September/October 2016

 

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Connellsville Area Community Ministries is an extension of the church to all hurting people needing support in life’s development and the struggle to obtain justice and a healthful life grounded in God’s love.


NOW OPEN FRIDAYS 

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Connellsville Area Community Ministries has been blessed with a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers; who have always been and will always be the driving force behind the success of the Ministry. We would not be able to operate without our volunteers giving so much of their time and ability.

The Ministry is currently looking for volunteers to serve on Fridays. We started opening on Fridays on October    7th and our Friday hours are 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. CACM serves over 2000 members of our community through the variety of service programs that we offer. With the addition of evening hours, we are hoping that we can expand our ministries to serve those who work during the day. If you or someone you know has the time to help out, please contact Rita Smith (Volunteers in Ministry Coordinator) at 724.626.1120 ext. 17 or click here.


 Winter Coat Giveaway

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During the months of November and December, the Ministry will be distributing winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves through our food pantry, starting November 1st. This ministry is available to anyone who lives in the Connellsville Area School District and meets the income guidelines to qualify for the food pantry – see the food pantry income guidelines click here.


Flood Relief

Our volunteers and staff worked relentlessly to process donations of food, clothing, appliances, housewares, toys, cleaning supplies, and everything in-between that had been generously donated by the community. Putting all of their effort into keeping the items donated for the flood survivors separate from the other donations, cleaning and checking all of the electronic items and toys with care, answering the phones and directing calls, distributing supplies to those who had been affected, picking up and delivering donations in the Ministry’s box truck. Volunteers hurried to finish a room in the back of the basement where flood survivors could go and pick out clothing, linens, school supplies, medicine, and other basic necessities. There was no job too big or too small.

 Through all of this effort, CACM has been able to directly assist many households affected by the flood, separate from the Flood Relief Fund. CACM has provided over $3,500 in in-kind donations (cleaning supplies, furniture, housewares, paint, clothing, food, etc.), over $1,500 in financial assistance (hotel rooms, rent, security deposits, utility bills, etc.) and has provided temporary emergency housing to two families in the Trinity House. Connellsville Area Community Ministries would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated and/or volunteered to help those affected by the flood. Our community is grateful and has been truly blessed by your generosity.

For more information on the Ministry’s flood relief efforts, please look for our annual tabloid in the Daily Courier this November.


spotlightVolunteer Spotlight: Doug Fisher

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Doug has been volunteering at CACM for over two years. In that time he has created and maintained an Ebay site that sells more unique or expensive items that have been donated to the Ministry. Please check out CACM’s Ebay site by clicking here.

1. How did you hear about volunteering at CACM?

My friend, Andrea Joy, suggested that we come in and volunteer – so we did.

2. What was you first day like here?

Chip gave me a tour and I starting making food boxes. I enjoyed it. I then started working in the food pantry. In October of 2014, Chip asked me to start an Ebay page, and I have been doing that ever since.

3. What is the most rewarding part of volunteering at CACM?

The most rewarding part of actually working on Ebay is seeing when items have bids and when some bids start going crazy right before an auction closes. Then knowing that the money and my efforts are going to benefit CACM and the community, it feels really good.

4. What advice would you give to someone considering volunteering at CACM?

Do it! Don’t be afraid! Everyone here is nice. There are a wide variety of service opportunities. I am always looking for Ebay assistants. Someone to pick through our donations and see if there is anything that would sell on Ebay.

5. Do you have a favorite memory during your time as a volunteer?

I still remember when we had our highest dollar figure sale- printer ink sold for $283. That was awesome. Also, just recently we had this little tea pot sell for over $173. The bids really took off in the last few minutes before the auction closed.


Quick Facts – September 2016

Crisis Assistance: 27 families assisted

Medical Equipment Program: 8 families assisted

Food Pantry: 353 families served

Volunteer Hours: 945 hours served


Upcoming Events

November 1 – Christmas Items Go On Sale

November Food Pantry: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17

The Ministry will be closing at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, November 23 and will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving.