Outreach

Outreach Mission

“Using God’s gifts of time, talent and treasure, we seek to understand and respond to regional, national and global needs outside our parish. We support organizations which empower and maintain the personal dignity of those in need, and which personally involve our parishioners where possible.”

St Peter’s has a long and established tradition of outreach to the community and beyond. The Outreach Committee of St. Peter’s seeks to identify organizations, which will benefit from both financial and “hands-on” help, both locally and abroad. The Committee typically meets monthly after the 10:00am service. The organizations we work with include Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, El Hogar Ministries (a school in Honduras), Oxfam, Thanksgiving Baskets for area residents, St. Stephens After School Program (South End, Boston), Bishop’s Summer Academic, Fun and Enrichment (B-SAFE) program, and many others. The Outreach Committee welcomes new members who are interested in helping with this ministry. Contact Rosie Iacono (rosieni@aol.com) if you are interested. Everyone in the parish is urged to consider prayerfully how they can give of themselves for the needs of others as opportunities arise throughout the year.

Christ Church Diaper Ministry

Please join us in assisting Waltham Christ Church with their Diaper Ministry. Diapers are not covered by government programs like WIC or food stamps. They are expensive and can cost up to 50 cents each. If a family doesn’t have enough clean diapers, children can go for days at a time in the same dirty diaper. A crying baby is more likely to be a victim of child abuse. Christ Church supports low-income Waltham families by giving them 30 diapers per child per month. The demand is steadily increasing and they need our help. We will be collecting diapers on an on-going basis downstairs and at the back of the church. You can also help by signing up on their Amazon diaper registry which you can access through a link on the outreach section of their website below:

http://www.christchurchwaltham.org/
BMC Failure to Thrive Clinic Knitting Project

On-going collection of hand knit infant caps for at-risk newborns at the Boston Medical Center. Knitting materials are available at the back of the church.

Criteria for Grant Requests

We will consider programs that are religious and/or secular. In order to be supported, a proposed project/organization should meet most of the following criteria:

– The program addresses causes, focusing on empowerment.

– The program is committed to racial and cultural diversity.

– The program is committed to meeting the needs of the disadvantaged: economically, physically or emotionally.

– St. Peter’s contribution will have an important impact on the program.

– The program provides opportunity for participation by parishioners of St. Peter’s in a variety of ways: e.g. personal service, serving on committees, or educational experiences.

Click here to download the St Peters Outreach Committee Grant Request Form to fill out and submit.

 

Organizations We Help

 

The Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation (US) helps those suffering from HIV/AIDS, and the orphaned children of the victims of HIV/AIDS. While we pray that HIV/AIDS will be cured one day, today we are focusing on the comfort, hope and a chance for a better life for those in the Kasese region of Uganda suffering from the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

http://www.bmcf.org/

 

Ecclesia Ministries – Sponsors Common Cathedral, an ecumenical worshipping community of the homeless gathering weekly on Boston Common.

http://www.ecclesia-ministries.org/ 

 

The mission of El Hogar Projects is to provide a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned and hopelessly poor children, enabling them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive human beings in Honduras. St. Peter’s supports El Hogar in a number of ways; from sponsoring a child to sending a team of volunteers annually to help on-site to active participation in fundraisers. Please visit our Outreach archives page to see pictures from our 2010 trip.

http://www.elhogar.org/

 

Epiphany is an independent, tuition-free, middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods. We admit children of diverse faiths, races, cultures, and cognitive profiles, believing in the Episcopal tradition that we find God in and through each other’s presence.

http://www.epiphanyschool.com/

 

Episcopal City Mission (ECM). Mobilizes Episcopal parishes, individuals and resources in partnership with other community organizations to achieve social and economic justice in Massachusetts, with particular emphasis on the urban poor.

http://www.episcopalcitymission.org/

 

Esperanza Academy, School of Hope, is a tuition-free school that creates an enriched environment fostering individual success and community commitment for fifth through eighth grade girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts.

http://www.esperanzaacademy.org/

 

Hearth is dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly through housing, outreach, and advocacy. St. Stephen’s Youth Group in conjunction with youth from other churches in Weston, fundraise through the annual Winter Walk for Hearth.

http://www.hearth-home.org/about/index.html

 

We partner with St. Stephens in Boston’s South End, in the support of their B-READY after school program and B-SAFE summer program.

http://www.ststephensbos.org/youthprograms.html

 

 

Waltham Alliance To Create Housing (WATCH) . Develops and promotes affordable housing and offers ESL and civic leadership training in Waltham

http://watchcdc.org/index.php