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 email@example.com, or call 804-299-3475.