Episcopal Community Services Grants

Episcopal Community Services Grants

by the Rev. Lucretia Jevne, Episcopal Community Services Board President 

The mission of Episcopal Community Services of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is to help local congregations develop programs to serve the children, the elderly, the poor and others in need.

Episcopal Community Services, ECS, your diocesan partner for outreach and social service ministries, is thrilled to announce that this year we are giving out more than $46,000 in support of congregations in our diocese who are serving their communities with outreach projects.

Click here to see the full grant report.

Our grants are broad in scope and range, from a lunch program, to rides for seniors, to veterans' services, to a community garden. No congregation is too small, St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta, or too large, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, to be able to benefit from our Ministry Development Fund. You will see from the list that geographically every area of the diocese is also involved.

Episcopal Community Services is an outreach arm of the diocese and exists to support congregations in their mission and service to the community in which they find themselves. There is no limit to the creativity of our congregations when it comes to the types of programs they engage in. Including this year's grants, since 2002 ECS has been able to give away more than $415,000, thanks to the creativity of our congregations and the generosity of our donors. Since 2010, 26 congregations and the two diocesan camps have received assistance.

Aside from money, ECS can provide other kinds of support, including help with marketing programs, with writing grants for outside funding and with program development. ECS has been involved with setting-up a Preschool, St. Luke's, Calistoga, developing a shelter, Good Shepherd, Cloverdale, developing hot meal programs, St. Paul's, Benicia and Epiphany, Vacaville, along with numerous other programs. We can also help congregations connect with one another for mutual assistance and advice.

In order to better serve the congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Califoirnia we are in the process of developing a needs assessment survey that will go out to all Clergy in Charge and Vestries/Mission Committees. We hope that you will take the time to complete and return it so that we can discern what is needed and how we might be better able to assist you.

Our board members are anxious to help you discover the needs in your community and find creative ways to meet those needs. If you or anyone you know would like to help ECS with its mission by serving on our Board, please contact me or one of our other Board Members. Be sure to check out our website: www.norcalecs.org. You can also contribute to ECS by sending a check or using the PayPal option on the website.

I am profoundly grateful for everyone who made this work possible, from our donors, to the board members, and especially to you, the members of our congregations, who work so tirelessly in service to Christ and Christ's people.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. phina borgeson wrote:
Trinity, Sonoma is very grateful of the recent grant to support the Sonoma Valley Gleaning Project. But I wonder, should the survey not also go to deacons in congregations? Part of our charge and responsibility is "to interpret to the church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world."

Tue, July 16, 2013 @ 2:37 PM

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