Outreach and Missions
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
When St. Alban’s was founded, the Vestry committed 10% of all pledges to be spent on outreach in the local community and beyond. The congregation continues to support that commitment and additional grants, fundraisers, and gifts of money and goods have shown the heart of the parish for outreach and mission!
PROJECTS SUPPORTED WITH PLEDGES AND VOLUNTEER TIME
Arlington Life Shelter
Monthly donations of paper goods, quarterly meal preparation and serving, and monthly financial support.
4 Saints Food Pantry
4Saints is a joint project between St. Alban’s, St. Martin’s, St. Luke’s, and St. Stephen’s. Several St. Alban’s members provide leadership and weekly volunteer support to offer groceries and household necessities to families in East Fort Worth. Financial support is provided with an annual donation of outreach funds as well as a monthly collection. Parishioners also respond generously whenever the call goes out for food pantry items that are especially needed.
AISD Crow Leadership Academy
We assist at Crow by providing money for school uniforms. Parishioners volunteer support by listening to and encouraging emerging readers. In December 2017, with parish funds, diocesan grant money, and the hard work of many St. Alban’s members we partnered with the Crow Math Instructional Specialist and Crow parents to provide a Holiday market for students to select gifts for moms and dads. We also matched student contributions to provide a Feed My Starving Children food packaging event. We look forward to continuing our support of the children, families, and staff at Crow.
UTA Food Pantry
After discovering that many college students experience food insecurity, our Outreach committee worked hard to figure out a way to meet the needs of UTA students. On the first Saturday of each month, food staples, produce, and personal care items are provided for UTA students. There is a significant need among international students who are far away from family and not permitted to work due to their student visas, but domestic students often go hungry too. Food is available to everyone with no strings attached. (During the COVID-19 crisis we have been supplying canned and dry goods to the TriC campus organization, which is the only food pantry available to students who are living on campus and unable to return home.)
Additional funds provided to:
Theatre Arlington’s Camp Be a Star
AISD Back to School Backpacks
Emergency needs that may arise