Back 2 School Program
The Matthews HELP Center works with the Kiwanis club to provide new clothing and school supplies to area children who are in need. The Kiwanis club takes the families shopping for clothing, while the MHC provides a new backpack and school supplies for each participating child. These items are provided through donors. 180 children were provided a backpack filled with school supplies in 2010.
BounceBack Backpack Program
Many children will be receiving free or reduced breakfasts and lunches at school, but will have no food on the weekends. With your help, Matthews HELP Center will provide food for 60 identified children at three local elementary schools. The BounceBack Backpack program provides healthy, kid-friendly, non-perishable food every weekend throughout the school year. This food will not only supplement a hungry child's diet, but may also ease anxieties, improve attention span, and increase academic performance. It is very difficult for children to concentrate in school when concerned about their next meal. In order to provide food for 60 children every Friday, we need your support. Four different "menus" have been established for food variety each month. Will you help feed a hungry child? Opportunities can include "adopt a weekend" or monetary donations. Please contact Kelly Trott, Social Worker, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 704-847-8383, ext. 231, to find out how you can help. Thank you in advance for YOUR support which allows Matthews HELP Center to serve the needs of this community!
Thanksgiving Feast Program
Provides Thanksgiving Feast for entire household
Holiday Adoption Program
The Matthews HELP Center identifies needy families in the area and matches them with various donors to provide holiday gifts and food. Approximately 218 families were served in December 2010. To learn more about this program, click here.
If you are interested in these programs, please contact Molly Kennedy at (704) 847-8383, ext. 224.
The mission of Matthews HELP Center is to care for those in our community by providing programs and services that will meet life's basic needs, and by connecting those in need with resources that improve quality of life.