Christ Church has recently provided financial support to the following organizations and causes: Carpenter’s Kids, Kairos Outside, Southwest Indian Foundation, Calvary Hospice, Community Services Associates, Episcopal Charities, Fessenden Recovery Ministry, Hope Community Services, Hudson Link for Higher Education and the Incarnation Camp Scholarship Fund. We also supported Ronald McDonald House with a small grant for the first time this year.
Other Outreach efforts within and outside the committee have included: a book drive and the building of bookshelves for the Act of Love Ministry in Port Chester, the Easter Appeal to provide French language prayer books for a parish in Central Haiti, Pelham Thanksgiving in a Box, the Christmas Giving Tree, and the Church School pet supplies drive. The Outreach Committee has hosted Sean Pica from Hudson Link as well as graduates of the Hudson Link program for a viewing of “Zero Percent”, a documentary highlighting the work being done by this organization. Hudson Link for Higher Education in prison provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women to help them make a positive impact on their own lives, their families and communities. The movie was followed by an opportunity for guests to speak with the graduates and administrators of the program.
Our parish has just concluded its participation with the Carpenter’s Kids program. The Carpenter’s Kids Program is a partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. “Carpenter’s Kids” are Tanzanian HIV/AIDs orphans and other vulnerable children who are selected after screening by their parishes. The aim of the program was to ensure that each child received a school uniform, a pair of shoes, breakfast every morning, and adequate school supplies to enable them to attend primary school. In some cases, the program has been able to offer its support to secondary students as well. The Women’s Connection provided fundraising leadership to support Carpenter’s Kids through the sale of Christmas gift baskets and through the opportunity to make donations to sponsor children in the program.
In past years grants have been given to:
- Incarnation Camp Scholarship Fund
- Ronald McDonald House
- Southwest Indian Foundation
- Calvary Hospice
- Hope Community Services
- Community Service Associates
- Episcopal Charities
- Kairos Outside
- Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
- Fessenden Recovery Ministry
- French Prayer Books for Haiti
- Carpenter’s Kids
All parishioners are encouraged to offer suggestions for Outreach service projects. Please contact either of the co-chairs of this committee with any questions, ideas, or if you would like to become a part of this important ministry: Geoff Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Courtney McGrory (email@example.com).