How You Can Help
You are invited to become a Harvester of Vegetables. Duties include attending an hour-long orientation; volunteering on specific dates to pick ripe vegetables make them ready for the Food Pantries. Harvesting can be accomplished in between 1 to 2 hours and may be scheduled early mornings Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or the evenings before. You get to choose the dates you are available. Please call Dan Bottorff for more information at 908-967-9144, and click here to sign up to help.
Fresh Produce for the Family Promise Pantry
First, thank you for the many ways FUMC supports the work of Family Promise of Union County. At present, due to the Covid-19 crisis, guest families are safely housed in shelter apartments instead of area churches. The Program Staff at the day center continues to provide a supportive community to current and the “alumni” (80+) families. The Family Promise Food Pantry at the day center is an important piece of the safety net for these adults and children. Donations of fresh produce for the Pantry are so greatly appreciated, for all the reasons we each want delicious, nutritious, fresh food ourselves.
To that end our goal is to contribute fresh produce to the Family Promise Pantry each week. The “supply chain” for vegetables and fruit will come from multiple sources—FUMC members, community members, FUMC’s vegetable garden, local Farm Markets.
Families and individuals might decide to share the purchase of “Market Baskets” to support the Family Promise community during the coming months. Donations can be left in the large, covered brown box outside the entrance that is accessible by using the sloping sidewalk from the parking lot. A “shopping list” from the Day Center will provide guidance. This box will be checked frequently.
The Bottorff family will provide the needed cold storage and packing of produce prior to delivery, and are available to receive your questions and suggestions. Thanks to all for your help with this effort!
Serving the Vulnerable in Our Congregation
The Nurture Team is organizing a team to make sure that the vulnerable members of our congregation are being taken care of during this time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up to help.
Little Free Food Pantries
Our Little Free Libraries have been converted to Little Free Food Pantries to help provide supplies to those who are food insecure at this time. Contact Lauren Genato at email@example.com for more information about how you can contribute.
Making Medical Masks for Hospitals
If you are able to sew, local hospitals are asking for volunteers to help make masks for medical staff! Masks can be dropped off 24/7 in the blue donation bins outside of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, and Newton Medical Center.
What You Will Need
– A tightly woven cotton, such as a dress shirt, sheet, or similar material, for the front layer.
– Softer cotton, such as flannel, for the back layer.
– Rope elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)
– Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)
What To Do
Click here for the instructional video.
You can make two sizes: Adult or Child
1. Cut fabric 9″ by 6″ for an adult or 7.5″ by 5″ for a child. Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally
2. Put right sides of fabric together
3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner and stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
4. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
5. Sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.
6. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
7. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
8. Pin three tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.
Donations for Medical Workers
Jessica’s Café in Plainfield is accepting donations and bringing food trays to the local hospitals. Click here for more information or to donate.