Local Mission Grants - February 2018
Our Local Mission Committee met on February 23rd to consider applications from local charities for donations. We made three grants from the Virginia Cook Trust Fund and two grants from the Federated Church’s Local Mission Outreach Fund (line A-13 in the 2018 Budget):
LOWER CAPE OUTREACH COUNCIL’s Larry Marsland addressed the meeting and submitted a request for $5,000 for their HopeWorks Program. The money would be used to help pay tuition and expenses for local clients of LCOC who qualify for certificate training programs that would prepare them for full-time jobs. Out of 25 clients who have completed this program so far (with our support), 20 now have full-time jobs. Expenses to train the next applicants will be over $6000. We applauded this initiative by LCOC and increased the gift to $6,000.
MASONIC ANGELS BEEHIVE FUND requested $2,200. One hundred percent of the money would go toward buying supplementary food packages and school supplies for about 165 needy kids at elementary and middle schools in Orleans, Wellfleet, Brewster, and Eastham; all labor is by volunteers. The schools determine which kids are needy and hand out the supplies. We agreed to grant $2,200 to the Masonic Angels Beehive Fund.
FOOD FOR KIDS. Rev. Anne Koehler and Brenda Ridgeway from Church of the Holy Spirit asked us to continue our support for F4K with a donation of $1,500. This money would help pay for feeding more than 500 children and teens breakfasts, lunches, and snacks at camps, libraries, and recreation programs throughout the Lower and Outer Cape during the summer months. The program, which also gives books to kids, is run by and from the Church of the Holy Spirit and includes several volunteers from our church. We agreed to grant F4K $1,500.
Diane and Bob Riche talked to us about their charity, OVARIAN CANCER 101, which aims to educate women and doctors (the symptoms were only fully explained in a 2007 study, and many doctors remain poorly informed about them) on the Cape about the symptoms for this hard-to-diagnose form of cancer. Working from their home in Cotuit, they produce a number of brochures and a handbook that they distribute free of charge to doctors and libraries and other venues that will display them. If caught early (Stage I or II), this cancer has a 90 percent survival rate after five years; once it reach-es Stage III and IV, however, the survival rate plummets to 20 percent, so early diagnosis is crucial. We were much taken with the urgency and importance of their cause and agreed to donate $1,000 from our church’s Local Mission Outreach Fund to help them expand their mission to the Outer Cape, where the population’s vulnerability to ovarian cancer is higher than average.
We also agreed enthusiastically to provide up to $500 to cover expenses for the Calsson’s COMMUNITY EASTER DINNER. The Committee warmly commended Suzanne and Phyllis for this out-reach to our neighbors and made it clear that more money is available if needed.
Please let the Committee know if you hear of worthy local charities in need.
Dallas Jones (chair), Bea Auty, Jean Colby, Suzanne Calsson, Ann Phillips, Carol Richardson