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Outreach | Holy Innocents Episcopal Church

Outreach at Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents is, and has always been a generous congregation with all of us, in one way or another, engaging with projects and responding to needs in our surrounding community and in the world. We give thanks for everyone’s many contributions to this vitally important part of our faith life.

WE GIVE!

Sweatshirt Drive:  The church teenagers fundraised before Christmas to provide 40 sweatshirts to Bayview Mission.  The sweatshirts were part of a Christmas package for the teenagers served by Bayview Mission.  We are also planning volunteer days there on some Saturday mornings.

Meals for the Interfaith Winter Shelter and for Open Cathedral:  each winter, we volunteer at least twice to serve dinner through the Interfaith Winter Shelter program.  In 2019, we also started serving dinner at Open Cathedral, at their Thursday’s 6 p.m. service at the 16th Street BART station.  We serve dinner during the Summer and Winter school breaks.  Our goal for 2020 is to feed at least 1000 persons.

Toiletries for the Homeless: We gather small toiletry items (small hotel-size soap or shampoo bottles, feminine hygiene products, undergarments, socks, etc…) to be distributed at the Gubbio Project (located at St-John the Evangelist), or to be distributed across town by the church members.

Financial help & extras for the Julian Pantry:  when asked, we will provide financial help to buy items (like tables) needed by the Julian Pantry (happening every Saturday morning at St-John the Evangelist).  We will also do various one-time drives for extra items that clients of the pantry do need (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap…)

Gift Bags for the Homeless: Gift bags filled with useful and fun items are periodically packed and distributed by the congregation to people who are hungry and/or living on the streets. The bags include items such as toiletries, hand warmers, protein bars, snacks, and a bottle of water. Please contact Jeremy Sallin if you are interested. (jjsallin(at)gmail.com) Donations for this project can be sent to the Holy Innocents’ Outreach Fund.

Response to Neighborhood Emergencies: We provide help to our neighbors who are experiencing a crisis (for instance after a fire.)

Neighborhood outreach: we have a bi-annual block party in September/October, where we invite our neighbors to join us for good cheers, ice cream, face painting and a few tips about disaster preparedness.  We also distribute candy on Halloween to neighborhood kids and provide an altar for their parents, so that they can remember those who have died.

WE SUPPORT!

In the past years, we have supported

Host neighborhood groups: we rent our space to 12-step programs and youth groups for free or at very low-cost. Every year or every other year, our space is used for a  NERT class, which goes on once a week for 6 weeks, to teach disaster preparedness.

Kiva is a San Francisco based, international micro-lending non-profit.  Join our Kiva investment group here!

Census: in 2020, we intend to promote awareness about the census and help to get our community counted.

 

WE TAKE ACTION!

Sheffield Ministry:  on the first Sunday of the month, we take communion and sing to the residents of the Sheffield, a nursing home located on South Van Ness and 22nd Street.  We meet there around 2 p.m.  

Individual and Community Preparedness:  whether it’s an earthquake or something else, disaster can and will strike.  We train in NERT and spread the word about what a resilient community needs to weather the Big One.   In conjunction with the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Fair Oaks Neighborhood Association, we will become a Neighorhood Support Hub in case of a disaster (earthquake, fire…).

Suicide Prevention Awareness:  a team of Holy Innocents marches at the Out of the Darkness walk organized in September by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Faith In Action:  we are exploring becoming a Faith In Action parish.  Several members have attended training focused on supporting immigrants facing deportation. 

Stephen Ministry is a one on one caring lay ministry.  If you are going through a rough patch but you feel you do not want to burden your friends too much with your problems, read about Stephen Ministry and contact our clergy to decide whether you would want to meet weekly with a Stephen Minister for as long as you need to regain balance in your life.

Environmental Stewardship: For over 10 years, we have tried to lower our carbon footprint, whether by upgrading all of our lightbulbs to LED, purchasing a tankless water heater, discouraging single-use cups and cutleries at our events, recycling and composting, etc…  We raise awareness among our community whenever we can.  We are looking for someone to take over this program.