The Emmanuel Church community views outreach, through service, neighborhood engagement and giving, to be a core enactment of our faith. There are many existing opportunities to serve.
Additionally, Emmanuel’s lay and clergy leadership seek to facilitate our members' efforts to expand the horizon of our good work. We are always open to new ideas to support, whether through volunteering or our grant program. (Nomination forms for the latter can be found here.)
2018 OUTREACH GRANT AWARDS
The outreach committee is pleased to announce the recipients of 2018 EEC grants. The following organizations were invited to submit applications based on parishioner nominations.
Back on My Feet Baltimore ($2500)
Back on My Feet uses running and community to motivate and support individuals every step of the way from homelessness to independence. After 30 days in the running program, participants are provided access to educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals, and housing resources.
Baltimore Outreach Services (BOS, $2500)
Baltimore Outreach Services (within Christ Lutheran Church) is dedicated to helping homeless and impoverished women build a better life by providing housing, education, and job training. BOS operates a 40-bed emergency shelter, providing comprehensive services and case management to residents.
Helping Oppressed People Excel (HOPE, $4200)
HOPE aims to help individuals successfully return to society after incarceration by providing case management, bus passes, and emergency funding for participants (transitional housing, clothing, and job training).
No Boundaries Coalition ($2000)
The No Boundaries Coalition is a resident-led advocacy group building a unified and empowered Central West Baltimore, mobilizing residents from seven different neighborhoods to address racial and economic inequality in Baltimore City and improve the quality of life for Central West Baltimore residents.
Brown Memorial Tutoring Program ($2400)
The Tutoring Program was created in 1964 to address disparities in literacy skills among children from the neighborhoods surrounding Brown Memorial Church. The mission is to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children in Baltimore City public schools with literacy skills and to awaken in them a love of reading.
Charm City Labor Chorus (CCLC, $2000)
The CCLC believes music sends a powerful message that addresses issues of social justice and equality. They sing in churches, union halls, shelters, marches, and soup kitchens with the goal of educating, inspiring, and motivating action for a better society.
The Samaritan Community ($5000)
The Samaritan Community’s mission is to provide assistance to meet the needs of individuals and families who are in crisis and wish to improve their lives. The Samaritan’s Community meets this mission through a food pantry, Clothing “Shop,” case management work, computer workroom, emergency financial assistance, individual empowerment counseling, group support, and life enrichment activities.
Intersection of Change ($5000)
Intersection of Change is dedicated to providing programs that enrich the economic, social, and spiritual lives of those dealing with poverty-related issues in Sandtown-Winchester and surrounding communities. This includes neighborhood revitalization activities such as arts classes and the operation of Martha’s Place.
St. Luke’s Youth Ministry ($2500)
St. Luke's Youth Ministry is a mission of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (217 N. Carey St.). Since 2010, St. Luke’s has offered numerous programs to serve youth in their west Baltimore neighborhood, including homework assistance and computer/wifi access as well as a weekly family dinner.
Importantly, all of the supported organizations state that volunteer opportunities are available and volunteers are graciously welcome. Over the next year, we will try to continue to find ways to inform you of such opportunities or incorporate them into our monthly events.The EEC Outreach Committee greatly appreciates the input of the EEC parishioners and participation in our planned volunteer efforts.
The Outreach Committee
2017 OUTREACH GRANT AWARDS
I am pleased to announce that, in 2017, Emmanuel has continued to demonstrate its commitment to outreach and the fight against social injustice - especially helping poor, vulnerable and marginalized populations in Baltimore and even around the world. More than $30,000 was given to organizations who focus on these causes.
-No Boundaries Coalition (http://www.noboundariescoalition.com, $1000)
-Helping Oppressed People Excel (H.O.P.E)(https://www.emmanueldowntown.org/hope, $4200)
-Manna House (http://mannahouseinc.org, $4000)
-The Annual Ministries Appeal of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland (https://episcopalmaryland.org/ministries/annual-ministries-appeal, $2500)
-The Samaritan Community (http://www.samaritancommunity.org, $5000)
-The Intersection of Change (http://intersectionofchange.org, $5000)
-St Luke's Episcopal Church (http://www.stlukesbaltimore.org, $2500)
-Baltimore Outreach Services (http://www.baltimoreoutreach.org, $4500)
-The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund
--Herschel Wade, Outreach Committee Chair
PAST OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Click here for a full list of organizations we have supported in the recent past.