CFUM Newsletter Vol. 2 2020

AJ SalinasBlog

April 8, 2020
Updates on the state of CFUM, our programs, our partners, and our community. Look out for our weekly e-newsletter. It will be sent out every Wednesday.
Letter from Tony
We are stronger together. A simple saying that has proven to be the glue that holds our neighborhood together. Since the forced closure of CFUM due to the pandemic, there has been a key group of volunteers that stepped up to ensure individuals and families continued to have access to food. We are so grateful for the compassion, dedication, and perseverance of Monika Owczarski, Mike Hildebrand, Bob Cutshall and so many others for securing, preparing, donating, and distributing meals. CFUM is honored to join these individuals and help coordinate supper meals as well.
While we are uncertain of when we will be able to return to regular programming, CFUM is currently scheduling groups to provide to-go meals and/or financial resources to enable us to order meals from local restaurants for community members in need.
ACTION NEEDED: We are encouraging you and/or your organization to provide to-go meals or financially donate to help CFUM purchase prepared meals for the food insecure in our neighborhood. We have partnered with local restaurants that will provide meals for $5 each, so the 100 meals we need each night can be covered by a donation of $500; however, a gift of any size is appreciated. To schedule a date to provide meals please email [email protected].
We are also working to quickly implement a process in which our reading mentors will be able to connect and read with their students over a video call to continue their literacy education. If you have a desire to meet virtually at least once a week with a student and spend time reading together, please email [email protected]. We would also appreciate your financial support to purchase books for this reading program which will enable the students to have a copy of the same book at home. A $30 donation will help cover the cost of two books for a child.
Unfortunately, as of now the date to reopen programming has been extended until at least April 30th due to the Governor’s updated order. At this time there are many unknowns, but we continue to pay attention to immediate community needs and are preparing for spring/summer programming. We will share updates as more information becomes available.
With your help, CFUM can continue to meet the needs of our families and neighbors. To make a donation to support Supper Club and/or the purchase of books, please visit us online at or send a check to PO Box 41125, Des Moines, IA 50311.
Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.
Stay safe,
Tony Timm
Executive Director
Thankful For Our Community
Monika Owczarski, owner of Sweet Tooth Farm and her kiddos welcoming individuals to meal distributions. She really led the charge in making sure families were fed during our temporary closure.
Volunteers getting set up for meal distribution. Everybody worked hard to make sure lunch and dinner were distributed Monday-Friday for the past 4 weeks.
Additional Resources
Reading Mentors Needed
Virtual Story Time
We are looking to incorporate a virtual story time during our programs temporary closure. We need videos of you reading your favorite children’s book aloud. Try to keep the video as short and interactive as possible. Please send all virtual stories to AJ Salinas at [email protected]
Examples of virtual story time can include:
• Reading while showing the illustrations in the book
• Reading with a group of children or a child (if you have children in the home)
• Reading with puppets/interactive play
• Reading a chapter book with a series or theme included
The virtual story will then be posted to CFUM’s social media outlets and website for everyone to enjoy.
If you can’t participate please pass this information on to someone who you think would like to.

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