Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you! help those in need:


Living Waters:  Watering Help Needed

Please join us!  The newly-acquired Bainbridge Island Land Trust property, Shoreline Preserve, has a lot of recently planted native plants needing water this summer!   EHCC is setting up two crews of waterers: one for Monday evenings, and one for Thursday evenings.  Training provided; satisfaction guaranteed!  Please contact Elissa Kratzer (206-451-4698) or Jennifer (in the church office) with your questions and your interest-in-helping. 


July Caring Coins: Real Change, an Opportunity and a Voice

Real Change is a reader-supported, low-barrier work opportunity that rewards effort from the first day forward. More than 300 active vendors sell the award-winning weekly newspaper each month, with about 800 vendors served annually.  Sellers of Real Change are self-employed and purchase papers for resale for $0.60 each.  Vendors keep what remains of the $2 cover price, plus all tips, for each newspaper sold.

Real Change readers directly put more than a million dollars annually into the pockets of our vendors by buying the paper on the street.

Real Change is more than a job. It’s a community and a chance to grow.

  • Vendor Speakers Bureau provides valuable training and paid experience.
  • Vendor Representatives are peer-elected leaders who help ensure vendor concerns are heard.
  • Vendor advocates meet twice-monthly and are the backbone of our organizing and advocacy.
  • Leadership training opportunities and paid internships help vendors build transferrable skills.
  • Vendor voices inform our newspaper through weekly Editorial Committee meetings.

EHCC Caring Coins is an annual supporter of the publication.  Checks may be made payable to EHCC with “Real Change” in the memo line. 


August Caring Coins: Project Backpack

The Helpline House Project Backpack (PBP) began in 2000.  Through community matching, partnerships and sponsorships, this program has helped nearly 2,800 students since that time.

Generally, we are aware of PBP providing essential school supplies at the start of the school year; but it is important to note that PBP also provides assistance with other important education-related expenses throughout the year.  Funds collected through Project Backpack:

  • Assist with high school fees and graduation expenses
  • Assist with fees for student enrichment, i.e. camp, music lessons, etc.
  • Assist with daycare, especially summer programs
  • Reduce the burden of school expenses on already tight budgets

The Project Backpack community school supplies drive begins August 1st and continues thought August 25th.  Your support through Caring Coins each week during August is greatly appreciated.

Want to give more than coins?   Place cash in separate envelope marked “Caring Coins” or make checks payable to EHCC with PBP in the memo line.


Famine Relief

The UCC is inviting donations to a special relief fund for famine victims in East Africa. Drought and conflict have combined to put millions of people at risk of starvation.  If you would like to help through UCC channels, you can find the details at http://www.ucc.org/disaster_south_sudan_famine.
Our good neighbors at Cross Sound Church are also encouraging donations for famine relief, giving through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.  See: https://www.gofundme.com/Bainbridge-Cares-Famine-Relief-2017 Generous donors at Cross Sound have set up a $10,000 matching fund for any donations that come in from the broader Bainbridge community through this giving instrument.


Super Suppers

EHCC hosts IFC/Helpline House-sponsored Super Supper dinners the last five working days of the month.  Area churches take turns preparing the free meals for those in need.  For more information, contact Pat Johnson.  On the last Sunday of each month, EHCC now prepares a and shares a meal with area low-income folks. If you’d like to participate, and we heartily encourage you to, please contact Geri Parker.


Lunch at Mary’s Place and Dinner at Benedict House

Several times a year we prepare and serve lunch to homeless and low-income women and children at Mary’s Place in Seattle, and we prepare and serve dinner to the residents of Benedict House in Bremerton.  If you’re interested in helping–and we can always use help (!)–talk to Madelyn Fox or Jennifer Merrill.


Helpline House Donation

We’re asking all who able to donate, on a regular basis, to the Helpline House basket in the narthex.  Make it a habit, as you’re leaving for church, to bring an item to donate; those in need depend on us!

Always Needed: hearty soups, chilis and stews, canned fish and meats, canned beans, cereal, fruit and vegetable juice, coffee and tea


Island Volunteer Caregivers

—IVC Needs You!—

IVC is growing at a rapid rate and urgently needs volunteers to keep up with the demand!  An enticing thing about volunteering with IVC is that you do as much or as little as you like, and you choose the area of service that interests you the most.  If you are a person who likes to connect with others  and help out with tasks that enable people to live as independently as possible, then IVC may be perfect for you. One volunteer called it “the best volunteer gig around!” Interested? Please contact IVC at 842-4441 or e-mail Robin Gaphni at robin@ivcbainbridge.org


Clothing Donation Bin

Have you noticed the big blue bin in the EHCC front parking lot? We are now hosting a clothing donation bin for Northwest Center, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving children and adults with disabilities. Reduce/reuse/recycle and support a good cause by dropping off your clean, gently used clothing and/or shoes in the big blue bin. You can even obtain a tax receipt for your donation by visiting the Northwest Center Web site. Northwest Center enjoys a long-standing relationship with Value Village who purchases the reusable items. Proceeds from the sale of these items goes directly back to NW Center as a means to fund their educational, intervention, enrichment, and after school programs designed specifically for special needs individuals all over the state of Washington. To learn more about Northwest Center, visit their Web site at www.nwcenter.org or www.BigBlueTruck.org.


Special Offerings

Approximately quarterly, we encourage your financial contribution to special offerings designated by the United Church of Christ.    To find out more about UCC offerings, click here: www.ucc.org.


Our Church’s Wider Mission

In the United Church of Christ, we affirm that, although the congregation is the fundamental unit of mission, mission is not just local. We are connected to one another, across boundaries of neighborhood, class, race, and national border. Our Church’s Wider Mission is the name we use to describe the work we do as the United Church of Christ beyond the local church–through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions. Our Church’s Wider Mission is also the name we give to the financial support given by UCC members and congregations that makes this broader mission possible. EHCC makes a substantial contribution to OCWM annually. To find out more, www.ucc.org


For more information on any of the above, please call the church office.  206-842-4657.