January 19, 2023.
We hope it will inspire you to get involved.
The Beatles could have penned the lyrics “With a little help from my friends” for MACC. Nancy Simonds, a long-time friend, stopped to deliver the personal hygiene kits she made for the men and women MACC is sheltering at the motel this winter. Nancy’s thoughtfulness of others is the help MACC counts on to provide emergency assistance to people struggling with food insecurity, addictions, or housing issues. No act of kindness is too small, and we see #KindnessWin over and over.
Assistant Executive Director
The phrase “sustainability” for a charitable nonprofit is typically used when a nonprofit is able to sustain itself over the long term, perpetuating its ability to fulfill its mission. Although we face a myriad of challenges in establishing and maintaining financial sustainability, what we need most is to keep our community-oriented services viable by developing and organizing a structure that supports us. This month marks our 50th anniversary. Join MACC as we continue to grow and seize the sustainability opportunities available today!
Chef Ferdinand Cruz
Community Kitchen Head Chef
Principal Kevin, one of our kitchen volunteers, prides himself on being able to give away as many “goodies” with lunch as possible. Just recently, Highland Park Market donated 50 turkeys. Kevin took this as a personal mission to see how many of those birds he could “make fly.” His previous record was 39 frozen turkeys given to our community last year. This year he surpassed his goal. Out of the 75 people we fed that day, 50 of them walked away with a lunch and a nice 12 lb turkey! Job well done!!
Meet Fred, one of our volunteers that performs food rescue. Fred drives from location to location, picking up extra stock from stores, and brings these generous donations back to MACC. Then we can sort and distribute these items to our families in need. Rain or shine, Fred is there to perform this vital function. Thank you, Fred.
Jack and Jason are brothers that volunteer together here at MACC! Jack started volunteering over five years ago, and Jason joined him a couple of years ago. When Jack is home from college, they help in the Community Threads Thrift Shoppe, assisting in cleaning various departments and sometimes even helping serve lunch. These brothers work as a team and bring smiles to everyone around them! Thank you, Jack and Jason!
Community Outreach and Emergency Services Manager
In addition to offering all our shelter clients new boots, hats, gloves, and other basic necessities, through our connections, we were able to refer a client to a full-time employment opportunity and are working with several others to obtain the same positive outcome. One step at a time, we continue building partnerships to help people reach a self-sustaining lifestyle creating a brighter future and independence.
It’s been 50 amazing years of MACC. On January 13, 1973, Manchester Area Conference of Churches began with a mission: Building Partnerships To Break Cycles Of Poverty In Our Community. We look forward to continuing that mission for many years to come. We are so thankful to everyone who has helped us get to this momentous day. All year long, we will honor the past that brought us here, embrace the present and all that we have achieved, and inspire the future so that our work may continue. Here’s to 50 more years of kindness and community! #MACCis50
Edited and designed by Chance Wetmore
MACC Charities Social Media and Systems Specialist
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