Here are some of the ways EHCC, and you(!), help those in need:
July Caring Coins: Mary’s Place
Mary’s Place believes that no child should sleep outside!
Mary’s Place keeps struggling families together and safe as they journey back out of homelessness. Mary’s Place does this by: providing emergency overnight shelter in several King County locations; running a Women’s Day Center in Seattle; and offering nutritious meals, showers and laundry, clothing, health services, resources and referrals, and housing and employment resources to those in transition. Kids do homework, participate in fun and enriching activities, and go on outings and adventures in their on-site Kids Club. Also, homeless families who have children with life threatening illnesses have a place to receive care and support in a shelter at Mary’s Place Popsicle Place program.
Every person who finds housing is ultimately responsible for his or her accomplishments, but often a community of support, education and advocacy helps along the way. Support for Mary’s Place has been a long time commitment of the EHCC congregation. Let’s generously support keeping Mary’s Place work to keep doors open to all who need their services. Checks can be made payable to EHCC with Mary’s Place in the memo line.
August Caring Coins: Project Backpack
Through community matching, partnerships and sponsorships Project Backpack at Helpline House has assisted close to 300 students since it began in 2000. This program not only provides backpacks and supplies at the start of the school year, but continues to assist with other important education-related expenses throughout the year such as:
- High school fees and graduation expenses
- Fees for student enrichment, i.e. camp, music lessons, etc
- Daycare assistance, especially summer programs
This year’s drive begins August 1st and continues through August 23rd. We are “neighbors helping neighbors” with our financial support. (Make checks payable to EHCC with PBP in memo line) Thanks for your generosity!!
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.
Agate Passage Preserve needs waterers:
The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is looking for volunteers to water plants again this summer at the Agate Passage Preserve, should the weather become very dry. If you would like to help nurture this beautiful island treasure by occasionally watering vulnerable plants, please contact Greg Geehan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flowers From the Heart,
a program run by volunteers at Island Volunteer Caregivers, needs people to arrange and deliver bouquets to friends and neighbors who may be homebound, otherwise restricted, or simply need a little cheering up. IVC also welcomes donations of freshly-cut flowers June 24-August 30; flowers can be placed in buckets located at the front door of EHCC, Monday thru Friday, 8 to 11am. Contact Robin Gaphni at 206-842-4441 if you would like to volunteer with arrangements and delivery, or if you know someone who would appreciate a bouquet delivery.
Dinner at Benedict House
Several times a year 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 email@example.com
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.
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.