STN receives grant money

The Woman’s Club of Clayton has received a $25,000 Ray Bryan Award to support programs that serve children.

The club will split the money equally among three groups — Clayton Area Ministries, Backpack Buddies and Serve the Need Johnston County.  Each group will receive $8,333.33 for their organization.

The award came from the RYE Foundation.

“Our club is so grateful to be the recipients of this generous grant,” said club President Betsy Grannis. “We look forward to being good stewards of these funds to benefit these wonderful organizations.”

The RYE Foundation has ties to Clayton. J. Warren Steen, the foundation’s president since 2001, grew up in Clayton, and his mother, Mrs. John W. Steen, was president of the Woman’s Club from 1967 to 1968. His father was a former pastor of Clayton’s First Baptist Church. 

The RYE Foundation awarded the grant in honor of Mrs. Steen and “as a challenge to current members to follow Mrs. Steen’s example of civic involvement and Christian Stewardship.”

A group of philanthropists founded the Rye Foundation in 2001 in Winston-Salem because they believed North Carolina needed a new charitable foundation to focus solely on the needs of children. The foundation’s name comes from the first letter of three focus areas — Religion, Youth and Education.

The foundation awarded its first grant, $25,000, to the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville. Its largest grant to date, $65,000, went to the Rye Foundation House at Camp Caraway in Asheville.

A board of directors makes policy and funding decisions. Gifts are limited to charitable groups based in North Carolina, and every grant must:

• Help children and youth.

• Be in North Carolina.

• Have a spiritual component.

Serve the Need qualified for this grant based on the above criteria.  The Clayton Women’s Club has worked with our organization in the past and remembered our mission of helping those in need; man, woman and child.

Be sure to thank any member of the Clayton Women’s Club for remembering Serve The Need.

Tom Ricks Explains Food Distribution to CAM


Tom Ricks, President, explains the role of Serve The Need volunteers for the food distribution.  Pick up from either Food Lion or Lowes Foods and bring to Clayton Area Ministries (CAM) distribution warehouse in Clayton.

Serve the Need plays a vital role in helping feed the hungry in both Clayton and Four Oaks communities.  Volunteers are always needed to help with this important ministry.

For information on becoming a volunteer, please call Tom at 919-333-8399 or email him at


Duane Raver Prints Still Available

You can obtain your very own Duane Raver print by making a contribution of at least $100 to Serve The Need in Johnston County.  Choose one from 4 prints by Duane Raver.  They are:
The Wigeon
dimensions are 23×20

The Turkey
dimensions are 25×19

The Wood duck
dimensions are 26×20

The Quail
dimensions are 23×20

Please contact either Tom Ricks at 919-333-8399  or  Melissa Dooley at 919-218-4010 to obtain YOUR print today!

Remember Amazon Smile When Online Shopping

Please don’t forget Amazon Smiles when online shopping with Amazon.  Our organization receives 5% of qualifying purchases that YOU make when you shop through Amazon Smiles.  This is a great way for Serve The Need to receive much needed dollars and it’s so simple!
In order for Serve the Need to get credit for Amazon Smile purchases, please do the following BEFORE you log into Amazon as you normally would:
#1-  login to Amazon using  (this is important)
#2 – click the “Get Started” button
#3 – provide your email login and password that you normally use for Amazon
#4 – click on the supporting tab at the very top of the page
#5 – add Serve The Need in Johnston County — our # is 26-4254444.
#6 – That’s it.  You are now logged into your Amazon account benefitting Serve The Need.
NOTE:  Your Amazon benefits follow you when you log into  They don’t change and you will still receive all of your Prime benefits and can view your past purchases, etc, as you normally would.  The only thing that changed, is you are now supporting Serve The Need.  You will need to log into Amazon using the URL – each time in order to benefit Serve The Need.  If you don’t login this way, our organization will not get the benefits.

Thank you and if you have any questions about AmazonSmile, please call Melissa Dooley – 919-218-4010