Churches working together to help our neighbors in need since 1976!
Today over 30 Mechanicsville churches plus businesses and individuals combine their mission resources through MCEF.
Most of the families that we help are referred to us through 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. Together, we can do more to help our neighbors in need and we see evidence of God's blessings being magnified upon our community.
To help families & individuals:
*handle financial emergencies
*improve their quality of life
*promote health & wellness
*maintain their independence
Hygiene items: Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant Canned Meats: Spam & Vienna sausages Soups, Beef Stew & Broth Ketchup, Mustard & Mayo Canned Tomatoes Canned Spinach & Collards Canned & boxed Potatoes Pancake mix & Syrup Crackers: graham, saltines & Ritz Queen-sized sheets Towels CLOTHING: Please, please, please...NO MORE clothing donations until after Jan. 15, 2020. We are completely full and totally out of storage space. Thank you for blessing us so richly! Donations are accepted on 1st & 3rd Sundays from 2-3:30. DO NOT LEAVE ANY DONATIONS ON THE SIDEWALK OUTSIDE THE ONE STOP SHOP they will be placed in the dumpster. Last updated: 12/15/2020
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - The One Stop Shop has reopen on its normal schedule for grocery pick up and our clothing closets are available for individuals to enter and select items. Everyone wishing to enter the One Stop Shop will have their temperature taken, be required to wear a mask, and must practice social distancing. Donations will be accepted on 1st & 3rd Sundays from 2:00-3:30. If you have a question, need food, clothing or financial assistance, please call (804) 357-4093 and leave a message with your complete contact information; someone will call you back to determine how best to assist you.
One Stop Shop
We provide food, clothing, linens, food demonstrations and other helpful resources for families in need at our One Stop Shop that is located a 7235 Stonewall Parkway. The entrance is on the rear of the building next to the Hanover Adult Center. Clients will need to provide proof of residence in Mechanicsville with 2 forms of identification, like a valid driver's license or state issued ID card and a current utility bill. Families may visit once per calendar month. Normal Hours of Operation: MON 9:30-11:00 a.m. TUES 9:30-11:00 a.m. THUR 9:30-11:00 a.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS from 2-3:30 p.m. for donations only. The One Stop Shop has reopened for grocery pick up & clothes shopping.
Are you struggling to pay your rent or utility bills? Call (804) 357-4093, listen closely to the recording then, speaking slowly and clearly, leave a detailed message that includes: your name your address your phone number the creditor's name the account number By listening to the recording and leaving the information, you are granting us permission to confirm the situation and act on your behalf. You will receive a call back as soon as possible. MCEF cannot help with past due rent in a private rental situation or with mortage payments. Requests for financial assistance via email will not be processed.
Hanover Senior Rides
Need a ride, but you can't drive? Our volunteer drivers use their personal vehicles to provide transportation to medical appointments, the bank and the store for senior adults who cannot drive themselves. Riders must be ambulatory, but may use a cane or a folding walker. All of our drivers are qualified through background checks & safety training. MCEF provides liability insurance coverage and pays each driver 25 cents/mile. If you wish to participate in this ministry as a rider, a driver or a ride coordinator, please call (804) 357-9360 or email DirSrRides @4MCEF.com for more information.
There are many ways YOU can help us!
Make a Donation
MCEF is a 501c3 non-profit organization and we rely on donations of food, clothing, linens and your financial contributions to provide emergency relief and rides for our clients. Donations of non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items, diapers, new or gently used clothing & linens may be brought to the One Stop Shop on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 2-3:30 p.m. Clothing must be clean with size labels, not torn or ripped, and current season. Socks & underwear should be new. No household items, purses or shoes. Please do not leave any donations at the door or on the sidewalk when we are closed. Financial contibutions are accepted electronically or via check. All donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable.
Be a Volunteer!
MCEF is proud to be a 100% volunteer-run organization. We have over 120 people who serve in the One Stop Shop, drive senior adults to & from appointments, and provide leadership to the organization. If you would like to help download an application below!
Go Shopping at Kroger or
LInk your Kroger Plus Shopper Card at Kroger.com Community Rewards to MCEF #GD661. Your purchases earn MCEF a quarterly donation! Set up Smile.Amazon.com as your landing page for shopping on Amazon and select Mechancsville Churches Emergency Functions as your charity. All of your order history, lists and saved items will transfer over, but now when you make a purchase, MCEF gets a donation!
Thank you for your support!
How Your Donations Have Helped in 2019
Thousands of volunteer hours and the generosity of churches, individuals, and local businesses make all the ministries of MCEF possible. We strive to be excellent stewards of all that is given to us.
Direct financial assistance provided to 146 families for rent and utilities.
Families recieved: 3,356 bags of food 992 bags of clothing 131 bags of linens
Pounds of food donated to the Weekend Backpack Program that serves 71 children in 7 schools.
Rides for senior adults to the doctor, the bank and the store.