THE MISSION OF THE OUTREACH COMMISSION 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 Commission 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 children and families and we bake cookies for prisoners in the Lee County Jail. Our Christmas church offerings are a collection for Lee County Habitat for Humanity. The Good Friday offering goes to the Church in Jerusalem, and the Easter offerings go to Episcopal Relief and Development. In summer, we collect beach towels for Kamp for Kids, for children who have a parent who is in prison. 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
Brightest Horizons Child Development Center nearby on the mainland is a childcare center for the children of low-working families. We provide volunteers who rock babies, tutor children, and who provide time and expertise. Noah’s Ark sends over clothing for children and their family members, We provide presents for children at Christmas, and our financial support.
Community Cooperative Ministries, CCMI is a multi-faceted agency in down town Ft Myers. Started as a Soup Kitchen, it now includes Meals-On-Wheels, a Family Service component, and a Montessori pre-school on site. Saint Michael’s volunteers serve each month in the Soup Kitchen, and help in other ways. At Christmas, we provided funds to assure a good Christmas to some of their families. We collect food for them and they receive our financial support .
ECHO, or Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, has an experimental farm in North Fort Myers, where it trains interns to take horticultural methods that will work to low-income countries around the globe. Much of their on-going advice is available through CDs, DVDs, and e-mail. They receive our financial support and volunteer support as well.
F.I.S.H., Friends in Service Here on Sanibel is a very local source of services such as driving to doctors and shopping, use of medical items such as walkers and wheelchairs, and support for any Sanibellian who is experiencing difficulties. A food bank helps hungry families; meals are delivered to shut-ins;, holiday baskets are distributed. Several church members have been, or are now, very involved with F.I.S.H. Saint Michael’s baked pies for the Thanksgiving baskets and we support them financially.
Quality Life Center, in downtown Ft. Myers, provides after-school tutoring and cultural enrichment, and a summer camp. It also provides childcare for pre-schoolers. Its building, a former drug hangout, is now a well-used community service center. We support them financially.
South Fort Myers Food Bank is a recent off-shoot of the downtown Harry Chapin food bank. On the mainland nearby, it is open both morning and evening, and we have supported its start-up and continued operation financially, collect food, and have volunteers who serve regularly.
Southwest Florida Addiction Services has recently expanded its much needed residential and outreach programs to treat and support clients who become, and remain, drug or alcohol free. Saint Michael’s supported their expansion and continues to support their programs.
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. We collaborate with other Houses of Worship to build two or more houses a year.
The Church in Jerusalem receives a contribution from our church each year to indicate support for their mission.