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Family Promise News!

Family Promise News and Needs | November 2021

Family Promise of Ontario County is alive and well and currently helping families in 3 apartments in Canandaigua and 2 in Geneva. Although our in church model has changed, there is still great work being done in our FP apartments and numerous families that have graduated from the program!

Here is a current “wish list” of opportunities congregations/ committees/individuals can get involved with, where there is no direct interfacing with the families. Please reach out to me by email, phone, or text if you need clarification or would like to volunteer for any of the tasks.   

Family Promise Congregational needs  

Donation Organizer – Assistance with large donations  

Delivery of food to our families and our graduates  

Guest Transportation – Doctor’s Appts, Mental Health Appts, SS Appts,  etc.  

Inventory specialist – someone willing to track our inventory and be  responsible for pulling items for apartments.  

Social Media specialists – Facebook, Instagram, someone willing to  make posts  

Tow & Carry Crew – Looking for team leader. As Items are donated or  acquired, straight to apartment or where they are needed in lieu of day  center storage.  

Clean & Stock for apartments – towels, sheets, kitchen items etc…Get  everything to inventory specialist. Taking inventory and bringing out  the dirty. Take laundry and linen with family as they leave.  

Congregations to adopt a new apartment, to paint, fix up…handman  type work. Once a year, freshen up with paint, clean, fix etc…. 

Office Angels, people for clerical support and thanking donors  telephonically. Notes put in data base.  

Volunteers to meet with children, to occupy children, to read to  children while parents are meeting with case worker.  

Volunteer team to go through toy and book inventory and distribution  for current items.  

Volunteer who can cut hair…  

Have a congregation adopt a family when they move in  

1. Welcome Dinner – At Day Center  

2. Transportation as needed.  

3. Keep contact with the family  

4. What personal items does the family need, where are their items  stored, etc.  

5. Teach budgeting classes, individual or with family  

6. Teach Good Tenancy Program  

Christmas Committee or Holiday Committee  

Congregational Space for Christmas 

Congregations and volunteers must understand that the families served can be encouraged to be vaccinated but cannot be forced.  Volunteers must wear masks during family contact.  

Additional items:

1. There will be new volunteer training available online in the coming weeks based on two modules, v101 and v102. This is both for new and current volunteers. Link is https://family-promise.coassemble.com/unlock/eXzJ5h3

2. David Simmons has taken over for Lauren Lamb as Volunteer Coordinator. He can be reached at the FP main number at 585-905-3988.

3. Our next “host week” in December 5 – 12. In lieu of in church hosting FP is requesting Byrne Dairy gas cards and food cards from Tops and Wal-Mart.

Thanks as always for all you do for homeless children and their families in Ontario County. Please reach out to Rich Cromwell directly at richcromwell94@gmail.com or 585-370-0839 if you would like to discuss any of the above information or would like to volunteer.

Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard News!

Lots of news coming from the Food Cupboard this month!

In September we fed: 633 adults, 353 children, and 172 seniors.

Angel Tree Program: Our program is going to be primarily virtual again this year. The link to the sign up is bit.ly/donateangeltree  People can sign up there and we will have a dropoff box on the porch of one of our volunteer’s homes. All that information can be found at the link above.

Our Thanksgiving distribution will be November 18th and our Christmas distribution will be December 18th.  Anyone who would like this assistance should call the Food Cupboard by Halloween at 585-924-2720.  For the Christmas distribution, we would like to give pouches of cookie mixes, any flavor or brand.  We’ll need at least 300, so if folks could pick those up when they are on sale the next 6 weeks that would be wonderful!

The Target registry has been updated to include the cookie pouches and some other items we need. This is the direct link or donors can go to Target.com, click on registry and enter Victor Farmington Food Cupboard.

From October 1st to December 31st we are part of the Target Circle charity program. If anyone belongs to Target Circle (this is not the debit or credit card), you get votes each time you shop.  You can use your votes to help us raise money this quarter and it doesn’t cost the shopper anything!

November 30th is #GivingTuesday. Most nonprofits participate in this and the Food Cupboard will be participating from November 16th to 30th.  More information will be coming out soon! Please save the date now!

Anyone who would like to help with deliveries this winter can contact Karen Guidarelli at the Food Cupboard. We are looking for two teams of two for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Some days we have no deliveries; some days we have 8, so we’re looking to split those with volunteers if we can.

We’re also looking for church cleaning teams for 2022. You would only need to sign up for two times per year since we have teams in once a month.  You can choose a Tuesday (afternoon or night) or a weekend morning to come. Please contact me (924-5642) to pick a month for the first half of 2022.

One last note:  We are currently allowing only fully vaccinated volunteers at the Food Cupboard until April 1st.  If anyone is fully vaccinated and interested in volunteering, you can stop by the Food Cupboard MWF mornings or give us a call at the office number.

Hopefully you will be able to support the Food Cupboard in one or more of the above opportunities! We appreciate all the churches help to feed the needy.

Community Dinners are back!

Community Dinners will begin again at church and be held on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month from 5-6:30 pm starting September 11th! Take-out meals will be available for people who call the church at 585-924-2289, during the Community Dinner time. Dinners will be brought out to your car.

