Charity (Giving) –
We seek to love God, ourselves and our neighbors through a variety of outreach ministries.
The Food Pantry - buys food monthly for the Emergency Pantry at Social Services in Martinez, which helps families who run out of food at the end of each month. At Thanksgiving and Christmas we put together 18-20 boxes of food as well as the regular supplies to send to Social Services for distribution to those in need. – Elizabeth Soares
Episcopal Charities Action Network – Contra Costa
Episcopal Charities (EC) Action Networks address the root causes of poverty through a focus on healthcare, education, and environment. The Action Network gives hands-on support to projects that it identifies, and EC awards grants to the qualified agencies and initiatives that run those projects. Commitment is three Action Network meetings during the year and one or two agency interviews – Donna Colombo
Fourth Week Food Program – Sue Phalen or Leslie Dawson
Kitchen Kits – Mary Waddingtonhttp://mystique-escortagency.co.uk/king-cross-escorts
Lenten Food Boxes- Sue Phalen or Leslie Dawson
Stop Hunger Now Annual Meal Packaging Event – Donna Colombo or Sue Phalen
How do we raise funds?
St. Paul’s holds rummage sales twice annually. Proceeds from the events total approximately $10,000 and are distributed to community programs we support. This is a major undertaking involving many hours of volunteer work.
This event, like the Rummage Sales, raises money for outreach. A formal tea featuring handmade delicacies by parishioners serves approximately 160 people in a festive setting in the parish hall. Local merchants and parishioners donate new items for an energetic raffle and auction, and the proceeds are used to fund local charitable agencies across the county. This long-held tradition in the parish raises approximately $9,000-$10,000 for specific outreach, which went this year to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery and Living Grace, assistance for disabled adults. A donation also went to the international organization, “Nothing But Nets,” which provides mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa to help prevent malaria.