Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions
    Helping families in Mechanicsville with essential bills, food,
and clothing so they can stay in their homes, keep their utilities on,
and have food on their tables
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  Churches in the Mechanicsville area of Hanover County, VA work together to provide for the needs of our community.  Services include: financial assistance, food, clothing, and the Senior Rides Program.

"By working together we multiply our resources!"


     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.


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    On Thursday, November 17, 2016 the Richmond Times Dispatch announced that MCEF is looking at expansion.

    A direct link to the full newspaper article and a photograph is below:

    http://www.richmond.com/news/local/article_5f60dadc-b46a-5aba-8099-4185fe4c4225.html

    The author of the RTD article, Michael Thompson, noted that, "Forty years after its formation and amid increasing poverty in the suburbs, a Hanover County nonprofit hopes to raise enough money to consolidate and expand its operations."

    Formed 40 years ago, the services of MCEF include a food pantry, clothing and linen closets, emergency financial assistance and senior rides.

    Currently MCEF serves the local community from a variety of locations and during scheduled service times. Provisioning and timing is based on the ongoing availability of volunteers, resources, space and support from many generous local churches, sponsors and individual donors.

    The newspaper article went on to note that, "The advisory board of Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions approved this week a plan to raise at least $125,000 to move its operations to 7199 Stonewall Parkway in the Cold Harbor Business Center." This location is in close proximity to the old town center of Mechanicsville.

    The Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Function web site, www.4MCEF.com, features a concept video of the "one-stop" location to serve the local community.

    For more information, please call the MCEF office phone number, (804) 774-8212, and leave your name and phone number. Your call will be soon be returned by a volunteer.

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     Animation for Proposed Facility: Plan for Proposed Program Consolidation to Central Location in Mechanicsville, Virginia:


1.  A facility central to Mechanicsville ZIP 23111 and 23116 with adequate space and volunteers where MCEF can combine all MCEF ministries and a small office under one roof.


2.  All services distributed by MCEF -- all church contributions (funds, food, clothing) will be combined in one pool to provide a more effective and efficient way to provide for the needs of our local community.

Credit: Animation by HuffMorris Architects, HuffMorris.com
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OVERVIEW OF MCEF SERVICES:

MCEF FOOD PANTRY:


Non-perishable food + fresh vegetables when in season + breads

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Residents of Mechanicsville may come to the pantry to
supplement their food supply once during each month.

Monday 9:30 am – 11 am
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Located in  the brown barn shed behind the
Episcopal Church of the Creator. 7159 Mechanicsville Turnpike
(The church is across from Mexico Restaurant on Rt. 360 / beside Shoney’s)


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INFANT CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT; CHILDREN'S, TEEN'S AND ADULTS CLOTHING


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: 
 
     MCEF may provide emergency financial assistance to help Mechanicsville residents pay essential bills and help the family avoid utility cut-off or eviction.  Most of the families who receive help are referred to MCEF by local churches or the Hanover Department of Social Services.

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     BREAKING NEWS FOR MCEF!    

>>  SEE EVENTS CALENDAR PAGE FOR UPDATES

>>  NEW MEETING LOCATION
for monthly MCEF Board and church representatives location is now Walnut Grove Baptist Church, effective October 10, 2015.  Time for meetings is the same.  Please update your calendar.

>>  CURRENT NEEDS: Just  CLICK HERE.

>>  NEW MCEF BROCHURE for distribution in churches, etc., updated February 2016.  HOT OFF THE PRESS!  To read or copy, click PDF icon below.


YOU MAY COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW IN YOUR E-MAIL CHAIN, CHURCH NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE, ETC., TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
MCEF Events Highlights - Please Copy and Distribute!

• December 4 at 2:00 p.m. - Rotary Club of Mechanicsville Christmas Parade (bring canned food for MCEF!).

• December 2-4, 2016 - No Room At The Inn (Church of the Redeemer) – December 2 Gala, 7-10 p.m. ($25 in advance and $30 at the door); December 3 Exhibit, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and December 4 Exhibit, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Costs the 3rd and 4th are adults $5 and children 18 and under $1.  Video preview, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNgBS00wGk4&feature=youtu.be

• December 10, 2016 –3:00 p.m. -  School of Dance Arts Christmas Gala to benefit MCEF.  This event will be held at Fairmount Christian Church.  Contact Valerie Simpson (559-6786) for information.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TEXT FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER, ETC.:

"Join us for School of Dance Arts Christmas Gala! Saturday December 10th at 3pm at Fairmount Christian Church. Our Christmas Gala performance is a benefit for MCEF (Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Function). MCEF is an awesome organization that supports needy people in the 23111 23116 area codes.

Our Perform Company dancers have been working hard putting together an uplifting, entertaining, fun performance just for you!

Invite family and friends to come watch our great dancers and get into the Christmas spirit! Suggested donations are $5 and up. Light refreshments provided!

Awesome dancing for an awesome cause!

Call SODA at 559-6786 for more information, or visit http://www.schoolofdancearts.biz/ "  (Also see their Facebook page, and poster below).

• CLOTHING NEEDS:  Jeans-all sizes (4T-12) in both genders.  Always need boy’s items size 10 and 12.

• FOOD NEEDS:  Chef Boyardee style canned pasta with meat, spaghetti sauce, canned carrots, canned baked beans, canned pinto beans.
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MCEF


APPRECIATION!

 

Thank you to New Song Church (http://www.newsongumc.org/) for the new roofing on the MCEF Food Pantry, and the volunteers who did the roofing work! A super job was done and it looks great!

 

Also a special "thank you" to those who power washed the exterior walls and handrails of the MCEF Food Pantry.

MCEF Food Pantry


APPRECIATION:  The "Animation of the MCEF Vision" of the plans for the central location for MCEF was provided by HuffMorris Architects, HuffMorris.com


MECHANICSVILLE CHURCHES LIST

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>  Have you checked the list of churches in ZIP 23111 and 23116 to see if your church is listed?

Does your church provide a link to the MCEF web site from your church web site? 

>  Please let us know if any corrections are needed by E-mail to our office (Office@4MCEF.com), and thank you!

SENIOR RIDES:

Helping seniors continue to live independently in their homes.

 

     The MCEF Senior Rides program assists seniors age 60+ in the Mechanicsville, Virginia area who are not able to drive.  We also provide transportation for those who may have a medical condition that requires frequent trips for medical treatments such as physical therapy, chemotherapy or dialysis.

 

     This free transportation program is for scheduled medical appointments, grocery shopping and for personal business (such as banking).  Our goal is to help seniors continue to live independently in their homes.

 

     While we offer this as a free transportation service, donations are needed to sustain the program.   We appreciate your generous gifts.


     "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God (♥) be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
                                                                                                        -- 1 John 3:17-18


     Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.
                                                                                                        -- Mother Teresa


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