January of 2022 marks the third year anniversary of volunteers attending the weekly Food Cupboard at Emmanuel. Unfortunately, as with other agencies throughout the country, our Food Cupboard is seeing an increase in use. Our Food Cupboard was relocated to the EUC nursery in 2021.
Again this past year, we were the fortunate recipient of generous donations from Caisse Populaire and LIPI (Low Income People Involvement). Each week several members of the congregation are also generous in their donations and their practice reduces the need for supplemental shopping trips by committee members..
The Food Cupboard is always looking for non-perishable goods to give out. In particular, the high usage items are powdered, canned and tetra packaged milk, cereal, canned meat and fish and fruit.
Outreach volunteers give of their time to go shopping for the Food Cupboard, putting items away and keeping the storage room in order.
A big thank you to one and all who so generously donate.
2021 in Review:
The Food Cupboard participated in the Regional Toilet Paper North Bay program for the first time this past year.
Outreach is fortunate to have income sustained through funds collected from the washer and dryers at Emmanuel Village.
At Christmas the residents of Emmanuel Village, were given a $50 Metro gift card. This is in keeping with an agreement with Emmanuel Village. In this outreach initiative, EUC makes quarterly payments to the Village. Brenda Cote and Pam Zygmont fill the role of washer and dryer coin collectors.
Outreach continues to support The West Ferris Community Brunch. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this luncheon has been cancelled. It is hoping to resume in the Fall of 2022.
The following groups received donations from Outreach this past year: Community Living's promotion for Giving Tuesday, Northwatch, Legacy of Hope, Outloud North Bay, North Bay Robotics Team, Serenity Hospice, Alzheimer Society, The Gathering Place and the West Ferris Poppy Fund.
Outreach supports the Alzheimer society by paying rent for its art program (held at the Bert Passmore Hall every Thursday morning). This program has been on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mission Giving for 2021:
The Mission Giving from Emmanuel United Church was $6585 this past year.
Members also contributed $295 to the Mission and Service Healing Fund.
Donations from Emmanuel helped the United Church Canada provide assistance to 94 global partners in 22 countries. These donations help to transform and save lives, inspire meaning and purpose and build a better world.
Those engaged in M & S act for peace and justice in communities across Canada throughout the 64 community ministries and 36 chaplaincies, seven theological schools and two educations centres. These funds provide faith formation and leadership support and include dozens of grants for youth groups and conferences.
These funds also provide operating grants for conferences, support staff, and pastoral charges so they may provide leadership in areas of: worship, pastoral care, education and mission.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Committee Members 2022-2023: Chair: Pam Zygmont Vice-Chair: Janie Clayton, Brenda Cote, Nancy Lourie, Murray Bothwell