Thank you for your continued support and encouragement during this time! Interested in volunteering with organizations during COVID-19? See below or find a more comprehensive list here.
Mission Outreach partner highlights
CityTeam Backpack and School Supplies drive
We have the opportunity to join our mission partner, CityTeam Oakland, in collecting backpacks and school supplies for 1500 students in need and we are blessed to join their efforts. Please click this link https://www.cityteam.org/backpack-drive/ to download the shopping list for “Oakland” and bring new backpacks and school supplies to our Dana Street at Westminster Hall Drop Off spot on Monday, July 20 from 10-12 or Tuesday, July 21 from 3-5 pm. These are the same times that you are able to pick up your Color of Compromise book copy. You may also choose to give online (https://www.cityteam.org/backpack-donate/).
A big thanks for last years participation in this backpack and school supplies drive through 2019 VBS! It is a thrill to be able to share needed items with others, especially as these students are likely heading into more distance learning in fall of 2020. School supplies of their own can help motivate and support students in their learning process – and, if you are able, please include a note of encouragement with your donation. Please contact Becky McKeen in Mission Outreach with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Racial Justice and the Church working group is sharing a resource list for how we can take steps in learning about anti-racism. Take a look at our current “top” recommendations for learning about anti-racism. This list will be updated as we discover, examine, and endorse additional educational materials. Please email email@example.com, Beth Thomsen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tom Elson at email@example.com with any questions.
Mission Outreach partners and First Pres congregants are sharing their front-line work close up and personally through these short videos. More videos will be added regularly!
Support our Mission partners and community: Many of our partners have needs during this time, especially local partners who are providing food, healthcare, and refugee support.
In light of the Covid19 pandemic, we are creating a Special Offering for our front-line partners that are focused on additional food programs for the most vulnerable. Donate here.
Check out virtual fundraisers for our mission partners!