As Christians we are called to Love God, Love Neighbor & Change the World.
Here are some ways that we can take action to change the world.
1. Participate in the Virtual Day of Change
Sunday November 1 is the end of Daylight Savings Time. So remember to turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Halloween.
Normally on the day we change our clocks St. Paul’s does a Day Of Change. We ask you to bring your change to church and we collect it and donate it to an organization that is helping to change lives.
This year we are not collecting change. Many people are worshipping digitally and handling spare change from a lot of different people would increase the chance of spreading the virus.
So, this year we are having a Virtual Day Of Change.
The point of the Day of Change is that a small thing can make a difference, so please make a small ($5 or less) contribution to an organization that is making an impact on people’s lives.
Send Pastor Vicki an email or a note saying where you made your donation. In December we will include an article in the Bell about ways that St. Paul’s has reached out for the Day of Change.
Here are a few ideas of places to give (or choose one you know about):
Episcopal Relief and Development is on the ground providing help to people impacted by hurricanes and wildfires this year and they will stay through the rebuilding. Episcopalrelief.org or PO Box 7058 Merrifield, VA, 22116-7058.
Say Yes to Education provides a huge variety of services to children in Buffalo and their families. They provide last dollar scholarships for all Buffalo public and charter school students to attend college and trade schools. Sayyesbuffalo.org or 712 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202.
FeedMore WNY is the organization that supports food pantries and Meals on Wheels programs in the Western New York region. Feedmorewny.org or 100 James E. Casey Dr., Buffalo, NY 14206.
The Family Justice Center provides resources and support for people dealing with domestic or intimate partner violence. The Family Justice Center works with a wide variety of partner agencies to provide one location for safety planning, counseling referrals, police reporting, legal services and many others. Fjcsafe.org or 438 Main St., Suite 201, Buffalo, NY 14202.
Hearts and Hands Faith in Action uses volunteers to provide support to senior citizens to help them remain in their homes as long as possible. Volunteers provide rides to medical appointments, shopping assistance, home repairs and companion calls. Hnhcares.org or 1412 Sweet Home Rd., Suite 12, Amherst, NY 14228.
2. Donate Hats & Gloves for School 6
The weather is getting colder, so we are collecting hats and gloves and mittens for the kids at School 6.
This year we are only collecting hats, gloves or mittens & scarfs. We usually collect socks and other kinds of winter gear, but this year we will only be collecting hats, gloves or mittens and scarfs.
The school will be able to get those to the kids through the lunch & schoolwork distribution networks.
We will be doing our usual book collection for the kids at School 6 during December. Look for information on that in the December Bell.
You can drop donations of hats, gloves, mittens and scarfs off at the church or at the rectory.
3. Address unequal opportunities
In the Buffalo region more than 50% of the children live in poverty. That means that more than half the children in our region don’t have the access to technology, educational opportunities and enrichment activities that most of the children in our congregation do.
The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable issued a report in 2018 about the inequities in our region and what we could gain as a community if they were addressed. You can find the report here – https://cfgb.org/wp-content/
Say Yes Buffalo has started a drive to provide reliable technology to students in Buffalo. You can find the link to the drive here (https://sayyesbuffalo.wedid.
4. Write to your elected representatives and express your opinion
You can find information on the Erie County Legislature here – https://www2.erie.gov/
You can find information on the State Legislature here – https://nyassembly.gov/ & here https://www.nysenate.gov/
5. Volunteer for Hearts & Hands Faith in Action
This is a group of volunteers that help senior citizens in our communities. You can grocery shop, provide transportation to appointments, be a phone buddy to help someone stay connected or help with home repairs & yard work.
Find more information here – https://hnhcares.org/