Many have been reaching out to support our mission as we work to provide food security and housing stability to our at-risk neighbors and families in need during this critical time. The desire to help is an important reminder of the power of community and the fact that working together is our community strength in Pottstown.
As we continue to recognize those who are helping others and working to keep us all healthy and safe, we ask that you also join us in recognizing your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members who are doing great things for others by using #COVIDCaringPottstown on your social media posts. We will be doing the same to keep you updated on the many acts of kindness we are receiving! Below are some of the acts of kindness we have received over the past few weeks.
As unemployment increases at a record-setting pace, we are seeing an uptick in the number of people and families who need our services. Knowing that our community is going through a tough time, many local community members and businesses have quickly and generously stepped in to help us respond to the growing demand and ensure we can continue to provide food security to our at-risk neighbors, as well as families who are experiencing lost wages and layoffs.
Our #COVIDCARINGPOTTSTOWN community makes our work possible!
Working to Distribute and Deliver Food in Safe and Convenient Ways
Keith Kovach atJB Supply, Inc. prevented us from experiencing a delay in food deliveries by allowing us to use their site and truck with needed lift gate. Also, Charlie Brian from Seneca Distributions, LLC generously helped us move a large quantity of food to the Pottstown YMCA.
We are safely coordinating community meal take-out services at four community locations for anyone who is in need of a meal. Special thank you to four of our volunteer community meal site coordinators who, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, have been giving their time and energy to offer easy access meals to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Dawn Vardy from Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Laura Groth from First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, Edie Shean-Hammond from Christ Episcopal Church. Pottstown, PA, and Major Jeny Shurtleff from The Salvation Army of Pottstownhave been volunteering their time and energy to safely coordinate community meal take-out services.
Working Together to Help Our Neighbors in Need
Our dedicated volunteers have been busy helping us meet the growing demand by packing food boxes and bags, distributing food, and restocking shelves. Steve Palopoli, Sean Sullivan, Cyndi and Frank Cebular, Bill and Jan Morris, Jill Dennin, and Mary Blythe have been volunteering at our pantry each week since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Also, Julianne Dallas and Cathy & Rob Heayn have been delivering food boxes to homebound families and older at-risk adults who are unable to pick up food. They have been delivering food to our neighbors as volunteers for a while now, but really stepped up to help us during the COVID-19 crisis. We could not reach all of our families and seniors or continue to do what we do without them! Also, Rob and Paula Bickelman and Liz Peters have been consistently helping us at school sites each week to provide additional household food for families as we work to ensure our kids and their families are fed and can focus on health and growth, not hunger. We could not do it without them!
We appreciate all who remain dedicated and are currently working vigorously to ensure our neighbors struggling with hunger do not have to worry about how they will feed themselves or their families.
The Alley on High Street, an open air space focused on fostering a community to gather, came up with a creative way to show their support when the COVID-19 crisis started. They sold “WASH YOUR HANDS” T-SHIRTS for $20 and donated the proceeds to support our mission and work.
Without a sense of CARING, there can be no sense of COMMUNITY.