March 11, 2023. 

Another great Coffee Corner and community partners offer a helping hand up.

The secret to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. We must observe the changes to come and recognize the need to manage through them. Today’s pace and complexities will not wane; in fact, I predict they will only intensify. We need to focus on how to prepare ahead of pace and bring those who need our support along with us. For this to be successful, we must push through the challenges of change efforts and lean into positive improvement to drive more differentiation and thrive!

-Shannon Baldassario
Assistant Executive Director

MACC’s Coffee Corner

Chef Ferdinand, MACC Community Kitchen

This past Thursday, MACC hosted its 3rd monthly Coffee Corner. We developed the Coffee Corner to bring our member churches, various groups, and organizations together to have some coffee and lite bites, talk about what we do and how you can help us support our community, and, in turn, how we can help you. We then give everyone a full tour of each department and an introduction to the department managers, where you can learn a little more about how each runs daily!

If you want to join one of these coffee hours and learn more about MACC, please call me @ 860-647-8003 .ext 12 or email me @!

-Patti Thurlow
Operations Manager

Volunteer Spotlight

MACC Pantry Manager

Thank You, Hannah

Meet Hannah. She is one of our wonderful volunteers. When asked why she volunteers at MACC’s Community Emergency Food Pantry, she replied, “I have been in a situation where I had to rely on others for shelter and basic needs. Now that my life situation has improved, I can empathize with those who are in a similar situation. I can pay it forward by working with the other volunteers at MACC Food Pantry to meet needs and offer hope.” Thank you, Hannah, for all that you do and the light you bring to your co-workers and our families.

-Phillip Leggett
Community Emergency Food Pantry Manager

Officers and Partners

After spending a morning out in the community with the Manchester Police Par Units conducting homeless outreach, Officers Sampaio and Barrett joined me back at our MACC Campus to help hand out lunch, meet with and talk to visitors joining us for a meal, and most importantly, listening to their concerns face to face. Our partnerships continue to find ways to bring services together to best benefit our community and make a difference.

-Timothy Bohr
Community Outreach and Emergency Services Manager

A Creative Treat

MACC's Elves are hard at work

We love nothing more than to do our little mystery basket challenges here in the MACC kitchen, not competitively, but to express creativity. This past week I wanted to treat our Tuesday volunteer group. I made a corn biscuit. Topped it with freshly made strawberry sauce and a Nutella and heath crunch glaze drizzled over the top! The reviews were awesome. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it! The possibilities are endless with simple ingredients and a little creativity.

-Chef Ferdinand Cruz
Community Kitchen Head Chef

Community Spotlight

MACC's Elves are hard at work

An Anonymous Thank You

There are many ways to give back to your community, from volunteering your time to donating needed items. Donations like this one, although anonymous, help so many people facing food insecurity in our community, and that is thanks enough.

Edited and designed by Chance Wetmore
MACC Charities Social Media and Systems Specialist

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