The Mission Partner for the month of October is Church World Services.What began in 1946 as a response to the aftermath of WWII has grown to a global organization whose mission hasn't changed, but has grown to encompass more of the world.This group continues to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged and shelter the homeless.
Most of you probably know of the organization primarily through the CROP Hunger Walk.This year, more than 1,000 walks will be held, including the one in Omaha which will take place on Sunday, October 9th.Did you know that up to 25% of the monies donated can be kept in our own community?There is a provision for that.It will be up to our local chairpersons to decide if they wish to use that option and where those monies will be sent.
In addition to feeding the hungry, CWS provides assistance to communities impacted by disaster, much as the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program does.They also assist refugees who have been uprooted by persecution or armed conflict, including a special outreach to LGBTI refugees to insure they are welcome and safe.Related to this, many CWS offices provide immigrants with assistance in legal services.CWS also provides services to children through literacy programs.Finally, CWS is actively involved in bringing access to safe drinking water to communities.Did you know that the lack of safe water kills more people annually than all forms of violence?(Including wars—amazing…)We invite you to join the walkers, or to sponsoring a walker.You'll find materials in the Commons to sign up to walk or to sponsor.
The Hunger Partner for October is Food Bank of the Heartland (FBTH.)Did you know that over 25,000 people receive emergency food assistance from the Food Bank in any given week?That's roughly the population of Papillion.How does it work?Individuals, businesses, foundations, USDA, and organizations donate food, funds and volunteer time.The Food Bank collects and distributes food to Agency Partners and direct distribution programs.Food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, mobile pantries and child nutrition programs organize distribution.Food is provided to people who are struggling with hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa.
Food Bank for the Heartland is the largest food bank in Nebraska & Iowa, encompassing 93 counties in the two-state region.In 2015, 1.5 million pounds of food was distributed each month by FBTH to Agency Partners; that's up from 1.2 million pounds per month in 2014.
Any donations of monies for hunger in October will be sent to the Food Bank.Each monetary donation makes a difference.For every $10.00 donated, the FBTH can provide enough food for 30 meals!If you can't donate dollars, maybe you can donate time.Every volunteer hour shared saves $25.00 in staff costs, allowing more monies to be used for food.(Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.)And if you can't do any of those, please be in prayer for the Food Bank and the clients it serves.
Thank you to everyone who donated blood for the August drive.Our drive collected 34 pints of blood.Those donations can help up to three hospital patients, resulting in 102 potential lives saved.Thanks also are sent to those who worked to organize the drive and those who provided snacks.