(CAM) Community Assistance Ministry
VPC’s Monthly Mission Partner (MMP) Month
What does the mission do/who does it serve?
The mission of the Community Assistance Ministry (C.A.M.) is to meet the urgent needs of the residents of Venice and Nokomis, FL and the homeless, with dignity and respect. Many of those served find themselves in the situation of having to decide between paying rent or putting food on the table for their family. Through food donations from the community, church members, and various “food partners” from whom we purchase food at a discount, we do what we can to make their choice a little easier.
C.A.M. also believes that the spiritual and emotional needs of their guests must be met, as well as the physical. To help meet these needs they have Stephen Ministers on site to offer prayer, support, and counseling.
What geographic area?
South Venice, Venice and Nokomis, Florida
How do you do it?
C.A.M. provides the indigent in our area with a place they can come to that is safe and offers fellowship and a sense of community. They are treated with dignity and respect, are given a hot lunch, food to take home and an opportunity to interact in a meaningful way with Stephen Ministers.
C.A.M. provides a hot lunch Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, as well as food to take home (enough to prepare 3 meals a day for 9 days). As well as limited financial assistance when available.
How can one help/serve this mission? How and what can people donate? How can people volunteer?
C.A.M. is manned by numerous dedicated and compassionate individuals who give freely of their time each week. With only one part time paid staff member it is essential to have committed volunteers. There are volunteer positions for everyone who wants to serve.
Volunteer-need summer volunteers and ongoing help in Stephen Ministry and Veggie Spouts truck.
Annual, Bi-Annual or regular events, trips or fundraisers for this mission
Distribute 1600 Turkeys for Thanksgiving
Distributes Christmas Toys to 134 families
Postal Carriers’ food drive
Brush with Kindness
Is this a national or local organization?