How you can help!

How you can help!

We urge Members and Friends to remember the financial needs of the  Church.  Although we are not meeting in person during the lock-down, our Ministers and Staff are busier than ever with online worship services, pastoral care, and social justice.  Please  maintain or if possible increase your financial pledge to the congregation. 

Covid-19 is an enormous hardship for the most vulnerable people in the Bloomington community.  Our social justice task forces hope you will help us support the following efforts, both with your time, volunteerism, and financial resources.

 

Homelessness and Hunger Task Forces

Habitat Task Force

Hope for Prisoners Task Force

Just Peace Task Force

End of  Life Task Force: End of Life Issues in Time of COVID-19

Supporting Children and Families in Time of COVID-19

 

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Bloomington Fabric Mask Drive

 

Homelessness and Hunger Task Forces

Through May 31, we will be collecting hygiene items for Wheeler Missions, food items for Backpack Buddies (Community Kitchen) and food and clothing for Shalom. Our wish lists have changed; so, please click on the link below. Our building is closed, but we have placed collection bins outside the building, under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off – we are collecting donations from these bins daily.
Click here for the lists of needed items to donate.

On Easter Sunday, Reverend Forrest Gilmore, our Community Minster, working on the front lines of Hunger and Homelessness, asked for support for Shalom Community Center where he is Executive Director. He mentioned financial support, volunteers in lesser vulnerable categories, and other needed items. In particular at this time of year they are in need of sweatshirts, socks, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, umbrellas, ponchos and other rain gear.

Volunteers, Put Your Feet Up
It’s probably no surprise to hear that the volunteer opportunities at the College Square Pantry, hot breakfasts at Shalom, and food preparation at the Community Kitchen have been suspended indefinitely, as they have now organized to serve the most people in the safest way with the fewest helpers involved. The College Square Pantry will continue with the help of the National Guard. Your volunteer enthusiasm in the past is matchless and we are very grateful. But for now, catch up on NetFlix with a glass of wine or equally attractive beverage, because you will be hearing from us in the future!  –Mary Blizzard, Hunger Task Force

 

 

Habitat Task Force

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has temporarily paused all volunteer building, homeowner training, the housing application process and retail ReStore operations. The homeownership journeys of more than 20 families are on hold. Because of the economic impact of COVID-19, Habitat’s president and CEO Wendi Goodlett estimates about 50% of its existing homeowners will not be able to pay mortgages for some period of time. Many families in the program work in industries at the forefront of the crisis. Habitat is asking for financial donations to make it possible to offer mortgage relief to homeowners who need it and to continue building, when feasible. Donations can be made online at: https://www.classy.org/give/216002/#!/donation/checkout

 

 

Hope for Prisoners Task Force

New Leaf—New Life serves inmates of the Monroe County jail and  individuals who have recently been released to our community. See their Donate page for monetary and material needs and their Volunteer page for ways to directly assist in the current emergency.

 

Just Peace Task Force

As we face a deadly pandemic, as well as global climate chaos, it is beyond belief that anyone would intentionally increase the risk of a third existential threat that could easily be ominicidal: nuclear war.  Yet the Trump administration is threatening to let the most important nuclear arms control treaty — the New START Treaty — expire and to plunge into an uncontrolled and destablizing arms race with Russia.  We must act now.

As Friends Committee on National Legislation warns:  “If there’s anything the world doesn’t need right now, it’s a new arms race. Not only would an arms race move us even closer to nuclear war, but it would consume resources that should otherwise be allocated towards more pressing needs: health care, jobs, and food security. Even so, the Trump administration is still wavering on whether the United States will extend the treaty.” For more information, including how to take action, please see:  In the Shadow of the Coronavirus, Fate of New START Remains Unclear

The President of the United States Freezes over $500 million in funding to the World Health Organization: 
Please write to Senator Todd Young (top priority) and to Senator Braun and Congressman Hollingsworth, and demand that Congress restore  funds that are our share of support for the World Health Organization. The President’s withholding of $553 million for political reasons is inexcusable folly and a crime against humanity.

Covid-19 is about to hit the world’s most vulnerable people in developing nations. These nations lack strong health care systems, and without help from WHO, many millions would likely die. In turn, a huge second wave of infection would reach the United States. Please contact our Senators and Representative.
Learn more:  What the W.H.O. Does, and How U.S. Funding Cuts Could Affect It

Behind the curtain of COVID-19, threat of war persists. More actions suggested by our Just Peace Task Force: Please write to Senator Todd Young and ask him to co-sponsor the “No War with Iran Act,” S. 3159   www.young.senate.gov/contact/email-todd

President Trump is blocking any relief to Iran from sanctions. The result is that Iran can’t fight Covid-19, not only costing the lives of innocent civilians but making it harder to quell this worldwide danger. Ask Senator Young to co-sponsor S.3159.
www.young.senate.gov/contact/email-todd

Do the same for Mike Braun. www.braun.senate.gov/contact-mike. Then please try Rep Trey Hollingsworth, this time for the House version, H.R. 5543. hollingsworth.house.gov/contact