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 our Thrift Shop receipts. 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 the Thrift Shop grew the expertise of the commission and its understanding of where this money should go became more serious. Half of PennyWise receipts go to Outreach, 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. Fred Cable our current Chairman brought before us the idea of ‘day of change’ Sunday when the time change occurs and Super Bowl Sunday. 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
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 Fred Cable.