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Helping Hand to Clarke Middle School
The MABC Missions Committee, working with Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, is happy to announce that our two congregations are serving as a “Community Partner in Education” with Clarke Middle School.
As a team, we will help CMS out in several ways...
 
1. School Uniforms: Our two congregations will maintain and stock the school’s “Uniform” pantry. They currently have an abundance of pants, shorts and skirts. They urgently need: short-sleved polo shirts, adult sizes small, large and extra large. Colors must be white, blue or navy. (Donna McEwan and Akinloye Ojo are our contact people for this)
 
2. Food2Kids: Our two congregations will make sure that every child at CMS is able to participate in the Food2Kids weekend food program. In August and September, we are collecting Peanut Butter. (Jan Bell and Deidra Jones are our contact people for this)
 
3. School supplies: At the beginning of the school year, CMS requests #2 pencils, ink pens and composition books (no spiral notebooks). We take up a collection of these items and deliver them to the school during the first month of the school year. These items might change from year to year, depending on their needs, but we do what we can, when we can to support them.
 
4. Personal hygiene items: If you would like to make a financial gift, that will allow the school counselor to purchase individual hygiene items to be kept in each classroom. For more information about how you can help with this, please contact the church office.
 
5. Prayers: Middle School is a wonderful time and where most of our children grow, mentally, physically, and emotionally. This means it can also be a challenging time for them and the faculty and staff who are trying to help guide them through it. Please keep them in your prayers.
 
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Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens (IHN) exists to help families with children in a crisis homeless situation.  They do this by employing a social worker that connects services to guests while educating guests about how to build a resume, interview, hold a job, budget...and by partnering with congregations. We are one of those congregations who have agreed to host the IHN families. Our job over the course of one week is to show hospitality...to cook a meal, listen, drive the van...to show up and to care about the families staying in our building.

This is a great opportunity for our congregation to be the presence of Christ right here in Athens! For more information on IHN and how you can be involved, please contact Susan Bolen, bolens@clarke.k12.ga.us  or Mary Boswell, wilmabos@charter.net.

There was an article in the CBF fellowship! magazine from April/May 2014 about IHN and all the wonderful things they have done. You can click HERE to read the article.

To learn more about Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, click the link below.

 

Food 2 Kids

This program provides sacks of food to children who are in jeopardy of not having enough to eat during the weekend. The program is a cooperative effort between the Junior League of Athens and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

We provide a location to drop off various donation items throughout the year. If you would like to make a drop off, the bins are located just outside the Sanctuary. The chart below is a list of upcoming donation items:

 

To learn more, click on the link below.

Food 2 Kids Collection Items
Month Item
August Peanut Butter
September Peanut Butter
October Ravioli (pop-top cans)
November Juice boxes
December Granola Bars
January Chicken Noodle Soup (pop-top cans)
February Peanut Butter
March Cereal bars
April Fruit cups
May Tooth brushes/toothpaste/floss
June no items collected
July no items collected

 

The Ark

The Ark is an outreach center providing emergency financial assistance to the low-income population of Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties.

Click the link below for more information.

Action Ministries

"Our Daily Bread" is part of Action Ministries and serves lunch at the Oconee Street United Methodist Church once a month. Our very own "Bread Burners" take part in this ministry.

For more information about Action Ministries, click on the link below.

Action Ministries: Smart Lunch Smart Kid Program

“Smart Lunch, Smart Kid” is like meals-on-wheels, but for kids! This program addresses the need to feed children during times when school is out. They come together during the summer months and for a short time at Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

If you would like to help, there are several ways you can plug in and lend a hand.

Lunch Supplier Lunch Packer Enrichment Leader Outreach Volunteer
Prepare meals and dropp of lunches here at MABC at 9am the day of delivery or by appointment. Whether you want to help just once or on a weekly basis, we have a place for you! Assemble and prepare lunches, pack them into bins and load the bins into driver vehicles for delivery. This happens Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:30am. Interact with the kids by leading enrichment activities. (i.e. hide-n-seek, tag, nutrition and education games, arts and crafts, storytelling, etc.). This is Monday-Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm. These volunteers deliver the lunches to the children in designated areas. Volunteers are trained to build the trust of the children they are serving. This is Monday-Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm.

Nearly 1 million children in Georgia receive free or reduced-price lunch at school. What happens to that crucial meal when school is out for the summer? Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program is here to help lessen the hunger gap for Georgia's children. This summer, more than 19,000 lunches will be served to children in nine Athens-Clarke County area communities! This will only be possilbe with the compassionate support of volunteers and donors!

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Drew Hooks.

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