July/August Newsletter

July/August 2016

texas help

Over the course of this summer, we have had many wonderful group, as well as individuals, volunteer their time here at the ministries. The group that traveled the farthest to get here were from Texas. They traveled over 1,000 miles! Below is a little bit about them. We want to thank everyone who volunteered. You were all a big help and an even bigger blessing.

Texas Comes to Tackle Volunteering

Simonton Community Church Simonton, TX

How they found Connellsville:

Senior Pastor, Steve Littlefield’s uncle runs a camp in Jumonville. He’s been coming here his whole life. He started bringing kids and that’s how they found out about Connellsville and Community Ministries. Over 50 volunteers, the vast majority of them teenagers, came to help sort boxes in the basement, work in the food pantry and work on a house in need. Their help truly made an impact on our ministries and we are extremely grateful that we had the opportunity to work with them. We hope they are able to come back one day and work with us again to help us make Connellsville a better community for people to learn, grow, and live.

The following sets of questions were asked by Maddy, our intern, to two of the volunteers, Sabrina and Bailee, both 17. They were asked the following questions, here are their responses:

  1. How was your experience volunteering here?

Sabrina- “Fun, at first it was hard, but once we got the system down, it was fun. It’s nice helping people.”

Bailee- “Fun, challenging, cool, it made me feel good serving others.”

  1. What’s one thing you’ve learned while volunteering here?

Sabrina- “How many people are willing to give up clothes for others.”

Bailee- “Processing and how it goes once an item is donated.”

  1. Does this volunteering trip differ from anything you’ve done before? If yes, how?

Sabrina- “Yes. I’ve never volunteered before this.”

Bailee- “Yes. I’ve volunteered a lot in my hometown, but I’ve never done anything like this before.”


Connellsville Area Community Ministries has partnered with the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce and the Carnegie Free Library to offer a job fair. Local employers and educational institutions will be present. Please bring your resume and come dressed for success. If you have any questions or need help with your resume or business attire, please contact CACM and ask for Cris.

  • DATE: Tuesday, August 30
  • TIME:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • LOCATION:  Carnegie Free Library – 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, Pa

 Volunteer Spotlight: Cavie 


1. How did you hear about volunteering for the ministries?

I just heard about it from word of mouth. I came in and volunteered. I then encouraged young people from church to volunteer.

2. What was your first day like here?

Wonderful. They put me in food ministry and it was great. I meshed well with guys and everything went smooth.

3. What is the most rewarding part of volunteering here?

It’s a blessing to serve the people.

4. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about volunteering?

The same advice the Lord gives us, do good and you will be rewarded.

 5. Do you have a favorite memory since volunteering here?

Shelby. She was great. She left the biggest impression on me.  She has a loving spirit and a love for the Lord.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries offers a wide variety of service opportunities and we are always accepting new volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Rita Smith at 724.626.1120 or via email at rita@connmin.org.

Quick Facts – July 2016

  • Crisis Assistance – 111 Families Served
  • Food Pantry – 330 Families Served
  • Medical Equipment Distributed – 11 Families Served
  • Volunteer Hours – 878 Hours Served

Upcoming Events September 2016

  • Circles Classes Begin – Sept. 8
  • Day of Caring- Sept. 9
  • Mum Festival- Sept. 10, open until 3:30
  • Stuff a bag sale- Sept. 22-28

Food Pantry Dates for September      1, 3, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20

The Ministry will be CLOSED in observance of Labor Day – Mon. Sept. 5

In 2014 the Ministry opened an eBay store. If unusual or valuable items are donated, they are listed on eBay for a higher price than they would be in the Boutique. To view our current listings please visit www.connminn.org /shop. If you have any questions please contact Doug Fisher at 724-626-1120. Like us on Facebook!




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