Social Action Committee

 

The Social Action Committee is involved in a number of initiatives for community outreach, education, and social justice. The Committee encourages and enables members of the congregation to reach out to the larger community of Grand Rapids, the Country, the World. Congregational participation is needed and welcomed. Ideas for new projects are also welcomed, especially from those who want to work on those projects themselves. It has been accepted SAC policy that positions on any issue are not made in the name of Fountain Street Church as a whole, but by sponsoring groups within the church, with which congregants can choose to be involved.

 

Social Action Committee Grants
 

The Social Action Committee, on behalf of the congregation of FSC, offers grants for organizations that help "Change the World".  The loose offerings that are gathered each Sunday are collected for this purpose.  Grant applications can be found HERE.  SAC Grant criteria can be found HERE.  If you have any questions/concerns, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the Rev. Jason Hubbard at either (616) 459-8386 ext. 223 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

SAC is always interested in hearing from the congregation regarding possible new agencies to research and/or fund.  If you have suggestions, please contact the Rev. Jason Hubbard at either (616) 459-8386 ext. 223 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Following is a list of organizations to which we contributed in the Fall of 2014.  Many volunteers also contributed their time to these organizations along with the SAC contact persons. 

ANSWER (Education: Nepal) 

RISES (Education: El Salvador)

Bethany Lutheran Services (Refugee Health)

Camp Blodgett (Underserved Summer Camp)

Coit Creative Arts (Underserved Music)

Dispute Resolution Center (Student Conflict Reduction/Resolution)

FSC Neighborhood Assistance Fund (Eviction and Utilities Shut-Off Prevention)

Habitat for Humanity (Existing Home Repair)

Grandville Avenue Arts (ESL Homework Help)

Lutheran Social Services (Refugee Transportation)

Open Doors (Local Alternative Education Resource)

South End Community Outreach Ministries (Christmas Dignity/Empowerment) 

 

Social Action Opportunities (Charity and Justice Ministries)
 

Throughout the year we are involved in participatory projects such as the Hunger Walk, Holiday Food Baskets, AIDS Walk, and The Citywide Food Drive. SAC and congregation volunteers participated in a fix-up project at Heartside Ministries. We co-sponsored, with other organizations, several events held in the Social Hall.


Family Promise

FSC has joined Family Promise by becoming a support partner to one of the founding Churches of the Grand Rapids Chapter of Family Promise - one our downtown neighbors - First United Methodist Church, (FUMC).

What is Family Promise?  Family Process is one of only two agencies in Grand Rapids that allow homeless families to remain together while in shelter.  In the evenings during week-long rotations, Houses of Worship provide interim housing by converting some of their classrooms into bedrooms, thereby allowing members of each family "together time" at the end of the day.  Each family has the privacy of an entire classroom.  Week after week, volunteers do it all - fix and serve evening meals, followed by clean-up, facilitate family activities in the evenings, provide childcare, serve as tutors and mentors, sleep over, "take down" classrooms each Sunday morning, and move cots and all family belongings to the next House of Worship on the rotation list.  When FUMC hosts a rotation of families for a week, typically 3-4 times/year, FSC provides volunteers to cook and serve dinner, clean up, engage in activities with the children in the evening, and stay the night, (along with a FUMC volunteer), on Tuesday and Thursday during that rotation week.  FUMC supplies the building and FSC provides assistance, (i.e. food, warm bodies, caring hearts, and open minds).  To learn more, contact Judy Botts, FSC Family Promise Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

ACCESS Food Collection

FSC can be proud that over many years it has helped provide food for hungry families.  By bringing in cans and boxes of food, as well as cash donations on the 1st Sunday of every month, we supply food for the ACCESS Pantry Network.  Actual food collected goes to the Bethel Pentecostal Church Pantry, and cash and checks go to ACCESS to support the whole program. But what's the best way to help.....with food or money? Feeding America West Michigan, (formerly Second Harvest Gleaners), gathers excess, surplus, leftover, and discontinued food, and distributes it to food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and special programs like our Christmas Basket Drive. They sell the food to the programs at a very low cost to cover their administrative expenses. For instance, at FSC a donor can give a $10 check to ACCESS, and this can be leveraged to buy $200 worth of food from Feeding America. Your contribution will go farther, and you can more easily take a tax deduction for it. On the other hand, they are often missing such foods as canned fruit, soup, canned meats, cereal, and pasta. If you, or your children, want to bring in cans or boxes of food, the pantry will especially welcome these items. We understand that bringing the food is a tangible way to help.  So please contribute each month in the way you like, money or food items, and a BIG thank you from all who benefit! 

God's Kitchen

We serve folks at God's Kitchen on the 1st Monday of each month.  Our dedicated core of volunteers is always happy to welcome new FSC'ers!  Many hands make light work!  There is something for everyone to do and no special skills are required.  Close to 300 men, women, and children are served a nutritious and filling midday meal.  If you would like additional information about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please contact Carolyn Matheson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it You will be glad that you volunteered!