Offering hope, empowering people, and fighting poverty is what The Christian Mission seeks to do for those who need assistance in the community.
This is done through crisis management and by offering programs like NETworX, which provides support, life skills, and financial literacy to help move participants forward,” said Amy LaCount, executive director of The Christian Mission.
Therefore, because of the focus of “trying to connect nonprofits with the community in a deeper capacity,” that is what attracted The Christian Mission to want to participate in the Love United Iredell fundraising campaign, LaCount shared.
The local nonprofit partnered with Lake Norman High School, and through the students’ efforts, more than 600 pounds of food was collected to help fill the shelves at the mission’s food pantry, thus helping those who experience food insecurities.
The partnership with the school also helped provide an opportunity for the students to volunteer, LaCount shared, along with raising awareness of our services in the community.
“We serve over 3,000 individuals a year,” she said, “and typically, we have on average over 1,000 pantry visits a month.”
Because of COVID, the need for help from The Christian Mission has definitely risen, due to many losing their jobs, shared LaCount, specifically in the area of financial aid.
“Fortunately, we have been able to partner with the town of Mooresville to provide additional funding for rent and utility assistance,” she said, “and that help is still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
“We serve people who have been in generational poverty but also because of COVID and the sudden loss of jobs,” those who may never have needed assistance before, need it now.
“We are there to help,” LaCount stressed. “We serve families at 199% above poverty level” as she noted that a family of four making under $53,000 a year could still qualify for service.
Those wishing to donate to The Christian Mission may do so by visiting the website at www.ourchristianmission.org and clicking the red button.
Donations may also be dropped off in person at 266 N. Broad St., Mooresville, during business hours, Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Immediate food needs include canned tomato products — diced, sauce, and paste —along with breakfast items of cereals, instant oatmeal and instant grits.
Gently used clothing, shoes and household items are also being accepted. Food and clothing can be dropped off during donation hours, Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the need for these tangible items, LaCount shared the need for volunteers as well.
“During the pandemic, many of our regular volunteers have had to take a step back due to health concerns or because their kids were home from school and they didn’t have the time they once did while their children were in school,” she shared.
“Incredibly, the youth in our community stepped up as they had extra time available due to online learning. Students from all over our area have helped keep our services running smoothly during the pandemic. We would like to thank them for their service! Now that school is back in session, we are in need of more volunteers,” she continued.
LaCount said that they “welcome all who are comfortable to join us in serving our community. We are taking safety precautions seriously by requiring masks, hand sanitation and social distancing. Volunteers 13 and older can help in our pantry and warehouse to get essential items into the hands of those who need them most.”
Those wishing to donate their time by volunteering Tuesday through Friday can sign up on the website at www.ourchristianmission.org and click the ‘Get Involved’ tab.
“By donating to The Christian Mission, you are helping families access essential services that prevent hunger and homelessness through education, mentoring and the necessary skills to move forward,” LaCount shared.