The Community Needs Committee asks the FUMCOG community to respond with your usual generosity to the following requests, which we selected from 15 extraordinarily strong requests:
The New Sanctuary Movement is an interfaith organization working to end injustices against members of the immigrant community, regardless of status, to ensure that the values of dignity, justice and hospitality are upheld in practice and in policy. They are seeking support to continue their work of training and mobilizing the community – both immigrants and allies – to counter threats. This would include literally ‘being with’ families who may be targeted by raids, and creating a ‘pop-up’ sanctuary in the vicinity of a family’s home.
The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network’s goal is alleviating family homelessness by mobilizing resources and volunteers from congregations and communities in Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia. FUMCOG has been a long-time supporter in many ways, including as a host congregation. One of the services provided by the Network is assistance in obtaining jobs. Specifically, they plan to increase access to vocational training and work experience for 25 adults and 25 teens who are, or have been, in emergency shelters or in the community, but are still at risk for homelessness.
GrassROOTS Community Foundation is a public health and social action organization that supports and develops community health and wellness programs for women and girls, particularly those living in economically distressed communities. They are seeking support to continue a summer leadership camp for girls from ages 5 -9, and 10-13 which started last year, based at Lingelbach School. The camp focuses on foundational elements that youth need for success: healthy eating, confidence, literacy and knowledge of self through programs that address physical, mental and sexual health.
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) seeks funding to help address problems of communication between members of the deaf community and first responders, such as police and firefighters. This effort follows up a successful Town Meeting held last fall with the Police and Fire Commissioners. PSD created a DVD with advice to help a first responder. They are now seeking funding to produce another DVD, along with printed brochures that first responders can keep in their vehicles.
The Community Needs Committee thanks you in advance for generously supporting these projects, all of which fill a significant need in helping the poor, the otherwise vulnerable and youth in our community.
You can give by using the enclosed envelope at one of the Easter season offerings, by mailing a check to the church office, or online by e-Give. Thank you!
The Community Needs Committee