Forty years ago, in 1976, after a Thanksgiving service together, three churches in Mechanicsville began working together to help families in the area by forming the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF).
Many people in our community live paycheck to paycheck, and have little or no savings. If they experience a medical emergency or have an accident or lose a job, they can't keep up with the rent, utility bills and medicines. As the population of Mechanicsville has grown, more churches have become involved. Today, over 30 Mechanicsville churches combine their mission resources to help neighbors in need through MCEF.
Most of the families that we help are referred to us through local churches or the Hanover Department of Social Services. Monetary donations pay essential bills and help these families avoid utility cut-off or eviction. Clothing, linens and non-perishable foods are collected by churches, organizations, individuals and businesses to help keep the MCEF closets well-stocked.
As we combine our efforts, we see evidence of God's blessings upon our community being magnified. Together, we can help our neighbors get back on their feet.