In the spirit of acting locally, service to others within our community is an essential part of our congregation’s ministry. 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.
Charter House Coalition: Focus on Meals and Housing
- In 2005 our congregation founded the very beginnings of the organization that is now known as Charter House Coalition (CHC). CHC continues to host programs we support.
- Community Meal donations are needed! Scroll down for how you can help!
- Community Suppers are available from our church building every Friday. For when and where, please check details on our calendar of events (Fridays).
- To learn more about Charter House Coalition, go to CHC’s website.
How you can help support Community Meals at Charter House
Charter House Coalition (CHC) serves meals throughout the year from the Charter House. Beginning on Monday May 25th, rather than serving meals on Wednesdays, CHC is encouraging us to focus our efforts on providing the following items:
- meal ingredients (especially all types of protein)
- large quantities of non-perishable snacks, fruit, crackers, beverages, cookies/desserts, dried soup, nuts, health bars in in single serving packaging
- monetary donations so that CHC can acquire these – or provide gift cards to Hannaford’s or Shaw’s
- YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO “SIGN UP” TO DONATE! Simply bring your donation to the back kitchen door at Charter House between 10:00AM-6:00PM. There is someone in the CHC kitchen daily.
Click here to see a list of what foods are needed. (This link will take you to a Community Lunch SignUpGenius volunteer schedule that includes a special message from coordinator Steve Jewett and a list of needed foods!)
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 House Menders “went local” with our annual volunteer projects in 2016 and 2017, 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.
- Summer 2016 “Charter House Challenge”: When an estimate to replace the siding on part of the Charter House was received at over $40,000, an idea was presented for the team to do the job. The Charter House Challenge 13-person team met weekly until the July start date to plan the project. In all, over 100 church and community members participated in the Challenge! The results were a visibly improved appearance, significant energy improvements, and many future years of maintenance free siding. As spoken by everyone the best part of the Challenge was working with and learning about each other; being a Church.
- Summer 2017 Service Projects: During Phase 2 at Charter House, a crew of over 40 worked in three areas of Charter House to construct two new, redesigned 2nd-floor bedrooms and convert a 1st-floor bedroom to accommodate a new prep and service room, and expanded kitchen for Charter House Coalition’s on-site meal programs. Another crew of 10 prepped and painted the east side exterior wall of our Congregational’s church building.
Other local initiatives
- 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.