*Please note that per CDC and NYS guidelines, vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks, but if you are unvaccinated we ask you to wear a mask until seated at a table with your dinner. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please call and we will bring a dinner out to your car. Thank you for your understanding!

Menus for September dinners:

Sept 11th- Macaroni and cheese (Girls Scouts host)

Sept 18th- Chili (St. Patrick’s hosts)

Sept 25th- TBD (Deacons are hosting)

Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to volunteer to help with our Community Dinners? We are looking for (7) volunteers for October 9th and October 23rd, from 3:30-7:30pm. Please follow the link here to sign up! Thank you for your generous support with your time.

Family Promise September News

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Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard Updates

Last year the VFFC was proud to provide 600 Thanksgiving Baskets through the support of the local Victor, Farmington and Canandaigua Communities. The past two years have brought on new challenges and obstacles for every one of us. Please read more of this letter from the food cupboard about changes this year and how you can help here!

The Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard is also in need of volunteers! These positions and their required skills can be found here.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support!

FPOC Host Week!

Hello amazing Family Promise friends! I trust you are enjoying your summer with family and friends and life seems a little more normal! Thanks to all who donated to the Amazing Bed Race! We raised over $30K and will help tremendously to fund our ongoing programs and family support.

First Presbyterian Church in Victor’s next scheduled host week is August 22-28, and in lieu of in church meals and overnight accommodations, we are requesting food gift cards be purchased at Wegmans, Tops, or Wal-Mart and dropped off or mailed to Family Promise 185 N. Main Street Canandaigua 14424, attn: Jay. Family Promise currently has 3 apartments in Canandaigua and 2 in Geneva for family housing and gift cards are much appreciated!

Thanks again for all you do to help needy families in Ontario County!

Rich Cromwell   585-370-0839  Volunteer Coordinator, First Presbyterian Victor

FPOC Amazing Bed Race Fundraiser & Bike Ride

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Please join us for a bicycle ride on Saturday, July 24th at 10 AM.

We are riding for fun and to promote Family Promise of Ontario County thru the Amazing Bed Race.  (Watch for a bed and poster in front of our church.)

If you are able, please donate to Family Promise by going to www.givegab.com/campaigns/amazingbedrace . Our team name is Victor Pres Vikings!

Don’t forget to select our team!

We will gather behind our church at 9:45 AM. 

Our bicycle route will follow the Auburn Trail to Cobblestone Art Center in Farmington and back to our church at a leisurely pace.  .

We will finish with ice cream at Papa Jacks and/or take-out from Mac’s Philly Steaks Diner.

Please contact David Henderson for questions. DHenderson@newscaletech.com; 585-261-2106

Maggie’s Kids Camp Day

Once again, this year First Presbyterian Church in Victor is fortunate to be able to host a camp day for Maggie’s Kids. It will be a day of games, swimming, arts & crafts music, and we will be providing good food at Onanda Park in Canandaigua on Tuesday, July 6th. The joy volunteers get from seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of approximately 100 children experiencing fresh air, sunshine and freedom to play outdoors without fear is amazing.

What can you do?! There are a couple ways you can get involved!

Volunteer!

1.       Volunteers are needed to assemble bagged lunches on Monday, July 5th, from 7-8:30pm at the church in Corey Hall.

2.      Volunteers are also needed for Tuesday, July 6th to deliver and serve the food at Onanda Park. Please plan on a 9:00am start until approximately 3:30pm.

Please use this SignUpGenius link to sign-up to volunteer!

Donate!

Our church has been asked for food and supplies for bagged lunches. Please use this SignUpGenius link to sign-up to donate food and/or supplies for the day. All donations must be collected at the church by Sunday, July 4th. (Monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated for this Mission)

If you have any questions, please contact Heather McAdoo at heathermail@frontiernet.net

Thank you for your time and generosity for this important mission!

VFFC Food Drive!

“Stock our Shelves for Summer” food drive 

Date: June 19th, 2021, Time: 8:00 to 11:00 am 

Location: 6548 Anthony Drive; Victor, NY 14564 

What: To prepare for the summer months, the Victor Farmington Food  Cupboard will be hosting a drive through food drive on Saturday June 19,  2021. Foods collected will support food insecure families and will also be  used to fill Blessing Boxes in Victor and Farmington which can be accessed  when the Food Cupboard is not available. 

The Victor Farmington Food Cupboard feeds over 700 Ontario County  families each month, operates a delivery system and has been running a  drive through food distribution since March 2020. As we transition over to  an appointment shopping system, we need to restock our shelves. 

We are looking for any food items but especially needed are: 

*peanut butter 

*diced tomatoes and tomato sauce 

*whole grain/low sugar cereals 

*low sugar granola bars 

*meals that can be eaten without cooking (Hormel compleats, Chef Boy R Dee, soups with pull tabs, mac and cheese cups) for homeless individuals. *small Gatorade bottles 

*small water bottles

If you prefer to place an order online and have it send to the food cupboard, here is the link to their Target registry.

Thank you for your continuous generosity!!!

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