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July Update on Tricounty's Volunteer Schedule and Donation Needs

News--Kara Stewart Tricounty
Hello, Tricounty Family Ministries family.

This week’s numbers continued to decline, if only by a little. We served 153 families which supported the lives of 503 family members. Thanks to our amazing volunteers in the kitchen, we were able to share 304 cooked meals to-go, in addition to 88 sandwiches we shared.

Our new method of clothing distribution is beginning to hum along. After many dedicated volunteers spent hours in the clothes room, we have finally been able to sort and bag almost all of the warm weather clothes so that we can share them with people in need. This Wednesday, we gave out 40 bags of either shirts or pants to both men and women, which amounts to 80 items of clothing! I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in this area to reimagine this part of our ministry. While clothing is not an essential item that we concentrated on at the start of the pandemic, we have had more and more neighbors request clothing. So thank you to everyone who has helped us transition this part of our ministry!

We had a record number of volunteers on Wednesday this week: 20 people showed up to help distribute food and clothing! We’re grateful for everyone’s assistance as we continue to provide for our neighbors. As we move into August and operate every other Wednesday, we will be taking on some deep-cleaning projects around the ministry center. If you are one who enjoys a good Spring Cleaning, please let us know!

Volunteer needs: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, monthly on Fridays
We continue to need volunteers on Tuesdays to bag groceries. The work is done with volunteers staying 6 feet apart, passing bags along the tables in an assembly line.

We especially need help on Wednesdays. Work on Wednesdays can be challenging as the weather continues to warm up. We need people who can work outside in the heat, depositing groceries into people’s trunks. We also need people who will work inside, transferring the bags of groceries inside on shelves to the table just outside the door. Please visit the SignUp Genius page and check out the list of jobs.

If you’d rather work on your own and provide help with our monthly delivery service, sign up for Friday Grocery Delivery below.

Our volunteer criteria are listed below.
Volunteers are prohibited if they:
1-have health or age factors that put them at higher risk for complications from the virus
2-have recently experienced a cough, shortness of breath, fever, extreme fatigue, or sudden loss of smell and/or taste
3-have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days
4-have been to an event with more than 20 people in the last 14 days
 
Volunteers agree to:
1-wear a mask that covers nose and mouth completely
2-wash hands before, during, and after volunteering
3-maintain a social distance of 6-feet from other volunteers
 
Sign up here:

Tuesday Grocery Bagging 12 – 2:00

Wednesday Food Distribution 9:45 – 1:30

Friday Monthly Grocery Delivery, 9:45 – 11:00 

Food pantry needs this week: fruit and canned meat
The Lowcountry Food Bank continues to run low on supplies. We are depending on donations from our supporters to make up the difference. Each time we open, we need at least 180 grocery bags full of 8-10 items. We don’t always meet that goal, but with your help, we can provide a grocery bag full of nutritious food for families in need.

Our ideal grocery bag contains the following:
1 can meat (tuna, chicken, beef stew)
1 jar peanut butter
2 cans beans (black beans, pinto beans, pork and beans)
2 cans vegetables (corn, peas, green beans)
1 can fruit (peaches, fruit cocktail)
1 box pasta or rice
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 treat (crackers, cookies, granola bars)
 
Sign up to sponsor a Food Drive
Help coordinate a Food Drive for Tricounty at your church, neighborhood association, scout troop, or other organization! Pick a date and use our template to design a flyer to advertise your effort. Sign up at our SignUp Genius site to reserve your date to deliver your food and toiletry items.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084AAAAC2BAAFE3-coordinate
 
This week’s needs in the clothes closet: men's pants size 34 & 36
We still cannot accept general clothing donations. We simply do not have the number of volunteers needed to make that work.
We are, however, in need of men’s clothing, especially men’s pants, size 34 and 36 waist and men’s short sleeved shirts, size large and up.

We can receive your donations of food, toiletries, or men’s clothing on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 12:00 – 2:00.
 
Our weekly schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-2: donations accepted
Wednesdays 11-1: Food Distribution (2nd and 4th Wednesdays in August)
Mondays and Fridays: office closed

 
Thank you so much for all that you are doing to keep our ministry vibrant!

Blessings,
Kara
 
The Rev. Kara Joy Stewart
Executive Director
Tricounty Family Ministries
2105 Cosgrove Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
work – 843.747.1788
www.tricountyfamilyministries.org