Technology Distribution Event Help Needed
As we approach the 2020-21 school year in remote learning, our CHCCS district will provide ALL students with new technology. In addition, we will be collecting all of the older technology devices that we provided to students last school year. To accomplish this, each school will be hosting device distribution events which require many volunteers each day. If you are able to assist at one of the schools, we would appreciate your help.
Please click on the school links below to select a school, day, and time, and you may sign up for more than one shift. If you do not see a particular school listed, the slots have already been filled.
At Carrboro Elementary, we are seeking out donations of clean, sturdy canvas bags in order to help facilitate safe book circulation from our library to our students! We are aiming to collect 200 bags and I’m hoping that my COTC family can help out. Bags should be large enough to fit several wide picture books. If you have any at home that you’re willing to part with, please drop them in our closed donation bin near the main school entrance at 400 Shelton Street in Carrboro (picture attached). Thank you!
Ways to Assist the Interfaith Council for Social Services (IFC)
1. Provide Food
Download our grocery list to print and take with you while you shop.
Then drop off your items at 100 W. Rosemary Street, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
The most needed items right now are:
Canned meat (spam, tuna, salmon, vienna sausages)
Pork and beans
Fresh or frozen chicken or turkey for take-out meals
Olive oil and butter for take-out meal preparation
Or Purchase Food Pantry Supplies Online
For folks who want to support IFC’s Food Pantry from the safety of their homes, we have created an amazon wish list. Visit the link below and select the number and type of item without leaving your home. The delivery address is pre-filled. We’ll update the list regularly as supplies evolve. Check it out today: bit.ly/IFCwishlist
Provide a Meal for the Community Kitchen
We welcome individuals and groups who would like to provide a prepared meal. You may drop it off right at the door! Please touch base with staff first to coordinate. The Community Kitchen is located at 100 W. Rosemary Street and serves 75-100 people per meal. Please call Bill Culton at (984) 999-5260. We also welcome donations to support food purchase.
2. Make a donation!
Click here to make an online donation. Your gift will be put to good use immediately.
3. Volunteer as you’re able!
Many dedicated volunteers have understandably had to take a break until it is safe for them to return. We are relying on our amazing, dedicated staff and a few remaining volunteers to keep things running. We welcome anyone who is willing to pitch in using appropriate hand washing and social distancing precautions:
Pack grocery bags in the Food Pantry
Prepare and package to-go meals at Community Kitchen
Email Monica at email@example.com with your availability.
Meals on Wheels Orange County (mowocnc.org)
MOW delivers meals to older adults, homebound adults, adults with disabilities, and those convalescing. There are a number of ways you can support Meals on Wheels during this time:
Phone Calling: We have established a volunteer phone brigade to call recipients each weekday when they would normally be receiving a meal. Volunteers will be supplied with a call sheet, basic script, and instructions on how to share information gathered with the office.
Meal Delivery: A call for volunteers will be sent when our next frozen meal delivery date is set. We are not accepting any baked goods at this time. We are grateful for our wonderful bakers and will be back in touch when we resume regular deliveries.
Emergency Food and Supply Boxes: Volunteers have been a great source of supplies for and putting together of, emergency food and supply boxes. For details on what goes into making a complete box or a general list of items needed, please click here. Completed boxes and supplies can be delivered to CHCMOW office at 632 Laurel Hill Road (St Thomas More South Campus) between 10am-3pm M, T, W and on Thursdays between 9-10:30am or 1-3pm. Leave items on the cart or by the door with the sign for CHCMOW. You can leave items (on a nice day) even if someone is not there as we may have just stepped out momentarily and will be back before 3PM.
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity (shelf-stable food sorter, set-up, delivery, phone-caller) and have not already done so, please contact Heather Harris, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand that everyone has to make the best decisions for their own health and safety. Even if you volunteer and decide later that you are not comfortable or able, just let us know.
