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!"
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     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.


THE VISION FOR THE FUTURE CENTRAL LOCATION IS NOW A REALITY!

August 14, 2017 update: The central location project is underway!  Watch for an announcement of the grand opening celebration!

Please volunteer to help this project happen NOW!
NEWSPAPER NEWS FLASH!
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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.

Click me NOW to see video!

Won't you join us?  We welcome volunteer applications to help the vision become a reality -- and we appreciate those individuals and businesses who have been providing labor and materials to get the central site ready!  Come back here and also check for articles in the Mechanicsville Local as this project moves forward!


     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
Joe the blue print holder says, "Just click on blue prints in my hands; you will see a Facebook page that has a grey circle with a triangle in the middle of it.  Click on the triangle to play this 3.41 minute video.  You do NOT have to be a Facebook member or user to see this video".




OVERVIEW OF MCEF SERVICES:

MCEF FOOD PANTRY:


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

(click picture for details)

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)


CLOTHES CLOSETS:
(click image above for details and locations)

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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CHURCH BULLETIN INSERT 2017:

     MCEF needs Volunteer Drivers to help Seniors in Mechanicsville:  MCEF Senior Rides needs volunteer drivers for seniors who can no longer drive themselves. The Senior Rides program helps our seniors stay in their homes by giving rides to medical appointments, to the grocery store or to do personal business. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles and choose the rides to fit their schedule. MCEF pays for volunteer driver training, provides insurance and reimburses the drivers $.25 per mile. If you can share 8-10 hours per month and have a desire to serve others please contact MCEF Senior Rides at (804) 357-9360, by email at Office@4mcef.com or DirSrRides@4mcef.com





     BREAKING NEWS FOR MCEF!    

>>  SEE EVENTS CALENDAR PAGE FOR UPDATES

September 11th Patriot Day Concert by the John Marshall Alumni Band: The Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) invites you to enjoy an evening of big-band music at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7046 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23111. The concert will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00pm. This is a ‘Food & Fund Raiser’ concert for the MCEF Pantry and the suggested donation is at least $2.00 plus one nonperishable (canned or boxed) food item per person. Come and enjoy the popular and patriotic music by the John Marshall Alumni Band and support our local ministries.

• October 1 – New Song UMC – celebrating 20th anniversary at Lee Davis High School.  That is where they first started worshipping.

• October 14-15 – Mechanicsville Baptist Church celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Hanover County Sheriff’s Office presents Fall Fellowship Festival from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hanover County Government Complex. Contact Robbie Hess at (804) 365-7183 for info and how to register your organization. Deadline, Oct. 1, 2017.

>>  MEETING LOCATION
for monthly MCEF Board and church representatives location is Walnut Grove Baptist Church, effective October 10, 2015.  Time for meetings is 7:00 p.m.  Please note on your calendar.

>>  CALL FOR GLUTEN FREE FOOD ITEMS:

Currently the MCEF Food Pantry serves 6 Gluten Free Families monthly. The MCEF Food Pantry is seeking 6 churches or individuals to “Adopt A Gluten Family”.  By adopting a family, this church or individual would commit to donating on a monthly basis enough Gluten– Free food items to fill one bag.

Suggested items include:
Gluten Free Pasta
Gluten Free Snacks
Gluten Free Baking Mixes
Gluten Free Cereal or Granola

Please separate the gluten free items from any other food donations. Please clearly mark on the donation bag that the items are gluten free.


>>  PANTRY NEEDS + :
Potatoes (canned or boxes)
Vegetables (canned)
Spaghetti Sauce
Tomatoes and tomato sauce
Canned fruit
Canned pasta
Creamed soups
Chicken noodle soup/ chicken rice soup
Tea bags
Jelly or jams
Crunchy peanut butter
Condiments
Rice products
Black eye peas
Hand sanitizer

•    Food Pantry report – Total households served in July -149 representing 436 people.  New registrants – 18.   IF YOU HAVE A DONATION OUTSIDE PANTRY HOURS – PLEASE DON’T LEAVE UNDER THE DECK OF THE PANTRY WHERE IT IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND ANIMALS.  Call Bonnie @ (804) 647-5265 and she will arrange for someone to meet you there.  Thank you!


>>  NEW MCEF BROCHURE for distribution in churches, etc., updated February 2016.  HOT OFF THE PRESS!  To read or copy, click PDF icon below.
P.S. New brochures coming soon (posted July 2017)
YOU MAY COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW IN YOUR E-MAIL CHAIN, CHURCH NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE, ETC., TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND PLANS

September 11th Patriot Day Concert by the John Marshall Alumni Band: The Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) invites you to enjoy an evening of big-band music at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7046 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23111. The concert will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00pm. This is a ‘Food & Fund Raiser’ concert for the MCEF Pantry and the admission is $2.00 plus one nonperishable (canned or boxed) food item per person. Come and enjoy the popular and patriotic music by the John Marshall Alumni Band and support our local ministries.




THANK YOU!

Special Thanks to Relay For Life of Mechanicsville.  This event of the American Cancer Society was held Friday June 2-3, 2017 at Lee Davis High School.  The event generated three bins of food for the food pantry!For more information about Relay, go to www.relayforlife.org/MechanicsvilleVA or contact Lisa Goodall at lisa.goodall@cancer.org




CHRISTMAS PARADE FOOD COLLECTION FLOAT AND TEAM: THANK YOU ALL, 700 PLUS POUNDS OF FOOD!!!


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
PRESS RELEASE:  May 2017

Hanover Senior Rides celebrates 1,500 rides.

For picture, text, and printable PDF, please

CLICK HERE!

Thank you Mechanicsville Local for coverage in your May 17, 2017 issue!





MECHANICSVILLE CHURCHES LIST

(use Contact Us Info menu tab or CLICK HERE)

>  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


TESTING NEW FEATURE, MAPS SHOWING LOCATIONS AND COUNT OF VISITORS TO THIS WEB SITE, STARTED MAY 14 2016.  THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WEB STATS TRACKING RESOURCE.  IF YOU LIKE THIS WEB SITE, WHY NOT DONATE SOMETHING NOW TO MCEF!