During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vineyard Gilbert has been working to meet needs in the Gilbert area. While we have regularly reached out to those in need in our area, during this time we have been shifting our effort to be more specific in the ways that we are helping during this current crisis. Below are opportunities that you can be a part of meeting needs with us, or if you are in need, we encourage you to reach out to us!
 

Food Pantry

Through our food pantry, we assist families in our community. Last year, we provided 4,226 food boxes given to 23,306 people in need.
 
The current hours for our food pantry is:
Tuesdays from 10am-1pm.
(and for emergencies upon request)
 
***On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, the Food Pantry is now open from 6pm-7:30pm.***
 

FAQ

Q: Is there a cost? A: No, there is no cost.
 
Q: Is a form of identification needed? A: Yes, we do ask for ID as proof of Arizona residency. If you do not have an ID, we can also take a utility bill.
 
Q: Is there a need for volunteers? A: Yes, we can always use volunteers to carry boxes of food to people’s cars and pray with them!
 
 
 

Helping the Navajo Nation

 
Vineyard Gilbert is partnering with the AZ Vineyard Church in Goodyear, Arizona, to meet needs in communities on the Navajo Nation. The communities on the Navajo Nation have been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus, and in many of these communities, resources are scarce. Let’s come together to help!
 

Here is a list of items that are needed in these communities:

  • Water (many isolated places need to import their water)
  • Any Medical Supplies
  • Paper Products – TP, Paper Towels, etc.
  • Masks (if you would like to join the Sewing Team to make masks that will be used for this, CLICK HERE)
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning Solutions
  • Bleach
  • Sanitizing Products
  • Lysol Sprays
  • Healthy Immune Boosting Teas
  • Vitamin C
  • Isopropyl Alcohol & Aloe Vera
  • Non-perishable Foods
  • And, of course: Prayer. Lots of prayer!
If you would like to contribute to this need, we will be available to receive donations on: 
 
Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 10am – 1pm (in the lobby of the worship center).
 
You can also schedule a time to drop-off donations by calling our office at (480) 892-5828 or by emailing office@vineyardgilbert.com

Helping the Helpers

 

In response to the current pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs have opened their doors for daily childcare to health care workers and first responders, as well as those who do not have childcare as a result of school closures.  Their resources are limited.  We have the opportunity to offer support to the Boys & Girls Club, Chandler, as they offer support to those in need.  

  • Cleaning: They need volunteers to help clean their facility. On our website you can learn more and choose a day/time and bring your best rubber gloves & cleaning supplies, and disinfect hard surfaces around the Club.
  • Donate Snacks: They can really use prepackaged snacks & fresh fruit for afternoon snacks.
  • Financial Donation: Any financial donation is welcome.  It helps defray their expenses and stretch their resources to best meet the needs of the families on the front lines of this pandemic.
 
 
Contact Lori Kaake to volunteer or be a part of providing resources:
 
 
 

Sewing Team

We have received a request from AZCEND, a local non-profit who provides services like I-HELP, to sew 300+ face masks to be used by their employees, volunteers, clients experiencing homelessness, seniors, and other vulnerable/high-risk members of our community. There is also a request by Banner for the community to sew masks. Using face masks, or other face coverings as a protective barrier over one’s mouth and nose is a proven way to reduce exposure and mitigate the transmission of respiratory illness.

We would like to partner with them and are inviting YOU to join our work-from-home *Sewing Team*. There are only two qualifications: access to a sewing machine, and the ability to sew a straight-ish line 😉 There are many patterns available online. If you are an experienced seamstress and have your own pattern, feel free to use it. We have included a link to a blog post with a pattern, instructions, and video. The author also includes good general information. https://sarahmaker.com/how-to-sew-a-surgical-face-mask-for-hospitals-free-pattern/

At this point elastic is in short supply, so we’ve chosen a pattern which includes instructions for either elastic (if you already have elastic or can find it in stores) or ties. Masks should be made of 100% cotton so they can be washed in hot water and dried on hot/high heat. This is the most effective way to sanitize them between uses.

Please use the link below to join the team! You can select the number of masks you can sew, indicate if you will be using your own stash/repurposed cotton fabric, or if we can provide fabric to keep your sewing machine humming 😉 When we have received your completed form, you will receive instructions on how to return the completed masks.

This is a great hands-on opportunity to help while we’re all home together!