Mission & Outreach Programs at East Church
We are a church who loves our community, so we recommend supporting programs that reach our extended community. We also have Special Christmas and Easter Appeals where we mail out letters with a special cause attached. Please see below for a more detailed description of our most prevalent charities.
ISS - Interfaith Social Services, Quincy, MA
Interfaith Social Services is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency serving people of all ages. Its mission is to serve the community by strengthening family life and by offering assistance to anyone in need. ISS seeks to ensure that individuals and families from all walks of life have access to food, clothing and counseling. Find out more at http://www.interfaithsocialservices.org/
Milton Food Pantry, Milton, MA
The Milton Food Pantry is located in the Parkway United Methodist Church and has served families in Milton since 1991. Currently approximately 90 families in Milton receive support from the Pantry. Once a month, volunteers from East Church spend a Saturday morning stocking food, informing the Pantry’s clients of special items (such as meat, vegetables and bakery items) and actually helping them shop. Special hours are put in during the holidays. The Milton Food Pantry recently prepared 98 boxes of holiday meals for its clients.
A number of East Church’s high school students also fulfill their community service at the Milton Food Pantry.
Quincy Crisis Center, Quincy, MA
History and Mission: The Quincy Crisis Center is a faith-based outreach agency. Its primary mission is to serve the needs of marginalized and forgotten people while promoting social justice, biblical compassion and solidarity with the hungry, the hurting and the homeless poor. We seek, through our 24-hour hotline, emergency food services, and advocacy programs, to offer support for the whole person — body, mind and spirit — while maintaining human dignity in time of profound crisis and offering hope at the point of despair. We seek to be the cushion for those who slip through the “safety net” of other programs and services. Our mission compels us to go out to meet the hungry, homeless, and hurting where they are; providing free hot meals, emergency grocery delivery and crisis counseling. Our mission also compels us to bring others with us, advancing a culture of compassion that recognizes that the needs of others are, in fact, my need and your need.
DOVE, Quincy, MA
DOVE, Inc. DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended) is committed to serving communities, families, and individuals impacted by domestic violence. The people at Dove seek to empower its clients and the community by providing safety, shelter, education, and support services. Each Christmas, East Church collects gifts for the women and children living in Dove shelters. Representatives have come to the church to provide education and to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence.
City Mission Society of Boston
Dedicated to working with the urban poor to fashion a vision of wholeness of human life against the realities of economic, racial, and social injustice, The City Mission Society has worked in partnership with its clients and with United Church of Christ congregations in the Boston area to make that vision a reality. East Church has a long association with CMS. We have offered financial support, and we participate in the annual collection of gifts for the CMS Christmas stores. There clients can purchase or pick out Christmas gifts for their family that they could otherwise not afford.
A new ministry has started in partnership with the Mustard Seed Ministries of the Massachusetts Conference (MACUCC) called “Signs of Hope.” Overnight retreats that focus on a particular social justice issue are offered to Senior High Youth Group members. The first one offered an immersion into the issue of homelessness. Members of our Youth Group learned about homelessness, worked on a mission site in the city and even experienced pan-handling.
Interfaith Aids Ministry, MA
Interfaith AIDS Ministry (IAM) provides emergency supplemental aid and pastoral care services on 1,100 occasions annually to persons with AIDS at the requests of hospitals, AIDS service organizations, clinics, Visiting Nurses Associations, and other organizations located in the seven eastern counties of Massachusetts. This emergency aid may include food orders, money for utility bills, eyeglasses, prescriptions, household items, flights for relatives to medical facilities and funeral assistance. The group also provides insurance and performs educational presentations for member congregations and anyone who requests them. IAM partially funds two part-time chaplains to people with AIDS and has teams of volunteers to render practical assistance.
Church World Service
Founded in 1946, Church World Service is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard. They are on the front lines in offering disaster relief around the world.
East Church has assembled some of the many kits that CWS sends out in response to crisis. Recently we packed up 96 health kits to aid in the hurricane relief effort on the Gulf Coast.
East Church parishioners are involved in international mission initiatives! We invite you to visit our scrapbook for some essays.
No Place for Hate
The No Place for Hate Program of the Anti Defamation League empowers communities to respect diversity and to prevent and respond to hate crimes in their towns. To date, more than 50 Massachusetts cities and towns have been officially certified “No Place for Hate.” East Church, in conjunction with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, worked with other congregations to help the Town of Milton become a NPFH community. Each year, the religious community sponsors a NPFH Sabbath Weekend, focussing on the ways that our respective religious traditions can work toward that goal.
One Great Hour of Sharing/Neighbors in Need (UCC Appeals)
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in more than eighty countries.
Each year, two-thirds of Neighbors in Need (NIN) supports program initiatives and direct grants offered by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM), including hunger action programs, policy advocacy, just peace ministries and community organizing. One-third supports the work of the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries and, in turn, its direct support of 20 American Indian congregations throughout the UCC.
The Pine Street Inn
The Pine Street Inn provides shelter and meals to over 1200 homeless men and women in Boston. They also provide counseling and rehab services, as well as job training and assistance to those seeking permanent housing. Volunteers from East Church regularly go to Pine Street to prepare and serve meals to the clients.