Faithful Voting

Faithful Voting Efforts Get Underway
Faith in Indiana phonebank; new voter toolkit from Episcopal Church

Faith in Indiana is launching a non-partisan effort to mobilize more than 100,000 voters in the midterm elections in November with phone banks from August until October. Last week, Episcopal News Service featured the work of the diocese in a story about Episcopalians mobilizing voting efforts that included an interview with Deacon Fatima Yakuba-Madus.

Christ Church Cathedral and St. Christopher’s, Carmel, are both hosting phone banks; to volunteer, please email the coordinator for the site of your choice and indicate the date you can help.

Christ Church Cathedral
Dates: August 27, September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Time: 6-8 p.m. Eastern
To volunteer, please email Jude Magers.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Carmel:
Dates: September 24, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time: 6-8 p.m. Eastern
To volunteer, please email Stephanie Grabow.

The Episcopal Public Policy Network has released a “Vote Faithfully Toolkit” which includes actions and prayers in advance of the November elections.

Download the toolkit and learn more on the Episcopal Public Policy Network website.

Did you know? Mid-North Food Pantry Secret Shopper & More…

Did You Know?
MNFP budgets $2.00 per month for each family (not including eggs).
Secret Shopper 
Recently, Gleaner’s sent a secret shopper to each of their pantry partners acting like a first time person to see how they were treated, how much food they received and if the pantry is in compliance with the Board of Health.
The secret shopper left the MNFP pantry with 59 pounds of fresh food and a warm, welcoming feeling (exactly what we want a neighbor to experience at our pantry).  She loved the pantry!  Gleaner’s loved the pantry!
MNFP received a STERLING from Gleaner’s!  
You were off the chart welcoming and kind!  Way to go MNFP Volunteers!
You are the best (but, of course, we know that, and now Gleaner’s does too)!
             
Vegan and Vegetarian Neighbors
MNFP has plenty of options for our vegan and vegetarian neighbors.  Fish, tofu and seitan products are available.  FYI:  seitan is a wheat protein with a texture like meat – whatever you cook it with, it picks-up the flavors.
Where can you find these vegan and vegetarian options?

  1. Non-Meat Freezer:  The small freezer above the egg refrigerator contains frozen non-meat options: fish, tofu and seitan products.
  2. Fresh Refrigerator:  The corner refrigerator will have fresh tofu & seitan (if it’s in stock).

  (Homeless ticket)
Homeless – Meals Ready to Eat  
Each homeless guest may have up to six Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s), which is about three days of meals or more.  This is a beginning count; you can give more at your discretion – you can even give a homeless shopper a case of twelve.  There are more in the stockroom.
Hey, take one home and try it so you can better explain an MRE to our neighbors!
  (MRE – Meal Ready to Eat)

Sharing Important Information at the Pantry
Keeping YOU, the MNFP volunteer, up-to-date on information helpful to the neighbors we serve, about the products we serve or about pantry operations is very important.  There are many ways information is shared at the pantry that you may not even be aware of:

  1. Look for announcements at Volunteer Sign-In. (eg, Shopping Deal of the Day Announcement, Go-With’s)
  2. You might find a information for you & our neighbors at the Beginning of the Shopping Experience.  (eg, Food Storage Guidelines)
  3. Read the Bulletin Boards around the pantry (when you have time); there is so much information for the neighbors we serve.  (eg, Changing Lives Forever Program – see below)

Changing Lives Forever Program 2018
St. Vincent DePaul is asking Indianapolis food pantry volunteers (those closest to people living in poverty) to help promote Changing Lives Forever Program 2018 (CLF).  This is a program that helps people in poverty get ahead rather than fall behind – gotta love that!  Look for more information at Volunteer Sign-In, on the Bulletin Boards around the pantry and in this newsletter (click on each document below to open):

Blood Drive | Sunday, June 24 | 9AM – 2PM

Blood Drive
Sunday, June 24 in St. Richard’s Gym from 9AM – 2PM

Regular blood drives at St. Richard’s Episcopal School and Trinity Church began several years ago in honor of St. Richard’s student Drake Williams and family friend Jack Klein, as we learned how vital blood transfusions are in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma.

This spring we had a remarkably successful drive, and the Indiana Blood Center, located two blocks north of us, is calling for our help once again.

Summer is an especially difficult time to keep up with demand. Not only does the Center supply more than 60 hospitals in Indiana, they are also frequently called upon to send blood to urgent-need areas and situations. For instance, the Indiana Blood Center most recently shipped supplies to Santa Fe after the school shooting there, and closer after recent violent events just north of us in Noblesville.

Please consider giving blood on Sunday June 24. The Indiana Blood Center will be set up in the St. Richard’s Gym between 9AM – 2PM, perfect before or after worship.

In order to prepare for your visit with appropriate staffing, please sign up by visiting: http://bit.ly/sresblooddrive .