Outreach Ministry Spring Giving – Your Contributions at Work

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Your generosity to SCC supports the church’s programs, including outreach to our community and beyond. During this Spring season, part of your planned giving is being sent to support the following agencies and projects.

Silver Lake Conference Center, the outdoor ministry of our UCC Conference
is preparing to welcome summer campers to their 65 wooded acres in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. We are sending $150 to be added to their scholarship funds. If you would like to know more about this beautiful facility, check it out at www.silverlakect.org or see the brochures on our bulletin board in the hallway by the elevator. Maybe a youth from your household would like to attend camp there this summer.

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut is currently accepting applications for individuals who wish to move from substandard housing into their own home and have an affordable mortgage by contributing “sweat equity” hours helping to construct their home as well as homes for others in the program. A contribution of $500 is being directed to this organization.

Bread for the World provides a collective Christian voice that communicates with our nation’s leaders in congress to work toward alleviating food insecurity in this nation and abroad. We are contributing $500 to maintain our membership in this group as we work in conjunction with them to promote education, understanding, and advocacy through letter writing to encourage programs that may somehow diminish widespread hunger.

Our local Holy Family Home and Shelter in Willimantic provides temporary shelter for homeless families while striving to place them in permanent homes. We are sending $500 toward the costs of housing accommodations and food.

The 2020-2021 school year has not come to a close, but Windham Area Interfaith Ministries will soon begin planning for new school uniforms for the growing children attending Windham Public Schools in the Fall. Each year we support this WAIM project, as well as many other WAIM initiatives. We are contributing $500 toward the school uniform voucher program.

For several years our church has been involved with the Simply Smiles program including an inter-generational group that traveled to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. No trip was possible this year, but in keeping with our relationship with the Lakota Tribe, we are contributing $500 to this program. This donation to Simply Smiles will help with Youth Programming, including opportunities to explore academic career and skill based programs, and building a sense of community on the Cheyenne River
Reservation. Construction is underway on the second foster home at the Children’s village. The Simply Smiles Children’s Village is a community of foster families offering a child placement option that ensues that native children who have been removed from their homes can remain with kin and community.

Thank you for your monetary support of these programs. Please pray for the leaders and all whose lives are being changed. You make some of that change possible.

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