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This is grace.


COVID-19 is having a physical, social, and economic impact on local communities here in Greater Boston and around the world. It has many of us wondering, how can I help? How can I show my local community grace in their time of need?

We've put together a list of tangible ways to meet some of our local communities’ most urgent needs. We’ve all felt what it means to #experiencegrace, and now we want to provide the resources and support to extend that same grace to our communities, both near and far. We're calling this initiative #thisisgrace

Help us spread the word...

Show us the ways you are sharing grace in your communities: making masks, checking in on neighbors, hosting a prayer call, or donating to your local food pantry. Whatever you’re doing to help, share it!  These real-life examples inspire others to join in and give back.

Here’s how: post a selfie or a photo of how you’ve shown (or received!) grace in the past few weeks to social media, using the hashtag #thisisgrace. We’ll share your stories of encouragement on our social media too!

Not on social media? Upload your video here

Volunteer Opportunities

Boston Public Schools

Volunteers are needed for packing and delivering food to BPS students and families. Click the button below to sign up for a shift. 

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Bilingual Volunteers Needed (Remote)

Do you have multilingual skills? Are you interested in helping folks navigate the social services available to them? CONNECT works to improve the financial mobility of low-income households. Currently, CONNECT is looking for remote multilingual volunteers. They will be prioritizing volunteers who have Spanish or Arabic language skills and/or are able to commit to at least 5 hours a week. 

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Drivers Needed

Are you interested in driving items from Cambridge donation sites to Pany Café in Chelsea on Tuesday or Thursday mornings? If so, click the button below to sign up.

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Grocery Packaging and Distribution
organized by the Chelsea Teachers Union (CTU)

Interested in traveling to Chelsea, assembling grocery packages, and delivering them by car to residences of folks in need of assistance? Click below to sign up.

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Drop Off Donations in Lexington

Our drop off site will be every Thursday and Friday of each week from 10am-12pm at 3 Militia Drive (side door), Lexington, MA.
Grace Chapel will be collecting the following items to be distributed in Chelsea and the surrounding communities:

Diapers Infant Formula
Baby Wipes Sanitary Napkins
Cleaning Supplies Non-Perishable Food
Masks Gloves
Sanitizer Bottled Water

Please contact Pastor Richard Rhodes if you have questions.

NextGen #ThisIsGraceChallenge

June
Campus: Lexington Campus
Goal: 120 Donations

The NextGen ministries at Grace Chapel are challenging families through these next few months to meet the needs of our local communities in different ways. As the needs of our community change, the goals will change accordingly from month to month. If the goal for the month is met, a representative from their campus will be chosen to get slimed!  

Through the month of June, Lexington NextGen challenges their kids, students, and families to make 120* donations in form of financial support, outdoor activity equipment, craft supplies, and senior citizen care bags to the Boston Project. Donations can be dropped off at 3 Militia Drive in Lexington on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-12noon starting in June! *Each individual's entire contribution will count as 1 donation towards the goal amount. For example, if a student brings 10 craft items, it'll count as 1 donation. 

Use the hashtag #thisisgracechallenge to show your effort, to encourage others, and to raise awareness for ways to help!


Outdoor Kids Play Items

Used items are great. Jump ropes, balls, slides, playsets, scooters, sidewalk chalk, etc. Families with children are not able to go to local parks/playgrounds which are closed in Boston (and may not want to for some time), but many families also do not have items that their children can use to play right outside their front door or in a small yard. This is to help with the physical and mental health of children.

Kid Arts & Crafts

Many children are inside but do not have their own supplies to engage in creative arts. A large ziplock or small cloth bag with crayons, color paper, coloring books, a craft activity, markers or color pencils, watercolor paints, etc. would help engage children beyond screen time. Beyond supplies, people can feel free to print out from the internet actual activities kids could do and make sure the needed supplies are included in the bag. Families may not have printers.

Care Bags for our Seniors

These care bags would include items for seniors such as simple food/snacks, a mask, small bottle of hand sanitizer, an activity like a search-a-word, an encouragement note, etc. We expect that seniors will remain inside longer than younger people once the stay-at-home order lifts. Isolation and loneliness are real issues for some of our seniors.

Give


Your ongoing, regular support of Grace Chapel allows us to minister locally and supports many regional and global partners.

In response to the current increased needs we are collecting a special “COVID-19 Response Fund.” Your donation to the “COVID-19 Response Fund” is a gift above and beyond your regular giving to Grace Chapel. It will allow us to meet some very pressing needs in Greater Boston and beyond during this global pandemic.

