by John F. Ross, Chair of the Men’s Ministry Committee
Work has begun on converting our youth room into a permanent missional space. Now, we look forward to welcoming our first occupant, Here2Help, in early October. As many of you know, Here2Help started during the pandemic when B-CC high school senior Lilly Behbehani grew concerned about how school closures would hurt students who rely on free and reduced-price lunches. Her system of fighting food insecurity took off, with eight households accepting food and an army of volunteers delivering food directly to people’s doors.
With food insecurity ballooning in the county, Here2Help needs to have dedicated space in which to do their important work. That’s where St. John’s came in. We have a long, rich history of incubating young non-profits in our space, such as Bethesda Cares and Montgomery Hospice.
How can you help? We need volunteers to help us “set up shop” and assemble shelving and move sofas, to organize and bag food, and to drive food deliveries. Many of these are opportunities for the whole family to volunteer together. All volunteer activities will be consistent with Diocesan guidelines and with strict COVID protocols. You can sign up here.
If you want to donate so that H2H can buy food, you can give via Venmo to @here2helpmc, or write a check to St. John’s with “Help the Helper’s Fund-Here2Help” in the memo line (mail to 6701 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)
Thank you for your help. We can’t wait to see what fruit our new relationship will bear!