Outreach at St. Alban’s
Since 2008, when St. Alban’s began meeting at Theatre Arlington, the congregation has acted every year on a commitment to spending at least 10% of pledges on outreach activities in the local community, the diocese, and the world beyond. Children and feeding the hungry has been a focus of that work. Here are the projects that we support with time, talent, and treasure–
Arlington Charities, Inc. serves the Arlington area of Tarrant County by providing food, clothing, seasonal programs and other services to those who need temporary assistance. We provide a monthly cash donation to support their work, as well as providing volunteers as needed for special projects.
We provide monthly funds for student needs, volunteers who support students by helping with assignments and listening to them read, as well as special events and fundraising to help the school in its mission to the children.
Each year we host a 5 K/1 mile race/walk on MLK Day, Christmas Eve morning, and one other date to raise money for Outreach, particularly for Crow and Blanton Elementary Schools. Check HERE to see some photos of past races.
We provide support for Arlington Life Shelter, a nearby neighbor, with monthly collection of items that they need for maintenance and personal care. We prepare and serve a meal every month with a fifth Sunday. We are working with the Shelter to meet other needs as they arise.
UTA Campus Ministry
Each year at Christmas time we adopt children from several families who have a parent incarcerated in a Texas prison. We purchase and deliver presents in the name of the incarcerated parent for their children. Each family also is given a grocery store gift certificate for a special holiday meal.
Located at St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church, in a food insecure area, this new food pantry is a joint project of the Eastern Deanery of the Fort Worth Episcopal Diocese. We are actively involved, providing volunteer assistance at all levels, as well as regular financial support and ingathering of needed food and hygiene items.
Beginning in 2017 we plan to join with three other parishes in our diocese to live out our commitment to feed hungry children overseas. Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. These packaged meals have been used primarily to support school feeding programs in developing countries. Hunger is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. Targeting hunger — specifically by supporting school feeding programs — leverages support to other causes including poverty, disease, education, and the welfare of women and children.