Share the Plate Report - Every Sunday, half of the undesignated collection goes to a worthy cause.
Recent totals for share the plate were $731.00 to Reach Unlimited, a non-profit that serves developmentally delayed persons in Cypress and Northwest Houston, and $108.50 to Planned Parenthood of Northwest Houston, a non-profit that provides reproductive health care to low income women. Thanks to all who provided the funds for these donations!
The recipient from mid-March to mid-April was Urban Harvest. The upcoming recipient will be the Texas Urban Wildlife Rehab Center. Following this will be the Katy Prairie Conservancy.
The April Outreach meeting resulted in a great list of potential recipients for future Share the Plate. We will be meeting this summer with Social Justice committee members from the Museum District and Thoreau campuses and will be brainstorming ideas for coordinated giving several times a year. Also coming your way sometime between July and end of Septmeber will be a list of organizations to vote to support. Ideas include: AniMeals (outreach donating food for pets belonging to low income senior citizens), Houston Galveston Institute, Houston Food Bank, and continuation of donating to Cypress Helping Hands, Reach Unlimited, and Planned Parenthood of Northwest Houston.
Blood Drive - Lea Mock is organizing a blood donation day for May 18. Read all about that in the article below! Especially with the accident in West, Texas, there is a need for blood donations. If you would like to donate, the group is meeting for lunch on Saturday, May 18, and then going to the donation center located near FM 1960 and Highway 290. Thanks, Lea, for initiating this great project!
Windfern High School Project
Annual Outreach Major Donation - The budget for this year was 2% of our total church budget, about $1200. This amount was divided into $200 toward fruit trees, mulch, and water bags, and $1000 in the form of a check to Windfern High School. The principal, Martha Strothers, and Vice Principal Kris Schrandt, were delighted to receive this donation from our church.
Garden Project - Several church members and friends had a fruit tree planting session at the high school on Saturday April 20. Two apple trees and two orange trees were donated to the school, along with water bags to keep the young trees hydrated. Students who attended the Beautify Windfern Day assisted with planting. Thank you to Rita Cusack for spearheading this, and to Carole Courtney, Geoff Sanders, Bil Cusack, and Julia Taylor for your hard work!
The container vegetable garden is thriving and should have mature produce by the end of the school year. Thanks to Rita Cusack for taking the training and helping the school plan and fill out the needed application, and to Heide Jones who assisted with the installation of this project. Several classes of students came out and received hands-on instruction in planting the containers with vegetables, including tomatoes, kale, and other healthy plants.
Global Volunteer Application - Summer Help with Fruit Tree Maintenance - If you are ready to sign up as a gardener at Windfern High School, please visit the link below, print and fill out the form, and mail it to Pam Scott at the address on the form. It is free of charge. List Windfern HS and grades 11-12 as your areas of interest: http://www.cfisd.net/dept2/pie/Global%20Volunteer%20Application.pdf
Next Outreach Team Meeting
The next meeting will be on the third Saturday in June, 9-10:30 a.m.
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