“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ―
Below are a few ways you can join in helping our community in the weeks ahead. As we all practice physical distancing and social solidarity, the most direct way to support non-profit organizations is through monetary donations. Whether or not you are able to give financially at this time, we invite you to pray for the helpers in our world and to make an extra phone call each week checking in on friends and neighbors.
Volunteers Needed at Arm in Arm!
What does volunteering at Arm in Arm look like? Glad you asked! Watch the video below…
Arm In Arm has been serving well over 3,000 households per month, but unfortunately, they’ve been struggling to keep up with demand. In December, just 64% of the available volunteer slots in the Trenton pantries were filled, and in January, only 61% of their volunteer slots were filled. They are so appreciative of the volunteers that show up and need more volunteers to be able to continue to serve the growing demand in Mercer County.
Please note that all clients, staff and volunteers must wear masks, and that Arm in Arm provides masks to the clients who do not have them. Staff and volunteers do not have any interactions with unmasked community members. Volunteer stations are also inside and socially distant, and clients are not permitted to enter the building. Hand sanitizer, gloves and face guards are provided to volunteers as well. All volunteers must complete the COVID-19 health screening a day or two prior to reporting to the pantry to volunteer.
2021 Calendar Donations
The Mass Incarceration Task Force is collecting 2021 Calendars (stapled together only, no spiral bound) to send to those incarcerated in East Jersey State Prison. The calendars are a small sign of care, but they mean a great deal to the recipients. Collection boxes are located at the home of Marcia Van Dyck and at Nassau Church near the playground entrance. Contact Lauren Yeh.
Opportunity to support Mercer County neighbors:
Hours: Monday — Thursday, 9AM-4PM, 609-921-2135
Donation drop off: Bin is located outside the playground door.
To donate electronically: Arm in Arm
Arm in Arm is in great need of volunteers at the two Trenton pantries as well as Princeton. In Trenton, volunteers are needed to bag groceries inside, while clients are served outside. Volunteers are also needed to deliver food in Princeton and greet clients as they arrive. All involved are masked and safely spread out.
To volunteer in Trenton, please visit the Arm in Arm website or sign up through the links below:
- Hanover Street Pantry – 123 East Hanover St., Trenton
- Hudson Street Pantry – 48 Hudson St., Trenton
- Princeton Pantry, contact Cecilia Avila (email) – 61 Nassau St., Princeton
Donations to Nassau Presbyterian’s Hunger Offering are always appreciated as well.
We are committed to receiving the hunger offering until all are fed. The Hunger Offering is distributed locally, nationally, and internationally through Send Hunger Packing Princeton, HomeFront, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Uniting Reformed Church in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Through your generosity, two additional partners have been added to the hunger offering recipients—Arm in Arm and Capital YMCA in Trenton. The Mission & Outreach Committee are including all seven organizations in the hunger offering as long as we can maintain average giving to our five original hunger partners.
You may donate electronically online (select the Hunger Fund): My Nassau
or by texting NASSAU Hunger to 73256.
Thank you for all the ways, small and large, you are helping in response to COVID-19.