I’m posting this to let you know about urgent needs we have at Mercy. I’ll be short and sweet!
NUMBER ONE: More Volunteer Help!
We serve a lot of people each and every day we are open. Summer always means fewer numbers coming to us (as compared to the harsh winter months). But the crowds are still pretty big. We have a great core of volunteers that make our day to day work happen. Without them, we could not do all the things that we do on a shoe-string budget. But we really need more people who are willing to come in and volunteer a few hours each week. We especially need women and men who can help us host: welcoming, helping take in donations, assisting our brothers and sisters with various needs, such as finding clothing or getting medicine or hygiene items, and just being present inside or outside to help keep our community a peaceful and friendly place. We need at least one additional person in this role on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Please look at your schedule to see if you are able to commit any extra time to help us out. Here are our daily hours.
NUMBER TWO: Wednesday Night Meal Preparation!
We are blessed to have a wonderful meal prepared for us the last Wednesday of every month. Not only is the food delicious, but the willingness of others to help takes a huge burden off our day to day volunteers. We have food. We need someone to cook it! We’re looking for someone (or a group of someone’s!) to come in and take the responsibility of preparing a meal for 60 to 80 people each Wednesday (or one Wednesday out of a month). This would be ideal for youth groups or other small groups in a church or seminary community. It would also be ideal for someone who likes to cook and isn’t terrified of big crowds. We would even be happy to have a regular spaghetti dinner each Wednesday. Again, what we need is a cook. We open at 4 pm and serve at 6 every Wednesday.
NUMBER THREE: Soap (and other hygiene items, too)!
We have a lot of needs, including clothes. But there is nothing we need at the moment as much as soap. We are constantly being asked for it, but we have simply run out. We could also use toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, socks, tee shirts, and jeans. Perhaps you could get a few extra bars next time you go shopping. Or maybe you have a stash from traveling. Or maybe you would like to tell your friends at work or school and organize a mini-soap drive. Did I mention we need SOAP?
Questions? Please ask. You can do more than you think. We can coach you and a group of friends through everything you might need to do. We provide great on-the-job training, too! If you would like to check out our website and look at our schedule, it’s http://www.mercyonline.net.
Please pass this e-mail along to friends and family who might be able to help out in some way, too! Thanks.
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