Cooking for Ronald McDonald House
Several times a month a group of members gather at the Ronald McDonald House to prepare ameal for the families who are temporarily residing there. All of these people have seriously ill children that are being treated at the Evelina Children’s Hospital. Something as simple as returning to a home cooked meal can make a huge difference in their day. It’s a caring touch that is greatly appreciated. We count on the generosity of our members to make these meals a success. There are two ways you can help. Either meet at the House to help prepare the meal and contribute towards the cost of the groceries OR simply make a monetary contribution. There are always supplies we need so whatever donation you are comfortable making we will cheerfully accept!
Cancer Research UK
AWC is proud to be offering our support to Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading independent organization dedicated to cancer research and the leading fundraiser of cancer research in the UK.
We support this organization by volunteering at Cancer Research UK events to help make sure the events run smoothly, safely and successfully. Watch for our JUST ONE DAY emails with notices of upcoming events for which you can volunteer and help support this very worthwhile charity.
SOUP KITCHEN (CLOTHES CLOSET)
The Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London, (http://amchurch.co.uk/soup-kitchen/) serves meals to homeless and marginally homed men and women. Many of the guests are OAPs – Old Age Pensioners trying to stretch their funds and find companionship to ward off the isolation of being old and alone in London.
The AWC helps by providing volunteers twice a month to prepare and serve food as well as distributing clothing to men and women in need.
Other Ways You Can Help
- Purchase food store gift cards for the Soup Kitchen, especially Tesco.
- Shop the Charity Shops, especially outside of London for bargains, for clothes to donate. Men’s jeans and heavy shoes are always welcomed.
- Do your spring cleaning with an eye toward donating adult clothes in good condition.
- Make a run to Costco for coffee, tea, sugar, or other non-perishables including large cans of tomatoes, beans, and cooking oil.
- Purchase something from the Soup Kitchen/Clothes Closet Wish List at Amazon here Amazon
Do you love to bake and want to share your talent and goodies with others? We are hoping to share our homemade baked goods with the families at Ronald McDonald House on the days we prepare meals and the guests of the Soup Kitchen on the Mondays we serve soup. If you are interested in sharing some “puddings” with two of the charities we support, please click here for more information (must be a member to access).
Benjamin Franklin House
Benjamin Franklin House, located just steps from Trafalgar Square, is the world’s only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived behind its doors. Long derelict, the House opened on Franklin’s 300th birthday as a dynamic museum and educational facility. Volunteers are essential to their day-to-day operations and they hope you will consider getting involved.
For volunteer information please click here (must be a member to access).
“Life’s Better with Trees” – The Woodland Trust
The Weekday Hikes group collects £1 from every hiker each month to donate to the Woodland Trust. This year they will be making a donation of nearly £300 on behalf of the AWC. These funds will add an additional quarter acre to our existing donation in the Blackbush & Twenty Acre Shaw Wood located in the Cudham Valley of the Kent Downs, which lies in the vicinity of Downe House, home to the naturalist Charles Darwin. These two woods contain ancient woodland and are important wildlife habitats. Furthermore, five orchid species and the uncommon Autumn Gentian are found here.
The Woodland Trust aims to create new native woodland with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals; protect our precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat; inspire people up and down the country to visit woods, plant trees, and enjoy the many benefits that woodland has to offer.