Malden neighbors helping neighbors
Being a Good Neighbor is at the heart of the Christian Gospel. Jesus showed us how to be a good neighbor when he arrived from heaven, on earth, called us friends, shared our burdens and met our needs. We are delighted to partner with a city team that has neighboring as a core value!
Who We Serve
Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors (MNHN) is a network of neighborhood volunteers who came together to help Maldonians get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Maldonians impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns saw their incomes disappear overnight yet still have to pay for food, medicine, rent, and utilities. Every day, we continue to receive new aid requests through our phone line, website, and Facebook group. One of MNHN’s most important roles is helping our neighbors navigate safety nets they’ve never had to use until now: non-profits, city and state aid, federal programs, and more. But our nation’s social services have gaps, and those gaps only widen as applications surge and funding dries up. This is the other part of what MNHN does: filling those gaps by connecting nearby neighbors who can provide timely and direct aid. That could be bringing food and other supplies to a family who is struggling financially. It could be shopping for an elderly who can not go out. That could be paying an unemployed Maldonian’s internet bill so they can interview for a new job over Zoom.
I like that PSC can use its resources to bless a neighborhood by providing food for those who are in need. It gives lift to the work that Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors is doing.
In the five months since our network formed, we have onboarded hundreds of volunteers whose hard work is clear from the stats.
- Responded to aid requests from over 400 households in Malden
- Coordinated sewing and distribution of over 2,000 cloth masks to the community
- Delivered 700 laptops and internet hotspots to Malden students
- Connected more than 1500 people through our Facebook community
- Park Street Church Food Bank is waiting to hear back from Malden to determine how we can best provide for their needs through the Park Street Food Bank. Malden has been relocating their Food Pantry – so we are in a holding pattern.
The grant of $24,000, to be used over three months, was awarded by the Boston Resiliency Fund, dedicated to helping community groups provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning students, and support to first responders and health care workers in Boston.
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