Our BurkeGivesBack Community Co-op, born on January 1, 2020, has seen the number of families needing groceries increasing every month.
Since July, we regularly serve about 170 families each month. Due to generous donations, we provide
over 60 pounds of non-perishable food as well as milk, eggs, meat, produce, paper and cleaning products to each family each month.
Thanks to all who helped us deliver 100 very full Thanksgiving boxes and Christmas presents for over 200 children!
Click the box to donate to a COVID-19 support fund that will be used to address needs in our local community.
We Need Your Help!
January Co-op Focus
In January, we want to supply our families with personal hygiene supplies. For her Silver Award, Girl Scout Allison Han started us off with about 40 complete sets of products!
Drop off donations in the bin in the front circle or click below to donate money or buy something from our Amazon wish list.
Free The Girls Bra Collection
It’s hard to believe, but Human Trafficking month is here which means it’s time to clean out your lingerie drawers and bring all your gently used bras to church! Each year we collect bras from the community to send to Free the Girls (https://freethegirls.org), a non profit that works around the world with victims of human trafficking. We are known in the community as the “bra church” – it’s quite a reputation to have!
Donate your gently used bras at any time in the drop-box in front of the church. Please include $1 per bra to help cover shipping the bras overseas.
History of BurkeGivesBack
Because we are called by our faith to “Love Your Neighbor”, Burke United Methodist Church started holding “Change the World” events in May 2010. As our neighbors became interested in this event, we looked for ways to involve the community in helping to care for others and to learn about the needs both locally and far away. BurkeGivesBack was born in May 2017, and since then we have held May and October community events each year packing thousands of meals and collecting literally tons of food for area food banks. Our BurkeGivesBack Community Co-op is part of this ministry.
BGB CoOp Stories
Joe and his mom came to the Burke Gives Back Community Food Co-op in May. He was leaning out of his car window with his arms outspread over his head. He kept spreading his arms wider and wider, saying “This is my lucky day!” “This is my lucky day!” “This is my lucky day!” With every sentence, he stood taller and taller, and his voice became louder and louder.
A volunteer stopped by his car to talk with him. He announced that he was in first grade. He was a GREAT reader, and he was a REALLY GOOD student, too!
The volunteer asked him why this was his lucky day.
Joe looked at the volunteers who were loading groceries into this car. His family was receiving bags full of non-perishable food, produce, milk, eggs, and bread. He looked back at the volunteer beside his car, then he raised his hands in the air again and shouted, “Because today WE HAVE FOOD!”
Joe could see the food. He didn’t know yet that there was information in the bags for his family. The information was in both English and Spanish. They were about to discover that there was even more help available to them.
Joe and his family left that day feeling welcomed, empowered, and inspired by the care and compassion she received through Burke Gives Back.
The Burke Gives Back Food Co-Op is more than cans of food on shelves, it is really about people helping their neighbors. When we first opened the Co-Op we experienced difficulties in communicating with many of our members who were not native English speakers. One of our members, Angel volunteered to work at the Co-Op on Saturdays to act as an interpreter.
He is originally from Peru and lives locally with his eight grandchildren. Over the past six months, Angel has been there every Saturday, greeting each car, passing out information about other assistance programs and making sure each family gets groceries, diapers and school supplies, Every Saturday, Angel is the face of Burke United Methodist Church as we share our love for our neighbors, We are blessed to have an “Angel” in our Food Co-Op.