Mission Giving Quarterly Report
Our Local Mission Committee held its quarterly meeting on September 13 to consider applications from local charities for Virginia Cook Trust Fund grants and to make donations from our church’s Local Mission Outreach Fund (line A-11 in the church budget).
We first heard Kim Cazeault from Elder Services give a complete rundown on how the funds we donated have been spent this year (one-time purchases of up to $250 for qualified clients from the Lower Cape).
We unanimously agreed to give Sharing Kindness, Inc. (an organization founded in memory of Jeremy Walters, who was a member of the Federated Church’s Youth Group), $5000 from the Virginia Cook Trust Fund and a further $1000 from the Local Mission Outreach Fund to host a sixweek mental health program at The Federated Church this fall. This program will be held jointly with Calmer Choice and will focus on mindfulness training for grieving families. Each week families who have recently lost loved ones will share a meal and attend a group session led by a licensed mental health professional.
We further agreed unanimously to give Lower Cape Outreach Council $6,808.62, all that remained in the Virginia Cook Trust Fund at the end of its financial year. This money will go to pay for tuitions in the HopeWorks program, through which clients attend school and receive certificates, diplomas, and degrees qualifying them for full-time jobs with benefits. One client is learning how to be a nail technician, two are studying business administration at 4 Cs, four more are taking the dental assistants program at 4 Cs, one is studying early childhood development and another nursing, also at 4 Cs. And one is at Upper Cape Technical Adult Education earning a certificate as a medical assistant.
From the Local Mission Outreach Fund we gave $300 to the AIDS Support Group of Provincetown, $500 to Lower Cape Outreach Council’s food pantries, $200 to The Federated Church to use for food cards to give needy neighbors, and $1000 to LOCAL (a free lunch and dinner program run by Nauset Interfaith Association).
Our next meeting will be on December 6th. Please let the Committee know if you hear of worthy local charities in need.
Dallas Jones (chair), Bea Auty, Jean Colby, Suzanne Calsson, Carol Richardson, Margie Klonel