"Truely I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me" Matthew 25:40
THE MISSION OF THE OUTREACH MINISTRY IS TO IDENTIFY AREAS OF NEED WITHIN THE WIDER COMMUNITY TO WHICH THE PARISH MAY RESPOND CORPORATELY AND WHERE INDIVIDUAL PARISHIONERS MAY SHARE THEIR TIME, TALENTS, AND TREASURE.
The Outreach Ministry allocates the Outreach Funds in the Church budget and delivers in-kind gifts from the parish. It supports and encourages volunteering at the supported agencies. Currently, we have an on-going collection of non-perishable food. At Christmas we have an Angel Tree for one of our Outreach Ministries. Our Christmas church offerings are a collection for Habitat for Humanity of Lee County. The Good Friday offering goes to the Church in Jerusalem, and the Easter offerings go to St. Michael's Madden Education Fund. Throughout the year, we collect and have Food Drives for our local food pantries. The Congregation is unfailingly generous.
The Matthew 25 Fund
The Fund’s income is for outreach beyond the Parish budget, e.g. for a start-up program, a disaster need, a special one-time boost to an agency. Parishioners may contribute to the Endowment component or to the current programs or to both.
Agencies Supported by
Parish Outreach Funds
Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center (ACT): A shelter for abused women and their children. The Center offers instruction in parenting, budgeting, and job search, as well as opportunities for counseling and therapy. Above all, it strives to empower its residents with tools for creating a successful life.
Africaid: An organization devoted to supporting young girls' education in Africa. We specifically support the KIZA program, providing teen girls with a two-year leadership training program.
Agape Flights: Provides mail and supplies to missionary families in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. These private flights are scheduled on a weekly basis and are often the only means of obtaining supplies from the United States.
Alliance for Fair Foods: A consortium of workers determined to provide better living wages as well as decent working conditions for all agricultural workers in the Immokalee area, which is one-hour away from Sanibel. The organization has been cited by the Clinton Global Initiatives as the best workplace monitoring system in the United States.
Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI):
Community Housing and Resources (CHR):
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO):
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva:
Gladiolus Learning & Development Center:
Guardian ad Litem Foundation (Voices for Kids):
Habitat for Humanity:
Harry Chapin Food Bank:
Human Trafficking Awareness:
The Literary Council of the Gulf Coast:
Our Little Roses Missionary Society:
PACE (Practical, Academic, Cultural & Educational) Center for Girls:
Pine Manor Improvement Association:
Sanibel Sea School:
Society for the Increase in Ministry (SIM):
South Fort Myers Food Pantry:
Take Stock in Children:
Episcopal Relief and Development is the national church agency which responds to the on-going and emergency needs of the world.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is one of the most successful Habitat affiliates at building houses for low-income families.
The Church in Jerusalem receives a contribution from our church each year to indicate support for their mission.