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.
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)
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.
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).
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!