At our meeting in November, the Local Mission Committee of the Federated Church gave a total of $18,700 to local charities--and to a mission that reaches out to the military in Afghanistan and Iraq.
From the Virginia Cook Trust Fund, we donated to:
Habitat for Humanity $5,000 to the Chatham Faith Build.
Cape Cod Children’s Place $5,000 to support continuation of the Lower Cape Emergency Child Care Fund, which helps pay child care fees so that parents can continue working to support their family during the winter months when full-time employment is relatively scarce and families may need to work two or three part-time jobs.
Cape Mediation $4,000 to help pay Court Coordinators for the Orleans Small Claims and Landlord/Tenant court disputes. The Executive Director, Carol Connolly, explained at our last meeting that her volunteer mediators have been able to settle 78% of the cases at Orleans District Court that agreed to mediation; last year they mediated 142 cases, serving 284 people, with a 99% satisfaction rating from participants. These mediators are true peacemakers working for social justice. Coordinators play a key role.
Masonic Angels Beehive Fund $1,000 to supply mid-year replenishment packages of school supplies to needy kids in the Nauset region. This is done through the schools, which pass the supplies on to the students, preserving their anonymity. The Masonic Angels have always been generous in giving credit to the Virginia Cook Trust Fund for these gifts when stories appear in the local media.
From the church’s Local Mission Outreach Fund, we gave to:
Homeless Prevention Council $1,000 in recognition and celebration of HPC’s 25th anniversary, in support of its new Unaccompanied Youth program. This new venture involves outreach, marketing, and comprehensive case management. HPC is partnering with the Nauset schools and the tech school to develop outreach materials.
Independence House $500 to this Hyannis-based non-profit organization that provides counseling, crisis intervention and support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and their children, including emergency housing.
Faith Neighborhood Kitchen of Hyannis $500 to this multi-church collaboration, under the auspices of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, which has picked up where the Calvary Baptist Church left off after it burned; Faith Kitchen provides hot meals to those in need every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Orleans and Harwich Food Pantries $300 each to help them continue to provide food to our neighbors in need well into the new year.
A Baby Center of Hyannis $300 to this organization, which operates under the Cape Cod Council of Churches to provide support for babies in need.
AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod $200 as a supplement to the annual Mildred Chamberlin Fund donation of $2000.
Orleans Police Benevolence Society $200 in recognition of the cooperation between Orleans police officers and our church’s social justice programs.
Cape Behavioral Outreach Services $200 to buy a laptop for a disabled 52-year-old Orleans woman who is housebound and would benefit greatly from having access to a computer. Cape Behavioral Outreach Services provides in-home mental therapy to people who cannot visit medical offices.
Holy Joe’s Café $200 to this program organized by the Wallingford, Connecticut First Congregational Church. It provides a regular supply of free-trade coffee to military chaplains overseas, especially in combat areas; this allows the chaplains to give free coffee to soldiers, airmen, and sailors in a comfortable environment where they can relax and talk freely, promoting closer relations between chaplains and their military flock.
If you have any questions about these organizations or if you know of other local charities that need financial help, please contact me or any other member of the Local Mission Committee: Bea Auty, Suzanne Calsson, Jean Colby, Jan Laster, Ann Phillips.