DONATION OPPORTUNITIES:
The cold weather is here and there are many families in Union County who need coats to stay warm this winter. As you go through your closets, please remember the families at the Elizabeth Coalition. Gently used coats and jackets of all sizes are needed (baby sized through adult). The Coalition also needs Large Duffel Bags and Large Sports Bags for the homeless in their winter shelter, Operation Warm Heart. This shelter serves the chronic homeless, who are usually living on the streets or in abandoned buildings. Each client is given a bag with personal items when they begin the program. The Coalition needs large sized bags that can hold a blanket, toiletries, towels and a change of clothes. Bags with a zipper closure and shoulder strap are preferred, sports or duffel bags are ideal. All donations can be dropped off at the church - look for the big blue bins outside of Patton Auditorium.

Year round opportunities:
Bridges Outreach:
A Union County-based organization assisting  people  who  are homeless  or  in  transitional housing. FCC continues to provide bagged lunches once a month and other essentials  to Bridges for distribution, but funding is needed to pay for transportation costs.
Doctors Without Borders: A Nobel Peace Prize winner, it  is  an  international  medical humanitarian  organization delivering  emergency  aid  to  people  affected  by  armed conflict, epidemics,  natural and  man-made disasters and exclusion   from   health   care,   in   over   70   countries. Donations  fund  the  medical  professionals  and  other volunteers in thousands of aid missions each year.
Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless: A Union County-based   organization   assisting   individuals   and families  who  are  homeless  or  near  homeless,  gain shelter, rental  assistance,  rent  subsidies,  transitional housing and permanent housing. Donations fund the staff and  volunteers  that  provide  case  management,  crisis intervention,  an after-school  program  for  children,  and housing/life skills related education.
FCC's  Food  Closet: Located at here at FCC, the Food Closet  provides  food  and supplies  to  the  needy  in  our community.  On  average  5-6  individuals/families  “walk-in”  each  week,  many  in  dire  circumstances  relating to difficult  medical  or  housing situations.  Donations help fund  the  supply  of  food,  toiletries  and/or  grocery gift cards.
Heifer  International: An  international  organization providing animals such as chicks, ducks, goats and sheep to  needy  families.  Donations  will  fund  the  purchase  of animals that provide both food for the recipient families as  well  as  a  source  of  family income  to  raise  their standard of living.
Caring  Contact: Located  in Westfield,  Caring  Contact is  a  caring  and  crisis  hotline serving  callers  in  need throughout  New  Jersey.  The  organization  is  devoted to promoting     emotional     wellbeing     by     providing opportunities   for   people   to   express   themselves   to compassionate listeners in a safe environment. 
Roots  and  Wings: Roots  and  Wings  provides  those  who  age  out  of  the foster care system with safe housing, educational support, counseling, and life  skills  in  order  to empower  them  toward  self-sufficiency.  Your donation  will  help  support  several homes in  Union  County  for  deserving young adults transitioning to independence.

 

HURRICANE HARVEY & IRMA
In the wake of the recent natural disasters the Board of Outreach would like to share several resources for disaster relief.

*The United Church of Christ’s Global Sharing of Resources team has created a Hurricane Harvey disaster page with suggestions on ways people in the wider church can help going forward:   http://www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey.  Donations to the Emergency USA fund can be made online from this page. If you prefer to donate by mail, make checks payable to United Church of Christ, with "Hurricane Harvey" in the memo. Mail to: United Church of Christ c/o Financial Services, 700 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100

*http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list  provides a list of other organizations providing various types of relief to Texas hurricane victims including everything from diapers to pet rescue/care.

*American Red Cross    www.redcross.org

According to Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, now is not the time to donate products or services. Instead, he says, “people should send money to groups they trust, and that have the ability to provide aid where it’s needed most.”

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