2017-11-08 / Op-Ed

News from the Economic Ministry

By Tammy Gould

We have recently received two grants. One from Efficiency Maine to replace our lights in the entire building with LED fixtures in hopes of reducing our electricity costs by at least 40 percent. The savings can go to other building repairs.

The second grant was through the Good Shepherd and BJ’s Shopping Club. We have been gifted a 44-cubic-foot glass front cooler. We plan to use the larger, more efficient cooler to offer fresh produce and dairy products. These products come to us from local gardeners and local stores including Hannaford in Farmington, through the Feed America Program.

We will not be taking applications for Thanksgiving Baskets. In the past, UMEM did a survey asking the folks they served what they needed more, assistance for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Folks chose Christmas. In the past few years local groups have donated Thanksgiving baskets and asked us to distribute them, which we have been able to do, but these baskets come from those groups —we just see that they delivered to those most in need.

Applications for the Christmas food basket are available upon request. These baskets will be available the week before Christmas.

Applications for our Christmas gift program for CHILDREN are also available. The program for children is limited to the custodial guardian, and is geared to children under the age of 13. (We do try to have gifts for older children, but the majority of our gifts are donated to us and the donors tend to focus on the younger kids.)

We will be closing at noon Wednesday, Nov. 22 and reopening Black Friday!

And as in past winters our policy is if MSAD #58 is closed, so are we.

For more information, please call 678-2611.

Tammy Gould is the Administrative Assistant to Rev. Michele St. Cyr and Site Supervisor at the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem. For over 40 years, the UMEM has reached out to families and individuals in Western Maine.

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