The following agencies have experienced a demonstration of our commitment to put our faith into action through outreach in the downtown community and beyond. Each of these agencies have received money from St. Matthew’s to assist them in their mission. The money is designated in the budget and the total amount that we are able to give is calculated from 10% (a tithe) of the total pledged giving of the parishioners of St. Matthew’s.
January 2014: First Step Services
February 2014: Genesis House
March 2014: Hope Council on AODA, inc.
April 2014: Kenosha Dream Playground Project
May 2014: Shalom Center
June 2014: Women and Children’s Horizons
July 2014: Hospice Alliance
August 2014: Episcopal Relief and Development
September 2014: Autism Solution Pieces
October 2014: Frank Neighborhood Project
November 2014: Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc.
December 2014: ELCA Outreach Center
January 2015: Hospitality Center of St. Luke’s in Racine
February 2015: Kenosha Human Development Services (KHDS)
March 2015: Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project
April 2015: Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH)
May 2015: Kenosha Community Sailing Center (in memory of John Burhani)
June 2015: Genesis House
July 2015: Kenosha County Jail Chaplaincy
August 2015: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI, Kenosha)
September 2015: Kenosha Literacy Council
October 2015: Care Net Family Resource Center, Inc.
November 2015: Bridges Community Center
December 2015: Camp Webb
For the year 2016, St. Matthew’s requested applications in order to grant money to non-profit and community organizations that meet the goals and mission of St. Matthew’s in the area of giving (to support local or Episcopal human services).
The following organizations were awarded in 2016:
ELCA Outreach Center
Salvation Army (twice)
United Way of Kenosha County
Kenosha Achievement Center (twice)
Hope Council on AODA
Habitat for Humanity
Faith Hope & Love
Boys & Girls Club
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Racine Vocational Ministries
Women & Children’s Horizons
Infant Moses Diaper Ministry (@ Grace Lutheran Church)
For the year 2017, St. Matthew’s requested applications in order to grant money to non-profit and community organizations that meet the goals and mission of St. Matthew’s in the area of giving (to support local or Episcopal human services).
The following organizations were awarded in 2017:
Alano Club of Kenosha, is a nonprofit fraternal organization. It maintains and operates a clubhouse to be used exclusively as a headquarters and meeting place for members of Alcoholic Anonymous. A Boiler Failure occurred and they are seeking assistance to replace it with furnaces for their building. Award $1,000.00
Eagle Scout Project, Andrew Rasch Troop 544: Redoing the baseball diamonds and possibly the dugouts at Forest Park to get a home base for the Wisconsin Shores Challenger Leagues. The leagues are for children and adults with special needs. Award $500.00
LGBT Center of SE WI: The LGBT Center offers support groups, social programming, crisis help, service referrals and more. A prom is held first weekend in June with over 100 youth attending. Looking for funding for a photo booth and other items. Award $1,000.00
Somers United Church of Christ Diaper Ministry: The Diaper Ministry started in September 2016. They have distributed 2,213 diapers to 59 children serving 49 families. Most families also receive a bag of food, a roll of paper towel and 2 rolls of toilet paper. Award $500.00
Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry, Inc.: The last 2 years they have served 2,523 clients including 943 children, west of I-94. They receive food donations from local farmers and gardeners and the community. They have 20 volunteers. Award $500.00
Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc.: Reducing Employment Barriers program. They are providing literacy classes and pre-employment training to reduce employment barriers facing monolingual Spanish speakers or persons with limited English proficiency, homeless persons and ex-offenders so they can achieve earnings sufficient to live independently. Award $1,000.00
Wisconsin Bookworms: Providing free books to preschool children who may not otherwise own books. Looking to provide 8 books per child with student count projected at 220 for 2017-2018 school year. Award $500.00