Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions
      Churches working together to help our neighbors since 1976!
     In 1976, after a Thanksgiving service together, three churches in Mechanicsville began working together to help families in the area by forming the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions or MCEF.  As the population of Mechanicsville has grown, more churches have become involved.  Today, over 30 Mechanicsville churches plus businesses and individuals combine their mission resources through MCEF. Together, we can do more to help our neighbors in need and we see evidence of God's blessings being magnified upon our community.

 

     Most of the families that we help are referred to us through local churches or the Hanover Department of Social Services. They live paycheck to paycheck, and have little or no savings.  If they experience a medical emergency or have an accident or lose a job, they can't keep up with the rent, utility bills, living expenses, and medicines. Monetary donations pay essential bills and help these families avoid utility cut-off or eviction.  Clothing, linens and non-perishable foods are collected by churches, organizations, individuals and businesses to help keep the MCEF closets and food pantry well-stocked. MCEF also provides rides for senior adults through the Hanover Senior Rides Program.


Current Needs:

Items currently in short supply:  Toilet paper, pasta sauce, canned pasta, back-to-school clothing in all children's sizes including junior girl's and young men's pants in waist sizes 28-30, and queen & king-size sheet sets, bath towels & washcloths.

We have also begun collecting our Thanksgiving Bag items: cans of vegetables, pumpkin, sweet potatoes & cranberries; applesauce; boxed stuffing; gravy (jar, can or envelope); instant mashed potatoes; muffin or bread mix; a cake mix & icing or brownie mix. Clients will be able to select from these items to create their personal Thanksgiving meal bag.   

Volunteers
to help receive and stock items on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 2-4 pm are needed. We also need help on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm. 

Drivers for Senior Rides are being recruited. Please call 357-9360 if you are interested in joining this ministry. 

Donations for non-perishable foods, laundry detergent, toilet paper, personal hygiene items, new or gently used, current season clothing and linens may be brought to the One Stop Shop during normal operating hours or on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 2-4 pm.
MCEF's One Stop Shop Grand Opening, took place on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessings from the three original churches that formed MCEF more than 40 years ago.

The One Stop Shop is located at 7235 Stonewall Parkway with our entrance at the rear of the building next to the Hanover Adult Center.

Clients interested in visiting the One Stop Shop will be asked to provide proof of residence in Mechanicsville with a valid VA Driver's Licence or current utility bill. You will also be required to fill out a Registration Form. Clients may receive food one time per calendar month. 
One Stop Shop Tours
Churches are encouraged to have their Mission Teams take a tour the new One Stop Shop.
Email us at Office@4MCEF.com to schedule yours.






OSS Hours of Operation:

9:30-11 am      Mon., Tues., & Thurs.
6:30-7:30 pm   Tues. & Thurs.
Clothing Donation Guidelines:
  • clean with no smoke or pet odors
  • no rips or tears
  • current season only
  • must have size labels
  • no purses, shoes, or household items
  • do NOT leave items at the door if we are closed


Our ministry runs on financial donations.
Please give often and generously!
All donations are tax-deductible.

Mail all correspondence to:
MCEF
P O Box 604
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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