Community Involvement and Social Justice

 

Westminster supports many local, national, and international charitable groups and causes. Many of those causes are listed below:

Adopt a Clasroom. Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in whitch donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom’s success. www.adoptaclassroom.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters impacts youth in communities across the country. By helping children develop supportive relationships with positive role models, BBBS makes a direct and lasting impact on their lives. Westminster participates in the annual Bowl for Kids' Sake. www.bbbs.org

Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world where and when it’s needed most. Westminster participates in the annual CROP walk in October. www.churchworldservice.org. In 2013, Westminster walkers raised over $2,500.  In November 2013, the congregation donated supplies to create 64 school kits and 3 clean-up buckets.

DeKalb County Rehabilitation & Nursing Center . Westminster provides Christmas gifts for residents at 2600 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, Ii 60115-1207, (815) 758-2477. www.dekalbcounty.org

Equal Exchange. Fairness to farmers. A closer connection between people and the farmers we all rely on. Equal exchange works in partnership with faith-based relief, development and human rights organizations to help communities of faith learn about and promote Fair Trade. 50 United Drive, West Bridgewater, Ma 02379, (774) 776-7366, Fax (508) 587-5955, www.equalexchange.coop/interfaith-program.org. At Westminster, we use Fair Trade coffee and tea for our Sunday morning fellowship hour.  There is also a volunteer who orders coffee, chocolate, and other items for members.  This is done as a convenience and there is no profit to either the church or the volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity International – a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry,. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. 121 Habitat St. Americus, Ga 31709-3498, (800) 422-4828. www.habitat.org. When Westminster built the new sanctuary, we donated half the funds needed to build a house to our local HFH affiliate and provided weekly volunteers.

Hope Haven Hope Haven is DeKalb’s homeless shelter at 1145 Rushmore Drive, DeKalb, (815) 758-5765. hopehavendekalb.com Westminster provides the evening meal for about 40 people on the emergency shelter side on the fourth Sunday of the month.  These meals are prepared by either one of the groups in the congregation or an individual. For menu ideas, recipes, or a meal planning form for your group, please click here.

Operation Christmas Child , a program run by Samaritans Purse, Brings joy, hope, and the Good News of God’s love to children in desperate situations around the world. www.samaritanspurse.org/occ It’s so simple to make a difference in just on life!! Pack a shoe box with small toys, hygiene items, and other gifts. Include $7 per box to cover shipping costs. This is an annual project that Westminster has supported for several years. In November, 2012, we collected about 20 boxes.

Safe Passage provides a wide range of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence including crisis intervention and medical advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence, short and long-term housing for victims and their children, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, community education , a batterer’s intervention program, and a Latina outreach program. Contact the shelter for donation drop off sites. www.safepassagedv.org

Salvation Army. Salvation Army provides many services to the community, including a food pantry. Local church and office: 830 Grove Street, DeKalb, Il (815) 756-4306, Store: 1814 Sycamore Road, DeKalb (815) 758-3814. www.salvationarmyusa.org. Westminster participates in their Thanksgiving Basket and Adopt-an-Angel programs. In 2012, the congregation provided over 40 Thanksgiving baskets. 

Denominational Programs

The Hunger Program. Your financial support enables the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) to witness to the healing love of Christ and to bring hope to communities and individuals struggling with hunger. Please give generously to the above General Hunger Fund or to one of the specific Hunger Funds listed on the website:
www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/hunger/food-and-faith

Mission Support Your own heart for missions and your faithful response to Christ’s Great Commisssion is making it possible for the gospel to be shared both now and into the next generation, for which we give thanks to God! 
www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/financials/missioninitiative

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance PDA staff and volunteers are often some of the first people on the scene to help with the initial assessment phase. PDA’s commitment to long-term recovery keeps us on the ground long after the initial crisis has passed providing financial spiritual and volunteer assistance in communities nationally and internationally.
www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pda/become-involved-pda-ministries/ Explore the www.pcusa.org and www.presbyterianmission.org websites for more opportunities and info.

National and International Programs

Bread for the World. Have faith. End hunger. A Christian voice for ending hunger by political advocacy. 50 F Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 639-9400 or (800) 82-BREAD. Fax (202) 639-9401, www.bread.org.

Heifer International. Mission: To work with the communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Strategy: To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with the others- along with their knowledge, resources, and skills- an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. 1 World Avenue, Little Roack, Ar 72202, (800) 422-0474, www.heifer.org and/or Heifer-Chicago, 311 N. Aberdeen, Suite 300C 60607,(312) 850-3330, Fax (312) 850-3339. Regional events can be identified through the Chicago office or website. www.heiferchicago.org