The annual "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" Suicide Prevention Walk drew hundreds of concerned citizens to Eldridge Park on May 6. Funds were raised by the walkers to be put toward suicide prevention. Westminster and UCC walkers joined to make "Kate's Team".
ANGEL TREE - Prison Fellowship 2016
Westminster Pres will participate with Prison Fellowship once again to serve children of incarcerated parents through the Angel Tree Project.
Westminster will serve 7 children this Christmas.
Angel Tree personnel connect with incarcerated parents, who make gift suggestions for their children. Volunteers, like us, then purchase a gift and deliver it to the children at Christmas, in the name of their parent The gift tag bears a personal message from the parent.
Angel Tree attempts to provide gifts to children who often don't receive many gifts, and even more importantly, to keep families connected.
Service/Learning Project with
Eastern Mennonite Missions
Lancaster, PA, was the site of summer 2016's "Kingdom Team" weeks. Youth and adult advisors spent a week learning how to be the hands and feet of Christ by serving others.
The six weeks of teamwork this summer were focused on the refugee population in Lancaster City. Three Westminster members participated during the 4th week of July.
Olivia Seeley, Kathy White, and Stephanie Maslin joined youth and adults from Millport Mennonite Church. With leadership from EMM young adults, they worshiped together and organized a "Kids's Club" for refugee children from Nepal in Lancaster City.
SERVING IN THE COMMUNITY
Members of Westminster volunteer at the Southern Tier Mobile Food Bank. The food truck delivers grocery goods throughout a 6 county area. Volunteers help to unload and distribute the food to the many people who come to receive it.
SOUTHERN TIER FOOD BANK
Westminster Church members are regular volunteers at the Southern Tier Food Bank.
The food bank needs volunteers every day of the week except Sunday. You can contact the food bank volunteer coordinator directly.
June 17 - FIVE WESTMINSTER VOLUNTEERS worked with twenty-some other workers to distribute food at the FOOD BANK OF THE SOUTHERN TIER COMMUNITY FOOD GIVEAWAY. Over 350 family units were provided with generous bags of groceries. Next Community Food Giveaway is planned for September.
The Food Bank is always looking for volunteers. You can contact them at 796-6061.
MAY 7, 2016 was Volunteer Day at Camp Whitman!
Volunteers from around the presbytery gathered to get the camp ready for the summer. Volunteers painted, cleaned, raked, swept, and removed a winter's worth of hidden nuts from squirrels nests in the cabins. Three volunteers from Westminster
SERVING THE COMMUNITY THROUGH CARING FRIENDS
The CARING FRIENDS of Westminster are the "deacons" of the church. One of the ministries of CARING FRIENDS is to support one community non-profit organization each month with a financial donation.
Some of the agencies that the CARING FRIENDS have supported are:
Westminster helps support these two community services:
HOSPITALITY CENTER at the Elmira Correctional Facility, This interfaith effort provides a comfortable place for visitors to wait. Many travel long distances by bus to visit their incarcerated loved ones. The center provides warm, dry, shelter, seating, coffee, information, assistance with necessary visitation forms, and even a supply of extra clothing in case visitors aren't dressed according to visitation policy.
The Center is supported by donations and volunteers, and is in need of both.
Interfaith Hospitality Center PO Box 3062
Elmira, New York 14905
COMPEER is a nonprofit organization, which matches caring, sensitive, and trained volunteers in friendship relationships with children and adults who are receiving mental health treatment. There are more people in need than there are volunteers. http://www.compeerelmira.com/