2019 LOCAL OUTREACH - Lynda Turner
LOCALLY money was allocated to Success Works, part of Community Services, to support farming interns on its First Harvest farm. 

In March, a pre-test was held to provide $7 Smile Cards to homeless people on Salt Spring. The Cards were distributed by locals knowledgeable about the street scene. The test was deemed a success so it continued during the rest of 2019 and into 2020. The third Sunday of each month is Smile Card Sunday, and donations from parishioners have so far covered the cost of the project. In the fall, the cards were raised to $10 to cover increased costs and to provide hot breakfasts. In 2019, 448 cards were distributed, and the feedback from recipients has been very positive. While most of the cards were distributed on the street, a number of cards were given to Copper Kettle to give to their clients.

In October, O&M sponsored the First Annual Warm Gear Sunday where parishioners brought gently used warm clothing and blankets for Copper Kettle clients. It was very successful so we are looking forward to the Second Annual Drive in the fall of 2020.

Money was given to the Wagon Wheel Society to help bring about a much-needed laundromat for Salt Spring. The lease for this new facility was signed February 1, 2020. Everyone is looking forward to this new service on the Island.

Money was also given to Family Place to help provide a regular lunch for single mothers and their children. Soup is provided twice a month to Family Place for their programs. Our two soup-making teams are Ruth & Louis Pepin and Ruth Mills & Doreen Davidson.    

In addition, an Angel Tree was set up in the Church and Christmas gifts were provided to two families named by Family Place.

The “angel tree” is an outreach project of our parish. We have participated in this project for several years now. As a parish, we sponsor a family who needs a little extra help at Christmas. I coordinate with the director of Family Place who forwards me a list of what the family may need or want.

With this list, I make paper ornaments with gift suggestions written on them. I then hang these “ornaments” on the tree in the narthex, usually by the first week in December. Members of the congregation choose an “ornament” and buy that gift. They wrap it or put it in a gift bag and return it to the church with the tag attached.

The gifts are dropped off at Family Place about a week before Christmas so they can be given to the family. Members of the parish have told me what fun it is to shop for the family (especially books and other items for the kids). We also give gift cards which are very useful and appreciated.

The angel tree is a wonderful and fun outreach project. The parish is so very generous, and I know the family is extremely grateful. Thank you for your support!