Donate/Volunteer

Hurricane Maria Recovery Special Needs!

We need the friends of My Brother’s Table to go to our “networkforgood” donation webpage and do what they can. Read more about the recovery.

DONATE VIA NETWORKFORGOOD.org

https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=660473501


Here are Four Ways You Can Help My Brothers’ Table:

1. Donate Your Time
Volunteers typically help set up, clean up, and serve meals. Contact Sue Winslow at winslow.rs@gmail.com. Read “What it’s like to Volunteer at My Brothers Table” below.

2. Donate Supplies    (list coming soon, finances are most in need right now)

3. Donate Money
My Brother’s Table depends on the generosity of many people and organizations. We have no deep pockets or regular special funding sources. Every amount helps.

You can make an online donation to My Brother’s Table through the NetworkForGood.orgwebsite, a non-profit helping non-profits. Use their secure creditcard form and they will mail us a check. They also allow you to use PayPal.

Please note:  Networkforgood.org will charge us .025 percent from your donation to support their non-profit services.  You can elect to pay this fee. For example, on a $20 donation, the fee is $1.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE VIA NETWORKFORGOOD.org

You can also use this direct link to our donation form at their website:
https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=660473501

You may also send a check to:
My Brother’s Table
Attn: Sue Winslow, MBT Treasurer
PO BOX 3194
Frederiksted, VI 00841-3194

4. Pray
Pray for those we help, and those who serve. Pray that God will provide all that they need, and that you are that answer to their prayer.


“What it’s like to Volunteer
at My Brothers Table”

by Rev. Neil MacQueen

In 2009 I started volunteering monthly and filling-in as needed at My Brothers Table. I arrive at about 11:40  am …parking out front and walking through the gate on the left side of the house (as you face it). As I walk into the “back” outdoor kitchen, Hyacinth, one of MBT’s two cooks, always seems to be there with a warm Crucian greeting as she preps veggies. A volunteer is often scrubbing pans there too. As I enter the side door into the kitchen, Rose, MBT’s other cook, is usually stirring a big pot of something delicious, and greets you with a big hug once she gets to know you.

I’m dressed in shorts and a comfy t-shirt because the kitchen is warm and the gravy and koolaid will soon be flying.  

After getting the chairs off the tables, I’ll set up the drinkbar with cups and koolaid, and make sure the silverware and napkin basket is filled.  By then, there’s usually a tub of salad to dish onto small plates. After that, I’ll wander into the kitchen to help assemble 40+ plates of food on trays as we prepare to open the doors.  Usually, there’s another volunteer helping to do all these things, but I like to join the assembly line slinging big heapings of rice at the stove.  Nobody leaves My Brothers Table hungry.

At 12:15 the doors open and about 30 to 40 folks come in over the course of the next 45 minutes. One volunteer greets them and serves drinks, the other will bring out plates of food. Service begins with grace led by a volunteer. As people file in, they are polite, and many will be glad to see you once you have become familiar to them. As things begin to slow down, it’s always nice to grab a plate and sit with someone. They appreciate that, and so do I.

The people who come to My Brothers Table are mostly adults. Some are the working poor, some are retired or disabled. For many, this is their one hot nutritious meal of the day. I’ve worked in big city soup kitchens, and can tell you that those we serve on Queens Cross Street are the most polite. I’ve never felt stressed or unsafe.

Around 1:00 the doors close and we begin wiping trays, refilling drink jugs, and putting things back in place. One of the staffers wipes down the tables and takes care of the floor. By 1:15 I’m usually saying my goodbyes and looking forward to returning again soon.

In 2011 I built this modest webpage for them to help get the word out and help with funding. Like many who come to live on St. Croix, my time there was too short. I miss Ms. Rose’s and Hyacinth’s cooking and big embraces, and worry about the people I got to know coming through MBT’s door. I have stayed in touch with MBT’s Board of Directors -helping them with their internet presence so they can concentrate on helping people. In early 2017, MBT unexpectedly lost its heart and leader, Pastor Rod. Volunteers and new friends have stepped in to fill his sandals, but as you can imagine, the need is still great. In 2017, Hurricane Maria devasted the west-end where MBT serves. I spoke with several MBT volunteers in its aftermath. They are struggling but committed. Please donate!

Neil, neilmacqueen@gmail.com

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