Guided by God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the Mission Committee of the Second Congregational Church, pursuant to the church's by-laws, in 2019 provided funding to programs and people in need internationally, nationally and locally. Members of the committee are Jeanne Zammataro, Martha Dale, Beda Lyon, Penny Bobar and Laurie Krooss (ex officio).
Thanks to the generosity of church members and friends, the committee was able to increase funding to some organizations, contribute to new ones and again support organizations that it had previously funded in the past.
The committee was very excited to support Jeremiah and Dylan Burrow's trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Martha Dale once again organized church participation in a Habitat for Humanity build, this year in Bennington. Martha and Jeanne Zammataro delivered healthy snacks to the Collaborative Summer Camp, while Martha and Heidi Root joined the roster of Dismas House cooks (Jeanne, Val Austin and Ira Zuckerman), allowing us to make and share six additional meals during the year for Dismas House residents.
If you would like more information on any of the organizations the committee supported, please use the provided link. If you have any questions or would like to recommend an organization for the committee's support, please contact Pastor Laurie Krooss (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeanne Zammataro. The committee is particularly interested in organizations that may not be well known, but are effective in doing important work to improve people's lives. The committee is also especially interested in improving the lives of children and those in need of housing. The committee is also interested in national and international organizations that have a connection to Vermont.
In 2019, the committee funded the following organizations:
Camp Agape is a camp located in Plymouth, VT for Vermont children who have one or both parents who have been or are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Camp Agape is sponsored by the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church. www.campagapevermont.org
Dismas House is a transitional home in Rutland, VT for furloughed inmates, who are still under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, that seeks to reconcile such individuals to society and society to such individuals. https://dismasofvt.org/rutland-dismas/
Rutland Habitat for Humanity helps low income families in Rutland County purchase, with low interest loans, permanent homes that are constructed or renovated with the labor of volunteers and family members. http://rutlandhabitat.weebly.com/
Women in Need is an organization in New York City which helps homeless women and their children rebuild their lives – with our money going to supportive housing for young mothers who have aged out of foster care. https://winnyc.org
Love 146 works to end child trafficking and exploitation around the world and in the U.S. https://love146.org/
Vermont Works for Women provides programs to help girls and women start on a path to sustainable economic independence. www.vtworksforwomen.org
Pure Water for the World, headquartered in Rutland, VT, provides inexpensive water filters in Haiti to increase the supply of clean water. www.purewaterfortheworld.org
The BOMA Project, headquartered in Dorset, VT provides microfinance grants to groups of women in especially distressed parts of Kenya to start small business that support their families and create savings, which can be used to pay school fees and provide capital for business expansion. bomaproject.org
Simply Smiles/Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group. Jeremiah (as a chaperon) and Dylan joined with other youth and adults from BAIYG to do youth development and community building work with Simply Smiles at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. Simply Smiles works with impoverished children and their families and communities at the reservation and in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our contributions paid for Jeremiah's and Dylan's fees to Simply Smiles, for general expenditures by BAIYG for the trip and for the general work of Simply Smiles. https://www.simplysmiles.org/home
Year Up is a national organization that provides a one-year, intensive training program that provides talented and motivated, yet under-served young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. https://www.yearup.org/ The Pan American Development Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people in Latin America and the Caribbean through sustainable community development. Our contribution was for its Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. padf.org Mobilization for Justice provides various legal services to the poor and/or disabled of New York City. Recently, it has partnered with mental health care providers to provide legal services to their patients, helping create more stable living arrangements that will contribute to better mental health outcomes. Our contribution is dedicated to that specfic legal service. http://mobilizationforjustice.org/ Maylayaka House, headquartered in South Burtlington,VT, provides the most vulnerable orphaned and abandoned Ugandan children with a safe and loving home, education, and vocational training. malayakahouse.com
Jeanne Zammataro Chair
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