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The Giving Corner

On this page, you will find calls for donations of food, toiletries, clothing, furniture, or other specific items needed either by one of our mission partners or community organizations that Outreach Ministries has chosen to support.

Outreach Ministries will also post volunteer opportunities, some of them occurring regularly, others occurring according to the needs of a mission partner or community organization.

Lastly, we will post here links to information about annual service trips that church members volunteer for with our mission partners.

If you have further questions, please get in touch with the Outreach Ministries representative, Eilene Hoft-March,

eilene.hoft-march@lawrence.edu

Opportunities to Donate

Ongoing Donations

Furniture, household items 

and gift cards

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Personal care, household 

items and gift cards

Personal and household

hygiene items

Soap and sanitation

supplies

Furniture, baby/children's clothing

Watch for weekly announcement in the Open Door

Provide hot meals

for shelters

Special Donations Collected throughout the Year

January - LEAVEN household and personal hygiene items

March - Back Bay Mission

April - World Relief diaper drive

July - Henderson Settlement drive

August - Re-Member

September - Baby Basket drive

October - Menominee Tribal Youth Services athletic shoe drive

November - Pillars or World Relief coat drive

Opportunities to Volunteer

Volunteer On-Site at First Congregational

Build relationships in our Church Community

 

For Fellowship Events, contact

Kevin Clavers, kclavers@new.rr.com

 or Mary Willems, willems4@twc.com

Service Sunday

The first Sunday in June, service Sunday is an opportunity for our congregation and friends to complete simple service projects and participate in light cleaning in the church or clean up of the church grounds.

Point of Contact

Nancy Brown-Koeller, nbkappleton@gmail.com 

Kevin Clavers, kclavers@new.rr.com

Mary Willems, willems4@twc.com

Hanging of the Greens

Members are invited to help decorate the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas

Point of Contact

Sarah Wilterdink, swilterdink@uccappleton.org

Alternative Christmas

A festive event with food, music and opportunities to shop for Christmas gifts that benefit our mission partners.

Point of Contact

JoAnn Shropshire, joshrop@new.rr.com

Shelley Nulton, snulton@att.net

Volunteer in the Fox Valley

Build Relationships with the Wider Community

Pillars

Pillars Adult & Family Shelter provides a safe temporary shelter and guidance for adults and families in the Fox Valley. Approximately 75 people are sheltered each day. First Congregational has stayed actively involved in Pillars serving dinners first Thursdays of the month.

Point of Contact

Shelley Nulton, snulton@att.net

Volunteer Directly

World Relief

We all want to make a difference in the world. It’s part of how we are designed. You can bring your gifts, abilities and interests, and World Relief will help you connect and walk alongside families and individuals as they rebuild their lives in Wisconsin.

Point of Contact

Ann Gain, anngain@gmail.com

Volunteer Directly

Habitat Faith Build

We bring people together to build homes, strengthen neighborhoods and achieve self-reliance. We are stewards of our community, our environment, as well as the time and talent of our volunteers, staff, donors and shoppers.

Point of Contact

Tim DeHart, tdehart@new.rr.com

Volunteer Directly

Plant-A-Row

Plant-A-Row garden project was founded by Dr. Jack Harris, who was committed to providing fresh, nutritious food to people in the community who are struggling. Volunteers are needed on a weekly basis to grow seedlings, plant, weed, harvest and deliver produce. 

Point of Contact

Julie Gamm, 

julgamm@gmail.com

LEAVEN

LEAVEN depends on 20-25 volunteers serving in various roles for 3-4 hour shifts to meet the needs of our clients. We ask that each volunteer commit to at least one shift per week. LEAVEN volunteers must be 18 or older and serve between these hours on Monday 9 am-7 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9 am-4 pm, or Friday 9 am-12 pm. at our office in Menasha.

Volunteer Directly

E2F (Empty-to-Full)

Since its founding in 2011, we have provided over 2000 pans of ready-to-cook food to Pillars, Apricity and Harbor House.
Several times a year, volunteers pick up a recipe and an empty pan during a distribution Sunday and the full pan is collected the following Sunday at church.

Point of Contact

Cindi MacSwain, cmacswain@new.rr.com

Service Trips to Our Partner Organizations

Back Bay Mission

Back Bay Mission is a community ministry of the United Church of Christ. Located in Biloxi, MS, it serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast and wider church community by faithful witness for social justice and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized. First Congregational has a long history of active participation in the mission with on-site projects.

Point of Contact

Ken Jahnke, kjahnke@new.rr.com

Kenya Partnership

Our church has worked with the denomination and the Kerio Valley District Church Council to improve quality of life in the western region of Kenya. Our missions in Kenya are enacted through the development and support of programs that encourage spiritual growth and educate children through scholarships to go to high school.

Point of Contact

Aimee Eubank, yoopers2@athenet.net

Henderson Settlement

We humbly believe that that God is blessing the work and outreach of the Henderson Settlement to assist the people in this area of Appalachia. Our focus is on helping to make a long term and sustainable difference in the lives of those with whom we work, and encourage and help them and their families to grow spiritually, economically and socially. 

Point of Contact

LouAnn Graf, fivesuisse@sbcglobal.net

Re-Member

We travel to the Pine Ridge Reservation where we build beds for children who do not have one. We build outhouses for those without functional plumbing. We build knowledge and support self-sufficiency in our community gardens. We build economy with our support of local native-owned business. We build hope for a better tomorrow, by focusing on the promise and possibility of what can be.

Point of Contact

Eilene Hoft-March, 

eilene.hoft-march@lawrence.edu

 

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