In 2015 the congregation of St. Andrew provided cash grants and donations of almost $52,000 to global, national, regional, and local non-profit organizations. Over $41,000 of that total went to local organizations. Over a period of several years, St. Andrew has provided $35,000 to Habitat to Humanity toward the goal of sponsoring a home at the development called The Glen off Marshland Road. We are working with St. Francis and Holy Family Catholic Churches to complete raising the $70,000 to sponsor a home at The Glen, hopefully in 2016.
Two organizations in the local area that provide vital support to individuals and families facing hard times or recovery from disasters like house fires are Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Self Help. Their services are provided efficiently and effectively through a process of client interviews, counseling, and coordination of benefits with other agencies. All of this is done mostly by volunteers, with compassion and the dignity of the client in mind. On April 5 and April 7, checks of over $3,500 each were presented to Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help, respectively, to the Executive Directors, Betsy Doughtie and Lili Coleman. Volunteers Pamela Denlinger as well as Sue and Ken Kroupa assisted Mission Committee Chairman Toney Mathews with the presentations.
The grants are unrestricted and to be used in the areas of greatest need as determined by the agencies. Each year St. Andrew supports the missions of Deep Well Project and Bluffton Self Help through sponsorship of the Community Thanksgiving Meal in conjunction with Hudson’s Restaurant and through the offerings at the Christmas Eve services.