those who volunteer on a regular basis.

    Barbara Campbell is just one of those volunteers. Campbell and her husband Bob volunteered for over 20 years at Crisis Control Ministry. Now she volunteers at The Solus Christus (“in Christ alone”) Thrift Shop … or at least she did until last week. “This week the thrift shop closed temporarily because of the Coronavirus,” said Barbara. “I look forward to my Fridays at the shop. I will miss the comradery of working with other volunteers, but I especially will miss the people who come into the shop, many who are regulars. Not only do customers enjoy finding treasures, many just need someone to listen to their stories. Most of all, I will miss the opportunity to do something to make my community a better place.”

    What are local nonprofits doing now that these senior volunteers are staying home to protect their health?

    Click the title link to read the full article.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, NC (March 20, 2020) - After weeks of speculation, the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) are being felt in Forsyth County. Social distancing, a strategy necessary to minimize the burden of disease in our community, has the side-effect of bringing many aspects of our community to a halt. Schools and events are being cancelled. Consequently, parents must change their schedules to accommodate having children home from school. Stores, museums, farmer’s markets, restaurants and breweries are either empty or closed. Normal grocery shopping becomes difficult as the shelves are bare and the lines are long.

    I am challenging you to think beyond yourself and take care of your community during this time. Social distancing policies may temporarily restrict your ability to volunteer, but there are still ways you can help. You can donate to most organizations online without ever leaving your home. If you stocked up a little too much on toilet paper, peanut butter and canned goods, consider donating it to restock local pantries. Finally, once you feel safe to decrease your social distancing, give your time to local organizations.

    The organization that I believe has the ability to make the greatest impact during this time — and will most need the community’s support — is Crisis Control Ministry.

  • Kernersville News: Crisis Control Holiday Food Drive
    Kernersville News: Crisis Control Holiday Food Drive

    KERNERSVILLE NEWS, N.C. (December 10, 2019) - The Kernersville Friends of the Library and Kernersville Woman's Club held a free concert featuring Hungrytown at the Kernersville Library on December 2 as a kickoff to for the Crisis Control Ministry Holiday Food Drive.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (October 22, 2019) – Crisis Control Ministry is hosting its 23rd annual Holiday Honor Card fundraiser from November 1st – December 20th, 2019. All of the proceeds from the cards support the work of Crisis Control Ministry, making sure our neighbors in crisis have access to food, warm housing, and medicine.

  • The Chronicle: Crisis Control Ministry Holiday Honor Card honors recipients and benefits neighbors in need
    The Chronicle: Crisis Control Ministry Holiday Honor Card honors recipients and benefits neighbors in need

    The story was in The Chronicle on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCTOBER 11, 2019) – Food Day at the Fair, a community food drive benefitting Crisis Control Ministry, was held Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds as part of the Dixie Classic Fair.

    13,447 fair attendees donated at least 5 non-perishable food items to Crisis Control Ministry to gain free admission to the Dixie Classic Fair on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. With the help of over 250 Crisis Control Ministry volunteers, Crisis Control Ministry collected 70,500 non-perishable food items.

  • Kernersville News: Benefiting Crisis Control
    Kernersville News: Benefiting Crisis Control

    Source: Kernersville News, Thursday, September 12, 2019 paper

  • Source: Kernersville News, Saturday - Sunday, August 24 & 25, 2019 paper.

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