Community Outreach

Overview

A central component of the mission of Faith Weavers of St. Mary is to support one another in working to build the kingdom of God through service to others in all aspects of our lives. We view support as more than supporting the members of our small faith community. It includes outreach to the greater community at the local, national, and international level.

One way we actualize our mission is through grants to charitable organizations that provide direct service to people in need. In fact, the majority of donations to Faith Weavers of St. Mary are used for charitable outreach. Our grants go to local, national, and international charities. Faith Weavers of St. Mary also has the Faith Weavers Endowment Fund. Fund assets are invested in mutual funds with dividend income and fund market appreciation used for grants to charitable organizations. Investment activity and amounts authorized for charitable grants are overseen by the Funds Board of Trustees. The Service and Justice Committee evaluates grant requests and makes grant recommendations to the Board.

The Service and Justice Committee evaluates requests for money from Faith Weavers and recommends grants to organizations meeting our criteria. A critical criteria is that a recipient must be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. The Service and Justice Committee recommendations are implemented by the Faith Weavers Steering Committee or the Faith Weavers Endowment Fund Board of Directors.

The Friends of El Salvador Committee is another group within Faith Weavers that provides charitable grants. This Committee was formed to raise global and cultural awareness and to provide charitable support in a relationship guided by the Gospel message of caring for others. This objective has been carried out through a relationship of solidarity with the people of El Salvador. The Committee works closely with non-governnmental organizations in El Salvador, and local community leaders to identify and fund projects to improve the lives of the people of El Salvador. Please go to the Friends of El Salvador section of this website to learn more about it.

 

How We Identify Grant Recipients

The Service and Justice Committee accepts grant requests from individuals or organizations looking to fund efforts that would promote service and/or justice in our local community, the nation or the world. The committee focuses on local charities, but also considers national and international charities for grants. Meetings are held four times a year, or as needed, to select recipients for grants.

Due to the Internal Revenue regulations governing Faith Weavers as a tax exempt organization, every grant given must go to a 501 (c)(3)charity or church organization that has declared their goals and report on how they spend their money. This committee does the research to make sure that recipient organizations meet the government outline for charities. Charity Navigator is a website that lists this information.

Grant requests are studied and discussed by the committee, looking for merit and impact.   They are then prioritized by importance as determined by the committee. Some criteria used include: relevance to service or justice issues, impact the funding will have on the target population, any connection to Faith Weavers community, the potential that the project will go forward if not funded by Faith Weavers, the administrative cost of the requesting organization is between 0% and 20% of donations, past grants from Faith Weavers to the organization, how successful the organization has been in their performance of their mission. There may be other criteria used that are relevant to a specific request.

When more information is needed, someone from the organization or agency may be asked to come to speak with the committee.

Funding grant requests may be affected by how many requests are received during a granting period. Requests are sometimes held over to the next period when monies are not available.

How to Request a Grant for Your Organization

Anyone can initiate a grant request for a worthy organization. You may send your request by submitting the following information to:

Faith Weavers of St. Mary

2020 South Mission Rd. # 404

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858-4425

 

Information to submit:

Name of Organization:

Address:

Contact Person:

Phone Contact Number:

E-mail address and website:

Amount Requested:

Please describe how funds will be used:

Organizations We Have Supported

In 2017 your generosity has supported grants of $49,982 to local and international charitable organizations.  This money has come from your monthly donations, income from the Faith Weavers Endowment Fund. and grants from the Cebelak Foundation of Grand Rapids for Friends of El Salvador outreach.

$28,530 (66%) of Faith Weavers grants went to local charities. They are:  the Association of Interfaith Ministries (AIM), Christian Counseling Services, Christmas Outreach, Connections that Count, the Goodrow Fund, Girls on the Run, the Isabella County Restoration House (homeless shelter), the KISS program (infant care), the Mexican American Council, Saginaw Survivors of Suicide, and the St. Vincent DePaul Parish.

$14,500 (34%) went to international charities such as the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for hurricane disaster relief, Hope for Haiti, Rise Against Hunger for famine relief Global Compassion for a water well. Also included in these grants was $6,952 to the people of El Salvador through the Friends of El Salvador Committee.

The Community Compassion Network (CNN) Food Pantry and Infant Pantry Feeding the Hungry with Dignity and Equity

(Article by Pat Sherlock, CCN Board Member)

In June of 2014, the Community Compassion Network (CCN) lost a major funding source and had to close their “red barn” stationary food pantry.  Over the next four years, we continued to serve food Isabella County families through mobile food pantries.  Last summer, we were offered a chance to come together with other local organizations to purchase a joint-nonprofit center to better serve this community.  “The Center” is located at 1114 West High St. in the former Victory Church/Ashcraft building.  Clothing, Inc., the Care Store, and ICRH also have leases in this service center managed by United Way.

The space leased in this new facility has allowed CCN to open “The Pantry,” a new stationary food bank.  The Nutrition Club is now located in The Pantry warehouse.  The Infant Pantry, the third branch of CCN, will continue to be housed in First Presbyterian Church.  Mobile Pantries will no longer be offered.

The Pantry allows food to be distributed with more dignity and equity.  Guest appointments have helped eliminate the long lines.  Wait time has been dramatically reduced.  Guests and volunteers no longer need to deal with rain, snow, or summer heat during distribution. These changes have made it much easier for those with disabilities or little children to visit the Pantry.

