The Good Samaritan Missions Committee has selected the following four charities as recipients of our 2017 Easter offerings. A form will be available in the Sunday bulletin, as well as a letter will be delivered to all members’ homes for making contributions. Questions can be addressed to the office: (952) 929-0049.
- Compatible Technology International (CTI) (International Outreach) DONATE to CTI – HERE
Founded in 1981, CTI is a nonprofit organization that designs practical food and water tools to help farmers in developing countries improve their food production and income. CTI helps smallholder farmers and their communities improve production of high-quality, nutritious food, reduce drudgery, increase yields, and access safe drinking water. In 2014, 80,741 people gained access to safe water after installing the CTI water chlorinator. To read more about CTI’s accomplishments, see their 2015 Annual Report using the link on their website.
- Emma Norton Services (ENS) (Local Outreach) DONATE to ENS – HERE
ENS works with women, children, and families who are homeless and have mental illness, chemical dependency, or both. Housing is provided at Emma Norton Residence in St. Paul and Emma’s Place in Maplewood which offers permanent housing to single parents with three or more children. Each year, ENS helps over 200 people by providing a supportive community, resources, and personal development opportunities. ENS is a national mission of the United Methodist Church, and Good Samaritan is a funding partner with a commitment to give $2 per member.
- Families Moving Forward (FMF) (Local Outreach) DONATE to FMF – HERE
Beacon’s FMF program offers families experiencing homelessness hospitality, emergency shelter, and assistance in finding permanent homes. Volunteers from about 80 congregations throughout the Twin Cities metro area create shelter space at congregation sites and provide nutritious meals for a week. Parents work with our staff advocates with the goal of securing stable housing within 60 days of arriving. We will support about 75 families this year to find a home.
- VEAP (Local Outreach) DONATE TO VEAP – HERE
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) is a basic needs and social services organization that has been helping our neighbors in need in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis for over 40 years. As one of the largest food pantries in the state, VEAP distributed 3.4 million pounds of food, 52 percent of which was fresh produce. in 2016. VEAP offers access to healthy foods, social services, transportation, and resources for children and youth.
MARCH MISSION INVOLVEMENT
The focus of Good Samaritan’s Missions Committee this year is providing ideas on how all of us can turn our faith into action. Below are actions that you can take in March to help others in need:
- Food Share Month: March has long been designated as Minnesota Food Share month. Once again Good Sam is supporting Joyce Food Shelf and VEAP. Grocery bags with a picture list of the most needed food items will be available in the narthex starting Sunday, March 5. Please consider making a donation to help those facing hunger in our communities. You can bring canned and packaged food to church during the month or you can donate money to this important cause. Friday, March 3rd from 6:00–8:00 p.m. VEAP is hosting a kick-off event for the month; please see the signs for more information.
- Volunteering for Tutoring or Homework Help: You can get involved with immigrants and refugees to show your support and make their lives more successful by volunteering for tutoring or homework help. We recommend checking out the Hennepin County Library. In addition, the Minnesota Literacy Council has links for many volunteer opportunities all around the Twin Cities and offers free training sessions for volunteers. The Hennepin County Library volunteer link is http://www.hclib.org/about/support, and the Minnesota Literacy Council volunteer and training link is http://mnliteracy.org/volunteers.