ECS Announces 2015 Grant Awards

ECS Announces 2015 Grant Awards

by Episcopal Community Services (ECS)

Thanks to the generosity of the members of our diocese and the tireless efforts of our congregations to serve the needs of the communities around them, Episcopal Community Services (ECS) was able to grant over $ 17,000 to eight different programs in 2015.

This year several new programs are being initiated, as people discern local needs, And, in some places, very creative community partnerships are being developed. ECS is always excited to learn about the wonderful work our congregations are doing or want to do, and this process is both fun and exciting for our Board of Directors!

Episcopal Community Services 2015 Grant Awards

Church of Our Saviour, Placerville is developing a new program for veterans in Placer County who are underserved. To do this, they are partnering with neighboring Episcopal churches, the local Roman Catholic Church and their local Veterans' services to help fill in the gaps in service and assistance.

St. Nicholas', Paradise, together with their local Family Resource Center, local transit services and the Feather River Hospital are starting a program to provide needed transportation for those who need help getting to medical appointments and/or to meet their basic needs, like grocery shopping.

St. Nicholas', Tahoe City, is developing an emergency warming shelter program for chronically homeless individuals who need shelter in extreme winter temperatures. Again this is a community collaboration with United For Action which is a local consortium of service agencies and faith communities.

St. Timothy's, Gridley, is developing a community garden on property that they newly acquired. This is a community wide project with Gridley Roots Community Garden and a UC Davis Master Gardener. In addition, they are working with GROW (Gridley Reaching Out for Wellness) and the Public Health Department. This will help meet the needs of for improved nutrition, and St. Timothy's also hopes to expand the program by hosting Public Health Food and Cooking demonstrations.

Camp Living Waters and Camp Noel Porter will also receive grants from ECS for scholarship funds to help those who cannot otherwise attend camp so they can reap the benefit of a week-long immersion in a Christian Community. In addition, Camp Noel Porter will receive help to provide needed training in CPR and Lifeguard training. This not only helps the camp, but is a part of leadership development training for our young people who givetheir time to work and learn at camp.

St. John's, Marysville, expands its outreach program, “Loaves and Britches,” each year and is constantly expanding and/or forming new community partnerships. Even the police department has stepped in by providing and serving one of the now weekly hot meals. In addition, St. John's has partnered with Sutter-Yuba Homeless Consortium and the local social services agency, among others. ECS is proud to be able to assist St. John's with a grant in support of their community programs.

Freedom Riders 2015: ECS has agreed to support the 2015 Freedom Riders by providing scholarship money as needed, and by partly sponsoring a post-Ride Retreat/Workshop to help these young people digest their experiences and develop ways to bring those experiences to the rest of the Diocese.

In addition ECS has applied for a Domestic Poverty Grant from The Episcopal Church. Should we receive funding, we will be opening up a second grant process. Perhaps reading about these programs will inspire your congregation to develop and/or expand a program in social service or health ministry outreach in your community.


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