CVCCS operates a large food bank that serves our neighbors in need. Each person receives an allotment of nonperishable food items as well as fresh produce, dairy, meats, and breads. Holiday meal boxes are provided at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our food bank supplies come from the generous donations of the community. The food bank is open to Conestoga Valley residents or by referrals from approved CV partners. Clients are served by appointment only. For more info or to make an appointment call 717-208-3711 ext. 101.
CVCCS provides seasonally appropriate clothing to clients referred to us by agencies, schools, and churches. We also service clients of our food bank. We schedule a specific time and date for visits to the clothing bank — twice a year for adults (spring/summer and fall/winter) and four times a year, every three months, for children.
The clothing bank is stocked with a variety of clothing items including underwear, shoes, winter coats (when available), etc. and our goal is to distribute all items in an equitable manner. The goal of the clothing bankis to share with those less fortunate the basic needs that will give them comfort and security in their daily lives.
Starting in the fall, we pack easy to prepare meals for students in the CV school district who qualify for reduced cost lunches during the school week. This helps to provide them with meals when they do not have access to school lunches. They receive a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, fruit, and drink for Saturday and Sunday weekends during the school year. This program runs until late May. The children are referred by the CVSD.
Rooted After School Program
Rooted is an afterschool tutoring program that includes a snack, game, Bible lesson, and 40 minutes of tutoring in basic math and reading. The parents of the child are invited to come every other month for a family dinner. The students are paired one on one with a mentor and seem to be thrilled with the time they are getting with these caring adults each Tuesday.
When asked what their favorite part of the evening was, some students have responded, “Everything”. We are grateful for the way God has orchestrated the details of this program, for the mentors who are taking the time to volunteer, and for the chance to invest in the lives of students. Anyone interested in volunteering to become a mentor can contact Jacqueline Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-208-3711 ext. 104.
Summer Lunch Club
Summer Lunch is an opportunity to serve the community by helping to provide meals for children over the summer. It also gives the volunteers at each summer lunch site a chance to invest in kids through playing games, talking, and just being present. One of the volunteers who helps run one of the Summer Lunch sites says, “The reason we do it is really about relationships”. The Summer Lunch program runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from mid June to early August at 4 different sites. The sites include:
• Flory Park
• Ebenezer EC Church
• Country Club Apartments
• Faith EC Church
Volunteer opportunities at CVCCS include things such as cooking, packing bags, or delivering meals to the sites. If you have any questions, interest in volunteering or interest in helping to start a new site, please contact Jacqueline Watson at email@example.com or call 717-208-3711 ext. 104.
Student Backpack Program
Thanks to the generous congregation at Victory Church, we will provide backpacks stuffed with back to school supplies to students in need who attend schools in the Conestoga Valley School District. Students are referred by school counselors and will be invited to pick up the backpacks two weeks before school begins.
- Back on Track program –
Back on Track is a limited financial fund made available by your neighbors and local churches in the Conestoga Valley School District. We know that unforeseen circumstances can create financial difficulties. Our goal is to provide one-time relief for an immediate need to prevent individuals/families from getting derailed financially. Along with any financial assistance, we will provide financial counseling to encourage and build financial stability. This fund is available to working individuals/families residing in the Conestoga Valley School District who have a stable housing situation.