Meals on Wheels @ The Crossroads: $1000
Meals on Wheels at Donaldson's Crossroads, Peters Township delivers more than 35,000 hot meals to seniors every year, providing daily personal contact with each senior and balanced, nutritional meals far below cost. More than 250 volunteers help prepare and deliver meals to seniors from Eighty Four to South Fayette, sometimes driving routes as long as 40 miles and braving the elements to reach seniors in remote locations.
South Hills Food Pantry $500
SHFP provides food to people in the South Hills requiring the services of a food pantry but who have limited mobility or are without transportation. They deliver right to the door! Sponsored by Southminster Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Food Pantry is completely staffed and run by volunteers. It is fully supported by donations of food and monetary gifts.
Highland Educational Project in McDowell Country,
via donation to Christ Episcopal Church $1000
The Highland Educational Project (HEP) was an outreach mission of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, serving families in the county for over 70 years in with projects like home rehabilitation, a reading camp for children,and a food pantry. When HEP closed in 2018, Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield, West Virginia worked to serve the area by hosting a series of Episcopal youth groups from out of state (including St.Paul's) in conjunction with community partners First Presbyterian, the Bluefield Union Mission, and the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank. This year, Christ Church has also been working to re-establish HEP.
Jubilee Soup Kitchen $500
Jubilee Kitchen offers a hot mid-day meal to all guests, 365 days a year, and fosters a community of respect and encouragement among guests and volunteers. Through the years Jubilee Association formed to address additional needs of guests and to serve the neighborhood, especially children, in an effort to break the cycle of poverty, saving them from ever needing the Kitchen.
Shepherd Wellness Community $500
Shepherd Wellness Community, founded in 1985 by Episcopal Priest Father Lynn Edwards, is the only AIDS Community center in western Pennsylvania and the only AIDS community serving the 11-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania. SWC is often the first place a person seeks help after an HIV positive diagnosis.
Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program at St. Stephen’s, Wilkinsburg $500
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church provides Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program (NYOP), an afterschool program for elementary school children from the surrounding neighborhoods. NYOP uses an arts-based curriculum that includes instrumental music, singing, dance, art, poetry, and photography, all in a Christian context. NYOP is supported by other churches, by grants from foundations, and by gifts from individuals.The NYOP provides a safe place, mentoring relationships, and an atmosphere that promotes personal growth and a sense of belonging.
Coal Country Hang-Out $500
The Coal Country Hang-Out Youth Center responds to the social and human service needs in Northern Cambria County. The Coal Country Hang-Out Youth Center is designed to offer programs needed to counteract the devastation experienced by families in a geographically isolated and economically deprived area. CCHYC’s goal is to continue and to expand a holistic approach to educational, cultural, and spiritual devastation experienced by families as the result of the collapse of its primary industry, coal mining. These young people are increasingly at risk in an emerging global economy with its attendant language and cultural diversities.
Trinity Walk-in ministry $500
Trinity Cathedral's walk-in ministry provides the most vulnerable among us food, toiletries, clothing, and referral services. They participate along with four other downtown churches as members of the Downtown Ministerium. The volunteers listen to people, ask what they need, direct them to homeless shelters, food pantries, and other sources of service and assistance listed on a database (for example for a job search, acquiring an ID, getting furniture or clothing, transportation to medical appointments).