Caring Circles Program
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, we have divided all 300 households on our list of members and friends into Caring Circles of 9-10 households. Each Caring Circle has a Caring Circle Lead. If you are in need of groceries, financial assistance, or other help, please contact your lead directly. If you have forgotten or don’t know who your lead is, or are more comfortable making your request confidentially to church staff, please contact Lea Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-224-0291 ext 4#.
The job of the Caring Circle Lead is to touch base with each Caring Circle member between once a week and once a day, depending on the need and preference of the Caring Circle member. Most of the time these will be short 2-3 minute phone calls.
The Caring Circle Leads will record any needs of supplies (or other concerns) and communicate them to the Caring Circles Coordinator (for now Lea Smith, our Director of Membership & Administration).
The Caring Circles Coordinator will rely on Supply Couriers to make sure that needed supplies are acquired and dropped off at people’s homes. The Supply Couriers will follow the latest public health guidelines on how to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus.
The program works like this:
Caring Circles Leads:
1. Spend about 30-40 minutes on the phone each week reaching out to 9-10 other congregant households.
2. Communicate needs to Caring Circles Coordinator by email or phone.
3. Drive solo within the Concord area in their own vehicle.
4. Buy supplies and deliver them to homes (expenses will be reimbursed by the recipient, or occasionally by the church).
5. Might pick up prescriptions or run other essential errands.
6. Follow CDC and other public health guidelines on how to handle groceries and other supplies safely.
7. Are not older than 64 years or have medical conditions that put them at increased COVID risk.
Of course, any household can decide to opt out of our Caring Circles ministry. Just let your Caring Circles Lead know that you don’t wish to be contacted or take advantage of the help offered.
Thank you in advance for playing your part as we make sure all of us stay as safe as possible – whether that means checking in with others, delivering supplies, or (and perhaps most difficult for some) accepting the care and support of others in our community.
The ways our Caring Circles are helping us connect in love and service:
- As of May 2, 2020…
We have provided practical assistance with shopping or other errands to 18 congregants.
We have answered 9 requests for financial help.
We have run at least 25 individual errands. In addition, some of our couriers are helping someone out on a recurring basis, like weekly shopping.
We have 10 Couriers.
We have 33 Circle Leads checking in with 31 Circles.
How to Join the Circle
If you are a Member or Friend, you should have been contacted by your Caring Circle Lead. If you haven’t heard from them or forgot who they are, please email Lea Smith, our Director of Membership & Administration at Lea@ConcordUU.org. If you would like to be a Caring Circles Lead or a Supply Courier, email Lea Smith.
Our Caring Circles provide practical support to our congregants every week. Click here to see some statistics.