The Mercy Learning Center’s mission is to provide literacy and life skills training to low income women in Bridgeport, CT.  The staff serves about 1,000 women per year,  from 50 countries of origin, and teaches English, Math, Science, Social Studies/Civics and computing/technology to prepare students for High School Equivalency diplomas, U.S. Citizenship exams, job interviews and college careers.  MLC also offers social services, counseling, food and diaper assistance and childcare.

Google Meet Call, May 5 @ 12pm ET: For anyone wishing to learn more about The Mercy Learning Center from Jane Ferreira, MLC CEO, there will be a Google Meet call on Thursday May 5 at noon EST for 30 minutes, email Lee Race for open invite.

In Person Drop Off: May 24, Bridgeport, CT 
For those interested in an in-person drop off on Tuesday May 24, please email Lee Race.  We will be brining a large local delivery of Food Pantry and Toiletry Items. Everyone local is welcome to join and meet the staff.

Donation Drive:   
MLC staff are in urgent need of donations and family friendly Food Pantry and Toiletries for their members for at home use. CEO Jane Ferreira, Yale MAR, Theology Class of ‘89 often says, “When you educate a woman, you educate a family” and all donations will stretch across generations.  There are multiple ways to contribute below followed by MLC’s Non Profit information for tax deductions.

Cash/Credit Donations direct to MLC site noting YDOS22; Please note YDOS22 in comments for tracking

Food Pantry:  
Non Perishable Healthy Foods can be sent via Amazon and Walmart for Monday to Friday delivery dates at any time to:
The Mercy Learning Center, 637 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604-4611
For these sites, select gift receipt and note YDOS22 if possible, for tracking

Favorites of their families would be healthy cereal, soup, canned tuna, non perishable Mac and Cheese, Pasta and Sauce, canned vegetables, healthy crackers.  
Note: NO Peanut Butter please due to nut allergies.

Toiletries:
Ship to above and note YDOS22.
Items urgently needed include generic toiletries: toothbrushes (adult and child), toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo, deodorant, baby wipes, tampons and sanitary napkins.

In the spirit of Yale Day of Service please consider the above dates as guidelines. Donations are welcome at any time.  

Social Sharing:
If you’d like to include a comment, photo or donation as part of a 2022 Yale Day of Service post for MLC we will do please email Lee Race '93 MPPM and Kylie Race and we will post on a wrap up in late May for a final push in early June as they go into summer season.