Here at St. Timothy's, we are called to serve as part of our discipleship, reaching out with compassion and unconditional love to those in need as the hands and feet of Christ. God has equipped us for every good work, providing for us abundantly in both physical and spiritual needs, so we gladly give back by helping our neighbors. Join us in these missions and become active in your faith.
Communities everywhere are struggling with the impacts of the coronavirus. Here are a few organizations tackling these crises that could use your help:
ELCA Disaster Relief has created a COVID-19 Response Fund to address current conditions. Funds raised are divided among congregations that are disproportionately at risk, congregations that are best positioned to help their communities, and sanitation provisions for people globally. You can donate at elca.org/disaster, where you can choose which of their funds to contribute to, or where you can allow them to use your donation where it is most needed.
Lutheran World Relief is asking us to sew cloth masks to protect some of the poorest communities in the world who cannot otherwise protect themselves. You can find more information at lwr.org/masks.
Lutheran Charities supports community-based organizations that provide for the hungry, homeless, lonely, and those in need of hope. With multiple fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, Lutheran Charities needs your help to continue supporting these critical ministries, which are in even greater demand in these times. You can donate at wnylutherancharities.org.
ELCA World Hunger continues to work toward sustainable solutions to alleviate hunger, both in the United States and abroad. With food production and the ability of families to feed themselves both negatively affected by COVID, their work is in even greater demand. Visit https://community.elca.org/elcaworldhunger to donate, mail in a check payable to ELCA World Hunger to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009, or call 800-638-3522.
The Community of Good Neighbors in Buffalo, in partnership with Resurrection Village, always accepts shelf-stable food and other essentials for their food justice ministry, as well as monetary donations to build their new spiritual ministry. Donations can be given by using the Upstate New York Synod Title.ly form here and choosing the Community of Good Neighbors drop-down where it says "give to." To learn more about the Community of Good Neighbors, visit their website at cgnbuffalo.com.
St. Timothy's is collaborating with both the Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and Niagara Falls organizations for their Faith Build Coalition, "bringing people together to put faith into action." We participate in building homes, praying for the families who are being helped by this initiative, and donating funds to allow their work to continue. If you're interested in volunteering for Habitat Buffalo either to pray or to build, please add your name to our sign-up sheet or contact email@example.com.
In our parking lot, you'll find a Hearts for the Homeless donation bin. Hearts for the Homeless is a missions organization that provides meals, clothing, information on services, companionship, and hope for the homeless in Buffalo.
Please note that while they usually accept all textiles, they have a limited capacity during the COVID pandemic and are asking for only gently-used items that can be sold in their thrift shop, including housewares. The shop serves a low-income community in Buffalo and all the proceeds after expenses go to their mobile soup kitchen. Please also continue supporting them in prayer and through monetary support as they continue feeding the needy. Click here to donate.