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Serving Those In Need In The Greater Mechanicsville Area Restoration Missions Supports Locally

Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF)

Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions, known locally as MCEF, has served the Mechanicsville area for more than 40 years. The organization pulls together resources provided by more than 30 churches and members of the community at large to serve people in Hanover County who are in need. MCEF operates a "One-Stop Shop" -- located at 7235 Stonewall Parkway, at the rear of the building, next to the Hanover Adult Center -- with clothes, linens and housewares; a food pantry; and, assistance for people needing help with financial concerns in emergency situations.

MCEF's "Clothes Closet"

As of MAY 2018: MCEF's "one-stop shop" has need of the following:

  • WOMEN'S CLOTHING: Sizes XL and larger
  • MEN'S CLOTHING: Shorts and jeans, size 30 waist; T-shirts all sizes (not undershirts)
  • CHILDREN'S CLOTHING: Summer shorts for school-aged children
  • LINENS: Wash cloths
  • WOMEN'S toiletries
Restoration Food Collections for MCEF

Restoration Church is hosting three food collection drives to re-stock MCEF's food pantry in 2018. Non-perishable canned and boxed food items will be collected on certain Sunday mornings before and after Restoration's worship service. Specific needs will be noted in Restoration's weekly announcements and social media outlets prior to the collection dates.

FOR MAY 27th FOOD COLLECTION: Baked beans, corn, string beans, mac 'n' cheese, juice boxes, noodles, spaghetti sauce, boxed and canned potatoes, pancake mix, and pancake syrup

The last food collection for 2018 will be on September 23, 2018.

Senior Rides Program

MCEF also sponsors a "Senior Rides" program, for older adults who can no longer drive themselves, to fulfill needs such as medical appointments, trips to the grocery store or handling other personal business. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to drive and work with MCEF in scheduling. MCEF pays for volunteer driver training, provides insurance and reimburses drivers $.25 per mile.

If you are interested in "Senior Rides" and can share 8-10 hours per MONTH, please contact MCEF Senior Rides at (804) 357-9360. Or, e-mail -- Office@4mcef.com or DirSrRides@4mcef.com.

Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES)

The mission of Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is "To serve and address the unmet needs of the less fortunate in the Ashland community" ACES operates out of a building off Caroline Street in Ashland, across Route 1 from the Food Lion. The organization is supported by a number of community organizations, include scout troops, churches, schools and other groups and individuals in the area.

ACES accepts donations in the form of household items, non-perishable foods, and clothing. The organization also works in partnership with Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) to sponsor the "Senior Rides" program for older adults. (See program description under MCEF, above). Click the link below for donation drop-off days and times, as well as information on how you can volunteer to serve in Ashland.

"Lunch Buddies" mentoring program

"Lunch Buddies" is a mentoring program through John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland. Adults are paired with 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students from Gandy Elementary. Students build relationships with the adults during their lunch/recess time. Because this is a mentoring program, the commitment is with one child for the length of the school year (or beginning with your entry date into the program). Adults meet with students once a week for either 30 minutes or one hour, depending on student's grade level.

There is no formal training required. A 30-minute orientation with the school's guidance counselor is the gateway to serving. If you are interested in volunteering with or learning more about the "Lunch Buddies" program at Gandy Elementary, contact Restoration Ministry Assistant, Amanda Seiders, at aseiders@restorationrva.org, or call 804-299-3475.

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