Community Groups: Let’s Work Together
Community groups and schools support PACEM with collection drives for needed shelter items such as twin sheets, blankets, ear plugs, socks, and cough drops. Community groups often serve a dinner over the holidays.
Alpha Phi Omega (APO), co-ed service fraternity at UVA, regularly assists our host congregations in setting up and breaking down the sites. They are also preparing and serving meals for our guests this season.
Charlottesville Catholic School and Covenant School students have regularly conducted collection drives and scheduled time for a class to lend support to projects during the school day. Students have helped with sorting and folding shelter laundry, packaging personal hygiene items, and labeling newsletters. Two seasons ago, the CCC issued a snow angel challenge to help raise funds for PACEM.
Tandem Friends School participated many winters with their gym serving as a men’s shelter site. This was a student service project which involved many students and families. Serving as a shelter site builds a greater understanding of what it means to serve your community and builds compassion for our vulnerable neighbors.
Area restaurants and businesses have contributed to our guests. Through W.E. Brown’s Giving Back campaign, PACEM was featured on Newsplex last season. Chick-fil-A has been a consistent contributor the last few seasons with donations of their delicious chicken sandwiches. Other restaurants like Miller’s and Moe’s BBQ have also donated meals in recent years.
Now we are excited to have a regular partner in Whole Foods. Halfway through last season, the grocery chain approached us about feeding our guests pizza once a week. This season, they have continued to do so, offering a scrumptious treat for our guests and whoever else (volunteers or staff) is lucky enough to grab a slice. Once a week, one or our sites picks the pizzas up from the Charlottesville Whole Foods and delivers them back to the site where they are warmed up and served for dinner.