Social Justice Endowment Fund 2016 Awards

One of the most transformative ministries at Lexington UMC is our Social Justice Endowment Fund.  In 2016, the Fund received nine applications. We awarded $21,600 – the highest total in our history. We look forward to hearing stories of the transformation and inspiration these ministries provide.  A brief description of the groups that received an award follows:

  • Centro Presente ($2500): Ensures that short documentary film on the crisis of violence against women in Central American is fully bilingual with translated subtitles (Spanish-English)

  • Church Within A Church Movement ($2500): Provides resources for web site redesign of organization “heeding the call to BE Church in new ways, to build the inclusive and just church….”

  • Love Prevails ($2500): Supports goal of assisting UMC to remove all anti-LGBTQ legislation from its Book of Discipline

  • OnWORD ($2500): Sponsors 10 skilled immigrants/LGBT refugees to receive services including career and educational advising, resume and cover letter revision, job search and application assistance

  • Outdoor Church ($2500): Supports a budget for existing and expanded services to serve the chronically homeless men and women of Cambridge, MA

  • Project Chacocente ($2500): Allows better training of teachers of Chacocente Christian School in the identification and management of students with special needs, specifically learning disabilities and behavioral issues of families who relocated from the garbage dump of Managua, Nicaragua

  • REACH ($2500): Expands existing Community based Advocacy Program to five additional families (services to domestic violence survivors for whom shelter is not an option)

  • Windrush Farm ($1600): Covers expenses of one at risk child for one week of “Giddy-up and Grow” at Windrush Farm

  • Worcester Fellowship ($2500): Contributes to enhancement of Winter Warming Center for homeless and at risk adults