Our Mission Board run highly successful projects for specific issues such as our annual Maundy Thursday Foot Care for All event, the Colchester Summer Lunch Program, clean water and other environmental concerns, Fair Trade products, community outreach, informational gatherings like we recently held an Advance Directive workshop, an Organ, Eye & Tissue Donation presentation and discussion. We participate annually in the UCC national and worldwide relief programs as well as Church World Services.
Locally, our church supports the Chittenden County Feeding Chittenden Food Shelf, the Colchester Food Shelf, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Joint Urban Ministry (JUMP) and Habitat for Humanity to name a few.
We have outings during Maple Syrup season, apple picking, this past Christmas a group went to a Chinese Buffet restaurant for lunch then some went to a movie.
The Colchester Summer Lunch Program (CSLP)
For CSLP’s 20th year, we provided 63 children with food for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Meals these children would normally receive at school.
Due to the spread out configuration of Colchester, the lack of public transportation, summer meal sites had not been successful in previous years. The CSLP got around that problem by delivering bags of groceries with at least 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and snacks for each child in a household on a weekly basis during their Summer break from school. When available fresh bread and produce is included.
100% of CSLP is funded through donations, grants and volunteers donating time and labor.
Maundy Thursday Foot Care for All Event
Another need we provide annually is providing feet screening by board certified Podiatrists, toenail trimming by nurses and handouts of socks, foot powder and other donated items as well as lunch.
The Podiatrists from University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) volunteer their day to screen guests for issues with their feet providing them with referrals for further treatment if required. The nurses are also volunteers some from UVMMC as well as from the community. Feet are soaked, lotion applied and massaged in, nails trimmed and new socks provided.
Socks it turns out are one of the most requested items at shelters and by social service agencies.
The Foot Care for All Event is a coordinated effort of MBCC, UCC and other churches, social agencies and UVMMC’s Community Outreach.
This event started out aimed at the homeless, but, during the planning stages it was revealed that there is other populations such as those with low & fixed incomes and seniors to name a few that would benefit from this event so we expanded to be all inclusive.
Volunteer opportunities for this event are also available. Please contact the church office and leave a message at 658-9155 or email Dan Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have packed and shipped Hygiene Kits to Church World Service that provides aid and comfort to those affected by natural and manmade disasters, war, draught stricken regions and more.
We subscribe to Fair Trade Coffee where the proceeds to the sales is returned to the coffee farmers that live in regions of the world where life is mountainous and difficult. Running water is a spring or mountain brook, homes are flimsy and always needing repairs, medical care is almost non-existent.
We collect non-perishable food items, hygiene products (shampoos, soaps, sanitary pads, etc) for our local food banks and shelters.
We hold an annual craft fair right after Thanksgiving with 20 vendors of independent businesses, crafters, carvers and artists come to sell their wares.
We are a small congregation but we have generous hearts and eager helping hands.
No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
Malletts Bay Congregational Church, UCC is an open and affirming church and would love for you to be a part of our family!