"MAD Week": July 19-23

July 19, 2021 8:00am

Ready to "Make a Difference"?

Join us at MAD Week: July 19-23

Valley Avon and Valley Simsbury are joining forces to serve our neighbors throughout central Connecticut during "Make a Difference" Week. Adults, teens, kids -- hundreds of Valley folks and friends have signed up for dozens or projects throughout the week. If you signed up already, check your email on Friday evening for an update with instructions and information for volunteers.

Didn't Sign Up? It's Not Too Late!

While some of our projects are full, most still have spots available. So if you're interested in serving, just SHOW UP at one of these times and places, and we'll find a project that needs your help! The commitment is 8 a.m.-noon or 6-8:30 p.m.

  • Monday-Friday: Arrive at Valley Community Baptist Church at 8 a.m. and go to the check-in desk; we'll get you into a group! The church is at 590 W. Avon Road.
  • Monday-Friday: Arrive at Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m. and go to the check-in desk; we'll get you into a group! Valley Simsbury Headquarters is at 3 Mill Pond Lane in Simsbury.
  • Monday-Thursday: Arrive at Flamig Farm at 6 p.m. and go to the check-in desk; we have an outdoor farm or mulching work that will be a blessing. Flamig Farm is at 7 Shingle Mill Road in West Simsbury.

When and Where

MAD Week happens each day, Monday-Friday, July 19-23. Morning projects will begin at 8 a.m. and finish by noon each day. The evening projects -- meeting at Flamig Farm in Simsbury -- are 6-8:30 p.m.  Monday-Thursday.

Gathering Plan: Morning Projects

Each morning project begins by gathering at either Valley Avon (590 W. Avon Road) or Valley Simsbury (3 Mill Pond Lane). From there, you'll meet your project leader and then travel to the work site, if applicable. All daytime projects start at 8 a.m. and end by noon.

Gathering Plan: Evening ProjectS

The two evening projects begin with a gathering at Flamig Farm in Simsbury. We'll meet at 6 p.m. and finish at 8:30 p.m. 

The 2021 Opportunities

Monday, July 19

Food Drive -- Fitzgerald's

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of Fitzgerald's, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Avon Senior Center

What You Do: Gardening and weeding at the Center.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Cards for Seniors

What You Do: Write cards of blessings for seniors, and deliver to senior communities.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Gifts of Love

What You Do: Organize the pantry, complete simple farming tasks, and do some light gardening.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Simsbury Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, mulching, and simple repair and handiwork jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Food Ministry

What You Do: Prepare meals at Valley Avon, then deliver to firefighters at the Burlington Fire Department.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farmington Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, and simple repair and maintenance jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Variety Show

What You Do: Prepare and perform a 30-minute show (skits and concert) at Middlewoods Residence in Farmington.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Mom/Baby Care Packages

What You Do: Assemble and deliver gift boxes for moms and their newborns: build a toy, write cards, wrap, and deliver.
Who It's For: All ages.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Food Drive -- ShopRite

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of ShopRite, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farm Project

What You Do: Farm work, gardening, light carpentry projects, working with the animals.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Flamig Farm at 6 p.m.

Mulching / Yardwork

What You Do: Mulching and yardwork at various home and business locations
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Flamig Farm at 6 p.m.


Tuesday, July 20

Food Drive

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of Fitzgerald's, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Variety Show

What You Do: Prepare and perform a 30-minute show (skits and concert) at Anthology Residence in Simsbury.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Mom/Baby Care Packages

What You Do: Assemble and deliver gift boxes for moms and their newborns: build a toy, write cards, wrap, and deliver.
Who It's For: All ages.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Gifts of Love

What You Do: Organize the pantry, complete simple farming tasks, and do some light gardening.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Simsbury Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, mulching, and simple repair and handiwork jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Street Church

What You Do: Sort inventory at Street Church, and assist with storage facility and pantry work.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Food Ministry

What You Do: Prepare meals at Valley Avon, then deliver to frontline workers at the Avon Healthcare facility.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farmington Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, and simple repair and maintenance jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Avon Senior Center

What You Do: Lead and participate in indoor games and activities with the seniors.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Cards for Seniors

What You Do: Write cards of blessings for seniors, and deliver to senior communities.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Food Drive -- ShopRite

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of ShopRite, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

The Underground Ministry

What You Do: "Build a backpack" for vulnerable children: Shop for back-to-school items, and sort merchandise
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farm Project

What You Do: Farm work, gardening, light carpentry projects, working with the animals.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Flamig Farm at 6 p.m.


Wednesday, July 21

Food Drive

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of Fitzgerald's, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Farmington Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, and simple repair and maintenance jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Avon Senior Center

What You Do: Assist with breakfast: cooking, serving, packaging, distributing.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Gifts of Love

What You Do: Organize the pantry, complete simple farming tasks, and do some light gardening.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Food Ministry

What You Do: Prepare meals at Valley Avon, then deliver and serve to residents at New Horizons Village in Unionville. 
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Variety Show

What You Do: Prepare and perform a 30-minute show (skits and concert) at Anthology Residence in Farmington.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Street Church

What You Do: Sort inventory at Street Church, and assist with storage facility and pantry work.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Food Drive -- ShopRite

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of ShopRite, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

The Underground Ministry

What You Do: "Build a backpack" for vulnerable children: Be part of the assembly line to fill the backpacks. Write cards.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farm Project

What You Do: Farm work, gardening, light carpentry projects, working with the animals.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Flamig Farm at 6 p.m.

Mulching / Yardwork

What You Do: Mulching and yardwork at various home and business locations
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Flamig Farm at 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 22

Food Drive

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of Fitzgerald's, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Variety Show

What You Do: Prepare and perform a 30-minute show (skits and concert) at Anthology Residence Brookside in Avon.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Bristol Agape House

What You Do: Sort clothes and stock shelves for the food pantry.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Gifts of Love

What You Do: Organize the pantry, complete simple farming tasks, and do some light gardening.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Food Ministry

What You Do: Prepare meals at Valley Avon, then deliver and serve to residents at the Apple Rehabilitation facility. 
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farmington Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, and simple repair and maintenance jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Food Drive -- ShopRite

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of ShopRite, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Street Church

What You Do: Minister to the homeless in Hartford.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

The Underground Ministry

What You Do: "Build a backpack" for vulnerable children: The organization leader will address the group, and we will pray over the backpacks and for the at-risk children.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

Farm Project

What You Do: Farm work, gardening, light carpentry projects, working with the animals.
Who It's For: Ages 7 and up.
Where You Meet: Flamig Farm at 6 p.m.

Friday, July 23

Farmington Social Services

What You Do: Light yardwork, cleaning, weeding, and simple repair and maintenance jobs.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Food Drive -- Fitzgerald's

What You Do: Greet shoppers in front of Fitzgerald's, and ask them to donate food to support the needy in their community.
Who It's For: Ages 3 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Gifts of Love

What You Do: Organize the pantry, complete simple farming tasks, and do some light gardening
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Simsbury at 8 a.m.

Food Ministry

What You Do: Prepare meals at Valley Avon, then travel to Bristol to deliver and serve at a picnic for Agape House, which serves the needy and homeless.
Who It's For: Ages 13 and up.
Where You Meet: Valley Avon at 8 a.m.

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