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

1.     Chester/Andover Family Center

2.     Habitat for Humanity

3.     Vermont Foodbank

4.     Chester Ambulance Squad

5.     Meals on Wheels

6.     The Rector's 'Emergency Needs' Fund

7.     Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad

8.     Chester Conservation Committee

Chester's New Public

Safety building

National & International Organizations

1.     Partners in Health

2.     Society of Anglican Missionaries & Senders (SAMS)

3.     Episcopal Relief and Development