Our mission: “Improving lives through service and collaboration in Johnston County”. This Thanksgiving, Serve the Need in Johnston County, Inc. – in partnership with area businesses, churches, civic organizations and over 100 volunteers, served over 3000 meals to Johnston County residents.

This annual event caught the attention of WRAL News, who broadcast live from the event. In case you missed it, this is the video from their broadcast along with a nice write-up. We’re so thankful to our members and all those that helped to make this extraordinary event possible! “What we do by ourselves matters; What we do together, really makes the difference.” “When we give we get back.”

Clayton community comes together for Thanksgiving meal :: WRAL.com

$2500 Grant Awarded to Serve The Need in Johnston County

Serve The Need of Johnston County  has been awarded a grant of $2500 from the Johnston County Unrestricted Endowment Fund, according to Royal Williams, President of Serve the Need.
The Johnston County Unrestricted Endowment Fund is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).
The grant will be used to construct handicapped ramps and small home repairs for those without the necessary funds to build it themselves.
“We are so excited and pleased to be a recipient of this grant, as this will assist us in helping larger groups of people in need of handicapped ramps and small home repairs.” Stated Serve The Need President, Royal Williams.  “Johnston County will be better off from now on with the addition of this grant money.”
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $116 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $222 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org

A letter from the President of Serve The Need in Johnston County —
To our membership: I wonder if you can help me with this. I want to ask that each member of Serve The Need in Johnston County and/or their family members donate $50.00 or whatever they can, to the Houston relief effort. They can simply send it to STN – PO Box 1016, Clayton, NC 27528 with a note on the memo line of their check with “HRF”,  by September 10, 2017 and we will forward all money received to the local Red Cross in Houston. These funds ARE tax deductible.
Helping our neighbors from afar.

Thanks so much,




Duane Raver Art Auction Fundraiser Set For September 9th


Serve The Need of Johnston County will hold a charity art auction on Saturday, September 9th from 5p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church in Clayton, North Carolina.

“Artist Duane Raver has donated over 20 prints to Serve The Need in Johnston County in order for the organization to continue its missions of the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Handicapped Ramp Building, Project 9 to 3 and Special Education Scholarships and we are very excited and pleased to be given such great pieces of art from Mr. Raver.”  Stated Melissa Dooley, Co-Chair for the Art Auction.  “This truly was a gift from God and we are excited to share this with the public on September 9th.”

Dooley goes on to say that the Auction will be preceded by a dinner at Horne Memorial UMC where Raver is a member.  “Mr. Raver is a long-standing member of Horne and it is truly our pleasure to be able to bring his art to his home church.  Not only will his fellow congregation be able to be a part of this historical auction, but those of the tri-county area and beyond will as well.  This dinner/auction will not only give focus to art, but to Serve The Need as well and we couldn’t be happier.”

About The Artist: Duane Raver:

Duane Raver was born and raised in central Iowa where he soon learned to fish and hunt and enjoy the world of nature. It was evident at an early age Duane had the gift of artistic talent and soon began to draw and paint fish, waterfowl, and upland game.

In 1960, after doing much of the artwork and some of the writing for the Commission’s magazine, “Wildlife in North Carolina”, while in the Fish Division, Duane transferred to the Education Division. He continued to do many of the magazine’s covers and other illustrations as well as other features. He progressed from Managing Editor to the magazine’s Editor and layout and design duties. During nights and weekends, Duane did many illustrations for several Southeastern states publications, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and educational and commercial books and magazines. His specialty of fish illustrations soon gained national attention.

Duane retired from the N.C. Wildlife Commission in 1979 to devote full time as a freelance wildlife illustrator. In 1984, he teamed with fisheries scientist Dr. Charles S. Manooch to produce the book Fisherman’s Guide – Fishes of the Southeastern United States, which was reprinted four times, most recently in 2007. The one hundred and fifty full color fish paintings in the book have formed the basis for many fish identification posters and publications nation wide.

During his career, Duane was named Wildlife Artist of the Year four times by the N.C. Wildlife Federation and, in 2003, was inducted into the Federation’s Hall of Fame. He has won numerous art awards and recognition by various sporting and conservation organizations for artwork contributions. In 2009, Duane was awarded The Order of the Longleaf Pine by the State of North Carolina.  Presently, Duane still paints wildlife artwork on a dialy basis in his studio in his daughter’s taxidermy shop near Clayton, NC.

Questions regarding the art auction should be directed to either Lois Stephenson or Melissa Dooley

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