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COVID-19

How you can help during COVID-19

Church, we are blown away by the way our county, state, and nation has responded to all that has transpired with COVID-19. We have reached out to our partners to see how we can be of assistance during this time, and we have received word!

 

HOW YOU CAN SERVE:

Gaithersburg HELP needs our help! Their usual grocery suppliers are not able to fulfill their orders fully right now, and there are many client families who are requesting food. We need your help to be the church and assist in purchasing these food items.

To give ample time to collect the food items listed below, we will be holding collections from 10 AM to 3 PM Monday – Thursday at the Granary Row location.

 

Here is what is needed:

  • Canned fruits in their own juice
  • Cereal
  • Boxed rice mixes (box, 1 or 2 lb bags)
  • Pasta (dry, not canned)
  • Spaghetti sauce with meat (26.5oz can)
  • Canned tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Kidney beans and black beans
  • Canned tomato products (diced, stewed and sauce)
  • Gluten-free pastas
  • Nut butters, other than peanut
  • Dry bagged beans

We are also partnering with Manna Food and they need our help!

Manna’s mission of ending hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education and advocacy is the guiding force of all they do.
Their vision is that our community would be a place where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to making Montgomery County, Maryland a place where all live in dignity. We want to come alongside them and help make this a reality.

Sign up to join us as we #HighlighttheCity by creating “care packs” for the students of Montgomery County. We will be working from Manna’s warehouse to create these care packs that will be distributed at the food distribution sites across Montgomery County.

AVAILABLE TO YOU:

If you have not been informed, we want to keep you updated on the many resources available during this difficult time. We are grateful and encouraged by how our communities have responded.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is providing free meals to all school-aged children (18 years old and younger). In addition to this, they have provided parents with learning activities and materials to engage with their children while at home. Please see the link below for more information on how to receive this.

ASSURANCES:

One thing we want you to note is that Governor Hogan has informed there will be no utility shutoffs, as well as no evictions at this time.

Please see the article and video at the link below.

OPEN ENROLLMENT:

Additionally, the state of Maryland has launched a special enrollment period in an effort to boost coverage and expand treatment for those uninsured. Please see the link for one just one of the many platforms.

NEED HELP:

If at any point over the next few weeks you are in need of assistance pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are here to help! Whether it is going to the store on your behalf, picking up a prescription, or connecting in prayer, we’d like to know and will do our best to assit you!

Please click the button below and fill out all needed information. Your request will be reviewed immediately and we will contact you with more information.

STAY INFORMED:

The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.

 CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.

 CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.

 Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.

 Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.