At Our Neighbors' Table, by P. Ward
When people lose their jobs or their homes and need somewhere to turn
They come to Our Neighbors' Table and there they get help and they also learn.
You will find the people there are friendly and kind
In today's world that is such a rare find.
People from all walks of life have been making the time to share
For at Our Neighbors' Table you are always welcome there.
The old, the young, and everyone in between
At Our Neighbors' Table today can be seen.
And there is so much more to Our Neighbors' Table than many ever see
There is compassion, hope, help and company for you, for me.
Volunteers will see what it is like to be someone in need
And see the faces, hear the stories of those whom your donations feed.
So give a little bit of your time to lend a hand
For at Our Neighbors' Table volunteers are always in demand
Please donate, drop by, help out, come by today
For you will feel much better
After making a difference to someone somehow in some way.
Fil-A-Cruiser hits 10 years!
Amesbury Police Department will host its annual Fill-A-Cruiser Food Drive on Saturday, November 22nd for the 10th year in a row! Officer Tom Hanshaw has been leading this initiative year after year. What keeps him going? I continue to help out because I see the need in our own community on a daily basis. Young families, single moms, senior citizens and people who develop health issues depend on ONT. Hosting the Fill A Cruiser is that little bit we can do as a group to help out.
Once again, members of the APD will partner up with local students and volunteers to collect your donations in front of Stop & Shop, Amesbury, from 9am - 2pm on the Saturday before Thanksgiving - the busiest food shopping day of the year! The event is boosted by the support from the local shops in the Carriagetown Plaza, including Papa Ginos, who provides free pizza to the volunteers, and Stop & Shop who provide coffee and hot chocolate and really help to promote the drive inside their store. RTN Credit Union will be accepting donations all week leading up to the drive. Whether you're shopping on Saturday or can just swing by to drop off donations you've picked up earlier in an another place, ultimately this day is a success because of YOU!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Every week, volunteers put in almost 300 hours to help put food on a neighbor's table. And every week, more than 200 families are nurtured and nourished as a result. Right now, ONT has some volunteer openings that are waiting for YOU!
Do you like to shop? Help our guests "shop" in our pantry each Friday and Saturday. We have openings throughout November and December and are especially in need of volunteers to sign up for Friday and Saturday, January 2nd and 3rd. Friday shifts run 10am-1:30pm; Saturdays shifts are 9am-12:30pm. If you are available and want to pick up shifts, please email Betty. Haven't volunteered before? Fill out our volunteer application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org today! You must be at least 16 years old to fill these shifts.
Do you like to pick things up and put things down? We are looking for some strong, physically active individuals to help us set up and break down our pantry on Fridays and Saturdays. Must be comfortable lifting up to 50 pounds at a time. No kidding!
Fridays - 8am - 10:30am; 12pm - 2pm
Saturdays - 7:30am - 9:30am; 11am - 1pm
Also looking for individual who would be able to help our guests carry groceries to their cars. Fridays, 10:30am - 1pm, and Saturdays, 9:30am-12pm. Email Lori if you are interested and available!
STUDENTS!!! All of these volunteer opportunities count as community service hours! Yes, even dancing around like a chicken!
And the season of giving has begun!
As we approach the holidays, so many of you are thinking of ways to give back. ONT is lucky to have such a generous community. In Amesbury, our busy food drive season kicked off with a bang with great drives organized by AHS students at the election polls and Scout Packs 4 & 7 in their annual Scouting for Food Drive. Combined, these drives brought in $1800 and more than 2,000 pounds of food! Thank you, all, for such a great job! And the season is just beginning. Through November 21st, students at Amesbury High School and the Cashman Elementary School can participate in various food and penny collections.
And, on Saturday, November 22nd, the Amesbury Police Department will be hosting the 10th Annual Fill-A-Cruiser Food Drive at Carriagetown Plaza in front of Stop & Shop from 9am-2pm. If you're going to the Amesbury-Newburyport Thanksgiving Football Game, the Boosters from both rival cities will host their annual food collection.
And, in case food drives aren't what you're looking for, you can host your own event. What better reason to have a party than to celebrate the holidays and invite your friends and family to support your favorite organization - Our Neighbors' Table? New this year - ONT now has a Giving Tree Program! Host a Giving Tree in your home or place of business, complete with tags for donations that will help feed your neighbors in need throughout the year. We've even created the tags for you! Email Joan.email@example.com for a complete Giving Tree kit or for tips on organizing your holiday party.