Serving those in need in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley
VCUM is a Volunteer, Non-Profit Organization (501-C3, ID: 77-0163322)
Valley Churches United Missions
Valley Churches United Missions (VCUM) is a grassroots organization. It was originated under the name St. Andrews Outreach during the torrential valley rains, flooding and Love Creek slide of 1982. Annette Marcum coordinated and led efforts at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ben Lomond. A program was established to provide direct aid and assistance to victims of the flooding and other storm damage in the area. During the disaster, Marcum realized that low-income residents in the valley had many unmet needs. In 1985, under her leadership, area churches and community volunteers came together to create a food distribution site for valley area residents in need. In 1987, a coalition of county government and community organizations was formed to establish the original Valley Resource Center, a permanent food pantry.
In 1989 the Loma Prieta earthquake ravaged the valleys and VCUMs disaster program again provided immediate direct aid assistance to the victims. Over $800,000 was raised for relief with a 1% administration cost.
Now almost 32 years after the 1982 disaster Valley Churches United Missions continues its Missions of Love in its permanent site in Ben Lomond. The mission has raised and distributed over eighteen million dollars in assistance. Valley Churches United Missions programs reach out to over 500 households each month. The mission provides emergency food, crisis rent, utilities, medical, school supplies and disaster relief. The Mission operates 98% with volunteers. Upon Annette Marcum's passing in January, Andy Immel, Board Chair, has assumed the position of Acting Director. Operations director, Linda S. Lovelace and Administrative Assistant, Linda Meyer are the only paid staff. The Mission serves neighbors in need in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. Many, many volunteers have contributed countless hours over the years resulting in a thriving community outreach agency.
We have good news! After the passing of Valley Churches United Missions long time Executive Director, Annette Marcum last winter, the seeds were sown by Scotts Valley City Council to establish a Community Garden in her name. Dedication & Ribbon Cutting for the garden, located behind Scotts Valley Senior Center, 360 Kings Village Rd., will take place on Saturday, October 11, at 10am. This will be a festive event open to the public with a reception immediately following at the Skypark Gazebo & picnic area. At this time VCUM will be introducing the new Executive Director, Dave Mills.
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