Vanceburg View: The Latest News from the Glenmary Farm

Posted: 2/7/2012

An Update From Glenmary's Volunteer Office

Joe Grosek Glenmary Director of VolunteersWinter 2011

This winter has been a very productive time for the Glenmary Farm.

Project Merry Christmas a Success

On Dec. 17, 2011 the Glenmary Farm participated in the Project Merry Christmas program. Project Merry Christmas is a service to those in need operated by the Lewis County Ministerial Association, an ecumenical association of multiple churches in the county. Glenmary's Holy Redeemer Catholic mission is a member of the association and has been an active participant in Project Merry Christmas for many years.

This year, Project Merry Christmas provided 425 children with gifts for Christmas and provided over 200 families with food vouchers. I would like to thank the many local volunteers, volunteers from Loyola University of Chicago, the many Farm Manager alumni who came back to serve and those who donated gifts and food for making this program such a success this year.

Changes at Lending a Helping Hand Food Pantry

Lending a Helping Hand Food Pantry closed its rummage store in January 2012. The board decided to close the shop because of the loss of the building that the rummage store was located in. We are currently storing some of the clothes as we look for a new space near the Food pantry. We are not taking any clothing donations at this time.
In other news, Lending a Helping Hand still serves between 250-300 families with food each month. For the Christmas handout, the pantry served 375 families. I would like to thank the volunteers who helped with both the packing and the distribution of food. Remember, the food pantry is always looking for food and monetary donations to help those in need in Lewis County.

Looking for Farm Managers and Summer Staff

As the winter season moves on, the time of service for the current Farm Managers is coming closer to an end. The Glenmary Volunteer Program is looking for quality individuals to serve at the Glenmary Farm both as Glenmary Farm Managers and summer staff. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Prior construction experience is not a prerequisite for those interested in serving with us, training will be provided.

Glenmary Opening a Summer Volunteer Site in Tennessee.
Work has begun on starting a second volunteer site in Union and Grainger counties in Tennessee. These counties are new mission areas for Glenmary. It's our hope to start a summer service program this year. This program will have different sites than the Glenmary Farm program because Union and Grainger counties have different needs than Lewis County.

The Glenmary Volunteer Department is currently accepting applications for this new program from groups as well as anyone interested in serving short term. If you would like more information please contact me at 606-796-3421.

For the latest news from these two new mission areas, subscribe to the blog written by the pastor of both missions,  Father Steve Pawelk.