How Outreach Works

One of our most valued Commissions is our Outreach Commission. It has been in existence for most of the church’s history. It thrived as a result of the receipts from the receipts of our thrift shop, Penny Wise.  The shop was started by Jeanine Harper (the wife of one of our former priests) in 1988 in a strip mall closer to the beach on the north side of Bonita Beach road. In 2003 the shop moved to the old parish building where it is now. Over the years it has become very successful due to the volunteer efforts of our church members and others, both men and women who have devoted many hours to sorting, pricing and selling all manner of goods.

As the receipts of Penny Wise grew the expertise of the commission and its understanding of where this money should go became more serious. Half of Penny Wise receipts go to Outreach and the other half goes to the church for the vestry to decide upon. The commission considers all requests that are brought to them. They have a general standard of considering local causes, Episcopal causes, some support for needs within the parish, disaster assistance, and items brought before them for a one time donation. We welcome ideas that will cause folks to smile and open their pockets to add to the Penny Wise annual amount which runs around $45,000.

For more information regarding our Outreach program contact Barbara Howard at

Current List of Where Our Outreach Money is Spent:

All of these receive money or attention within the Commission every year. We also sponsor the Blood Mobile three times a year.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this commission please contact Barbara Howard at