Serving Our Local Community
The Local Mission Committee of the Federated Church of Orleans met on September 14th. To close out the Virginia Cook Trust Fund for Cape Cod Five’s financial year, we made two donations:
1. We gave $7,000 to the LOWER CAPE OUTREACH COUNCIL to help pay tuition fees for students enrolled in the Hope Works Program. Since our last donation (in February, when we gave them $6,000), Hope Works has sponsored eight more clients to “begin, continue, or complete” their education. Four of these clients have now completed Certificate programs and two others are enrolled in similar programs. Beyond that, one client is working on completing a nursing program, one is working on degree in Business Administration, another is in a Fire Science program at CCCC, another is in the Early Childhood Education program at Syracuse University, and one is doing a Public Administration degree at the University of New Hampshire. Thanks in large part to this church, 28 people on the Lower Cape have transitioned or are transitioning from undependable hourly wage jobs to steady work that provides them with benefits and a career path.
2. We gave CAPE COD CHILDREN’S PLACE, $5,000 to continue funding the Lower Cape Emergency Child Care Fund over the winter ahead. “Without the many years of support provided to this Fund by your Committee, the Lower Cape Emergency Child Care Fund, now in its 21st year, would not now be continuing to meet families’ needs.” Of the $5,000 granted, $2,645 comes from the Virginia Cook Trust Fund, all that is left for this financial year.
Our total gifts from the Virginia Cook Trust Fund for this financial year are: $77,065.
The remaining $2,355 of our grant to the Children’s Place comes from the church’s Local Mission Outreach Fund (item A-13 in the Church Budget). We also voted to give a number of other grants from this fund to local charities: $200 to A Baby Center in Hyannis, $500 to CapeAbilities Farm, $300 to Homeless Not Hopeless, $100 to the Orleans Firemen’s Relief Association, $300 to the AIDS Support Group of Provincetown, $200 to the Orleans Food Pantry, and $200 to food cards for distribution by our church. As part of a longstanding agreement with Nauset Interfaith Association, we also made our annual donation of $1,000 to the LOCAL lunch/dinner program for the needy in the Orleans area.
Our total gifts from the church Local Mission Fund to date are: $10,300.
The next meeting of the Local Mission Committee will be on December 6. Please contact a member of the committee if you know of a worthy local charity. Dallas Jones, Bea Auty, Jean Colby, Suzanne Calsson and Carol Richardson.