At First Congregational Church, our efforts to address justice and equity issues happen throughout the year and through the efforts of many: the Social Justice and Witness committee, Adult Education, our youth and our church staff, along with members of the congregation. Thanks to the support of so many, last year at FCC we provided support for those who are unhoused or at risk of becoming homeless or who are hungry:
✦ Supported and maintained a Little Food Pantry outside the church that provided thousands of pounds of food to those who are hungry
✦ Donated $1,000 to Breakfast Brigade
✦ Donated $500 to Weekend Burrito Brigade
✦ Donated $1,000 to create 700 dinners for those using Egan Warming Center
✦ Donated $2,400 to the Interfaith Food Hub and managed funds for this organization that serves over 5,000 meals per month to those who are hungry.
✦ Donated $1,000 to Carry it Forward for support for youth
✦ Donated $10,000 to Nightingale Shelter from FCC Housing Initiative fund
✦ Youth raised about $1,200 to make sandwiches for those who are unhoused
✦ Supported a weekly sandwich making endeavor that created 150 sandwiches each week for distribution to those who are hungry.
✦ Cooked monthly dinners and breakfasts for 60 parents and children served at the St. Vincent de Paul Annex. Dozens of people donated food and many prepared meals.
✦ Collaborated with St Vincent de Paul to provide two homes for low-income neighbors on our church property
✦ Collected 20 birthday celebration kits for ShelterCare; clothing and bedding for New Roads/Looking Glass; diapers, school/art supplies for Bags of Love; and snack bags for Cahoots and Looking Glass
✦ Collected 420 pounds of food for Food for Lane County during a church drive
✦ Cooked dinner to serve hundreds of people seeking shelter at Egan Warming Center
✦ Gave $3,500 in assistance to those seeking help with utilities, gas, rent, etc. through the Good Samaritan Fund
✦ Donated $500 to The Way Home to provide assistance to unhoused neighbors Stay tuned next month for a list of how FCC worked to address climate change, bias and discrimination, support at risk youth, and provide food to those who are hungry.