St. Vincent de Paul Society
We work with our friends at St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church in providing assistance to those in our community in need of financial assistance for rent and utilities.
Our churches donate monthly to the Fayette County Food Pantry which is housed at The First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House. We also partner with the Presbyterians for Vacation Bible School, fun Halloween activities, our Lenten Series, and Holy Week activities. We were pleased this year to add an Advent Series on Tuesday evenings. We are blessed to have the parishioners as such good friends.
Academy of Scholars
Each fall we honor the members and new inductees of the Washington City Schools 'Academy of Scholars'. This event is held under a tent with entertainment provided by a DJ. Students eat, dance, and socialize before heading to the induction ceremony. In past years, we've hosted up to 250 students!
S.O.C.K.S. Program (Spirit of Christmas for Kids)
The S.O.C.K.S. Program has been in existence for nearly 40 years and provides new toys for local children at Christmastime. Donations from businesses, individuals, and proceeds from 'A Tasteful Event' allow our shoppers to purchase age-appropriate gifts. On a Saturday morning before Christmas, families are invited to 'shop' and choose 3 gifts for each of their children.
Come Grow with Us
For the past several years, St. Andrew's and Good Shepherd (now All Saints) have grown corn or soybeans and used all the proceeds to fund our various Outreach programs. All input costs (land, seed, fertilizer, planting, and harvesting, etc.) are donated by local companies and individuals, so 100% of the proceeds are offered.
Harvest Express Program
In conjunction with Cargill Grain Elevator in Bloomingburg, we created the Harvest Express Program which allows farmers to donate a portion of their grain to help fund outreach programs.
All Saints participates in this annual event sponsored by Fayette County Memorial Hospital. We normally see well over 1,000 people during their visit to our booth. We offer prayers for healing for those in need as well as just a sympathetic ear.
Fayette Land and Livestock 4-H and Cloverbud Club
The Fayette Land and Livestock 4-H and Cloverbud Club meets in Fellowship Hall at All Saints on two Sunday afternoons each month during the spring and summer. In keeping with our focus on Outreach, the group recently had a food drive and donated all items to the Fayette County Food Pantry located in the First Presbyterian Church.
Second Chance Center of Hope
Located on Oakland Avenue, Second Chance is hoping to become a Drop-in Center to help create hope and a better life for our homeless and for those victims of domestic violence. The center is staffed by Chiquita Nash (formerly of The Well at Sunnyside). Second Chance is currently able to accept monetary donations, as well as household goods and toiletry items. They hope to be able to provide food and clothing to our neighbors in need.
Cherry Hill School Volunteers
Volunteers help students in Grades K-2 with Reading and Math Skills. They choose to work with one student or perhaps a group of 3 or 4 during one hour per week during the school year. Materials are provided by the students' teachers.
The Grace United Methodist Church has taken over this Outreach Program (which began through The Well at Sunnyside). Kid's Hope is a Mentor and Relational Program. A child and volunteer meet once a week for an hour to talk or work on homework. Many of these children have no one to talk with or receive help from at home.
Life Pregnancy Center
The Life Pregnancy Center is available to assist women and their families as they prepare for the birth of their children and in the months following. They provide counseling, education, clothing, and supplies for their clients.
A Tasteful Event
Also held under the tent, this event is open to the public and features food and beverage-tasting stations from local restaurants. This popular evening kicks off one of our major fund raisers and all proceeds go to the S.O.C.K.S. Program. (see below). In 2019, the proceeds went to a fund to help support employees of The Willow Restaurant
which burned in June.
Due to the current health pandemic, some of our Outreach programs will need to be re-thought and re-imagined, and re-vamped.
We welcome volunteers who would like to help. Bring your ideas!!