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 2017 provided fellowship and funding to programs and people in need by contributing to the following organizations. Funding was provided by the generosity of the church's members and friends through budgetary support, dedicated contributions, including in kind contributions of completed hygiene kits, and special offerings. Additionally, youth of the church put together hygiene kits with materials supplied by the mission committee
If you would like more information on any of these organizations, 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, chair of the mission committee (email@example.com). 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 interested in national and international organizations that have a connection to Vermont.
Camp Agape is a camp for Vermont children who have one or both parents who have experienced incarceration, sponsored by the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church and located in Plymouth, VT. http://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. http://www.dismasofvt.org/
UCC Disaster Relief funds UCC relief efforts world wide. Our contribution was dedicated for aid to the victims of the earthquake in Mexico and to the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. http://www.ucc.org/search_results?q=disaster+relief
Crosby Church is a church in Houston that is providing assistance to those affected by the hurricane in that city. http://www.crosbychurch.com/
Church World Services is an ecumenical organization that encourages churches to put together hygiene kits that CSW stores so that they are available for shipping immediately when disaster strikes domestically or internationally. http://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/hygiene-kits/
Bennington Habitat for Humanity helps low income families in Bennington County purchase, with low interest loans, permanent homes that are constructed or renovated with the labor of volunteers and family members. https://www.benningtoncountyhabitat.org
Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless assists individuals and families in Bennington County facing homelessness by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention assistance, case management and follow up care.
Warrior Connection was founded by a Dummerston VT psychologist to provide residential retreats at the Brattleboro Retreat and other services to veterans and their families to help heal the invisible injuries incurred during the service of the veterans. https://www.warriorconnection.org
Simply Smiles is an organization that works to address poverty at the Lakota reservation in South Dakota and in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. It also organizes volunteer support efforts, including mission trips where teenagers, including teenagers from several Vermont UCC churches, do work projects on the reservation and provide Lakota children with a week of summer camp. http://www.simplysmiles.org/home
Year Up is a national organization that works in US cities to help young adults overcome the opportunity gap. It provides classroom and internship training for motivated High School or GED graduates with soft and technical skills that match up to the needs of employers. Successful graduates go on either directly to good jobs or to continue their education. https://www.yearup.org/
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