PCCS provides services to Pender County residents that enhance quality of life and strengthen the community.
In addition to providing food, clothing, and furniture, we serve as a disaster recovery resource, provide workforce training opportunities; and refer those in need to other community organizations. We partner with more than 40 organizations and agencies to help provide emergency assistance to Pender County residents.
Pender County Christian Services (PCCS) was founded by Edna Van Harrell Bradshaw who wanted a way to help those in need living in Pender County. The Ministerial Association organized a community clothing closet and food pantry, and on March 8, 1982, PCCS was incorporated as a non-profit organization. The food pantry opened its doors for the first time in June of 1982. We began with 17 volunteers and a budget of $12,000 per year for food, serving 250 families in the first nine months of operation. Today, we have 6 employees and over 40 volunteers. Our food budget is between over $80,000 per year, and we serve between 400-450 families per month.
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Mrs. SANDRA K. HARRIS began her time with PCCS nearly 24 years ago after over 20 years as a Medical Office Manager. For the last 15 years, she has been an active participant in the Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO), a partnership between UNCW and the community created to help strengthen nonprofit organizations through professional, leadership, and organizational development. Wearing many hats, and with the support of volunteers, she has helped to build a strong, sustainable organization. In May of 2021, Mrs. Harris received the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Coastal Entrepreneur Award for Non-profits. (See Article)