The First Presbyterian Church Galveston has designated that certain portions of the income derived from its trust funds be allocated to outreach initiatives. Once a year the outreach committee, a subcommittee of the Mission Ministry, reviews applications from interested non-profit agencies in Galveston, then makes recommendations for funding, which are approved by the Session, the governing board of the church. The Mission of this project is guided by the scriptural reference in Matthew 25: 35-40.
The 2019 fund cycle is complete!
2019 Outreach Grant Recipients
We are proud to support all of these great causes and encourage you to follow the links to find out more about these wonderful organizations and how you can support them as well!
The Galveston Diaper Bank (GDB): Funds will be used to purchase diapers and wipes. GDB provides items to collaborating non-profit agencies and daycares serving those in need on the Island. In response to feedback from their community partners, they are now expanding the program to provide diapers for youth and adults as well. http://galvestondiaperbank.org/
Nia Cultural Center: Funds will be used toward the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program for low-income children and youth, ages 5 through 18. Youth and their parents will be engaged in programming that will result in the child’s increase in reading development, improvement in social/emotional development, all while reducing summer learning loss. https://www.facebook.com/niaculturalcenter/
Sunshine Center: Funds will be used for the Client Enrichment expenses for clients in their Day Habilitation Program. Participants are individuals who have mental retardation or other learning disabilities and will gain from the experiences this program offers, including personal goals and adaptive life skills for community living.
Resource Crisis Center: Funds will be used to provide high-quality summer programs to children who are being served through their residential program. This will allow the Center to help support the mental, emotional, and social needs of children, as well as their maintaining their physical safety.
Moody Early Childhood Center: Funds will be used to implement the “Positive Parenting” and “Active Parenting” Programs. The school was established in 2016 to meet the need for high quality, financially accessible early education for Galveston children. Currently they report that about 75% of the students attending MECC are from low-income households.
Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market (GOFM): The funds will be used to support three very successful programs. Food Access Programming, comprised of Freshbucks, SNAP assistance, Bonus Bucks, and WIC Vouchers, makes healthy food more accessible and affordable for low-income families. The Real Food Project is comprised of Community Dinners and Cooking Classes. The Young Gardeners Program is a collaboration with GISD which teaches kids how to grow and cook healthy food.
The Galveston County Food Bank: Funds will be used for costs associated with distribution of nutritional food to the Food Bank’s network of pantries, residential facilities and meal sites serving Island residents, including the Homebound Nutritional Outreach Program. They have also added a “Kidz Pacz” program to distribute food to kids in need during the summer.
Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program: Funds will be used to help cover program participation costs for those who are in need of services, but financially unable. Participants are those who experience memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s or other physical decline causing social isolation. http://libbiesplace.org/
Galveston Meals on Wheels: Funds will be used to cover the food expense for prepared meals being delivered by volunteers to individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to illness and/or aging. http://gimow.org/
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Funds will be used for their program “Ending the Silence”, which aims to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and will be expanded to now reach teens in Galveston schools. Some of the money will also go towards funding Family and Individual Support Groups as well as Professional Mental Health Training.
Family Service Center (FSC): Funds will go towards implementation of their “Family Fun Events”, which involves community partners to provide resources to the participants, as well as providing information to help strengthen family connections and promote family health and well-being.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support Center: Funds will go towards their “Read to Me” Program which encourages parents to read to their babies and young children by informing them about the importance of reading as well as providing them with books and strategies for reading to young children. As well as offering this program at their center, they also partner with Galveston County highs schools and daycares who have a high population of low income families.
CASA of Galveston County: Funds will go towards training more volunteers as Court Appointed Special Advocates so that all of the children in need in our area will have an advocate. As of now, they are only able to serve 83% of the children in the area and these funds will help them get closer to their goal of serving 100% of the children.
East End Preschool: Funds will cover the costs of Phase 1 of their Enrichment Project, which consists of constructing a “tactile garden center” to provide the children with sensory exploration and science education.