Through the offering of financial support to individuals and organizations, this committee is 'linking lives in the love of Christ.'
Through an application process, St. John's Endowment Committee reviews requests from its neighbors near and far - all over the world - who demonstrate a will and ability to carry out God's call. The minimum amount requested must not be less than $1500. Meetings to consider applications and requests are typically monthly, on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
We are always actively seeking appropriate “linking” projects to fund and encourage any and all interested - parishioners and others - to approach us with ideas/proposals.
May 2017 Grants
ACT Uganda - This organization that helps orphans and women in poverty was granted $5,000 for security items to protect the organization's assets.
Enterprise Development and Governance Facility, Ghana - $5,000 for a micro lending program to help women start small businesses
HIS Restoration Maternity Shelter Ministry, Great Lakes Region Michigan - $20,000 to purchase a mobile home for a single mother in poverty
St. John’s Preschool, Midland - $5,000 for scholarships for low income families.
Highlights of Recent Endowment Committee Grants
Centre Lumiere – A new kitchen for this organization that focuses on empowering poor women in Haiti by teaching them hotel and restaurant trade skills.
The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army SHARE summer camp for low income children.
St. John’s Preschool – Grant for their directorship to increase their enrollments and the services they provide.
Tumaini Center Kenya – A water purification system for an organization that serves as an orphanage and a school.
Nonviolence Peaceforce – A grant to help fund a peace keeper who will promote nonviolent conflict resolution and education in the Middle East.
Seminary Scholarships – Scholarships for two Episcopal seminary students.
St. John’s Bell Choir – Refurbishing hand bells for the church.
Humane Society of Midland County – Money for a generator that is part of their renovation project to offer greater welfare to the abandoned and abused animals in Midland.
Pregnancy Resource Center – Grant for technology to help low income pregnant women who come to their center.
Midland Community Former Offender Advocacy and Rehabilitation Program – A grant to help this program develop and maintain its program of rehabilitating former offenders through job training and placement.
Adopt a Village in Guatemala – A grant to help a program of self-sustaining gardens for in six Mayan Villages.
ACT Uganda – A grant to buy a motorcycle to help with the transportation of the goods that program’s participants make that help poor women be economically self-sufficient.
Young Lives Program – a grant to help pregnant teenagers form a community and receive help from women mentors.
Diocese of Eastern Michigan – A grant to help with the Flint, MI water crisis.
Highlights of Past Grants
Meeting a huge need for Midland County’s homeless, hungry and marginalized families, St. John's Episcopal Church's endowment committee has approved grants to: Housing for the Homeless Coalition, Midland’s Open Door, CROP Hunger Walk, King’s Daughter’s Christmas Closet, SAMS Food Pantry, New Hope Village, Salvation Army and Midland Area Homes
In 2015, St. John's Episcopal Church's Endowment Committee also selected ten (10) local agencies to present additional grants: Habitat for Humanity, Midland Area Homes, Midland’s Open Door, The Rev. Ken Hitch’s Discretionary Fund, Salvation Army, St. Andrew’s Flint, St. Paul’s Saginaw, SAMS Food Pantry, Shelterhouse and Toni & Trish House
* Completion of the matching grant for the building of La Iglesia San Pablo y San Lucas in the Dominican Republic
* A grant toward mission travel and work in the Dominican Republic with 26 members of both St. John’s and our partnering congregation of Indian River participating
* A grant was made to HIS Ministries as a start-up grant for the Great Lakes Bay Region Sparrow’s Nest Project assisting single mothers who are in need
* A two-year grant was made for scholarships to two seminary students; the first for a seminarian in the Dominican Republic; the second for a US seminarian, Justine Post, daughter of Jane and Steve, currently attending Duke Divinity School.
* We contributed to the Diocese of Eastern Michigan's support of the DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring Project) - with funds to be used for travel and supplies.
* A grant to ACT-Michigan a) supported renovation and provision of solar power to the ACT Empowerment Centre in Muko, Uganda and b) covered start-up/rental costs for one year for a Midland storefront, Uniquely Uganda, in Midland (next to St. John's SAMS food pantry). More about this venture may be found on page 7 of this newsletter.
* We contributed funds toward Salvation Army's SHARE Project, a drop in summer day camp open to all children in the community. SHARE is run by the Salvation Army of Midland, but sponsored by local churches. In addition to this endowment grant, St. John's also lends support in the form of volunteers making lunch sandwiches.
* Windover High School set-up a community kitchen with help from one of our approved grants
* Christ Enrichment Center (formerly Christ Episcopal Church-Flint) received a grant which helped them set-up a volunteer coordinating office
* A grant to St. Andrews Church in Flint has helped augment their endowment fund and kick-start an effort to increase that fund through other sources
* Funds were approved to refurbish a bedroom and bathroom at the Shelterhouse of Midland. A number of parishioners also contributed their time and labor to renovate the bedroom.
* Caregiving Network here in Midland received funds to help with repairing damage created by a broken water line which flooded their basement.
* A grant was made to the Three Angels Children’s Relief Fund to help rebuild an outdoor kitchen at their orphanage in Haiti.
* Contributions were given to the The Anglican Church in Japan for Tsunami Relief and also to the National Cathedral in Washington DC to aid in earthquake damage repair.
* Funds were granted to West Midland Family Center for the replacement of outdated computers, allowing low-income individuals access to updated technology to take online college courses, research and do homework, manage transactions and correspondence. As community members connect with WMFC staff for computer use, they get the added benefit of learning about other resources available to them.
Each year, three new individuals are elected by the congregation to serve a term on the Endowment Committee. *Terms of service recently changed from four years to three years. ^indicates committee chairs. Class years listed below indicate members who will rotate off this committee in January of given year.
If interested in serving on this elected board, please let us know. Serving at the pleasure of St. John's Vestry, current committee members are listed below:
- Class of 2018 - ^Charles Bash, Betty Kirkley, Alicia Watt
- Class of 2019 - Jim Schuetz, Jane Scott
- Class of 2020 - ^Jesse Donahue, Betty Jones, Chuk Kleber
- Class of *2020 - Marcy Kirksey, Jan Marcou *(three year term beginning Jan 2017)