Archives for April 2012

New Volunteer Positions!

We love volunteers. Many of you choose to give your time and resources to help shoulder MACC’s mission and we are continually amazed by you. Our MACC MINUTE recently was sent out and the last snippet on the newsletter was a short list of new volunteer positions. While these positions are open to existing volunteers, we strongly encourage people who are new to MACC to take a look at the list and apply as well. For those of you interested in serving with us in a new capacity, here is some more information about the positions:

  • E-Newsletter Wizard: Our e-newsletter, the MACC MINUTE, is becoming one of our most frequent platforms of communication with our volunteers and member churches. We want to make it look and feel clean, fun and modern. We are searching for someone proficient in HTML so we can customize the MACC MINUTE to meet our branding demands. If you have experience in HTML and want to help serve with MACC in this way, call or email us.
  • Media Team: This is going to be a relatively large group that will produce a range of products meant to clarify, creatively communicate and carry our vision further into the community. This group will require the input of graphic artists, film and cinematography professionals, photographers, and public relations experts (for News Releases, etc.). While experience is preferred, we encourage students to apply as well.
  • Proofing Team: We write a lot of text at MACC and our eyes start to blur when we stare too long at our emails, newsletters and reports. We need a group of people who are detail-oriented and proficient with MS Word and email. We would regularly send out current projects via email to our proofing team and would expect a response within a short period of time.
There are always other opportunities to serve in our kitchen and pantry and we are open to ideas for new volunteer roles. If you are interested in any of the above positions, please email Nathan Oldham: noldham@macc-ct.org.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Maneuvering through downtown Manchester with tractor-trailer trucks blocking intersections, emergency vehicles parting the sea of frustrated morning commuters and trying to see through a steamy windshield made me especially appreciative to finally land in my office. Slightly damp and disheveled, I opened my inbox to see that an email had gone out to MACC staff and supporters last Friday- I felt compelled to share it with you.

Last Thursday, we had 44 families shop at our pantry. Of those families, 7 were new to MACC. This is not a new trend; pantry usage has been on a steady incline for a while now and it is not showing any signs of slowing. Of course, we are as committed as we have ever been to meeting the emergency needs in the Manchester area, but without your continual support, our shelves end up looking like this:

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Thankfully, our pantry received a generous donation that day from a local Boy Scout group which allowed us to re-stock. However, it is a timely reminder that this is the time of year where it is easy to forget the needs in our community.

The reality for many people is that kids are on school vacation, childcare costs are high and gas is up. The household budget- especially for fixed incomes- simply cannot meet all of the demands. The food budget is often what takes the cut in these cases.

Vacation plans take us away from the hustle of life and the warm weather beckons us to play in the parks and relish in the parade of barbecues. The greenery starts to fill in and soon the world is awash with colors and it’s easy to forget that there are still people who are going to bed hungry in our community.

We ask that you continue to join with us. Here’s how you can have an impact:

  • Donate food (cereal, canned meats, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, canned veggies and fruits, soup, healthly snacks, condiments)
  • Donate goods (toilet tissue, paper towels, diapers, laundry detergent, feminine products, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, dish soap)
  • Monthly giving: $50/month feeds an entire family though any monthly commitment helps a great deal and will never go to waste. You can donate here.

For more information on the food pantry, contact Dale Doll at 860-288-4251.

To set up a time to serve, contact Jacki Campion at 860-288-4256 or Nathan Oldham 860-942-4549.

Thank you for your continual support and for joining us in our mission to meet basic emergency needs in our community.

Faith in Action

April 15th was supposed to be rainy. At least, this is what the weather was calling for a few days before Faith in Action. To our immense delight on the morning of the event, the sun broke through the clouds did a spectacular job warming up our little home in Manchester to about 77 degrees.

Faith in Action is a national event where churches can opt to go into the community on a Sunday and forego their usual service. Concordia Lutheran Church decided to bring the event to our doorstep this year, offering to paint our entire kitchen, pantry and shelter.

As the sun got higher, the MACC coordinator at Concordia (Trisha) brought some last minute supplies to our facilities. We set up the tables that would soon sag under the weight of the paint and brushes and we opened the doors and windows to the kitchen. With the naked walls and piles of furniture in the middle of the rooms, we were ready to get the event started.

Volunteers started pouring in at 10. Young and old, men and women, children and grandparents rolled up their sleeves to begin the facelift. They rolled the Beige onto our kitchen walls, the Sage Green onto our shelter, and the Mountain Air Blue onto our pantry. Faces were speckled with drops of color and overalls were smeared with paint as the group coated our walls.

The whole time, all I could think of was, “This is what church looks like.” MACC is the extension of 36 churches and events like Faith in Action remind us how beautiful this mosaic is. One of the greatest privileges of working at MACC is getting to see the relationships that are built among our churches, people and businesses in the greater Manchester area. Truly, there is nothing like community.

So here’s a “thank you” to Concordia, the businesses that joined with us in this event, and the people who showed up to make the vision a reality. Together, we are helping to restore lives and build hope by meeting emergency needs.

In the Beginning

What is this?

Welcome to the somewhat informal yet always pertinent blog that chronicles the journey of MACC Charities. In case you are unfamiliar with them, blogs are simply online communication tools that allow for regular updates of news, ideas, events and more.  If you’re wondering what you are supposed to do with this site, you can relax and know that all you have to do is check in a few times a week to see what else we have posted. So, to get things started, you might want to bookmark this page so you don’t forget it!

Why start a blog?

There are a few good reasons to write a blog for MACC:

  1. Regular updates: as I mentioned, we now have a free way to keep you up to date and informed as to our current events.
  2. Engagement: blogs are interactive. This means that readers can comment on and share any story on this site. Join the conversation!
  3. Networking: lots of people blog and there is a booming interest in the “blogosphere” that can lead to increased exposure of our efforts.
  4. Fun: blogging is enjoyable, both for the writers and the audience.

Who is this for?

This blog is for everyone and anyone. It is open to MACC Staff, volunteers and guests.

Now what?

Now you can scroll around (although there is not much content yet) and read the stories, look at the pictures and watch the videos. We encourage you to comment on stories and share the posts with your friends, family or community. The more people that come to this site and read the content, the greater chance we have of spreading the word about our efforts here in Manchester. Thank you for reading, come back often!

Oh! And don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We also just joined Kaburst and highly recommend you sign up for it- more to come on that…

– Nathan Oldham | Community Engagement Coordinator

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