Part Time Driver Needed

Bentley is growing!  We are in need of a part time driver with Yukon XL, Suburban or commercial van to help pick up generous provisions from our generous providers on Tuesday mornings. These are scheduled pick ups.  Specific person is required and excellent training is provided. Please contact us at 908-227-0684 for details.  Thank you!

SPRING FOOD DRIVES – THANK YOU!

Bentley Community Services is so grateful for the following local spring food drives:

*Spring Food Drive for Bentley at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library in Rocky Hill until Monday, April 7, 2014.  Please drop off during library hours. List of suggested items are cereal, oatmeal, juice, peanut butter, jelly/jams, tomato sauce, soup, macaroni and cheese, coffee, tea, canned tuna, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and toothpaste.

Thank you to Mary Jacobs Memorial Library. Thank you for your generous contributions!  We certainly are grateful.

*Spring Food Drive for Bentley at Rocky Hill Reformed Church in Rocky Hill, March 30 – April 20, 2014. Please contact rockyhillchurch@verizon.net for drop off hours.  List of suggested items are pastas, rice, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, soup, tomato sauce, canned tuna, soap and deodorant.

Thank you to Rocky Hill Reformed Church.  Thank you for your generous contributions!  We certainly are grateful.

*Spring Food Drive for Bentley at Princeton Fitness & Wellness in Princeton, April 1-15, 2014.  Please drop off during hours of operation.  List of suggested items are pastas, rice, crackers, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, jams, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, dressings, tomato sauce, nuts, dried fruits, snack bars, gluten-free products, soups, beans, canned vegetables, canned tuna, coffee, tea, sugar, flour, juice, canned fruits, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body lotion, razors.    

Thank you to Princeton Fitness & Wellness.  Thank you for your generous contributions!  We certainly are grateful.                                                     

 

 

ShopRite Hillsborough – A Gracious Thank You

We are so honored and grateful to be the recipient of ShopRite Partners in Caring charitable donation. During the month of September for ShopRite Partners in Caring Hunger Action Month, ShopRite Hillsborough was one of 40 stores that raised the most fundraising donations. They were honored on Monday where General Mills placed two associates from each winning store on their Cheerios box.  Recognition was given to Lynette and Scott for doing an outstanding job.   With the monies raised, each store had the opportunity to nominate a charitable organization helping in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. ShopRite Hillsborough graciously nominated us and we are certainly grateful and blessed.  Thank you to Wakefern, General Mills, ShopRite Partners in Caring and especially to ShopRite Hillsborough for your support and confidence in our organization.  Thank you for your generous donation.  We certainly are grateful and blessed.

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McCaffrey’s – A Gracious Thank You

We are so grateful to McCaffrey’s Princeton for their generous provisions each week.  The fresh produce, dairy products, packaged meats and fresh breads and bakery are certainly needed and appreciated. We enjoy so much being so welcomed by your gracious and warm staff and truly appreciate their hard work.

We were in need of these provisions and you provided.  Our participant families are certainly thankful and we as an organization are truly blessed and grateful to you.  Thank you for being such a wonderful generous provider to Bentley – we are certainly grateful!

Trader Joe’s – A Gracious Thank You

We are truly thankful and blessed for the full range of food provisions we receive from our generous provider, Trader Joe’s.  We are certainly so grateful for their support and generous giving to Bentley.  Each and every week their welcoming staff is such a pleasure to collaborate with and we thank you for providing much needed healthy food provisions for our participant families. We are truly grateful as are our participant families.  The flower donations also brighten the lives of so many, adding such a colorful reminder that the warmer months are ahead.  Thank you! Your generous provisions are helping so many struggling working families in need.

WE CERTAINLY ARE THANKFUL!

We are certainly grateful for the many blessings that have been showered on Bentley!  Thank you to Suzanne and Barry, Birch Community Services, our mentor organization; our generous providers, our participant families, and our region’s newspapers for writing articles about us informing our communities about our charitable organization and what we are honored and privileged to do.

