Sometimes it’s hard to realize what an impact this congregation has had on Middleborough and the communities around us that we serve. Not only do we support nonprofit organizations serving populations needing a helping hand with our Cash-in-the-Plate program, but we support our Minister’s Discretionary Fund. On behalf of our church, with our discretionary fund and with nonmonetary donations, we have given away
- new clothing and toys for schoolchildren
- Chromebook for a special needs child so he could keep up with schoolwork
- a specially designed chair so a child could join his family at the dinner table
- a child’s first bed of his own
- Christmas gifts
- emergency shelter when the weather is bad, or when there is domestic violence
- supermarket and gas cards
- food and diapers
- rent, utilities and mortgage payments to help folks with possible evictions, cut-offs and foreclosures
- support for area food pantries, missions for the homeless, nonprofits serving our most at-risk populations.
We work with members of the Middleborough Area Assistance Coalition (MAAC) to identify and verify those in need and to collaborate with other nonprofits, notably the Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Matthew Mission Food Pantry, Old Colony Elder Services, Salvation Army, Middleborough Gas & Electric, Family Resource Center for the Middleborough Public Schools, Old Colony Y, Middleborough Council on Aging, Middleborough Counseling Center, to name a few.
Every time I talk with the people we’re helping, I tell them “My congregation is full of folks who have been through tough times themselves and are happy to help.” To the ones who want to pay us back, I say “When you can, please help someone else. And, please stop by on a Sunday morning.”