Interfaith Community Services started over 40 years ago, when a group of faith leaders came together for their neighbors as the needs of the community grew. This group of individuals was not only from different congregations, but from different faiths as well united around a single belief that together they could do more to help those in need in our communities than as individual congregations. Today, with over 300 faith organizations, more than 3,000 volunteers, and 150 dedicated staff serving more than 17,000 clients Interfaith's mission is more important than ever.
And then COVID-19 hit. "As the economic toll of COVID-19 sets in, we're already seeing a lot of people we've never seen before who are accessing services they've never needed before", says Interfaith Director Greg Anglea. For example, prior to the current crisis, Manny, his wife and their young daughter were already struggling to pay bills but were able to make ends meet. When the state's stay-at-home order was issued Manny - the family's sole provider - was laid off from his job and without work for the first time in his life. That week, they turned to Interfaith for assistance; they came away with groceries, various hygiene supplies, help applying for unemployment, but more importantly, they left with a glimmer of hope knowing that their community is there to help.
How You Can Help:
If you have extra canned goods, fresh fruit in your yard, or hygiene supplies at home consider dropping them off at Interfaith Community Services, 550 Washington St., Escondido
Monetary donations to Interfaith are being matched by the Staples Foundation up to $40,000. Please note "Staples Match" on your contribution
Pack sack lunches with pre-packaged items and deliver them to Interfaith
Your contributions today of canned goods, lunches, hygiene products, or funds will help RB Community continue to support the efforts of Interfaith Community Services during this challenging time for so many families.