The Embrace Action Fund continues to support many organizations that are doing work consistent with our vision of social outreach. We focus our financial aid on organizations with whom we hope we can deepen our relationship and broaden our support over time. The following organizations have received financial support in 2017.
- Fred Victor
- Red Door
- Street Health
- ArtHeart: Syrian Newcomers’ Art and Integration Project
- Blythwood Out-of-the-Cold Program
- Other EA funding:
- Youth Reconciliation canoe trip
- Walk-in Support
- Boarding Homes Ministry
- Refugee Sponsorship
- Camp Scugog
- Lansing Food Bank
The EA Fund team chose these Partners after significant research to both assess how closely their work aligns with Fairlawn’s overall goal of poverty reduction, and to identify ways that congregants can become more closely connected. The Embrace Action Vision calls for us to increasingly focus on programs where there is an opportunity for members of Fairlawn to have some personal involvement. Our EA Vision calls us to reach out to those beyond our walls, to be involved personally as well as writing a cheque.
The EA Fund builds on this Fairlawn Vision to engage personally with those who are marginalized, by building compassion and understanding, and ideally by sparking the passion to seek justice, as we are called to do by our United Church Creed.
Representatives of our Partners speak occasionally at Fairlawn church services to help congregants understand how to become involved with the work that they do.
The decision about how to distribute the Fund is made by a lay ministry team under the leadership of EA Chair, Kathy Salisbury. The Fund lay ministry team includes:
- Mary Ellen Richardson
- John Cowan
- Laura Schlee