South Palo Alto Food Closet
Covenant houses and supports the South Palo Alto Food Closet, a neighborhood resource for dozens of needy families, in Room 9. First Sunday Food donations, Memorial gifts at Christmas and Easter, special needs offerings, and member volunteer helpers, have sustained this local mission for more than 35 years. For more information, see their website.
Ecumenical Hunger Program-EHP
EHP’s mission is to assist local families and individuals who are experiencing economic and personal hardship. EHP provides food, clothing, household essentials, support, and advocacy to our neighbors to sustain them through immediate crises and to help them regain stability and independence.
Save the Date!
Mark your calendar and save the date to support the Ecumenical Hunger Program by Stepping Up and Stepping Out at the EHP Crabfest and Auction. This festive annual fundraising event features music, dancing, good food, live and silent auctions, and lots of fun. The venue this year is the Mitchell Park Community Center, March 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, watch for details in the March newsletter or talk to Cindy Sauln.
ALTERNATIVE GIVING PROGRAMS
This Advent program offers members a chance to give a gift that keeps giving by making a donation to a program of their choice and sending a handmade card to the honoree. Programs supported by Alternative Giving have included organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Ecumenical Hunger Program, the Opportunity Center of Palo Alto, and more.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Covenant’s facilities are used regularly for community programs like the Boy Scouts, 12-Step programs, and for other service and cultural programs.
Covenant will again help provide meals for a week to the homeless clients of the Hotel de Zink at First Presbyterian Church. Hotel De Zink is Palo Alto’s only homeless shelter, where for the past 22years, twelve midpeninsula churches have taken turns providing food and shelter for homeless men and women. We will give regular staffers a summer break and provide evening meals for about 12-18 people during the week of July 27 – July 31. If you can help prepare and serve an evening meal with others from Covenant, please contact the Church Office 650-494-1760 with the date you can help. It helps to have at 2 other people to share the preparation of food and serving. Last year’s volunteers found it a very rewarding experience.