As a Church family, we are actively involved with significant donations of time,
talent and treasure when we are aware of needs in our community.
We operate the “Helping Hand Fund of Southwest Florida.” This fund provides emergency
assistance to meet a wide variety of needs that are created by loss of income, medical
conditions, or catastrophic loss. The fund has provided everything from expenses
for eye surgery and electric wheelchair repair to the meeting everyday needs such
as food, utilities, and rental assistance. Additional information regarding available
assistance for a specific need can be obtained by calling (239) 267-7400.
Though we are a small, we distributed over $50,000 worth of food, cleaning supplies,
and emergency aid when Hurricane Charlie struck our area. More recently, we held
a concert and chili cook-off to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Our efforts
allowed us to supply over $9,000 in cash, medical, cleaning and hygiene supplies.
This was combined with a large amount of clothing. We wisely used the transport
services of the Naples based “Hope for Haiti” to get the items to the point of need.
School Supplies and Uniforms are provided to several teachers each year. These
supplies and uniforms are distributed by the teachers to students that are in need.
During the school year teachers can bring additional needs to our attention and we
do our best to help. (i.e. We have provided “Thanksgiving” and “Christmas” for several
families in need.)
The Linus Project is a national program that we participate in on a local level.
Participants make, in the comfort of their own home and on their time schedule, blankets
and lap robes for small children and the elderly. These are distributed as needed
by the area coordinator of the Linus Project.
Hygiene Supplies for the Homeless is an ongoing mission project. Throughout the
year we collect soaps, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brushes,
razors, shave cream and other hygiene supplies. These are packaged and shared with
service groups in our community that, in turn, distribute them to people in need.
Many of our supplies come from toiletries that are received while staying in hotels
The Peacemaker Award is given on a periodic basis. It is given to an individual
that has done significant, “Christ-like” work and service in our community that has
resulted in bringing a new or renewed sense of peace, harmony and/or well being to
others. The recipient is given a plaque and a $500 contribution is made in her or
his honor to the charity of their choice. People can be nominated by the public
and they do not need to be “Christian” to win the award. For more information, please
call (239) 267-7400.
We will continue to support the mission activities of COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE during
the month of February. We provided volunteers on February 11 and 18. Volunteers
are still needed for Wednesday, February 25th.
Donations of the following items will also be greatly appreciated: eggplant, black-eyed
pea and okra seeds, garden and potting soil, mulch, Miracle Grow, gloves, lemon
and orange trees, flowers and garden chimes.
If you prefer to make a monetary donation to be used to purchase items listed above,
please note “Community Coop” on your check on on the envelope you use for your gift.
During the month of January volunteers from the church worked on Wednesdays from
10 AM - 2 PM at the Community Cooperative site on Martin Luther King Drive. We also
collected TUNA for Community Cooperative’s food panty.
In December, we collected brand new toys and food for two families that we adopted
through The Salvation Army.
In November we collected coats and blankets for the homeless. These were distribution
by Community Cooperative Ministries.
In October we collected, C, PB and J for the Community Cafe’. That’s CEREAL, PEANUT
BUTTER and JELLY. We encouraged financial gifts for this purpose however, because
the Community Cafe’ can purchase much more food through the Harry Chapin Food Bank
that we can purchase for the same amount of money at a grocery store. For instance,
$2 spent at Harry Chapin can buy peanut butter, jelly and cereal.
In August, instead of collecting school supplies, we raised funds to purchase 110
pairs of new sneakers for needy children as the return to school. The shoes were
turned over to The Salvation Army for distribution and many of the children sent
thank you notes to the church.
Our congregational project for June and July was to raise funds to STOP Human Trafficking
in our community.
We raised $292.00 for the Gabriel House during the month of May. The Gabriel House
is a ministry to disabled children. Some of you have said, "Let’s help with missions
at home." This was an opportunity to do that.
In March and April collected items requested by the Children’s Advocacy Center
During the month of January and February we collected food items for Nations Association
Jeanette Resignolo heads a local mission called the Linus Project. The mission’s
task is to make quilts that are then given to the Children's Hospital. One way you
can help is by cutting pieces for the quilts. This can be done while you are watching
TV at home.
SOME OF LAST YEAR’S MAJOR PROJECTS ARE LISTED BELOW:
During the month of December 2013 we collected toys for children ages 11-13. The
toys were given to The Salvation Army for distribution. We also collected items needed
by The Salvation Army Women's Shelter.
During the months of October and November 2013 we collected funds for “SMILE TRAIN”,
a ministry that provides surgery for children with cleft palates. Our goal was $500
but we raised four times that amount ...$2000. That amount will provide surgery
for two children and bring them hope for a normal life. Cleft palates are a major
problem in developing countries where more than one million children are suffering.
Most can’t eat or speak properly and often are not allowed to attend school or hold
a job. In some cultures these children are seen as being “cursed by God.” The “SMILE
TRAIN” is changing young lives for the better. To learn more about the SMILE TRAIN,
go to their web site ... www.smiletrain.org