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Opportunities Through Partnership- Peacemaking & Hunger Fund Grants; Vision Project and Workshop

DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A GREAT PROJECT FOR A HUNGER OR PEACEMAKING FUND GRANT?

Our Presbytery’s Partnership Working Group makes small grants to churches for worthy hunger-alleviation and peacemaking projects.  The next opportunity to apply closes on June 30, and the deadline after that is December 31.  The Partnership Working Group would love to see some great grant applications!

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YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT THE VISION PROJECT WORKSHOP, AUGUST 6-10

Many people of faith would willingly volunteer to help to refugees, but they don’t know where they can do it.  They can do it in Berkeley the week of August 6-10, at the next five-day Vision Project workshop for middle school and high school refugee girls.  Our Presbytery is the primary supporter of the Vision Project, and the next workshop will be at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

Opportunities to help include:

  • Providing workshop supplies,
  • Providing breakfast pastries, snacks or lunch, or
  • Interpreting for one to three girls whose native language is Spanish, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Tigrinya, Somali.

To learn more, please contact Bill Campbell of Old First Presbyterian Church, at (415) 599 0206 or .

 

CHURCHES PARTNER TO DOUBLE THEIR IMPACT IN HELPING REFUGEE GIRLS CREATE A BETTER FUTURE 

 

Old First Presbyterian Church believes so strongly in a program that is helping refugee girls in Oakland that the church is matching dollar-for-dollar other congregations’ gifts to support the program. So far, Old First has matched four churches’ gifts, and it still has about $6,500 available.

The Project empowers middle schools and high school refugee girls by giving them the skills and support they need to envision their futures in America and redefine what they and their families thought possible for them.  The Vision Project is a program of the International Rescue Committee in Northern California, part of one of the world’s leading refugee aid and resettlement agencies.  Charity Navigator has awarded the IRC eleven consecutive 4-star ratings.  The IRC in Northern California launched the Vision Project for refugee girls in 2017.

The matching gift offer applies to contributions made directly to the IRC by check and sent to its Oakland office with the Vision Project designated on the memo line:

International Rescue Committee
Attn:  Kristen Borash
440 Grand Avenue, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94610

No money for this in the budget?  Your church can have a cabaret night, bake sale, car wash, benefit concert, or circle or youth group fundraiser.  A special offering can be another approach.  The IRC will gladly accept gifts of any amount.  Old First will match gifts dollar-for-dollar from $10 up to $1,000 per congregation.  To request a match, send Old First a copy of the IRC’s thank-you letter acknowledging your church’s gift.  Your match request must be received by October 1, 2018.  For more information or to request a match, please contact Bill Campbell at (415) 599 0206 or .