MSC News Archives

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Save The Date! HCC Phoenix Open House

Save-the-date and join us Thursday, October 17 for HCC Phoenix’s Open House Event. This is a great opportunity to stop by anytime from 5pm to 7pm and bring a new friend or two who hasn’t had a chance to tour HCC Phoenix. At 5:15pm we will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. Light refreshments will be served and all who attend have a chance to enter a FREE raffle for fun prizes.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Glenn Mire & Barb Schofield

This month we are honored to highlight this amazing brother / sister team who truly display compassion for their neighbors in need. Immediately after Glenn took his first tour of HCC Phoenix two years ago he was hooked and knew he had found a place to serve. Glenn began volunteering from time to time at both HCC locations and, as he did, he noticed how fast product goes out the door to families. He knew he needed to do more to help replenish the product HCC hands out. Glenn has now created a network of drop-off locations around the Valley where clothing donations are collected and delivered to HCC. He is constantly passing out HCC collection bins to get not only his local neighbors involved but local businesses too! One person who became a ‘drop zone captain’ was his sister, Barb, who quickly took the collection process to an entirely new level! Barb, who lives in Sierra Vista, has donated over 700 bags of clothing. Barb recruited her local community of Sierra Vista working with estate sales representatives, and the flood of donations hasn’t stopped! “I get great satisfaction from knowing that I’m helping those that are less fortunate … that truly warms my heart,” commented Barb. “I speak with a lot of people explaining why I collect the gently used clothing. The community here has a lot of homeless, yet there are no places like HCC in our city. We are striving to bring such an amazing organization to Sierra Vista one day!”

Barb’s big brother, Glenn, added, “Knowing all of these donations collected go directly to those who need them the most, at no cost and with a lot of compassion and dignity, fuels my efforts. Anytime I’m experiencing some sort of breakdown in my own life, taking a truck-load of donations down to HCC reminds me that there is always someone who is dealing with much bigger issues, and it returns me to living in gratitude!”

All of us at HCC are extremely thankful for your outpouring of support and being true HCC Champions!

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LAST CALL! Get Moving’ with Team MSC!

Join Team MSC!

Saturday, September 21st

LAST CALL to join Team MSC on Saturday, September 21 at 8am for our annual 10k/5k/1k event in Wheaton, Illinois in partnership with DuPage PADS and Harvest Christian Academy. Currently Team MSC has 18 participants registered at teammsc.org. Our goal is to have at least 50 participants! We need YOU!

Here’s how it works:
Go to teammsc.org and create your very own Team MSC “Sponsor Me” page (it takes less than two minutes!)

Share that page online or by email or text to raise $500 for all MSC/HCC projects.

Once you hit your $500 goal, our Team Shirt is yours as our thank you!

Last item: Register for either the 10k/5k/1k at the DuPage PADS site. They are handling all race registrations. Please list Team MSC as your organization. https://fundraise.dupagepads.org/event/dupagepads-15th-annual-run-4-home/e227640

If you can’t make it out on the 21st, be sure to check out who’s racing with us and offer your support to help them reach their fundraising goals!

We can’t wait to see you at the race! Any questions? Or you want to volunteer? Email Nicolee Thompson.

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SPROUTS Summer Serving Project: Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels

Each quarter our kids-feeding-kids program, Serving SPROUTS, pour their focus on another community outreach. This summer our SPROUTS, their families and friends made tie-blankets to be donated to Amanda Hope. We look for at-home projects that parents and grandparents can do together with their kids between their busy summer vacations. Last month our SPROUTS coordinator hand-delivered 36 brand new blankets to Amanda Hope Founder Lorraine Tallman. Amanda Hope serves over 1,000 families every year who have children in the hospital with cancer and other childhood diseases. Amanda Hope provides family counseling services, financial assistance and, most importantly, HOPE to these brave children. These blankets will be given to children in the hospital to make their stay a little more comfortable.

