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
We'd like to take this moment to thank "Heroes, American Red Cross" for their special consideration honoring Annette Marcum who passed away earlier this year.
Rest in Peace Annette! We will think of you fondly for years to come.
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 2012 Valley Christmas Project touched 7,400 lives in Santa Cruz County. 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.
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