How We Give - and you can too!
We believe that an important purpose of faith is to give. We collect contributions for organizations and community groups every Sunday - our Compassion in Action offering. Each month the mission and ministry of a different group is highlighted. They receive all loose cash and any designated checks in the offering plate. In 2018, this has added up to over $25,000. But the impact of all our giving beyond the church totalled nearly $78,000.
March Mission Partner
UCC - One Great Hour
When we participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, our church reaches people who suffer from emergencies, chronic poverty, and violence worldwide. Among the support we give, water, sanitation and adequate nutrition top the list of resources needed. Assets such as irrigation systems, wells, latrines and wash houses change peoples’ lives in amazing ways. Clean water and adequate facilities improve health and gives dignity to people at the same time. Lives are changed when health improves. Lives are changed when communities thrive. What may seem like a small investment to us, yields amazing results worldwide. With water, sanitation and adequate food, children are more likely to attend school, and women, no longer searching for water, are able to earn money to contribute to their families’ well-being and overall health.
Other Mission Partners include:
Founded in 1999, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety.
Senior Support Services is Denver's only day center for hungry and homeless seniors. The day center is a safe place to spend time, socialize with others, and participate in activities.
Denver Justice Project
Denver Justice Project focuses on transforming violent practices of law-enforcement, seeking racial justice, and working to and mass incarceration. DJP has gone through the trenches to educate community members on knowing their rights when interacting with law-enforcement, and navigating interactions to the best possible outcome. Also what to do if things don’t go well and you sustained injuries and or are jailed.
Colorado Ceasefire began in the 2000 election cycle. After the Colorado General Assembly failed to pass significant gun violence prevention laws following the Columbine High School shooting, a small group of committed individuals formed a political actioncommittee to remove from office legislators who were a block to progress. That year six
critical races turned hands, and we felt that we had made a significant contribution to those changes. We then realized “We have a voice at the capitol; we can’t stop now!” …..and so an organization was born.
Started by Rev. Susan McKee, our Minister for Interfaith Relations, K4P has distributed blankets, shawls, baby caps, peace pals and more in Denver and around the world - 158,000 items in over 80 countries to date. Their offices are housed in our church.
St. Francis Center
A day shelter for homeless men and women. We partner with their clients to provide women with shelter 26 nights per year in our building.
An orphanage in Ethiopia started by one of our members. Members also provide monthly support to 20 children. Through the collection of pennies, we also provide Saturday meals.
El Centro Humanitario
Working with documented and undocumented day laborers.
Serving people struggling with persistent and severe mental health issues, including some of our family members and friends.
St. Francis Center is a day shelter and refuge for men and women who are homeless in Denver and where our Women’s Homelessness Initiative participants gather. SFC has also developed housing solutions. At SFC, guests have the opportunity to work with a variety of specialists, depending on their individual needs—often the first step toward transformation and ultimately self-sufficiency.
Eco Justice Ministries
Justice advocacy for the earth. Eco-Justice Ministries is an ecumenical organization, led by the UCC, that helps churches answer the call to care for all of God's creation, and develop ministries that are faithful, relevant and effective in working toward social justice and environmental sustainability.
The mission of the Florence Project is to provide free legal and social services to detained adults and children facing immigration removal proceedings.
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Their Mission: The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado promotes justice, religious liberty and interfaith understanding through building relationships in order to educate, advocate, and catalyze social change.
These are some of the over 20 groups and organizations that benefit from our financial participation, and we benefit from the organizations work to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Other Groups include:
Greater Park Hill Community Food Pantry
Denver Inner City Parish
Re-Member (Pine Ridge)
Women's Homelessness Initiative
*UCC One Great Hour of Sharing
*UCC Strengthen the Church Offering
*UCC Neighbors in Need Offering
*UCC Christmas Fund
*UCC Our Churches Wider Mission
And additional funds UCC Disaster Relief