Throughout the year, we gather several special offerings which support missions of the United Church of Christ and Church World Service. We are proud to contribute to these ministries that support our neighbors locally and globally.
Learn more about each special mission offering, and click to contribute!
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice.
The Christmas Fund (formerly Veterans of the Cross) provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.
Church World Service, Blankets and Tools (formerly Blankets+/Tools for Hope) Contributions allows Church World Service to be ready to help families around the world recover from disasters and displacement. What’s more, they’ll be there to help people gain the resources and develop the skills necessary to build – or rebuild – sustainable lives and communities, with tools, seeds and micro-credit loans for members of CWS-supported agricultural co-ops in rural, poverty-prone communities in Haiti.
The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special mission offering of the United Church of Christ involves us in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, we are part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery. Through OGHS we engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing, and women’s empowerment.