When speaking to Jessie Swygert, Director of Operations at Amanda Hope, she shared, “These blankets are such a comfort for kids while they are in the hospital battling cancer and receiving a gift from another child in the community always puts a smile on their face. All of us at Amanda Hope are thankful for this incredible donation of blankets.”

Thank you to all SPROUTS who participated in our summer outreach. All of us at HCC are thrilled to see our SPROUTS making a true impact within our community in so many ways!

To find out more information about how you can join our Serving SPROUTS Program and/or see the calendar of this fall’s outreach events please email Lauren.

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SPROUT of the month: Meet Graham

Each month we will be turning the spotlight on one of our amazing SPROUTS. HCC’s Serving SPROUTS (Small People Reaching Unselfishly To Serve) kids-feeding-kids program aims to come alongside parents and grandparents, planting seeds of service in the hearts of kiddos. Each SPROUT family earns $28 a month to feed hungry kids in their community. In addition, SPROUTS host several hands-on serving opportunities throughout the year for the entire family to participate in.

This month we’d like to highlight Graham Berryman, a 6-year-old who became a SPROUT two months ago. Graham has fed two families, volunteered during a Saturday shift with his mom at our Phoenix location and created a handmade blanket for the SPROUTS at-home summer outreach project. Graham’s parents and sister are very proud of his hard work, amazing energy and desire to give back. A first grader at Cheyenne Traditional School, Graham also loves to ride his bike, swim and go to the movies.

Great job serving other kids this month, Graham! Keep up the good work!

Interested in getting your kids involved with Serving SPROUTS? Email Lauren Sullivan.

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Monthly Motivation: Lemonade Anyone?

Breaking records with all-time HOT temperatures last month in Arizona (more than 27 days of temperatures of 110 degrees and above!!) we all need a place to beat the heat! One of HCC’s amazing Serving SPROUTS and her family found a creative way to cool off and raise funds for HCC. In the middle of their trip away to beat the heat, their family set up an impromptu lemonade stand on the beach in Del Mar. Not only did they sell lemonade to fellow beach-goers, they jumped on their phones and sent out text messages to family and friends asking for donations to support their daughter’s pop-up stand! Guess what? This little girl’s lemonade stand made $275 in one afternoon, which means ten plus families will be fed and clothed at HCC! If a 5-year-old can find a way to feed ten families in one day, we’re wondering what you can do?

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NEXT MONTH! Get Moving’ with Team MSC!

Join Team MSC!

Saturday, September 21st

Join Team MSC as we partner for the third year with DuPage Pad’s 10k/5k/1k Run & Walk on September 21 in Wheaton, Illinois. Last year Team MSC’s efforts raised over $80,000 to feed, clothe and love our neighbors in need and we hope to repeat these efforts once again this September! Currently we ONLY have five teams registered! It’s time!

Join Team MSC by walking or running the beautiful 10k/5k/1k course; the morning will start at 8am and is a family friendly event. Together we can multiply the outreach work of Mitchell Swaback Charities, Inc.!

How To Join Team MSC

Go to teammsc.org, scroll down and choose Register Today. From there follow the prompts to ‘Become a Fundraiser.’ The site will create a personalized Team MSC page for you; after you’re done creating your page, you can share your page with anyone online so they can sponsor you! Every dollar raised goes towards all MSC projects, and every team member has a goal of raising $500. Once you hit your goal of $500 our long-sleeved, race shirt is yours as our thank you! Remember, every single dollar raised does make a difference!

One more important item! Please go to https://fundraise.dupagepads.org/event/dupagepads-15th-annual-run-4-home/e227640 and REGISTER as an INDIVIDUAL, for the race you desire to participate in (10k, 5k, 1k). You will see Adult Pricing and Child Pricing (6-13). Children 0-5 are free. You must register through the PADS site to be an official participant (MSC is not handling racer registration. You do not raise money on PADS site.)

If you can’t make it out for the run/walk, you can still go to teammsc.org and sponsor a team member, helping us reach our grand goal of raising $100,000! Log on today and see who’s already racing with us!