Thank you to MEFC’s Abundant Harvest program for our collaboration on February 8th for a wonderful hot lunch and learn, camaraderie and our winter care package distribution event to struggling, working families in need.  Thank you to our generous providers Shop Rite of Hillsborough for your generous provisions of tote bags filled with healthy non-perishable food provisions, fresh breads and bakery and to Trader Joe’s, for your generous provisions of additional breads and bakery, produce and flowers. Thank you to Rachel, Registered Dietician at Shop Rite, for your wonderful presentation about healthy foods and nutrition.  We certainly all learned so much about food.

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PROVISIONS WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF

Thank you for your generous contributions to Bentley!  We are currently in need of the following provisions to fill our shelves for our participant families:

Healthy cereal, oatmeal, juices, coffee, tea, cooking oils, spices, crackers, rice, canned and packaged soups, canned tuna, peanut butter, jams, marinades, dressings, tomato sauces in cans or jars, crackers, gluten-free products, nuts, dried fruits, healthy snack bars, sugar, flour, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body washes, soap, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body lotion, q-tips, baby cornstarch powder.

We certainly are grateful for your generous provisions!  Please contact us at 908-227-0684 to arrange pick up or drop off.

WINTER CARE PACKAGE DISTRIBUTION EVENT

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 11:30AM – 1:30PM, once again Abundant Harvest Community Kitchen at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church will serve a free hot lunch, open to all. Bentley Community Services will also be there, distributing provisions of healthy groceries, fresh produce and basic needs products. Abundant Harvest Community Kitchen is located at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Griggstown Road, in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township, one mile east of Route 206.  

These winter care packages are for working families who do not qualify for assistance but who are struggling to make ends meet. They may have incurred a job lay-off, fewer work-hours and pay reduction, an unforeseen emergency, medical expenses or a financial setback.  When the paycheck stops, the difference is measurable for these families who have difficulty meeting monthly expenses. If you are a family in this situation, please plan to attend. Regular attendees are encouraged to come and will also receive provisions.  

As an added service to all who attend, Rachel Simpers, Registered Dietitian at ShopRite in Hillsborough, will speak on healthy eating and nutrition. ShopRite, a generous provider to Bentley Community Services, is the sponsor of the event. “We certainly are grateful to ShopRite for providing special tote bags filled with healthy food provisions, for the services of their Registered Dietitian, Rachel, and to MEFC’s Abundant Harvest program for hosting us for this program and distribution event”, states Dorothy Stearns, executive director of Bentley.  

“Abundant Harvest welcomes collaborating with Bentley Community Services as we are two community programs that are both food related, yet different, providing services for residents in our communities,” says Don Sears of Abundant Harvest. “We both are striving to work for the greater good to help make a positive difference in our communities. We are so thrilled to have Rachel, the Registered Dietitian from ShopRite in Hillsborough, speaking to us about healthy eating and nutrition, something we all need to know about.”

Please plan on attending Abundant Harvest’s free lunch and enjoy a gathering of community at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church.  Also, meet Bentley Community Services and learn how they may be of help and assistance.  For more information, please contact MEFC, 908-874-4634, abundantharvest@mefc.org or Bentley Community Services, 908-227-0684, www.bentleycommunityservices.org

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Beth Sears; Brant Holmes, Vice President – Operations, Bentley Community Services, Inc.; Dorothy Stearns, Executive Director – Bentley Community Services, Inc.; Don Sears, Coordinator, Abundant Harvest Community Kitchen

PHOTO Credit: Tad Woolley

“THE DIGNITY OF THE EXCHANGE”

The Dignity of the Exchange Video (click here)

A segment on our Mentor organization Birch Community Services, Inc.

Bentley Community Services, Inc. is a successful replication of Birch Community Services, Inc. seven months old and growing! We are focused on continuing to grow our charitable organization, each and every week, striving to make a positive difference in our communities like Birch.

Bentley Community Services, Inc. is growing and building every day providing relief every week to struggling, hardworking families in our region. They are having difficulty making ends meet due to the unstable economy, do not qualify for assistance as they make above state and federal guidelines and are formerly employed, underemployed or experiencing a financial setback due to an unforeseen emergency.