In the spirit of acting locally, service to others within our community is an essential part of our congregation’s ministry.
- Free Community Suppers are served in our Fellowship Hall every Friday.
- Our volunteers prepare & serve Community Lunches scheduled on weekdays at the Charter House Coalition’s facility.
- We actively support Church World Services CROP Hunger Walk every October to raise money to help end hunger globally and locally.
- We support the work of other local organizations, such as The Open Door Clinic, HOPE, Habitat for Humanity … and many more.
- We encourage and gather contributions to the local Food Shelf every Sunday.
- We founded (in 2005) and continue to assist Charter House Coalition, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing in and around Middlebury and have helped set in motion the Farm to Plate program at local community gardens.
- Our congregation founded Charter House Coalition (CHC) in 2005 and continues to host and support its programs. CHC’s work has a dual focus: Food and Housing. Click here for more information about Charter House Coalition.
These programs, generously supported by members of the wider community, continue to change lives and expand the definitions of “neighbor” and “community.” Since these programs depend on many volunteers for their success, we encourage involvement not only by church members but also by folks from the wider community.
In 2016, the House Menders group was formed to work on local service projects. We realized that we could make a significant contribution in our local community instead of across the country. Having gone to far-flung places to help others, we started to wonder about what we could accomplish in our own “front” yard. And so we’re going local with our annual volunteer project led by an initial group of about twenty members from the church who’ve participated in previous service trips, making needed repairs to Charter House.