FAITH IN ACTION
The purpose of the Board of Faith in Action (FIA) is to support outreach efforts and encourage and equip congregants for service outside church walls. Through service, we can inspire hope, strengthen relationships, and transform communities. The role of the members of the Board of Faith in Action is to discern between betterment (charity) and development (the path to self-sufficiency) and mindfully consider next steps. The intent of the Board of Faith in Action is to
· Provide opportunities for hands-on outreach that inspire and connect individuals to meaningful service
· Pursue intentional efforts to build partnerships with communities in need
· Provide emergency response to individuals, families, or communities in crisis
· Continue to offer funding, grants, and special disbursements that align with the purpose of the FIA
· Seek to right injustice through discussion, dialogue, support, and action
Special Offerings are conducted twice yearly. The Easter Offering highlights two or more non-profit agencies that will receive the Easter collection from the congregation. World Offering Sunday focuses two or more agencies that will receive the special October offering. Agencies for consideration can be suggested by congregants and all agencies are reviewed and selected by FIA.
Volunteer opportunities are available for those seeking meaningful service and a connection outside of the church walls. As opportunities arise, congregants will be notified by various means including but not limited to email, social media, and written correspondence. We have identified numerous community agencies that can always use help and FIA provides full listing below.
Your ideas are welcome. If there is a program – local, national or international - that you would like to have considered for an outreach grant, please send that information to Betsy Hanzelin, Staff Liaison to Faith in Action board
In 2020, the FCC Governing Board approved that FCC work to partner with groups that are committed to redevelop Harvey. Please click below for information on the project and ways to volunteer! Anna Carvalho and Jay Readey are the FCC coordinators of this project.
FCC's comittment to community redevelopment in our neighboring town of Harvey, IL
The list below are organizations and agencies that The Board of Faith in Action or members of the congregation have supported in the past. Included are websites for more information, donation links, and wish lists when available. The organizations are listed alphabetically, not in order of preference. Please consider supporting these groups!
By The Hand Club for Kids
The mission of By The Hand is a Christ-centered, after-school program designed to take kids by the hand and walk with them from kindergarten through college, loving and nurturing them—mind, body and soul.
PO Box 10043, Chicago, IL 60610 , 773.413.0895
Donation link: bythehand.org/give
Bethel Family Resource Center
The mission of Bethel Family Resource Center is to participate in the development of the community economically and socially; promote the educational growth of both children and adults; and assist in the strengthening of the family through programs and services designed to assure responsibility, encourage self-growth and provide advocacy ongoing support for those most in need.
1250 Portland Ave, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, 708.758.5585
Contact: Tonii Harris Taylor, Program Director, email@example.com
Contact: Robin Futrell, Case Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation link: https://www.bethelfacility.org/donate
Cancer Support Center
NOTE: There are two facilities, one in Homewood and the other in Mokena
The mission of the Cancer Support Center is to provide those with cancer and their families with free support.
2028 Elm Road, Homewood, IL 60430, 708.798.9171
Contact: Cynthia Turnquest, Director of Outreach & Strategic Partners, email@example.com
Donation link: classy.org/give/123486/#!/donation/checkout
The Center for Food Equity in Medicine
The mission of the Center for Food Equity in Medicine (CFFEIM) is to ensure that individuals navigating a cancer diagnosis or other chronic health condition does not go hungry. Food insecurity coupled with chronic illness is a challenge best resolved with support from people who know and understand the complexity. Volunteers can help by donating food items, working in the food pantry, or supporting community events.
Donation link: https://donorbox.org/our-subscribers
Chicago Community Bond Fund
The mission of the Chicago Community Bond Fund is to support individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence.
Chicago Community Bond Fund, 601 S. California, Chicago, IL 60612
Donation link: chicagobond.org/donate
Chicago Prison Outreach
The mission of Chicagoland Prison Outreach is to show God’s love to offenders and their families by teaching the Gospel, providing educational programs and biblical mentoring, and equipping them to live productive, godly lives
P.O Box 63, South Holland, IL 60473, 708.331.3301
Contact: Glenn Spoolstra, 708.267.4339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation link: HERE
Equal Justice Initiative
The mission of the Equal Justice Initiative is to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
122 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, 334.269.1803
Donation link: https://support.eji.org/give/153413/#!/donation/checkout
Feed My Starving Children
The mission of Feed My Starving Children is to feed God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. This means reaching the hard-to-reach people and places, the “least of these.” They will be found, and they will be fed. With God’s help we will work together with organizations and ministries across the globe to end hunger. FCC has done a Packing Day at FMSC in Aurora, IL!
555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504, 630.851.0404
Donation link: https://www.fmsc.org/ways-to-give/other-ways-to-give
International Rescue Committee
The mission of The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.