The Pantry is open to Isabella County families with financial need.   Each family may come every 2 weeks.  The size of the family now determines how many items they may select.  Items include canned goods and other staples, produce, meat, dairy, frozen products, and baked goods.  Varied hours make it more convenient to attend.  The Pantry store is open Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm, Thursdays, 10am-12pm, Fridays 7:30am-11:30 am, and Saturdays, 9am-12pm.

Having their own warehouse allows CCN to accept food donations from individuals, schools, organizations, churches and businesses all year round.  However, most food distributed is purchased from the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), a branch of Feeding America.  GLFB trucks come weekly on Wednesday mornings instead of twice a month-as they did for the mobile pantries.  (The Nutrition Club truck comes every other Monday.)

Community Compassion Network would like to sincerely thank the Faith Weavers for their continued support.  In addition to grants, several individual members have regularly volunteered or donated to the Mobile Pantries, the Infant Pantry, and the Nutrition Club.  We would like to encourage your membership to consider also volunteering at the new Pantry.  Volunteer applications are available on site or on our website- www.ccnfeeds.org .  Volunteer jobs include unloading the truck, sorting and shelving food, greeting, and registration, escorting guests, loading groceries into cars, and cleaning /maintenance.

Truck sponsorships or partial sponsorships are needed.  Every dollar donated has the power to buy $10 worth of food from the Greater Lansing Food Bank.  Thank you for the generosity you have already demonstrated for this community. Prayers would be welcomed for the success of CCN’s mission to feed the hungry with dignity and equity.

Would you like to support these programs? Checks can be made out to Community Compassion Network or CCN and mailed to CCN, P.O. Box 237, Mount Pleasant, MI 48804.  The name of the preferred ministry can be written on the memo line.  Money may also be donated though PayPal on our website. www.ccnfeeds.org – and a note may be written indicating preferred ministry.

Pictures from the Food Pantry and Infant Pantry

“The Center” is located at 1114 West High St. in the former Victory Church/Ashcraft building. Food delivery from the Greater Lansing Food Bank

Stocking the Food Pantry The Food Pantry Cooler

Sorting Diapers at the Infant Pantry Diaper Packing in the Infant Pantry

Stocking Shelves at the Infant Pantry Recycling at the Infant Pantry

Here is a list of organizations we have supported in the past:

Local Organizations Website
Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org
Angela Hospice www.angelahospice.org
Association of Interfaith Ministries
Central Mich Chap. American Red Cross www.centralmichigan.redcross.org/
Central Michigan District Health Dept www.cmdhd.org
Central Michigan Pregnancy Services www.pregnancycmps.com/
Christmas Outreach www.immanuelmp.com/reach-out/christmas-outreach
Christian Counseling Service  
Commission on Aging www.isabellacounty.org/dept/coa
Community Cancer Services Isabella Co. www.isabellacommunitycancer.org/
Community Compassion Network www.ccnfeeds.org
Free Clinic (McLaren Central Mich.) www.mclaren.org/Main/service12freeclinics.aspx
Friends of Isabella Seniors http://www.isabellacounty.org/donor-opportunities/888-friends-of-isabella-seniors-fois
Girls on the Run of Central Michigan www.gotrcentralmichigan.org
Goodrow Fund www.stjohnsmtpleasantmi.org/goodrow.html
Imagination Library www.mtpleasantlib.org
Isabella County Food Pantry
Isabella County Soup Kitchen www.icsk.org
Isabella County Restoration House www.icrhouse.org
KISS Program
Listening Ear www.listeningear.com/
Mexican American Council Inc
Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org/
New Hope www.1newhope.org/
Next Step of West Michigan www.nextstep-wm.org
Saginaw Survivors of Suicide www.saginawsurvivorsofsuicide.org
St. Vincent DePaul stvincentdp.com
Wings of Mercy www.wingseastmi.org/
Women’s Aid Service www.womensaidservice.org
Woodland Hospice www.woodlandhospice.com/
National and International Organizations
Alicia De La Cruz Fores Orphanage
American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
American Heart Association www.heart.org
American Red Cross National www.RedCross.org
Angela Hospice www.angelahospice.org
Casa Hogar del Buen
Doctors Without Borders www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Gandahara Ed. and Vacational Service Org. gandaharango.org
Global Compassion www.globalcompassioninc.org/
Global Health Outreach www.cmda.org
Haqte Blanger Orphanage (Haiti)
Heifer Project International www.heifer.org
HELPS International (Guatemalan Stove Team) www.helpsintl.org/
Hope for Haiti www.hopeforhaiti.com/
Marynoll Lay Missions www.mklm.org
Matthew 25 of Haiti www.m25m.org/
Mulli Children’s Family www.mullychildrensfamily.org
Pryecto Pastoral At Dolores Mission www.proyectopastoral.org
Pure Water for the World www.purewaterfortheworld.org
Saved by God’s Grace www.SavedByGodsGrace.org
SHARE Foundation www.share-elsalvador.org
Sister of St. Clare www.srsclare.com/
Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org/
Sr. of Precious Blood Orphanage preciousbloodsistersdayton.org
St. John’s Episcopal Church / International  

 

 

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