Grace Chapel’s “COVID-19 Response Fund” will be shared with our ministry partner, the Boston Project Ministry in Dorchester, and Agencia ALPHA, a social ministry of Congregation Lion of Judah serving Spanish-speaking immigrants in Greater Boston. 

In addition, we will tithe 10% of Grace Chapel’s “COVID-19 Response Fund” to two of our global partners, World Relief Malawi and Good News for India in northeast India, who are addressing the food security implications of the pandemic there.

How to Give

   COVID-19 Special Offering

Supporting our COVID-19 Special Offering is easy! Simply use the link above to make a one-time special gift. You can also give through our app by tapping the Give option in the main menu. If you'd like to give with a check, please include "COVID-19 Offering" in the memo line and mail it to our Finance Team:

attn: Finance Dept.
Grace Chapel Ministry Offices
3 Militia Drive, Lexington MA 02421

Agencia Alpha

Agencia ALPHA seeks to integrate Spanish-speaking immigrants in Greater Boston and through out the Commonwealth into the social, political, and economic fabric of society and improve their quality of life in the United States. It is an immigrant-led, faith-based, grassroots organization, focusing on legalization and citizenship services, community organizing, and leadership development.

In response to COVID-19, Agencía ALPHA is distributing funds directly to families who are ineligible for the federal stimulus bill. A significant portion of COVID-19 relief grant funding to date is restricted to residents of the City of Boston. Approximately 200 of the the applications Agencía ALPHA has received are from other cities in the area, such as Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Lynn, Lowell and Waltham. Many of the families have compounding needs (loss of work, cancer patient, disability). Agencía ALPHA has already distributed funds to 155 families from a pool of 560 applications.


Boston Project Ministries

Our Regional Partner Boston Project Ministries serves people living in the Norfolk Triangle neighborhood in Dorchester. South Dorchester has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the City of Boston (as of 4/3/2020). These cases are disproportionately impacting Black and Latino neighbors, often because of historical systemic injustices that have impacted their health and well-being. BPM is currently working to assist 70 vulnerable families in their network who are in need of groceries and meals.


World Relief Malawi

World Relief Malawi’s mission is to empower the church to serve the most vulnerable. Often referred to as “the Warm Heart of Africa,” Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 50% of the population living on less than $1 per day. Through partnership with Grace Chapel since 2005, World Relief Malawi has been empowering the local church in the Mzimba District to respond to the needs in their communities through leadership formation, child development projects, orphan and care of vulnerable children, agricultural development, savings groups, and HIV/AIDS programs. One person in ten in the country has been served by the ministry of World Relief Malawi! This COVID-19 Response Fund will support World Relief Malawi in their work with those suffering from food security issues.


Good News for India

Since 1986, Good News for India has been serving in north India by training, sending, and supporting national Christians to preach the gospel and start churches in unreached places and among unreached people groups. They also serve the poor and needy in the name of Jesus through several Christian schools, child-care ministries and orphanages, skill training for women, and emergency relief work in times of disasters.  The “COVID-19 Response Fund” will support Good News for India in its work with local pastors who serve those who suffer from food insecurity..

Click here to watch a special message from the Good News from India director, “Uncle” George Chavanikamannil.

Campus Response

Each of our Campuses is partnering with organizations in their towns to meet local needs. If you would like to learn more about how you can help these organizations, click the links below.

Watertown Campus

The Watertown campus is teaming up with the Watertown Boys and Girls Club &  Watertown Food Pantry. If you would like more information about signing up, please contact Jean Park.

Wilmington Campus

The Wilmington campus is working with Wilmington Community Fund  & Reading Food Pantry. If you would like more information about signing up, please contact Laurie Bean.

 Foxboro Campus

The Foxboro campus is teaming up with the Foxboro YMCA  to help distribute food to families. If you would like to volunteer, please email Meg Nelson.

East Lexington Campus

The ELX campus is joining forces with Arlington EATS to unload and pack groceries and with the Greater Boston Food Bank. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please contact Carrie Naylor.

Lexington Campus

The Lexington campus is working with our neighbor Nellio’s Gourmet Deli by donating meals to families each week. Food that has been collected for our Grace Chapel food pantry has been donated to the Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry  and the Burlington Food Pantry. For more information or questions, please contact Patti Quigley. 

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