2021 Approved Microgrants
St Michaels Food Ministry
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, two parishioners from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Silver Spring are leading an interfaith effort to fight hunger. The Ministry for the Poor and Vulnerable helps get meals and groceries to those that cannot leave their home due to illness and/or no transportation. The FUMC microgrant was used to purchase food to contribute to this effort which is also being supported by four other churches.
Raising a Village
Raising A Village Foundation provides high-quality intervention programs and community resources to children, youth, and families in the areas of education, health and wellness, and the arts in the District of Columbia. Its programs include its educational program – Driven 2 Succeed. the FUMC microgrant helped provide two laptops to key staff to facilitate their educational outreach and tutoring to disadvantaged students.
Faith Family Ministry
Church staff is planning a monthly summer inter-generational midweek gathering in lieu of vacation bible school or a kid serve camp, which will include dinner and segments for fun, sharing, learning and serving. Funds will be used to purchase supplies for service projects such as cards for those needing cheer, snack bags or lunches for shelter, pet beds for Humane Society and/or UMCOR hygiene or school kits.
LeadHer Camp at West River Camping & Retreat Center (BWC)
This is a weeklong camp for girls, grades 6 - 12, August 1 - 6 at BWC's West River. This is the fourth or fifth year that LeadHER has taken place, and the intent is to provide girls with key leadership skills to add to their toolbox in the context of a safe, girls only environment. In years past, the girls have heard about mental health, about finding their personal mission, about becoming good allies, and about managing their time. This year, a diverse team of adults will help girls name and claim their strengths.