Outreach at St. Luke's
St.Luke’s continues to give a generous amount of its pledge and plate income to local, national and international charities.
The St. Luke’s continuously collects food for our local Chester/Andover Family Center Food Shelf, with a drop off box to accept your donation located at the rear of the church near the font.
Due to the Covid pandemic, the Vermont Foodbank has had to severely restrict its use of volunteers to help sort and stack donations to its food supply. As a result, St. Luke’s volunteers have been unable to assist at the Foodbank in Brattleboro., but hopefully, this volunteer opportunity will resume again very shortly.
It should be noted that St. Luke’s donations for outreach always extends well 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 we were still able to assemble and deliver more than 50 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 has also been held each year (with the necessary health precautions for Covid-19 in place). It raised funds for the Chester Conservation Committee to provide 2 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.
Below is a list of the organizations we support.
Local Outreach Organizations
6. The Rector's 'Emergency Needs' Fund
Chester's New Public