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 February 2019, the Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women met by video conference to discuss grant applications that they had been reading over several months. Of the 75 applicants, 18 were chosen for funding. Twelve of the projects serve people in the United States and six are international. In keeping with the Thank Offering bylaws, more than 40 percent of the selected projects are related to health ministries.
Synod of Alaska-Northwest
Green Lantern Lunch Program
Summer Lunch Program
The lumber and fishing industries that were once the heart of the North Beach area have disappeared and only service jobs remain. Parents work several jobs and still struggle to meet minimal costs of living and feed their children. The offering will be used to pay for the delivery of meals to children when they are at home during the summer and cannot get lunch at school.
Synod of the Covenant
Maumee Valley Presbytery
Firelands Presbyterian Church
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
This ministry provides an average of 10 beds per month to children from disadvantaged families of Ottawa County who have been identified by local caseworkers as sleeping on the floor or using blankets or lawn chairs. Complete beds, bedding, and special pillowcases, as well as books and book bags, are provided.
Synod of Lakes and Prairies
East Iowa Presbytery
Immigrant Neighbors in Need
Iowa WINS has been financially assisting families directly impacted by the recent ICE raids in Mount Pleasant. This assistance has been a lifeline to families suffering financially while also struggling with the threat of deportation. The Thank Offering will be used for 32 families in need, helping them pay for critical expenses such as rent, utilities and legal fees, and allowing them some measure of relief as they fight to remain together.
Synod of Lincoln Trails
Southeastern Illinois Presbytery
Community Bridges: Access for All
Fit-2-Serve provides intergenerational, experiential learning experiences between children and seniors with a goal to deepen relationships and equip people to serve each other and the community as a whole. The offering will provide an accessible bathroom, lift, and an ADA-compliant front entrance so that all may participate in their programs.
Synod of Living Waters
Center for Women and Gender Studies
Katie Geneva Cannon Legacy Memorial Conference
The Center for Women and Gender Studies raises a critical voice against systemic oppression and marginalization of women, and networks to lift up disenfranchised groups of every race, class and gender. This grant will be used for a conference that reflects on the life and works of Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon and brings together women clergy and lay leaders who have benefited from her groundbreaking work.
Synod of Mid-America
Room at the Inn
Homeless Client Safety Upgrades
Room at the Inn serves families who had been living in their car, spending nights in a park, or squatting in an abandoned building. They stay for up to 30 days and get assistance in identifying needs, setting goals, accessing services, finding housing, securing employment and becoming more self-sufficient. The Thank Offering will help replace outdated equipment that is essential for serving Room at the Inn’s homeless clientele.
Arab Christian Fellowship
Many immigrant and refugee families struggle in their new American community with learning the language, finding a job and suffering from homesickness. Walking Together helps newly arrived families, primarily Syrian refugees, who are seeking safety and a new home. This grant will be used to fulfill some of their primary needs like food, clothing, utility bills, learning English and finding employment.
Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Western North Carolina Presbytery
Loving Food Resources
Food Pantry Renovation
Loving Food Resources is a food pantry that provides food, health and personal care items to Appalachian residents living with HIV/AIDS or to patients in home hospice care with any diagnosis. Loving Food’s current loading dock is inefficient and hazardous to volunteers who handle boxes of supplies. This grant will help construct a new dock that is safe and will allow the pantry to expand the items they can provide.
Synod of the Pacific
Kenilworth Community Preschool
Outlast Outdoor Block Set
This cooperative preschool uses play and self-led exploration for learning. The Thank Offering will purchase Outlast Blocks. Made for durable use, the blocks will extend learning to the outdoor classroom, with child-directed, open-ended activities that encourage cooperation, language building, large muscle development, and experimentation with mathematical and scientific principles.
Synod of Rocky Mountains
Missoula Food Bank and Community Center
Nutrition for Healthier Futures: Kids EmPower Pack
The health and emotional well-being of children who live in low food security can be directly improved by providing regular access to nutritious food. Kids EmPower Pack provides meals for children in Montana who experience chronic hunger while away from school. The offering will allow the food bank to enroll every child on the waitlist and support four newly enrolled rural schools for the entire 2019–2020 academic year.
Synod of South Atlantic
Cancer Association of Anderson
Food for Thought
This new program provides family-friendly, fun and interactive ways to educate participants about leading healthy lifestyles and preventing cancer. With grant funding, they will offer senior exercise classes and chair yoga for health, mindfulness and breathing for stress relief, healthy eating with recipes and taste-testing, and a Mobile Mammogram Coach that will be on site.
Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Los Ranchos Presbytery
Agape Fish Fund
Food as Medicine
This project enhances the physical and spiritual well-being of low- income, food insecure Vietnamese families in Westminster, California, who suffer from unmanaged diabetes. The grant will help teach self-sufficiency through diabetes management training and cooking demonstrations, improve blood sugar levels with healthier food, and provide accountability and community through follow-up with local Vietnamese church volunteers.
Cameroon Presbyterian Church in Cameroon
Making Blood Available for Transfusion in Obstetric Units
Maternity units in rural health facilities in Cameroon are often not sufficiently equipped with devices, supplies and emergency delivery kits to cater to pregnant and postpartum clients.This grant will set up modern blood banks, provide a two-day training workshop for laboratory staffs, nurses, midwives, gynecologists and general practitioners, and purchase a standby generator.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Institut Médical Chrétien du Kasaï
Well for PAX Clinic
PAX is a medical center for women that operates under a collaborative mission between the Congo Presbyterian Church and the Congo Mennonite Church. To reduce the scarcity of drinkable water for the center, the Thank Offering will fund a drill-hole well. Pregnant women and newborns, as well as the surrounding populations, will benefit from the prevention of waterborne diseases, improved hospital hygiene and the saved cost of buying water.
National Association of Women of the Evangelical Dominican Church
Improvement of the National Camp
This national camp hosts assemblies as well as Christian education events such as workshops, retreats and summer camps. The funds received will be used to purchase new equipment and furniture, repair leaks in the walls and ceilings of the buildings and allow improvements in the services offered by the camp.
Ghana and Synod of the Northeast
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana and First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, Connecticut
Ghana Maternity Ward Partnership
Local leaders have identified
the need for a maternity ward in their Dzemeni Medical Clinic to serve more women, decongest the outpatient area, reduce the possibility of infection, decrease mortality rates and create an environment conducive to healing. Because perinatal and maternal mortality is a serious problem in Ghana, the new maternity ward will save the lives of infants and mothers, and improve health for thousands in Dzemeni and beyond, for decades to come.
The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar Chaplaincy to Marginalized People
This project works to prevent human trafficking by educating people to recognize warning signs and avoid risky offers of employment. The grant will allow the program to develop and distribute informational resources and training materials. Initially, this information will be shared through the church radio station, newspapers, and presentations at meetings in regions most affected by trafficking.
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Synod of Zambia Health Department
Cervical Cancer Prevention
In Lundazi District in the Eastern Province of Zambia, at least 90,000 women are of childbearing age, but only 7,070 women have been screened for cervical cancer. Fear caused by inaccurate information and distance to the clinic prevents women from screening. Through the Thank Offering grant, nurses will travel quarterly to provide education and alleviate fears of women in rural health centers and to the thousands of women in the CCAP congregations across Zambia.
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 Cheri Harper.