How can we care for each other during this time of uncertainty?
Please know that we are working hard behind the scenes at Sugar River to determine the most effective ways to care for our friends, neighbors, community, during this very fluid time.
Here are several new items and follow-ups you need to know about:
Red Cross Blood Drive (Tomorrow, 3/19)
We are faced with a severe blood shortage at this time. The Red Cross reached out to SR today and asked if they could use Sugar River as a site for an emergency blood drive tomorrow, 3/19 from Noon-5pm. They will be following strict protocol during this unprecedented time including temperature screening prior to entering the building. Access to the building will be through one door only. The area of the building will be thoroughly cleaned and will remained unused for at least 2 weeks following the drive. You can click
to learn more about donating, and it is
recommended you sign up for an appointment so numbers can be controlled. Sign up
if you are interested in donating.
COVID-19 Lunch Program:
We have established a lunch program at SR that will be used to provide Miller's gift cards to people in need during this challenging time. We will also be working with Jason's Deli to send lunches to community service providers who are tirelessly working to care for our communities. Interested in donating? Click
and select COVID -19 Lunch Program. Stay tuned for more details!
VASD Food-related support
: We have been in contact with the VASD social work team. They have confirmed that breakfast and lunch will be provided for VASD school children in various neighborhood and the details are being finalized. We will update you on any ways to directly support this mission as additional needs arise.
Weekend Food Program:
The VASD social workers are hard at work distributing the food we have for this program to families in need.
The VASD social workers all deserve Superhero capes, so if you know a social worker, tell them how incredible they are!
You can continue to support this cause by clicking
and donating to the Weekend Food Program.
BPNN Food Pantry:
The Food Pantry has had to drastically revise its process for distributing food but they are still hard at work helping to feed the Verona Community. If you would like to donate you can do so
by selecting the Food Pantry line item. Click
to learn more about what the BPNN is doing for the community during this time.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is on the ground assisting with the Coronavirus outbreak. You can support UMCOR directly online
and all donations will be sent directly to the organization. Click
to learn more about the work UMCOR is doing around the world.
SR Care Team:
The SR Care Team is hard at work reaching out to people in our congregation to check in. Please click
to contact the care team if you have any questions or want to check in.
Stephen Ministry at Sugar River:
Sugar River wants to be intentional about reaching out to people during this difficult time in our country. The
Stephen Ministers at Sugar River would like to pray with and for people. One way we can care for those who are hurting and dealing with anxiety over the coronavirus is to make personal phone calls to people.
If you know of someone who might enjoy a cheery phone call just to check in during the coming weeks, we would love to reach out to them! Please send Jamie Day an email
with the persons name and a good number to reach them at and we will add them to our call list!
And remember, this is an excellent time for all of us to reach out to friends, neighbors, or anyone on your heart with a call or a text to check in and connect virtually!
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."