Today is #GivingTuesday. How will you give?
Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. How will you give? Please consider one of these giving opportunities through the Episcopal Church in Vermont: the AlleluiaFund, Partnership Campaign for Rock Point, or Rock Point Camp Angel Scholarship Fund.
Seven years ago, the Episcopal Church in Vermont realized that the capacity of the Diocesan Budget alone would be incapable of supporting all the ministries that felt vital to the mission of the Diocese. An Annual Appeal was launched to fill the gap with individual donations from friends and members who wanted to contribute over and above their local giving. In 2013, this effort grew into the AlleluiaFund, our annual Easter appeal in which we proclaim, “Christ is Risen in our Deeds!” Generosity has flourished, and lives have been impacted by that kindness. Since 2011, over $350,000 have been raised, including over $285,000 in the past five years of the AlleluiaFund. Our fundraising goal this year is $40,000. So far, we’ve raised just over $33,000. Every dollar goes directly to ministries of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, including local outreach and global ministries. The 2018 appeal will support Rock Point Summer Camp and the Rock Point Property, along with other ministries, through grants awarded by the Grants and Loans Committee. Your #GivingTuesday contribution will have a tremendous impact! Please give generously!
The Partnership Campaign for Rock Point
Since 1855, Rock Point has served as a unique center of the Episcopal Church in Vermont, welcoming friends and neighbors attracted to its natural beauty and its peaceful, quiet, and social embrace. Each year, nearly 10,000 people come to Rock Point, finding a place to walk, seek solitude, learn, play, sing, pray, think, share, and be. Three years ago, members of the wider Vermont community worked with the Episcopal Church in Vermont to develop a compelling vision and plan for the future of Rock Point and compiled a list of investments necessary to realize that vision. They embraced a shared goal of environmental stewardship of land and buildings, including renewable solar energy, enlightened land management, and the balance between conservation and public access. Since its launch, the Partnership Campaign for Rock Point has raised more than $1.9 million for the preservation and upgrade of facilities on the Rock Point property, implementation of land use plans, and improvement of public access, and we welcome your contributions. Your #GivingTuesday contribution will have a tremendous impact!
Rock Point Camp Angel Scholarship Fund
At Rock Point Camp, campers of all ages are invited to belong to a caring, cooperative community, be a friend and make new friends; explore the wilds of 130 acres on the shores of Lake Champlain; grow in confidence, independence and interdependence; try new activities and learn new skills; and experience the sacredness of creation where outdoor adventure meets spiritual exploration. Now in its 87th year, Rock Point Camp is a mission of the Episcopal Church in Vermont and shares in the Rock Point Vision, “To be a welcoming sanctuary of spirituality, creativity, community, education, training, and environmental stewardship.” The Angel Scholarship Fund makes the Rock Point Camp experience accessible to deserving children who would otherwise not have this life-changing opportunity. Your #GivingTuesday contribution will have a tremendous impact!