We want to be a BLESSING during this season. Check out the video above and then please see below for the different ways you can volunteer and/or request help if needed!
IF YOU NEED HELP
Grace Volunteers will go to the grocery, buy basic staples, and deliver them to your home. We will also pick up prescriptions and deliver them to your home. The Benevolent Ministry exists to assist Grace families with an immediate financial crisis or need. If you select financial assistance needed, you will automatically receive the form to fill out for benevolence.REQUEST HELP
As Grace Church Volunteers, you will go to the grocery store, buy basic staples, and deliver them to those in need. We will also pick up prescriptions and deliver them to homes.
ESSENTIAL WORKER SUPPORT
- Erie County Essential Worker Facebook Page: Prayer support and encouragement is the number one goal of this page. Grace Church’s Facebook Page will also host a 10 min. Prayer Time at 10am each Saturday for Essential Workers. QUESTIONS? Contact Teri Sinnott
- Written Encouragement: Make, write, and send thank you cards/notes of encouragement for Essential Workers and send them to the Grace McKean office (7300 Grubb Road, McKean PA 16426). Please label your envelope "Essential Worker Notes." You may also drop-off at any Grace location Mondays 9:00am – 11:00am or Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm. QUESTIONS? Contact Anita Bush.
- Donations: GREAT NEWS! Because of your continued generosity, we do not need to take donations at this time! We will provide weekly thank you gifts of food to Essential Workers. Our focus to start will be hospital departments. Examples are trays of cookies, sandwich platters, and meals. We will be supporting local businesses to make and deliver these food items. QUESTIONS? Contact Nikki Rocky.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND (YELLOW PHASE OPPS)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP
Please click the button below and fill out the form that will connect you to Erie's 211/ServErie. It has some basic questions to make sure you aren't at risk of carrying Covid-19. From there you'll fill in your contact info and availability. ServErie will regularly review this information and will place you with an organization that seems like a good fit. You'll get an email placing you and will tell you what to do next.
We have asked all organizations we partner with to have steps in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, but ultimately you volunteer at your own risk. If you are high risk, we ask that you remain at home due to the orders from the governor and County Executive.I WANT TO HELP
Examples of opportunities:
- Bethany Outreach Center: Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Food Distribution from 815a-11a.
- Emergency Shelter: Everyday starting at 730p - 11p, checking in guests and managing the line, and calling 814SHELTER to check for bed availability, and distributing food.
- Volunteer Nurses at Emergency Shelter: Every day from 730p-11p and you can choose however many shifts you'd like to take. You will only perform simple intake and temperature checks for clients.
- Mercy Shelter: On-call opportunity. This is for an emergency shelter should we get an individual experiencing homelessness that is not able to stay at any other shelter. This is everyday, 24/7, divided into 4 hour shifts.
- NAMI of Erie County: NAMI provides free mental health education to the Erie Community. Needs help with messaging and mailings. One day/month.
- St. Martin's Center: Every third Tuesday of the month. And/or Thursdays from 10 – 12 to help unload food pantry boxes for our food order. Lift 50+ lbs.
- Humane Society: The humane society needs help picking up and delivering food for animals.
- ServErie High Capacity Volunteer: We need volunteers that are able to lead other volunteers at the shelters or at other projects. If you've led before, this might be the perfect chance for you to take the next step up.
Erie County has a goal of providing one non-medical face mask for each household in Erie Co. (that's 100,050 total!).
You will join Mask Erie's FaceBook Group to get info and instructions to sew masks. Donations of fabric and materials will also be appreciated.
You can drop off masks/materials on Mondays from 9:00am – 11:00am or Thursdays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the following locations:
- Grace McKean (7300 Grubb Road)
- Grace Harborcreek (2420 Cumberland Road)
- Grace Girard (Main Street Office).
- ServErie Office, 231 Parade St., Erie, PA, 16507
PLEASE NOTE: Grace Church will not be distributing masks, only donating them to Erie County Department of Health. Also, there is no need to launder the masks or individually wrap package them because the Dept. of Health will be doing that before distributing them.
QUESTIONS? Contact Sue Fassette
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You will make individual care packages for homeless population in emergency shelters. You can drop them off at the ServErie Office (231 Parade St., Erie, PA 16507) on Mondays from 9:00am – 11:00am or Thursdays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. QUESTIONS? Contact Courtney Roca or Melissa Wells.
NOTE: Please bag each care package in a gallon sized resealable bag (Ziplock style).
Items could include:
- Toiletries of all sorts. (note: nothing with alcohol - like mouthwash - can be accepted)
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, soap, shampoo/conditioner, and anything else that you can think of that comes in small containers that they might appreciate.
- Smile Mail
Needs in general:
- Food - Currently, we are in need of fresh fruit (little mandarin oranges, tiny apples or fruit cups), cookies, breakfast/protein bars, or other easy to eat foods, and well as small containers of water or juice to accompany our breakfast or snack bags in the evening for the guests
- As always masks, gloves, sanitizer