Outreach Ministry



St. Andrew’s helps to support a number of ministries locally, nationally and internationally through our outreach programs.

Contact John Rice through the Church office in support of a particular ministry or to make an unrestricted gift. 

The Outreach Ministry is active year-round. We support locally Kids' Needs, SOLVE Maternity Homes, Inc., St. David's Food Bank and our newest ministry, St. James Food Pantry. Our international ministry supports ECHO.  





                                            
 
For additional information or to sign up to serve, please complete the form below.  
A member of the Outreach Ministry will respond to your inquiry.
 




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FAMILIES


Englewood Helping Hand, Inc. - Englewood, FL

The Helping Hand Food Bank supports needy families in the Englewood area with food, rent, utility and prescription assistance, paper products and diapers. St. Andrew's has collection boxes for individual donations. Several of our parishioners work regularly at Helping Hand stocking shelves and taking in donations. All services are provided free of charge. A paid administrator oversees all operations of Helping Hand. Policy and guidelines are established by a Board of Directors.

St. David's Food Pantry - Englewood, FL

St. David's Food Pantry is operated by St. David's Episcopal Church in Englewood. The Food Pantry supports the homeless of Englewood as well as its neediest families. St. Andrew's regularly collects food for the pantry and speciality foods for holidays.

St. James Episcopal Church - Port Charlotte, FL

St. James, Port Charlotte has both a feeding ministry and outreach for the poor and homeless families in their area. The outreach takes the form of financial assistance for utilities, rent and prescription medicines.


HOUSING


Habitat For Humanity - Port Charlotte, FL

This is a non-profit Christian housing ministry committed to home ownership. They work with qualified families to build quality housing that is safe and affordable.

In addition to assisting with construction of a home, there is a whole spectrum of needs from painters to counselors, ways in which a volunteer may assist the new homeowners.

HEALTH

The Community Clinic has opened to serve the uninsured two evenings a week.  The Clinic continues to look for volunteer physicians, LPN's and physicians' assistants who will donate their time.  Our financial gift will help with operating expenses.  


SOLVE Maternity Homes - Englewood, FL

The mission of SOLVE is to help young women with unplanned pregnancies move forward with their lives.  The organization assists with housing through childbirth, parenting classes, financial planning, nutrition, counseling and career and educational development.




STUDENTS


The Boca Grande Childcare Center - Boca Grande, FL


The Boca Grande Childcare Center provides licensed childcare for children whose parents work on Boca Grande.  
The childcare center has capacity for 32 children ages 1-5. St. Andrew's supports the center by contributing financially
towards the tuition, for families needing assistance.



Camp Able - Marco Island

Camp Able is a summer camp for people with disabilities located at St. Mark's on Marco Island. Our donation is helping
to provide beds for this overnight program.



Island School of Boca Grande - Boca Grande, FL

The Island School is a public charter school primarily for children of parents who work in Boca Grande's restaurants,
shops and other endeavors on the Island. St. Andrew's provides funds for scholarships.



Kids' Needs - Englewood, FL

Almost half the students in the Englewood area qualify for the school breakfast and lunch program. In response, local heads
and hearts got together with area school administrators to assist students with basic needs.

Kids' Needs is a local 501c3 that provides clothing, shoes, school supplies and personal hygiene items to the needy,
lower, middle and high school students. They provide financial assistance to students whose parents' income disqualify them
from the free lunch program, but who still can't afford to buy lunch everyday. The organization provides scholarships to local
summer day camps.


Tiffany Square Closet - Englewood, FL

Tiffany Square Closet is supported by Kids' Needs.

Each spring Kids' Needs provides prom dresses for girls and dress clothes for guys. Donations of prom clothes may be
brought to the church.


YMCA Reads! - Englewood, FL

Y Reads! is a mentoring Program for readers in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. Volunteers are needed to work with young
readers. Experience is not required and training will be provided.

Monday / Wednesday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM or 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday / Thursday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Miscellaneous

From time to time, members of St. Andrew's have knitted hats and scarves for seamen and sent them to the Seaman's Church Institute in New York City.  

For more information or to obtain a knitting pattern, visit the website:  http://www.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

ECHO is the acronym for Educational Concern for Hunger Organization.   It is a faith based organization researching agricultural soluntions to hunger in developing countries. 

Based in Ft. Myers, this organization develops seeds and techniques to aid in the production of food on small scale farms. They have volunteers on the ground in a number of countries and operate a worldwide hotline to respond to questions and offer solutions to agricultural problems encountered in various parts of the world.



Venice Deanery Dominican Republic St. Andrew's is one of the seven churches in the Venice Deanery established as part of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. 

The churches are in Venice, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and North Port.

In recent years, Outreach has provided monetary support for the Venice Deanery Dominican Republic Mission Projects under which groups of individuals from the Venice Deanery churches have traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in minor construction projects. 

  • For 2013, the project was refurbishing the Seminary of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo.
  • In 2012, the project was painting the third floor of one of the schools operated by the DR Episcopal Diocese. 
  • In 2011, the project was participation in the construction of a Child Nutrition Center operated by the DR Episcopal Diocese. 

The Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic is a Companion Diocese of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Seminary Support

During each of the three years, funds have also been provided 
for scholarships for students attending one of the DR EpiscopalDiocese schools. 

In 2013 St. Andrew's began supporting seminarian student 
Bob Douglas.  Bob is attending Nashotah House Theological Seminary.   Bob and his wife, Elaine request your prayers through this exciting journey of faith.

Bob and Elaine Douglas



For information on any of these ministries, please contact
Jane Schlegel, Outreach Coordinator 
Ph: (941) 964-5611
Email: jschlegel9@comcast.net