COVID-19 Response: Community Engagement and Service

The COVID 19 epidemic has plunged our communities and the entire world into a depth of suffering we have never seen. First Parish is now called to greater acts of compassion. Consequently, the Church formed the Community Engagement and Service Task Force (CESTF) to be a catalyst for bold and vigorous acts of service and solidarity that meaningfully address the current emergency. The CESTF promotes new and independent collaborations across the entire congregation. The CESTF is a forum for individuals and groups, both new and existing, to discuss, coordinate, and develop plans of action. The CESTF’s goal is to give greater energy and focus to the Church’s strong tradition of generosity and compassion and thus, complete important tasks that address urgent needs caused by this epidemic.

Please check this page weekly. We will be working to find and present opportunities for you to lend your time, talent or treasure… things you may DO to help and places to which you may DONATE. If you have any creative ideas for something to do, or know of organizations that can use some financial help, please let us know:  Action@FPLincoln.org.


What can I do?

Lincoln Food Pantry

May 22-25 URGENT FOOD NEEDS: Please use the sign up genius to help provide the Lincoln Food Pantry with FRESH PRODUCE.

Once again, the Lincoln Food Pantry needs our help! The Greater Boston Food Bank is unable supply any fresh vegetables for the food pantry clients to pick up this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There are 250 seniors, adults, and children counting on us to make-up the difference.

SignUp Genius: CLICK HERE to see what the Food Pantry is requesting and to sign up to donate.

Just as we knew another request would be coming, we know that this won’t be the last time we’ll need to step up to help our neighbors. The Greater Boston Food Bank is severely stretched, and that strain is passed along to the local food pantries. Thank you for your past donations. Thank you for your donations now. Thank you for staying tuned and helping again in the future.

METCO

There are several ways you can support our Boston based children and their families in the coming months. Check back for more opportunities soon to be listed on this page.

Financial Support:  In partnership with First Parish, the Metco Coordinating Committee is accepting financial donations to support individual Boston based families of the Lincoln School with unforeseen and critical financial needs.  

Donations made between May 8 and September 1 to the Lincoln MCC will go to this purpose.  You can make donations via Pay Pal here: https://www.lpto.org/first-parish-summer-fundraiser or by check payable to: LINCOLN MCC, PO Box 393, Lincoln MA 01773.

Cheer Parade to The Commons and Newbury Court

CLICK HERE to read a Letter to the Editor about our last Cheer Parade.

Check back for more opportunities to spread some cheer!

For more information contact Tucker Smith 978-760-2321

Neighborly Card Making

People in nursing homes have been isolated in their rooms for almost two months. This is for their health and safety, but it is lonely and frustrating. You can make cards to send. Here are the details!

Community Mask Makers

Not everyone has a mask! Lincoln is now requiring that everyone (with some accommodations for age and ability) wear a mask when out in public. If you have the skills, please make some masks to share! There is a small bin on the bench at First Parish in Lincoln church (marked “Masks”), please drop your masks in there. IF YOU (or someone you know) NEED A MASK… pop ’round the bin and take one (please only take what you need), or send an email to Action@FPLincoln.org and we’ll make sure to pop one in the mail to you.

Currently in the bins: There’s something for everyone! Adult masks, youth masks, children’s masks. Please use hand sanitizer before you open the bins.

Click here for Mask Sewing Instructions.


Where can I give?

  • The Council on Aging curates the Town of Lincoln’s Emergency Assistance Fund and Fuel Assistance Fund. Both are open to Lincolnites of any age! Donations can be sent payable to the Town of Lincoln, with memo “Emergency Assistance Fund” or “Fuel Assistance Fund” – and addressed to CoA c/o Town Offices, 16 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul runs the Lincoln Food Pantry and offers financial assistance to people who need some help with household bills (including rent). You monetary donation is tax-deductible. Please make your check payable to: St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) – not St. Julia Parish and mail to: SVDP, PO Box 324, Lincoln, MA 01773. For more information or to donate online, Click Here.

How else can I help?

If you have the time or talent to lend a neighbor a hand, please fill in THIS FORM, and we’ll make sure folks know you are available.

The other half of giving, is asking for help when you need it. The same form can be used if you have a particular need. We are here to help.