2020 OUTREACH at St. LUKE’S
Sally Hoover and Jane Davis served as co-chairs of the Outreach Committee. This year St.Luke’s continued to give a generous amount of its pledge and plate income to local, national and international charities. Due to the pandemic, the Vermont Foodbank had to alter its use of volunteers. As a result, St. Luke’s volunteers no longer assisted at the Foodbank in Brattleboro. Hopefully, this volunteer opportunity will resume as vaccines become more widely administered. In ordinary times, St. Luke’s continuously collects food for the Chester/Andover Family Center Food Shelf, however, since we cannot meet in person at church, please drop off your donations of food directly at CAFC food shelf.
It should be noted that St. Luke’s donations for outreach this past year extended beyond what the designated outreach budget funds reflect. For example, PINS (Partner’s in Service) is funded by individual contributions by St. Luke’s members. Although the pandemic limited some of the PINS activities in 2020, we were still able to assemble and deliver 77 back-to-school backpacks to the Springfield Dept. of Children & Family Services that were then distributed by the social workers to foster kids or children in crisis.
The Wreath Decorating Workshop was also held (with the necessary health precautions for Covid-19 in place) and raised funds to donate to the Chester Conservation Committee for two half, Youth Environmental Camp Scholarships. We invite anyone who is interested to join the Outreach Committee. We welcome fresh ideas for the committee and suggestions of worthy organizations to support. Please come to our next meeting.—Sally Hoover and Jane Davis
The Vestry approved a budget of $3,400 for Outreach the year 2020. The percentage of these funds allotted for local was 69.4% and the percentage allotted for national/international was 30.6%. Below is the listing of the organizations we supported in 2020.
2020 Local Outreach Organizations
1. Chester/Andover Family Center
2. Habitat for Humanity
3. Vermont Foodbank
4. Chester Ambulance Squad
5. Meals on Wheels
8. Emergency Fund
9. Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad
10. Chester Conservation Committee
Total for Local Support = $2,500.00
2020 National/International Organizations
1. Partners in Health
2. Society of Anglican Missionaries & Senders (SAMS)
3. Episcopal Relief and Development
Total for National/International $900.00
*Rental assistance for Maritza January 2021
Backpacks for PINS