The work of the St. Dunstan’s Outreach Committee in both 2020 and 2021 has been shaped by actively responding to needs presented by the global Coronavirus Pandemic. However, the Committee’s work in 2021 looks and feels different than in 2020. Last year demanded a fast-paced response to an avalanche of immediate economic crises emphasizing hunger and housing, and all the funds were exhausted by October. 2020 also was an eye-opening year to systemic racial and economic problems. In 2021, the eye-opening has called for more conversation and deliberation about organizational response to the exposed systemic problems.
To facilitate conversation and deliberation, our meetings in 2021 have added a couple types of personal sharing. The first is through individual Committee members talking about why they do the volunteer work that they do and why their volunteer work is through particular organizations. We are learning more about each other and more about the impact particular organizations have. The second is through short discussions around “The State of Working Wisconsin in the COVID-19 Crisis,” a report from a nonpartisan UW think tank. This is helping us think about exposed systemic patterns in Wisconsin.
Both the eye-opening from 2020 and our deliberations in 2021 are reflected in a slower-pace of distributions in 2021 and a more focused choice of supported programs.
- $1,000 for the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice,
- $400 for MOSES’ efforts in criminal justice reform,
- $500 for Bread for the World for hunger advocacy,
- $500 to D.A.I.S. (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services),
- $200 for KIVA (micro loans),
- $500 for the Road Home (rapid rehousing)
- $1,000 for a Joining Forces for Families summer swim program for students at Elver Park,
- $2,780 for Middleton Outreach Ministry’s new “Connections” Program focused on creating housing stability,
- $1,200 was raised for St. D’s Diaper Drive. To date $600 worth of diapers has been distributed among:
- Reach Out Lodi
- Healing House
- Madison YWCA,
- Allied Drive Food Pantry, and
- Karen’s Essentials Corner
- $1,000 for a medical clinic in the Diocese of Newala in Tanzania,
- $500 for micro loans in developing countries through Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
- Also, in August the Committee received applications for the 2021 Outreach Endowment funds from 5 organizations, all of whom serve a multi-racial clientele. Based on our longstanding approach of allocating 5% of the Outreach Endowment Fund’s principal each year (so as to maintain the fund in a sustainable manner), we understand that this year $5,469 is available for Endowment Grant allocations. As in past years, we will provide a brief report at the Vestry’s September meeting that summarizes our recommendations for allocating St. D’s 2021 Outreach Endowment Grants and requests approval.
If you would like to learn more or get involved in the work of the Outreach Committee, contact the church office using the Contact Us form on this website, or call 608-238-2781 and leave a message!