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 2017—thanks to your generous giving to the 2016 Thank Offering—15 projects (10 national and 5 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 the Covenant
First United Presbyterian Church, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Feeding America West Michigan
Project Feed EUP!
Comstock Park, Michigan
This innovative mobile food pantry will serve children and their families in one school district in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan by providing fresh food to children who are on free and reduced lunch programs. The target is to feed 3,539 children for one year. When people visit the mobile food pantry, they each receive 50 pounds of food to feed themselves and their family for the month.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC)
Forever Home Project
The IHNGC helps families who have experienced homelessness transition into more permanent housing. This Thank Offering grant will be used to purchase household supplies, food and transportation—supplementing funds that cannot be used for these much-needed basics and ultimately assisting the reestablishment of families after homelessness.
Synod of Living Waters
Blue Monarch helps mothers who are recovering from drug addiction learn how to manage the stress of parenting without using drugs. The Thank Offering grant will help provide effective parenting tools to mothers who have likely never observed healthy parenting in the home. The ultimate goal is to build a stronger bond and better relationship between mother and child and decrease the likelihood of abuse or neglect.
Bridging the Gap Between Nutrition and Health
The Thank Offering grant will be used to purchase a refrigerated box truck. A refrigerated truck will help Sunset Gap expand the reach of its food pantry in rural Appalachia. Refrigeration will keep vegetables and fruit fresh to reach families and schools in Appalachia that other agencies are unable to serve, thereby improving the overall health and nutrition of area residents.
Synod of Mid-America
First Presbyterian Church of Liberal
First Presbyterian Child Care Center
First Presbyterian Child Care Center is the only commercial daycare center in the Liberal, Kansas area. Thank Offering funds will be used to erect a fence around the outdoor play area and purchase equipment and educational supplies for the children.
Synod of the Northeast
South End Neighborhood Tutors, Inc.
The Wizard’s Wardrobe
Albany, New York
The Wizard’s Wardrobe is a one-on-one afterschool tutoring program for children in the first and second grades. This program seeks to stimulate students’ enthusiasm for learning and increase their literacy levels by helping them write and produce their own storybooks. This Thank Offering grant will be used to purchase digital recorders, computers, printers and bindery equipment with which to take the collection of ideas to the celebration of finished books.
Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Angel Interfaith Network (AIN)
Los Angeles, California
When a family’s primary wage earner (who sometimes works two to three jobs to make ends meet) is hospitalized, a family can quickly find themselves unable to pay rent and at risk of losing their housing. AIN helps by making partial payment for overdue rent and utility bills. AIN also provides car seats for infants who are leaving the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center when a family can’t otherwise afford a car seat.
Synod of the Sun
University of the Ozarks
Food for Thought Garden—Polytunnel
This Thank Offering grant will be used to purchase a polytunnel (a greenhouse-like structure) to extend the growing season of the University of the Ozarks Food for Thought Garden. A longer growing season will enable the Food for Thought Garden to double the amount of fresh produce available to the local school backpack program and to community members who face food insecurity, providing healthier food options for Arkansans.
Presbyterian Village, Inc.
Improving Accessibility in Residential Care
Little Rock, Arkansas
Presbyterian Village will use their Thank Offering grant to renovate ten residential care bathrooms by converting traditional bathtubs to accessible, walk-in showers.
Synod of the Trinity
Phoenixville Women’s Outreach
The House is a shelter that serves single women who are homeless. Since opening in January 2015, The House has provided housing for 21 women. This grant will provide increased security for the home by installing security cameras and lighting and motion detectors for the front and back of the house.
Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada en Nueva Paz,Cuba
Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church
Nueva Paz, Cuba
The Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church will use their Thank Offering grant to establish The Breakfast Club, which will serve breakfast four times a week to elderly people who live in this small, rural farming town. The church will hire a cook, select a person to buy food and have a doctor or teacher on hand to educate participants about nutrition and exercise. Food will be taken to senior citizens who cannot make it to the church for meals.
Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC)
Capacity Building for Hope Mission School
Bernard Farm Community, Paynesville Township, Liberia
Hope Mission School exists to sustain itself economically and to ensure educational and vocational opportunities for the community’s youth. This grant will contribute to the expansion of the current school to a full high school by adding 11th and 12th grades, and will introduce new vocational training that will lead to new income streams. The grant will also be used to purchase generators and a small freezer. The school will produce income by selling cold drinks and excess power for recharging cell phones and other electronic devices.
Africa Inland Church, Nyanza Area
AIC Nyakach Dispensary Building Improvements and New Services
For 100 years, the Nyakach dispensary has offered medical services and education to impoverished and otherwise underserved women and families. The Thank Offering grant will provide much needed structural, equipment and administrative upgrades so that the dispensary can continue to serve, grow and be a compassionate source of health care on the western edge of the Rift Valley.
In His Steps: Pathways of Peace (IHS)
Mara l’il Mara (Woman to Woman) Breast Cancer Project
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women; it is an urgent health concern. The Thank Offering grant will be used to develop a culturally sensitive program that raises awareness about the prevalence of breast cancer, its possible causes, and the desperate need for early detection, screening and treatment. It is hoped that the grant will create the momentum necessary to replicate this effort in more villages across the West Bank.
Asociación La Iglesia de Dios (ALIDD)
Centro Diaconal Comunitario
The Thank Offering grant will be used to provide integral assistance to families living in situations of poverty in Argentina. Within a Christian context of support and hope, assistance will include clothing, food, help with school homework, Bible school and periodic workshops on social health issues like addiction, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and career counseling.
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.