Mission Endowment Fund 2014 recipients announced

It is with great joy that Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield announces its 2014 Mission Endowment Fund special donation recipients.

Created in 2010 by the congregation of Grace, each year a disbursement from the fund is awarded among local, regional and national/international charities as part of Grace’s ongoing effort to live out its mission statement, “Faith in Action.”

This year’s recipients are:

Griffin’s Friends-Team Jack

Griffin’s Friends is a local group of volunteers dedicated to providing support to children with cancer. Founded in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Griffin’s Friends is named for Griffin D. Kelleher, who passed away at 14 months of age after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy is this special group that supports, in a unique way, children in treatment for cancer and their families.

Griffin’s Friends established the “Griffin’s Friends Children’s Cancer Fund” at Baystate Health Foundation Inc., which is funded by donations from fund-raising activities organized by Griffin’s Friends volunteers.

Donations to Griffin’s Friends can be sent to:
Griffin’s Friends-Team Jack
c/o Baystate Health Foundation
280 Chestnut St., 5th Floor
Springfield, MA 01199

Solder On, Women’s Unit

The women’s program at Soldier On has been providing services to women veterans since 2005. The program provides women veterans with a safe, structured environment that allows them to regain stability. The transitional housing units are located on our Leeds, MA campus and hold up to twelve female veterans in a duplex cottage with two double bedrooms and eight single bedrooms. Aligned with Soldier On’s peer-to-peer support system, the cottage is managed and maintained by the women who live there. Three women make up the committee which coordinates the management of the household, transportation, supplies, maintenance requests and grocery shopping. The Soldier On women’s program is a program for women, by women.

Donations can be sent to:
Soldier On, Women’s Unit
421 North Main Street, Building 6
Leeds, MA 01053

Headstart Westfield/West Springfield

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Our local programs in Westfield and West Springfield are seeking support for families that each month run out of food stamps and need groceries, as well as donations for their emergency funds to help families with urgent needs such as fuel oil.

Donations can be sent to:
Headstart Westfield/West Springfield
390 Southampton Rd.
Westfield, MA 01085

Arrive in Kenya

Arrive in Kenya is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization, meaning all donations are tax deductible, that rescues Kenya’s street children and gives them a future with a home and an education in a well-run, sustainable orphanage. We aim to expand and use our successful model to help endangered children in countries throughout the world.

Donations can be sent to:
Arrive in Kenya
102 Stonecrest Rd.
Ridgefield, CT 06877
EIN# 462565243

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical prevents pain and alleviates suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those in need via 85,000 volunteers, including healthcare professionals, providing over 80 million dollars worth of free medical care in over 710 mobile clinics to 555,000 patient encounters.

The group seeks to be the best in providing free clinic events, which enhance quality of life through the delivery of competent and compassionate healthcare to those who are impoverished, isolated, and underserved without discrimination. Every $1 donated to the group equals $8 worth of medical service.

Donations can be sent to:
Remote Area Medical
2200 Stock Creek Blvd.
Rockford, TN 37853

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