This past spring Presbyterian Women (PW) give out annual Thank Offering grants. PW groups throughout PCUSA collect financial donations in the fall of each year to fund Thank Offering Grants. This is usually third mile giving. The tradition is that each woman gives in a tangible way to express her gratitude for the special blessings in her life. In the fall of 2016 enough money was collected to offer grants totaling $382,500. In late winter of 2017, the Creative Ministries Offering Committee of the PW Churchwide Coordinating Team reviewed ninety-two applications. Fifteen projects were chosen.
Two projects within the Presbytery of Albany have received 2017 Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering grants. Both projects are featured in this promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hch4_gHdiT8
South End Neighborhood Tutors, Inc.
The Wizard’s Wardrobe
Albany, New York
The Wizard’s Wardrobe is a one-on-one afterschool-tutoring program for children in the first and second grades. This program seeks to stimulate students’ enthusiasm for learning and increase their literacy levels by helping them write and produce their own storybooks. This Thank Offering grant will be used to purchase digital recorders, computers, printers, and bindery equipment with which to take the collection of ideas to the celebration of finished books.
Capacity Building for Hope Mission School (a mission of Westminster Presbyterian Church)
Bernard Farm Community, Paynesville Township, Liberia
Hope Mission School exists to sustain itself economically and to ensure educational and vocational opportunities for the community’s youth. This grant will contribute to the expansion of the school to a full high school by adding 11th and 12th grades, and will introduce new vocational training that will lead to new income streams. The grant will also be used to purchase generators and a small freezer. The school will produce income by selling cold drinks and excess power for recharging cell phones and other electronic devices.
Thank Offering grants are between $5,000 and $50,000. Projects need to be less than three years old and meet basic human needs, such as agricultural development, child care, community service, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elder care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns. At least 40 percent of the grant money goes health related projects. The projects may be domestic or international.
For details about the application process, see https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/downloads/thank-birthday-offering-application-form/
Charlotte has been involved in Presbyterian Women for 35 years and was Moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast (PWSNE) from ’11-14. She was also the Synod Representative from PWSNE to the Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Coordinating Team from ’14- July 17. Charlotte is currently the Acting Moderator for PW in the Presbytery of Albany and a member of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland.
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