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Here are some of the ways you can get involved in St. Andrew's outreach right now.

Donating our Coronavirus Relief Checks
As I mentioned in my April 1 video, a parishioner suggested to me that many of us at St. Andrew's who will be receiving Coronavirus Relief Checks are not experiencing the same dire financial consequences as our friends and neighbors who live close to the edge and have now lost jobs or work hours. The parishioner who emailed me intends to donate all of the relief check -- some to St. Andrew's but most to provide financial assistance (anonymously) to someone in desperate need. Inspired by the generosity of this parishioner, John and I have also decided to donate our relief checks when they arrive. I contacted Angela York, executive director of THRIVE Peninsula, to see if she could help ensure that such donations would go to struggling individuals or families who have lost work or hours because of the coronavirus. Angela assured me that THRIVE is indeed able to do just that. So, if you would like to contribute all or part of your coronavirus relief check to help our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet, you can write a check to St. Andrew's with "THRIVE financial relief" in the memo line, and we will pass along your gifts to THRIVE. Blessings and thanks.  - Anne

Menchville House Update
Menchville House is experiencing a whole different set of issues right now.  All the children are home, and many of the residents, two nurses, are still working.  There are now 30 to 40 for three meals a day.  Expenses are of course increasing also.  Praise!  They have plenty of toilet paper - it is the most often donated item and now is the payoff.   If, as you consider all the needs you might support, you feel you can help this homeless shelter out, please donate by mailing your checks to P.O. Box 22687 Newport News, VA 23609.

A Message from THRIVE Peninsula
There is no more critical time to serve those in need than during a crisis. The families we serve are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and they will be some of the hardest hit by this outbreak. Many of us can overcome lost hours at work or incurred medical expenses but the population we serve largely cannot. Instead they are at risk of going hungry or losing the roof over their head. But that's why we're here. THRIVE is remaining fully operational, serving families with emergency food and rent and utility assistance. Since the outbreak, we have witnessed a severe spike in requests for food assistance. As other pantries are forced to temporarily close, families are turning to pantries like ours for emergency food and we are rising to meet the need. In fact, in the last two days we have served 93 people a total of 1,793 pound of food. But to continue at this pace, we need your help. THRIVE's Current Needs:

  • FOOD - Currently, our biggest need is food so we can keep our pantry stocked! Please consider donating some of the following items that are getting critically low: Jelly, Packages of Mashed Potatoes, Soup, Crackers, Ravioli, Cereal, Oatmeal, Black-eyed peas, Mixed vegetables. Donations can be made Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm at our office: 13195 Warwick Blvd, Unit 2C, Newport News. Please pull around back and call us when you've arrived: 757-877-6211 x2. We will unload it from your vehicle.
  • VOLUNTEERS - We have a need for extra hands to help pack foods for families. If you are willing to volunteer 5-10 hours a week for a couple weeks or more, please contact Mary: 877-6211 x2. We are looking for help Mon - Thurs 11am - 5pm.
  • DONATE FUNDS - Your donation will be matched!! Make your gift through our partner Benevity and it will be 100% matched so you can make TWICE as big of a difference.  While evictions and utility cut-offs are largely paused for the next few weeks, we know that we will become bombarded with requests when those hiatuses end and families are suffering from lost income and added expenses. Please consider making a donation to help families who may lose their housing because of extra costs incurred during this pandemic.

Safety Precautions We Are Taking:vWe have altered our services so we can keep serving local families but keeping everyone safe from infection. We are taking every precaution necessary including 1) The building is limited to staff or volunteers only - all donors and recipients will be served outside of our back door 2) We are quarantining canned good donations for 72 hours and boxed donations for 24 hours as per the CDC's information on how long the virus can live on different surfaces. 3) We are regularly sanitizing all surfaces and volunteers and staff are washing hands in between clients. 4) We are coordinating all financial assistance and financial coaching by phone instead of in person.

Do you know someone who needs assistance? FOOD ASSISTANCE: Call First Call for a referral: 757-594-4636. This service is open to anyone on the Peninsula and not limited by income. The family can request to come to THRIVE Monday - Thursday (call at 10:30am to request us). RENT/UTILITY ASSISTANCE/FINANCIAL COACHING: They can apply on our website (www.thrivepeninsula.org/help) or call us: 757-877-6211 x1.  Thank you for your steadfast support of our mission. Please take action today to help us lift up our neighbors in need during this unprecedented emergency. 

Sincerely, Angela York, Executive Director

LINK in need of furniture donations
Many of LINK's PORT and Veteran clients are moving to housing and are in need of furniture donations. LINK is looking to receive gently used: couches, love seats, chairs, tables and chairs, side tables, lamps, coffee tables, beds and bed frames, etc. and rugs. Please call Amelia 595-1953, ext. 207.

Items needed year-round for Men's Veterans Houses and other LINK needs
LINK of Hampton Roads needs the following items year round for the men living in the veterans houses: 72" wall mount TV; sweaters; coats and jackets; underwear and socks; trousers and jeans. Other items needed by LINK are canned and dry food items. Volunteers are needed to help provide weekly interaction of fun and learning for the vesterans: budgeting, saving, eating healthfully; community interaction; engagement with services available to vets; fun weekends; and weekday or evening outings. Monetary donations are also needed to help offset the costs encountered at LINK's shelters daily: bus tickets; odd clothing and shoe sizes; special clothing for newborns and children. LINK is located at 10413 Warwick Blvd. in Hilton Village. Donation drop off is at back door.

Recycle plastic
Hilton Community Playgroup is excited to partner with St. Andrew's, Hilton Community Garden and TREX. They will be collecting film plastic to earn a TREX bench for the soon to be Hilton Community Garden. Plastic that can be donated includes: plastic grocery bags, clean bread/food bags, paper towel wrapper, newspaper bags, etc. Drop your plastics in the TREX collection bin in the Main Street lobby.

 

 

 

Last Published: April 2, 2020 2:24 PM