The Thank Offering is one of Presbyterian Women’s two offerings. Received in the fall each year, it gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. Thank Offering grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. At least 40 percent of the offering funds health ministries.
Thank Offering Resources
Thank Offering Current Recipients
In 2018—thanks to your generous giving to the 2017 Thank Offering—16 projects (12 national and 4 international) will receive grants from the Thank Offering. The Thank Offering provides food and water, alleviates homelessness, provides educational opportunities, promotes health, and improves the lives of women, children and men throughout the world in many other ways.
Synod of Alaska-Northwest
Security for Stabilizing Families
Transitional Programs for Women—Transitions
Twenty-four Home Yard Cottages (HYC) will serve households of women and children who have experienced the chaos of abuse, trauma, danger, poverty and homelessness. The grant will be used to provide security systems to this HYC community of very low-income families. Security cameras, lights and a monitoring system throughout the two-acre community will help provide physical and emotional protection from further abuse.
Synod of the Covenant
Peer to Peer
Friends of the Castle
Peer to Peer is a formal peer support program that helps people with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) work toward socialization and recovery through training and development. With the help of a trained and certified peer specialist, people affected by SPMI can reach their recovery goals by sharing their life experiences with someone else who has had similar experiences. Peer relationships can help people focus on strategies and progress toward self-determination, self-advocacy, well-being and independence.
Synod of Living Waters
Dining With Dignity
The Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.
This grant will be used to purchase a refrigerated food truck so that Lighthouse Ministries (a partner agency with God’s Pantry and Feeding America), nonprofit and faith-based, may continue to transport food from local grocery stores and restaurants safely and efficiently to impact the hunger community. The food transported will be shared with food insecure individuals and people who are homeless.
Synod of the Northeast
The Brightness of Noon: The Intersect of Faith, Immigration, and Refugees
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church—Women’s Retreat Group
New York, New York
This grant will fund production costs for a locally filmed documentary, to be aired on ABC-affiliated television stations, that will explore the rights of refugees and immigrants through the lenses of people of faith. The film’s creators hope to empower the faith community to work collaboratively with their local refugee and immigrant neighbors.
Synod of the Rocky Mountains
Good Neighbor Garage
Hands of the Carpenter
The Good Neighbor Garage (GNG) supports the transportation needs of low-/fixed-income single mothers and widows. Donated cars are repaired and provided to women who do not have a reliable car. To receive a car, women must prove they live on a fixed income and that they can afford licensing, insurance, gas and maintenance. GNG provides maintenance services and holds clinics on car care and ongoing car maintenance. Women are employed as mechanics and serve on the board.
Synod of South Atlantic
Safe Haven at Sea Island
Sea Island Presbyterian Church
Beaufort, South Carolina
These funds will help mothers and children who are homeless and in need of a private, safe shelter during cold weather and/or hurricanes. For a short period, up to five days a week, mothers can rest, take showers, do laundry and receive encouragement. Their children will have tutoring and homework oversight available from volunteers at the same time.
Feed My People
Healthy Seminarians–Healthy Initiative (HSHC) and Columbia Presbyterian Church (CPC)
HSHC Initiative and CPC, along with Global Growers Network and Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS), will create six to eight garden plots for refugee families on a half-acre plot of land on the front lawn of Columbia Presbyterian Church. This collaborative venture will provide training and educational opportunities related to food health issues and good gardening practices to nourish God’s people. The grant will also be used to establish a seminary intern position for an MDiv student from CTS. This will be a part-time, full–academic-year internship that starts in the fall
Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Shower the People
Arroyo Grande, California
Shower the People will provide access to mobile showers for people who are homeless in South San Luis Obispo County. Seventy-nine percent of South County’s homeless live on the street, in encampment areas, in cars and in abandoned buildings. There are no shower facilities available for these individuals. Access to showers promotes a sense of dignity and self-esteem for the individual, as well as conferring the health benefits of cleanliness. This grant will provide funds to purchase the mobile shower unit/transport vehicle and to initiate services.
Synod of the Southwest
The Hearing Aid Bank
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This needed program will provide new hearing aids and follow-up to 16 low-income seniors who would otherwise be unable to afford this vital medical equipment because their medical insurance plans do not cover hearing aids. Services are free or at a reduced cost, based on a sliding scale that is tied to state and federal poverty guidelines.
Synod of the Trinity
Eastminster Cares for Kids
This grant gives Eastminster Cares for Kids the opportunity to provide backpacks full of nutritionally balanced food for the weekend to students who qualify for free lunch while they are in school. Students use their backpacks Monday through Thursday for school books, then take food home in them each Friday. The grant will aid approximately 60 students.
Freedom House for Women
The grant for this project will be used to renovate a building and turn it into a place that will house a drug rehabilitation program for formerly incarcerated women (and their children) and empower them to be strong parents. Freedom House will be a place where mothers battling addiction are supported and encouraged.
Digital Family Support Program, Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
This grant will allow the coalition to develop a digital application for caregivers’ smartphones or computers, that will enable caregivers to more easily manage their medically fragile child’s health information. With this app, caregivers can manage their child’s treatment plans, appointments, care teams and so much more, replacing current health record management systems that use notebooks and binders. By storing all the key information about the child’s health care digitally, the Digital Family Support application will also make it possible for caregivers to search for particular items, summarize information from a specific time period, and share this information with others who might need insights into their child’s health.
Synod of Living Waters
Finding Freedom Through Friendship—Expansion into Egypt
Outskirts of Cairo (Garbage City), Egypt
This program is a health program that seeks to provide hope, dignity and security to women who are the heads of household of destitute families. Health and nutrition education are the primary foci of this grant. Shelter and improved economic skills will provide households with long-term sustainability and improve families’ quality of life.
Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Guatemala Microloan Project
PW from Suchitepequez and Sur Occidente Presbyteries
Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Guatemala
Continuing a more-than-21-year partnership between PWNC and the Suchitepequez and Sur Occidente Presbyteries of Guatemala, this project will provide microloans to 45 Guatemalan women. New business ventures will provide opportunities for the women to grow in self-esteem, hope and freedom, and will help them develop economic resources for their families.
Mobilizing a Christian University to Empower Villagers Facing Globalization
This project will mobilize faculty and students from the Duta Wacana Christian University (a Reformed ecumenical partner with the PC(USA)) to accompany and train Muslim and Christian villagers who have been displaced from their homes by urban development. Former villagers will be helped to learn to respond creatively to globalization and make use of new opportunities to escape poverty.
Pastors’ Training Workshop for Peacemaking and Trauma Healing
Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
This project will bring together leaders and stakeholders in refugee communities in Khartoum and potentially Kakuma to participate in peacebuilding/trauma healing workshops. The program’s goal is to promote healing among victims and reduce tribal/ethnic tension and hatred.
Applying for a Thank Offering Grant
Grant requests come from a variety of national and international sources, such as PC(USA) governing bodies, health agencies, overseas churches, ecumenical councils, community groups, educational institutions and church-related groups.
To ask a question or to learn more about the Thank Offering, contact Kathy Reeves.