Outreach Partner of the Month
This program, to generate funds for outreach, was established in 2016. Every month one of our Outreach Partners is highlighted and parishioners are encouraged to volunteer with and donate (through St. Michael’s) to these organizations during the month. Please contact Phillip Boone, Vestry Liaison for Outreach, for further information.
For 2017 our partners are:
January 2017 Refugee Services – Sherry Williams
February Trinity Center – Caroline Kibler
May St. Michael’s Community Garden – Beth Michaels
June Storybook Project of Texas- Patricia Newton
July Neighbor 2 Neighbor – Gail Reid
August McCullum High School PTO – Brin Bon
September Mobile Loaves and Fishes – Priscila Wicker
October Food Pantry – Patricia Newton
December Advent Simple Gifts and El Etienne Mission Kay Allen
January 2018 Refugee Services (or Deacon’s Choice)
The following table shows total donations received through the end of September 2016 for the Outreach Partners of the Month.
|Outreach Partner of the Month|
|February – Trinity Center||$725|
|March – ERD Water Project||$721|
|April – IHN (Foundation for Homeless)||$430|
|May – Del Valle book drive||$261|
|June – Community Garden and||$218|
|and Lavender Sales (May)||$475|
|July – Neighbor 2 Neighbor||$262|
|August – Friends of MaCallum||$140|
|September – Mobile Loaves & Fishes||$940|
Other Funds Distributed from St. Michael’s
There are various restricted funds for outreach that had unused funds rolled over from previous years or from specified outreach donations. This year St. Michael’s has distributed $5,214 through the end of September from various outreach restricted funds. We have another $10,000+ that we have identified for distribution from restricted funds prior to year-end.
In addition, we made outreach distributions in February as a tithe from the Capital Campaign (that ended in 2015) in the amount of $5,982 to El Buen Samaritano and $5,982 to Refugee Services. We expect another tithe payment of about $4,000 to be made before year-end.
If you look at the distributions made or in the process of being made from St. Michael’s this year, the money starts to add up.
Outreach Partner Program (through Sept) $4,172
Distributions from Restricted Funds $5,214
Restricted Fund Distributions planned prior to year-end $10,000+
Capital Campaign Tithe made in 2017 $11,964
Estimated remaining Capital Campaign Tithe $4,000+
Approximate total distributions $35,350
Caring and Compassion Spread by St. Michael’s Volunteers
The most impressive discussion about outreach to many is the number of parishioners who volunteer, or donate food or other items regularly. This has a huge impact on the lives of so many in our community.
- Did you know that those from St. Michael’s organizing the Del Valle Book Drive rented a small moving van to get the 2,000+ donated or purchased books to Del Valle Elementary School in May? Most of the children at this school don’t have any books at home. These books were donated to the school for a Book Fair where the children were able to pick out one or two books to keep and read over the summer.
- Did you know that we help provide food to 80 to 90 people each month though our own Food Pantry? The St. Michael’s Food Pantry is a place where hungry people can come in and take non-perishable food (and some fresh food from the St. Michael’s garden, in season). We permit them to take home two bags of food per month. This may mean the difference of eating or not for many of them, particularly at the end of the month when money may be tight.
- Did you know that St. Michael’s faithfully has 10+ cheerful faces making sandwiches and loading the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) truck each month on the first Friday of the month? Our parishioners make sandwiches, load the truck and pray that these items will provide for someone in need. The MLF trucks hit the street 7 nights a week, 365 days a year to serve the homeless by delivering food, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items.
- Did you know that the St. Michael’s community garden on the west side of the Education Wing supplies fresh vegetables to our Food Pantry and to the Neighbor 2 Neighbors Program at St. James Church? Those in need may not be able to afford fresh vegetables often. These vegetables supplement other items given out at our own Food Pantry and the Neigh 2 Neighbor program. The Neighbor-2-Neighbor (N2N) program serves the area around St. James Church. It provides needed resources for neighbors 60 years of age or older in East Austin.
- Did you know that there is a faithful group of St. Michael’s parishioners that go to Trinity Center to worship and feed the homeless once a quarter? On Sunday afternoon, Trinity Center acts as the church for people experiencing homelessness, who may not feel welcome in regular worship services in town. The Center offers a communal place to worship with music and a meal. There are usually 60 to 70 homeless people who come. This is a community that truly benefits from our love and support.
These are only a few examples of the extraordinary works of generosity happening at St. Michael’s.