Sleep in Heavenly Peace is still in need of 25 volunteers for their November 2oth bed build. They need help to build 50 beds for children. Details about this activity and volunteer sign up information here.
The online raffle runs now through Nov. 13th. You can purchase your tickets online at habitat-wc.org/dinner-auction-raffle.
Mt. Hope Prison Ministry operates a food pantry for the community Monday-Thursday each week. They are in great need of volunteers in the mornings each day to help with food pick-ups from grocery stores, sorting and bagging food, and other tasks. If you can help, please contact Wanda at 301-791-2550 or email@example.com
HARC’s October 2021 meeting focused on the current needs of children and families in Washington County. We were blessed to have a panel of leaders from organizations that work with children speak to us about challenges that children and families are facing, their greatest needs, community resources and programming that’s available, and how the faith community can help fill the gaps in those services. Link to the video recording on YouTube.
Our speakers included:
* Kathy Kerns, Director of the Washington County Judy Center
* Jen Younker, Director of Bester Community of Hope
* Tom Kline, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
* Jessica Scott, Programs Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Board Member/Acting Director for the Robert W. Johnson Community Center (filling in at the last minute)
Our speakers not only shared needs of our children and families, but a window into the world of families in poverty, encouraging us to greater empathy and understanding.
Our apologies for the poor sound quality as we had challenges with our microphone! You may need to turn up the volume at times, but it’s worth listening closely to what these dedicated professionals have to say. Lighting was also a challenge, so you may not see our speakers very well.
NEW LIGHT METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, 40 West Church Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 is once again collecting Hats and Gloves for Head Start Children. Hats and Gloves must be Kindergarten Children size.
Also, New Light is collecting Hats and Gloves for our Homeless Friends in the Community.
Please bring your Hats and Gloves to the church on Sundays, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Other times may be arranged with Pastor Deb at 717-682-1873.
Monetary Donations are welcomed also for the purchase of Hats and Gloves.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, MD (HFHWC) is accepting resumes from qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build, rehabilitate, and repair homes, bringing communities of hope to Washington County.
The Executive Director manages and leads the Christian-based organization and is responsible for the overall success of our mission. The successful applicant should have a working knowledge of the many aspects of leading a nonprofit organization. We expect our Executive Director to be the principle representative of our organization in the community. We are looking for qualified candidates with:
- Leadership ability with non-profit organizations
- Demonstrated experience in fund development and implementation of programs and services that will advance the Mission, Vision and Goals of HFHWC
- Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills
- Familiarity of Washington County demographics
- Ability to work with community leaders and other stakeholders
- Understanding of grant writing, fundraising and financial management
- Effective management resources
Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience working in nonprofit organizations.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission must be postmarked and/or received by end of business day on June 28, 2019.
Summer 2019 VBS and Family Activity Calendars are now available on the Children and Family resources page (https://harccoalition.org/resources/children-and-family-resources/). These calendars will be updated as we learn of other activities so be sure to check back. The date the calendar was last modified will be listed next to each calendar’s link.
Mt. Lena United Methodist Church, 21234 Mt. Lena Road, Boonsboro, MD. 21713 requires a Part-time or Full-time Organist/Pianist. We meet Sunday mornings 8:45am for Worship. Please send a letter of introduction to the above address for an interview or call Rev. Ron Kurtz at 301-491-5884.
In effort to alleviate hunger for children this summer, JLG and Jerr-Dan, both part of Oshkosh Corporation, have partnered with Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC), Washington County Public Schools, and Maryland Food Bank to provide nearly 2,000 bags of food and 45 pantry boxes for children over the summer months when school is not in session.
JLG and Jerr-Dan employees packed the bags and boxes during Oshkosh Corporation’s “Good to Give Back” week (also known as G2GB) which was held May 13-17.
The Micah’s Backpack bags of food were packed by employees at the JLG McConnellsburg, PA facility. Each bag includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners in individual sizes to feed a child for the weekend. JLG provided more than $9,700.00 to purchase the food through the Maryland Food Bank. The bags will be picked up by Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) to be given out to children this summer by the WCPS Meal Machine. The Meal Machine operates from Monday through Friday at locations around Washington County, providing free meals for anyone 18 years of age and younger; the bags will be given out on Fridays to kids who may be food insecure over the weekend. “The team was grateful that JLG took steps to help kids in need. Once product was sorted into categories the process moved quickly” said Joel Savilonis, 2019 Good to Give Back Facility Lead for the McConnellsburg, Pa plant.
Jerr-Dan employees were also busy packing food for the summer on Friday, May 17. Jerr-Dan employees held a food drive to collect non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food for children in South Washington County. Children in this area of the county are more challenging to reach with food over the summer, so the boxes of food, each filled with approximately 45 food items ranging from boxes of cereal to canned meals, will be given out through three elementary schools just before summer break. Boonsboro Elementary, Sharpsburg Elementary, and Pleasant Valley Elementary will distribute the boxes of food to families that participate in the Micah’s Backpack program or are otherwise identified as food insecure. “I am so proud to share that 100% of the food and cash donations for the pantry boxes came from the Jerr-Dan and JLG employees,” said Maria Mestre, 2019 Good to Give Back Ambassador for Jerr-Dan, Hagerstown, MD office. “We raised $1,000 in cash donations and over $700 in food donations to fill all 45 boxes. The Jerr-Dan volunteers worked diligently to make this effort a success and I thank everyone who participated.”
“We do a great job of feeding kids during the school year through school lunches and Micah’s Backpack, but there is always a concern about what happens over the summer when children are no longer in school and may not have access to the same supports.” said Kathy Powderly, HARC Executive Director. “We are so grateful for JLG and Jerr-Dan’s generosity and hard work in providing food for children during this time of uncertainty.”
“We are so fortunate to have a program like Micah’s Backpack to assist families in our community” said Jennifer Kumfert, 2019 Good to Give Back Hagerstown/Franklin County Lead. No one should ever have to worry where their next meal is coming from.”
Reach has a new program with a goal of building community supports and lasting relationships for those we serve once transitioned into permanent housing. To hopefully lead to a reduction in return to homelessness.
By connecting with individuals where they are, through friendly visits, phone calls, connection to community activities, and empowering towards independence.
Contact Jenn McClafferty for more information
Jenn@reachofwc.org or 301-733-2371 x106