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Where the church meets the streets, we're there together.
Episcopal Impact Fund promotes innovative, long-term solutions to addressing the root causes of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area.
With our Congregational Grants, we support the outreach work of Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of California. Our churches are at work throughout the Bay Area, serving local communities that are especially at risk— neighbors who are food insecure or experiencing homelessness, people exiting the justice system, women escaping domestic violence, asylum seekers, as well as organizations providing vital services to children and youth that help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
We are grateful and humbled to support their life-changing efforts.
Our granting cycle is currently closed and will re-open in 2024. If you have questions about this program, please contact Episcopal Impact Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2023 Congregational Grantees are:
All Saints Episcopal Church operates a robust twice-monthly food pantry that distributes three large bags of groceries per household to local neighbors. Each food pantry is currently frequented by nearly 400 households per month.
Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda – Winter Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness
The seasonal warming shelter at Christ Church Alameda provides shelter, showers, toiletries, meals, and a network of support to individuals experiencing homelessness in Alameda.
Christ Church Portola Valley & Woodside provides linens and other household supplies to residents of the LifeMoves Family Shelter program, in an ongoing effort to support families experiencing poverty in their community.
Christ Church Sausalito provides substantial homemade meals to 25-30 food insecure and isolated seniors weekly in the Sausalito/Marin City area.
El Buen Pastor, Belmont – Dental Micro-grant Program
El Buen Pastor’s new Dental Micro-grant Program provides access to emergency dental services for people on the Peninsula, particularly in Redwood City and East Palo Alto.
The mission of The Street Chaplaincy is to bring compassionate spiritual care to unsheltered people in Marin and to build and strengthen a community that includes housed and unhoused people. With their Chaplain and volunteers from faith communities, the chaplaincy visits homeless persons where they are; supports them in finding financial assistance, housing, and medical care; and provides 70-80 hot meals at their weekly Wellness Gathering.
The Community Preschool provides high-quality early childhood education, with a focus on building an intentionally socio-economically diverse student population.
Holy Child supports approximately 50 households experiencing food insecurity and poverty per food bank by providing healthy, fresh delicious groceries and meals in collaboration with local Lucky and Trader Joe’s supermarkets.
For over 20 years, Holy Family Episcopal Church in Half Moon Bay, with the support of numerous civic and faith groups together with local social service agencies, has led a community school backpack drive. Annually, the program servers over 450 low-income children, particularly the children of local migrant farm worker families, who receive a new backpack and a tote filled with grade-appropriate school supplies.
St. Aidan's is expanding its "Soup Saturdays" program to fill a three-day gap of unmet need for meals in their community. These nourishing meals not only provide much needed sustenance but also fellowship as housed congregants sit down together with their low-income and unhoused neighbors.
Through Laundry Love, a program that provides free laundry services for those who cannot usually afford to wash their clothes, St. Bartholomew's and St. Clare's team up to provide payment for laundry services as well as fellowship for those who attend in Livermore.
St. Mark's congregation provides a hot meal to those in need in our community on the third Saturday of every month. Volunteers also provide bag lunches. During the winter holidays special extras such as socks and gloves are donated by St. Mark's Church parishioners and distributed.
St. Mark’s collaborates with Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy to support trauma-informed chaplaincy services to incarcerated people in Santa Clara County. The program supports incarcerated individuals, the vast majority of whom are from poverty, in using writing to explore their memories, lives and dreams, offers spiritual support and volunteer interaction to promote healing and restoration.
Clare's Fare Community Garden raises fresh, organic produce for those in need in their community. Founded in 2020, the garden is a joint mission between volunteer gardeners from the community and St. Clare’s. More than 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables have been raised and distributed throughout Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville.
St. Francis Free Food Pantry was founded during the pandemic, in response to the increased need in the local community. It supports a neighborhood where more than 20% of residents live at or below the poverty line—people who are homeless, unemployed, underemployed, single parents, low-income families and seniors with real faces, real stories, and real needs.
Founded in 2000, The Food Pantry at St. Gregory provides free, healthy groceries for up to 600 hungry families every Saturday. St. Gregory's is proud to host the Pantry right around the altar in their church building.
The Gubbio Project, fully located at St John the Evangelist, provides sacred sleep for unhoused people in need of safe, compassionate respite during the day. The Impact Fund grant will allow the church to renovate the kitchen for by The Gubbio Project.
St. John’s VISION (Volunteers in Support of Oakland’s Needs) provides basic needs (food, clothing, shoes, blankets) to the homeless in Alameda County. Fifty VISION volunteers provide scheduling, purchasing, food preparation and transportation.
St. John’s Church makes and delivers up to 150 nutritious meals a month for low-income and unhoused people in Marin County through its partnership with St. Vincent’s DePaul Society of Marin.
St. Mary’s helps people secure the housing, financial, legal, and support resources they need to live independent lives of dignity while securing legal protection and eventually asylum in the United States.
St. Stephen’s Church makes and delivers over 100 nutritious meals a week for low-income and unhoused people in Marin County though its relationship with St. Vincent’s DePaul Society of Marin.
Trinity + St. Peter’s onsite food distribution program is upgrading kitchen infrastructure to support the growing need in its community.
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