If you have any questions about joining Team MSC and/or volunteering on September 21, please contact Nicolee Thompson.

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Herrington Family

This month HCC would like to shine a BRIGHT LIGHT on our amazing HCC volunteers, the Herrington Family. The Herrington Family, who reside in North Phoenix, have also been members of HCC’s Serving SPROUTS Kids-Feeding-Kids program. They have been regularly volunteering at HCC Phoenix for over two years. Chris and Carrie, dad and mom to Colin (14), Charis (12), and Cuyler (10) have had experience in almost every aspect of volunteering at HCC. “We have worked in food and clothing, stocking shelves, cleaning, packing diapers and are even starting to learn computer check-in,” commented Carrie. “We have really enjoyed serving monthly at HCC alongside our kids, our homeschool co-op group, at SRPOUTS events, and with our church small group. There are so many ways to get involved in HCC!”

This family loves the chance to volunteer together. “We are pulled in all different directions during the week and on the weekend, but at the HCC we get to serve the Lord and our community together.”

When we asked Chris and Carrie if their and/or their kids’ lives have changed at all since volunteering at HCC they replied, “Our children are very aware of the suffering around us. By meeting people at the HCC, they have become much more compassionate to those in need. They have also become more intentional in looking for opportunities to help others. That is something every parent wants to see in their children.”

HCC thanks the entire Herrington Family for their years of service. They truly see that they live in a community where there are those who suffer and, instead of watching from the sidelines, this family has jumped into serving with both feet!

“True joy comes from loving your neighbor and we get to experience this joy by being the hands and feet of the Lord every month.”

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Monthly Motivation: August 2019

Last month, while finishing clean-up duties at HCC, one of our directors heard a girl crying behind a dumpster outside. When the director approached the area where the sound was coming from, she ran into a young lady, her name is Brionna. She is a 23-year-old, with no job, homeless and scared. Over the next couple of hours our director encouraged her, helped her connect with additional resources, and fill out a couple of online job applications.

Brionna left the HCC that day with a renewed HOPE! The next day Brionna called the HCC to share the good news – one of her applications had turned into an in-person interview! However, Brionna had nothing appropriate to wear. Our director told Brionna to come back to HCC and we could help her find that perfect interview outfit. Brionna came and found an outfit that fit like it was made just for her! The next day our director’s phone rang again. It was Brionna, this time our Director heard tears of joy . . . she got the job!

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SPROUTS Serve this Summer!

HCC’s Kids-Feeding-Kids program has been growing these past two months under the new leadership of Serving SPROUTS Coordinator, Lauren Sullivan. Every quarter our SPROUTS (Small People Reaching Out Unselfishly To Serve) volunteer their time with a Valley nonprofit whose mission is different than HCC. SPROUTS learn about another nonprofit’s specific outreach, how they can serve immediately and also stay connected for future events.

Last month, in the 110-degree heat of Phoenix in July, over 25 SPROUTS, their families and friends participated in their quarterly service event with Unite Phoenix. Unite Phoenix does exactly what their name says, they want to ‘unite Phoenix’ to serve their community. Unite Phoenix encourages groups and churches of all denominations to come together to meet the needs of their local neighbors. Last month, Unite Phoenix had a couple service options to pick from: some SPROUTS stuffed and passed out backpacks in the East Valley, others helped paint a local school and a few more hosted water games for local kids in their apartment complex. “It was so fun meeting and playing with the kids today. Since it was so hot, we all had a lot of fun getting wet and teaching them new water games. We got to give everyone a pair of flip flops, too!” commented a SPROUT.

Thank you to Unite Phoenix for the opportunity to meet and participate with other Valley nonprofits who are doing great work.

Excellent job, SPROUTS and families, for bearing the heat to SERVE!

Interested in learning more about Serving SPROUTS and how your kids can get involved? Email Lauren.

See more photos from the event HERE.