OUTREACH AND SERVICE

Making a Difference

We recently received a report on the special grants we approved from the Helen Clopper Outreach Fund. TWO YEARS AGO in September 2014, Atonement provided two one-time grants of $10,000 each. The first was for CENTER FOR HOPE AND SAFETY (formerly “Shelter Our Sisters) to provide a community education program on the intersection between human trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence in Bergen County. The Community Educator funded by our grant has spoken to large groups at schools and companies, and small groups throughout the county, over the past year, and will continue into 2016. The second grant was for CROSSROADS CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTER. This money is being used to upgrade sport and activity areas of our ecumenical summer camp for young people from all economic backgrounds in Port Murray, NJ. We give thanks to God for the legacy of Helen Clopper, and for the efforts of our Outreach Committee.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES:

We believe that the ministry of Outreach is critical to the mission of our church. The Vestry has made this real by committing a percentage of our budget to Outreach, and increasing it each year. We look for organizations that also provide hands-on opportunities for us to serve our neighbors. We have an Outreach Committee that works hard to ensure our funds and talents are well used. It performs the work of Christ utilizing the resources of the Church of the Atonement by:

  • Responding to the needs of people in our area with appropriate contributions of money, time and talent.
  • Providing assistance locally, using the resources of the Church of the Atonement where appropriate: focusing on clothing, food, shelter and counseling.
  • Involving, inspiring, and communicating with all members of the Church of the Atonement regarding our outreach efforts.

The Outreach Committee meets 5-6 times a year. Each summer we send out grant applications to local organizations. These applications are returned to us and the committee reviews them. We assign committee members to contact the various organizations and have a telephone conversation or visit with the directors. You may download a grant application here.  Please complete the application form and return it to us by mail no later than October 7, 2016. This will give our committee time to evaluate your request and schedule a site visit or speak with you.

Please make sure you give us all the pertinent information and take notice of our mission statement. Please send all supporting materials with your application so it can be evaluated at one time. Any application that is missing required information will not be considered for a grant.  A committee member will be calling you or visiting you to discuss the application once it is received.

A decision on your grant application will be reached by late November.

By November, the Committee presents its final list of grants to the Vestry.  The Vestry receives the Committee’s report and approves distributions to be made in December. The list is published in the church newsletter, The Chronicle, shortly thereafter.  Thank-you letters from organizations as well as other information can be found on the Outreach bulletin board outside the church office. 

Every few years depending on investment returns, the Outreach Committee also makes recommendations to the Vestry about appropriate grantees of the Helen Clopper Outreach Fund.

New members of the Committee are welcome at any time.  Contact Deedy Clark, chair.

Remember, grant applications are due on October 7, 2016.

Walton Clark delivering donated backpacks-2013

The Outreach Committee is looking for SUGGESTIONS —— SUGGESTIONS from You! Every year a portion of your Stewardship Pledge is put to work in the Outreach Budget. This enables Atonement to award grants to groups that submit an application and then meet our requirements. Each year you are informed of the recipients of those grants. So this is why we want Your SUGGESTIONS. Do you have ties or strong feelings for any organization that you feel deserves our support if it meets our requirements? If so, please email Deedy Clark and let her know your idea.

Committee Members:

Deedy Clark, Sherry Diaz, Gloria Layne, Jane Murphy, Carol Petrovich, Mary Elizabeth Smith and Wilson Reimers.

We welcome new members at any time.

2015 GRANTS APPROVED – The Outreach Team works hard to ensure that all grants are thoughtfully considered. With their recommendations and the Vestry’s approval, funds have been given to the following outreach partners for 2015:

• Bright Side Manor
• Center for Food Action
• Family Promise of Bergen County
• Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels
• North Porch Woman’s and Infant Center
• Project Literacy of Bergen County
• Rebuilding Together (also a hands-on project every spring)
• St. Paul’s Development
• St. Peters Haven
• Meals with a Mission
• Center for Hope and Safety

We thank the members of the Outreach Team for their hard work and dedication

Deedy Clark
dhctravel@aol.com

Community Outreach Projects:

Environmental Initiatives
Environmental concerns, education and justice have been an important part of Atonement’s ministry for many years.  We recognizethat we are called upon by God to be faithful stewards of the earth and all that God has provided.  Find out more about our environmental initiatives.  Read more…   

St. Paul’s Shelter, Paterson, NJ
Atonement cooks, delivers and usually serves a meal for the men at the St. Paul’s Shelter in Paterson, NJ on the second Sunday of each month.  This is an important “hands-on” outreach that touches the lives of those receiving the meal.  Volunteer members decide on the menu, cook the food and deliver it to the shelter, where the men come out to the car and retrieve the food.  The fully equipped kitchen is set up for the volunteers to simply layout the food and serve it (cafeteria style) to the men, who are grateful and appreciative.  Contact Maryann Silver if you’d like to help.  

Ecumenical and Interfaith
We recognize and value that our spiritual journey is shared by our sisters and brothers in Christ of all traditions, and our neighbors who follow other religious paths.  We find ways of sharing that journey and building a more peaceful world through praying, learning, sharing, and reaching out to our community together. Read more…

Open Doors/Open Hearts
To celebrate our 140th anniversary as a church in 2008, we were determined to modify both our facility and our programs, to include members of our community who face barriers to worship, to education and to fellowship. Our plan was to create barrier-free access, and modernize our facility, while retaining the historic beauty of our church and respecting the environment. In January 2011 we celebrated the completion of a capital campaign that enabled us to build an accessible entrance at Engle Street, an elevator and bathrooms, and a new A/V system, in order to make our educational buildings welcoming to all! 

Santa Maria/Santa Margarita Companion Church
Read about our sister church, an organized Episcopal mission in Margarita, a former canal company town on the northern coast of Panama. Read more…

Opportunity Shop
Visit our resale boutique housed since 1956 in Atonement’s lower level to find new and gently used clothing for all ages and household items at a great bargain.  The Opp Shop raises funds for parish Outreach, and also donates items directly to individuals in need, and to non-profits such as Shelter Our Sisters and St. Paul’s Community Development.  The Opp Shop always welcomes new volunteers.   Read more…