122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168-1289, 212.551.3000
Contact: use the website link to contact the organization
Donation link: rescue.org/how-to-help
Jones Memorial Community Center
The mission of the Jones Memorial Community Center is to strengthen family ties, emphasize the worth of God's children, and answer a community need. It supports children, youth, families, and seniors
220 E. 15th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, 708.757.5395
Contact: Cheryl Roop, Executive Director, email@example.com
Donation link: https://www.jonescenter.org/donate.html
NOTE: Overflow Ministry is the ministry of the Korean United Methodist Church of South Suburban Chicago.
The mission of Overflow is to provide a furniture pantry, a clothing ministry, a monthly free breakfast, toy and turkey giveaways, and senior visitations.
19320 S. Kedzie Avenue, Flossmoor, IL 60422, 708.799.0001
Contact: John Harvey, Missions Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation link: overflowministrychurch.com/donation-page/
Project HOOD (Helping Others Obtain Destiny)
The mission of Project Hood is to empower people with the guidance, information and tools necessary to become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneurs in their communities. They want to end violence and building communities, one neighborhood at a time.
6330 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60637, 773.752.6055
Donation link: projecthood.org/donate
The mission of Respond Now is to provide immediate relief for residents of Chicago's south suburbs who are in the most need while maintaining their dignity and affording them respect. We focus on hunger, health, and housing.
1439 Emerald Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411, 708.755.4357
Contact: Contact: Carl Wolf, Executive Director (extension 226)
Emily Inman, email@example.com
Wish List link: respondnow.org/ways-to-give
Donation link: respondnow.org/donate-online
RESPOND NOW has several activities underway to address food insecurity and they are looking for volunteers. Volunteers can apply online at the Respond Now website (www.respondnow.org) or contact Anita Alvarado at 708-755-4357.
WHERE: Chicago Heights Food Pantry, 1439 Emerald Avenue
WHAT: Bag perishable and non-perishable items so they can be safely distributed by employees, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am to 4:30pm
WHAT: Lifting, sorting, and stocking food distributed from the food depository, Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 4:30pm
WHERE: Sauk Village Food Pantry, 21701 Torrence Avenue, directly behind the police department
WHAT: Bag perishable and non-perishable items so they can be safely distributed by employees, Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
WHERE: Chicago Heights Food Pantry, 1439 Emerald Avenue
The outdoor community garden was not planted in 2021 but the plot is in need of weeding and sweeping. Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Respond Now welcomes donations of non-perishable and unexpired good such as canned veggies and fruit, pasta, boxed good; paper products are always appreciated.
The mission of Restoration Ministries is to restore hope to people while bringing lasting change to the community. Through 22 programs, they provide life-changing opportunities to at-risk and underprivileged youth, men and women with histories of addiction, and families struggling in poverty.
253 E. 159th Street, Harvey IL 60426, 708.333.3370
Contact: Karen Vrdolyak, VP of Development and Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wish List link: restorationministries.net/needs/
Donation link: restorationministries.net/donate/
Share Our Spare
The mission of Share Our Spare is to ensure every child in Chicago has the essentials they need to thrive in the first five years of life. We do this by collecting new and gently used baby items from those with “extras” to spare and distributing them to families living in poverty through a sustainable network of volunteers, community stakeholders, and social service agencies.
935 W. Chestnut LL 13, Chicago, IL 60642, 312.877.5884
Donation link: shareourspare.org/share-your-stuff/
The mission of South Suburban Family Shelter is to provide comprehensive, coordinated services to families in which domestic violence exists without imposing any one solution.
PO Box 937, Homewood, IL 60430, 708.794.2140
Contact: Kristine Scott, Director of Development, email@example.com.
Wish List link: ssfs1.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Updated-Wishlist.pdf
Donation Link: mygiving.net/donate/South-Suburban-Family-Shelter
Other ways to support:
Used Cell Phones: take to SSFS office: 18137 Harwood, Homewood
Clothes/shoes/small household items: drop off M-F at 900 Maple Ave., Homewood, call Nick Koster Koster 799-9190
Donate used furniture: https://chicagofurniturebank.org
Students Against Violence Everywhere
The mission of SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs is to provide a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity and passion for protecting their friends, schools and communities from violence BEFORE it happens.
Donation link: nationalsave.org/donate/
Union Street Gallery
The mission of Union Street Gallery is to provide a variety of engaging arts experiences and opportunities that support the creative growth of artists and art appreciators adding to the cultural landscape of Chicago’s Southland.
1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, IL 60422, 708.754.2601
Contact: LaMar R. Gayles Jr., Director
Wish List and Donation buttons are on the HOME page under ABOUT: Supporting USG
Donation link: HERE