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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.

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Back-2-School Kids Pop Up Shop Update

Last month HCC had a blast creating our very own ‘Kids POP UP SHOP’ fully stocked with brand new backpacks, school supplies and lunch boxes. What is the most important feature of HCC’s POP UP SHOP? It is for KIDS ONLY! HCC volunteers had a blast inviting kids in from the community to shop (for free, of course!) for their much-needed items to kick off the 2019-2020 school year.

Years ago HCC recognized a need for these essential items that prepare kids for a successful school year. “Education is one basic area that will change the future of a child. If we can encourage a child to dream big and excel in the classroom, then we are all for it!” commented HCC Executive Director Nicolee Thompson. “Plus, our Kids POP UP SHOP does more than just serve children. We invite local businesses, churches and families to donate these items, giving them a platform to love their neighbors!”

Long lines formed everyday as the HCC served over 662 kids during this special summer outreach! That’s 662 kids who will show up on the first day of school ready to go!

Thank you again to every partner, family, and friend who donated items this summer. “Every single backpack, pencil and notebook donated went to one child who you took the time to care for!” See pictures from the event HERE.

P.S. As school gets underway this month, school supply leftovers will go on sale. Feel free to donate these items to HCC this month and HCC will put them in storage until next summer! #DonateSmarter

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Walk/Run with Team MSC on September 21st in Wheaton, Illinois

Join Team MSC as we partner for the third year with DuPage Pad’s 10k/5k Run & Walk this coming 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 in September!

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

How to Join Team MSC:

Go to www.teammsc.org, from the homepage choose ‘Become a Fundraiser’ then choose ‘As an Individual’. From there you will create your own account or if you have raced with us before, simply log into your old account. 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 toward 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!

Last Reminder:

As a runner/walker, please click HERE and REGISTER as an INDIVIDUAL for the actual race. You will see Adult Pricing, Child Pricing (6-13) and Children 0-5 are free. You must register through the PADS site to be an official race participant. (MSC is not handling racer registration. You do not raise money on the PADS site.)

If you can’t make it out for the run/walk, you can still go to www.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!

This is our LARGEST fundraiser of the year! Without the support of YOU RACING WITH US, we will not meet our goal. We are praying for an amazing event this year and are excited to race with old and new friends!

Any questions, please contact Nicolee Thompson.

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Jake De Leon

This month HCC would like to shine a huge spotlight on ROCKSTAR volunteer Jake De Leon! Volunteering for the last eleven months, Jake was looking for a place to get connected with and earn volunteer hours. Through his local church he heard about Harvest Compassion Center Maryvale. Jake is a ‘pro’ at shopping for food with HCC clients and feels good about helping someone who is in need. “I share and invite others to volunteer at HCC all the time, they have a lot of needs! You can volunteer helping families shop or in the back where donations are processed,” said Jake.

Jake looks forward to serving weekly at HCC Maryvale and enjoys being face to face with HCC clients. “He’s a huge help and a great young man who, personally, I have seen grow through serving here. We love having Jake come volunteer, “Can we please get 10 more Jakes to serve?” commented Paul Thompson, HCC Maryvale Director.

Jake can also be seen working at Arrowhead Mall and he enjoys playing video games. Jake has lived all over the United States being part of a military family. All of us at HCC are thrilled Jake’s family landed in the Valley and we are able to get to know this amazing young man.

Get involved today and volunteer at an HCC. Don’t forget, HCC Maryvale is launching a new shift! EVERY SATURDAY volunteers are needed at HCC Maryvale in the morning. Click link below for HCC’s Volunteer Application.

Jake De Leon
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Monthly Motivation: July 2019

What happens when one individual understands fully the need to clothe their neighbors in need?

Countless hours and two months are spent sharing the mission of HCC and their need for clothing donations with people in Tucson, a city located over two hours away from the nearest HCC location. A U-Haul truck is rented, family and friends are called in for assistance and finally OVER 100 bags filled with clothing donations are delivered to HCC Phoenix! Now that is COMPASSION IN ACTION!