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 2018 provided funding to programs and people in need internationally, nationally and locally. Funding was provided by the generosity of the church's members and friends through budgetary support and special offerings such as the Lenten Change Challenge. Members of the committee are Jeanne Zammataro, Martha Dale, Beda Lyon, Penny Bobar and Laurie Krooss (ex officio).
Additionally, youth of the church put together hygiene kits with materials supplied by the mission committee and the Christian education committee. Also, Martha Dale organized church participation in a Habitat for Humanity build in Manchester, and Beda Lyon and Jeanne Zammataro delivered snacks to the Collaborative Summer Camp.
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 ( email@example.com ) or Jeanne Zammataro, chair of the mission committee ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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 2018, the committee funded the following organizations:
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. 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/
UCC Disaster Relief funds UCC disaster relief efforts world wide. Our 2018 contribution will be used wherever funds are most needed. http://www.ucc.org/disaster/
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
St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital provides hospital treatment to children free of charge. Our contribution was dedicated to the hospital's Research Global Initiative, an outreach program that addresses cancer among children in less developed countries. stjude.org
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
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services is is a non-profit organization that welcomes and supports refugees and migrants entering the United States. www.lirs.org
Finally, contributions from members and friends of the church over the last several years has given the trustees the financial wherewithal to continually increase the mission's committee's budget for which the committee is grateful. Consequently, the committee is already doing much good. However, if you would like to see the committee to do even more, please consider making an additional contribution for the benefit of the mission committee by using the special envelopes in the pew racks.
Respectfully submitted, Jeanne Zammataro Chair
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