Refugee Support Center
The Refugee Support Center (RSC) is a volunteer-based organization that serves and promotes the self-sufficiency of refugees living and working in Orange County, NC. The majority of refugees served through RSC are from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria. During this time of Covid-19, RSC is continuing to provide services to refugees remotely, including filing claims for unemployment benefits, applying for food stamps and Medicaid, submitting tax returns, assisting with stimulus checks, answering questions about stay at home orders, assisting with housing, legal matters and at-home learning. To help RSC continue to support refugees remotely, donations can be made at www.refugeesupportcenter.org/donate/
Heavenly Groceries is a certified food bank and ministry of St. Joseph CME Church, dedicated to providing quality produce and grocery items to the under-served communities in and surrounding Chapel Hill. Unfortunately during this time, Heavenly Groceries has closed and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center has stepped in to fill the void. Jackson Center staff and volunteers are making up boxes of donated produce, bread and non-perishable items. These boxes are delivered to 30-40 individuals and families who are particularly affected by the risks of the pandemic. Deliveries are made in Northside, Tin Top and Pine Knolls, the historically black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Jackson Center volunteers are also assisting the distribution of food in boxes at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Fridays. Volunteers are welcome at the Friday distribution; the best path for information and sign up is through the IFC, email email@example.com.
Updates From Our Mission Partners
Johnson Service Corps
Last week the Board of Directors for the Johnson Service Corps approved the following statement on racial injustice. We are committed to a process of listening, learning, and self-reflection. This is an on-going process and our work never ends. In the coming months we will be re-evaluating all aspects of our program to look for ways we can be more equitable and more fully live into our values. Read the JSC Statement on Racial Injustice here.
Word from our Mission Partners in Quito
Katherine Greene recently wrote to us to share news from her sponsored child in Quito, Ecuador. Katherine, a member of the COTC Global Mission Committee, was so moved by her first mission visit to Ecuador that she contacted Cameron Graham Vivanco about sponsoring a child’s education through educationequalshope.org, the charity founded by Cameron. On our recent mission trip to Quito, Katherine met her child Axel and his family for the first time and was invited to their home to share a meal. Katherine writes:
“Just wanted to let you all know I have been in constant contact with Axel & his family since we left Ecuador. Cynthia most graciously translated emails until I discovered Google translate! Axel’s mother, Sarita, has had her work hours cut in half, thus half the salary. She was unable to make her rent, so they lost their apartment. They have now moved in with her mother. On a brighter note…they are ALL healthy! Things are starting to get somewhat better in Quito. She is hopeful that she will be able to return to full time hours soon.”
Where Hope Lives, our parish partner, KWASA College
The Chapel of the Cross has collaborated with the Kwasa College in South Africa for more than a decade. You can read more about the relationship here. If you would like to learn more about Kwasa, click here, for information and an inspirational video.
Kwasa Returns to School
Just like in the US, schools in South Africa struggle to prepare for a safe re-opening. On Monday, June 8, KWASA opened for Grade 7 classes. Only Grades 7 and 12 opened initially in South Africa since those are the two highest grades in middle school and high school.
The Rev. Sharron Dinnie set up a KWASA COVID-19 team to ensure a safe working and learning environment. They now have a COVID-19 procedures policy for the staff to follow. Sharron had the entire school deep cleaned and sanitized as required by the Department of Education. In addition, she allocated one of the staff members as their “COVID Cleaner” to sanitize surfaces all day. They have designated an isolation area in case someone shows symptoms during the day.
The week before school opened all the staff returned to work in preparation for the students’ return. Sharron said the curriculum for all grades has been modified, so that final exams can be taken at the end of the school year (December).
Social distancing will be required, so half the students will attend class in the morning, the other half later in the day. All extramural activities have been cancelled.
Everyone entering KWASA will be required to check in: temperature taken, questionnaire completed, hands sanitized, etc. If someone has a temperature, arrangements will be made for them to be taken home and seek medical assistance.
Sharron said people over the age of 60 have been advised not to go to work; some of the Primary School teachers fall into that category, as do Sharron and Owen, the director. However, Sharron said they would all be at school on that first day!
Sharron said she thinks of COTC often and sends her best wishes and love.