Recruiting – Two weeks ago we had a committee fair after Sunday Celebration. We handed out flyers, received several inquiries as to our activities, and got a few sign-ups of people who would like to help out occasionally. We welcome these volunteers because we have lots of things where just a few helpers once in a while makes all the difference. Right now we hope to recruit someone to take care of the clothes rack at the Fruitvale Food Pantry. People can bring in gently-used clothes and patrons can take what they need. While this is a sideline to the main focus of providing staples and fresh produce to those in need, we are happy to see new life for donated clothing articles. No money changes hands, no screening imposed – just, if you need it, take it.
Getting Ready for Summer – We met last week to plan our summer activities, including our efforts at getting over-abundance from one person’s garden into another person’s kitchen. We brainstormed our public relations efforts and how we can promote this, including possibly re-branding ourselves into the “MPC Mini Farmers’ Market” for our August Sunday evening Celebrations. We also talked about seniors in our congregation who have producing fruit trees, but, due to age or disability, can’t harvest the fruit. It is a logistical problem that is looking for an answer. From our own MPC garden, the Youth will continue to plant and harvest produce – every other week for the Fruitvale Food Pantry, and possibly other weeks to offer after Celebration, in exchange for a donation to support the Pantry. Lots of ideas bubbling over and we always welcome helpers!
Thanks to a Donor – After this past Easter the church office received an offer of seasonal candy that could no longer be used. It was gratefully accepted and the patrons at Fruitvale Food Pantry had an extra special treat the following weekend. We extend our thanks to our neighbors at LeBonbon Chocolates and Candies in Montclair!
Regular Volunteer Work at Fruitvale Food Pantry:
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
11 AM to 12 NOON
2735 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland