Outreach

Outreach Committee Mission Statement, Christ Church Cathedral
The mission of Outreach is to improve the quality of life within the greater Springfield community, our nation, and the world. Our objective is to reach beyond the church walls to bring Christ’s vision of a loving and sharing community to fruition. We recognize that there are unmet needs within all segments of society as we support those agencies that attempt to heal our brokenness. We will also be engaged in direct participation when we can be of service.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

La misión del comité de alcance es mejorar la calidad de vida dentro de la comunidad de Springfield, nuestra nación y el mundo. Nuestro objetivo es llegar más allá de las paredes de la iglesia para hacer realidad la visión de Cristo que es una comunidad que comparte y que ama. Reconocemos que hay necesidades insatisfechas dentro de todos los segmentos de la sociedad así como apoyamos a esos organismos que intentan curar nuestro quebrantamiento. Nosotros también estaremos envueltos en participación directamente cuando sea necesario.

'Dónde está su tesoro, allí también estará su corazón'. Mateo 6:21

In 2017, the Outreach Committee received and approved grant requests from 10 worthwhile agencies. Those who wish to submit a grant request for funding in 2018 may download the Grant Request Form and submit it to Jahn Hart by February 28, 2018. Contact Jahn at jahnhart@sbcglobal.net with questions about grant requests.

In the past year our committee participated in the Ministry Fair, developed a new collaboration with The Social Justice Commission of the Diocese via Leah Gregg, and visited the Cathedral-sponsored classroom at Square One.

We sponsored the following activities: Hope Totes collection for the Rescue Mission; attendance at the Women’s March in Greenfield; Cathedral participation in the April Revitalize Green N Fit event in Springfield; forums and church testimonies from VFI, Square One, Friends of the Homeless; more frequent updates/feedback from funded agencies by members of Outreach Committee; attendance at the Gardening the Community Forum on Race; collection of school supplies and Thanksgiving food items for Square One; volunteer serving of meals at Friends of the Homeless; Christmas caroling at Hampden County Jail in Ludlow via REC; and collection of clothing for Big Blue Ministry, Friends of The Homeless, and The Family Resource Center. A significant new endeavor by Outreach, spearheaded by member Donna Barten, was addressing the Opioid Crisis. The Cathedral provided Narcan training; weekly prayers for recovery; articles in Abundant Times; and a Christian worship service for those in recovery, those struggling with substance use disorders or compulsive behaviors, and for friends and loved ones.

In 2018 the Outreach Committee looks forward to expanding opportunities for volunteer service, especially to those who are struggling or in need; we will also continue activities to address the Opioid Crisis.

 


 


 

 

Below is a list of ministries that were supported by Christ Church Cathedral during 2017.

ACTS - to support the mentoring program of Action Centered Tutoring Services for elementary school students desiring academic and personal guidance.

Annual Mission Trip to provide food, education and financial support to the people in the Dominican Republic.

Ani Reyes' visit to Outreach in January

Gardening in the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.

The Order of the Holy Cross - to support the ongoing education and counseling of a South African student.

Residents Encounter Christ - to support the mission of bringing the Gospel and counseling to those incarcerated and newly released.

Revitalize Community Development Corporation - to revitalize homes, neighborhoods & lives through preservation, education and community involvement.

Springfield Rescue Mission - To meet the physical and spiritual needs of the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor by introducing them to Christ and helping them apply the Word of God to every area of their lives.

Square One - To ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed at school, at work and in life by providing educational programs, family support services, health and fitness resources and a voice in the community. Square One has acknowledged our support by naming one of its classrooms after Christ Church Cathedral.

Organizations that would like to make a grant request should download the Fact Sheet and Grant Request Form and submit, as instructed, to either jahnhart@sbcglobal.net or bploh8@gmail.com