COVID-19 Outreach

This document lists a number of places – including our own Rector’s Discretionary Fund – where monetary donations would help with the new demands arising from COVID-19.

Local Outreach Ministries

St. Luke’s groups and committees: you are eligible for funding for supplies for specific community outreach projects. Instructions are available here. An application form is being updated.

Faith Team

St. Luke’s two Faith Teams have been meeting over the past year with their Partners to help support each during their reintegration process to the community. This Reconciliation and Reentry ministry is typically a one-year partnership between individuals recently released from prison and our congregation’s faith teams. New teams form each year to support new Partners. Here is an update on how some of our previous Partners are doing.

This article provides an overview of the larger faith team program across the entire Durham community.

LEAP

LEAP (Latino Educational Achievement Partnership) is the product of a more than 5-year partnership among the Diocese of North Carolina, Iglesia El Buen Pastor, St. Luke’s, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham, and is housed on the St. Luke’s campus in the Gray Building. LEAP is the only non-profit bilingual preschool for Latino and other four-year-olds in Durham, helping children who do not receive HeadStart funding even though they are eligible.

If you can volunteer to tutor a child or teen on Tuesday and/or Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm, we have all the materials you need, and we’ll show you how to use them. No Spanish fluency required.

Learn more and donate at DurhamLeap.org

Maple Court Missioners

Over five years ago, a grassroots group at St. Luke’s began collecting items to create welcome baskets for residents of Maple Court, a local transitional community for veterans. Since then, the project has expanded to include many other types of support for these individuals who served our country. St. Luke’s volunteers prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast each year and share it with the residents. Our Maple Court friends receive special consideration at our annual Spring Fling yard sale, and benefit from our Share Your Christmas collection. Some regularly attend services with our congregation.

Maple Court is operated by Volunteers of America of the Carolinas (VOA) in partnership with the VA, NC Housing Finance Agency, and City of Durham.

Share Your Christmas

St. Luke’s Share Your Christmas program gives parishioners the opportunity to help neighbors in need during the holiday season. Beneficiaries include St. Luke’s Families (identified by clergy and St. Luke’s parishioners), veterans at Maple Court, and families from LEAP and the Ronald MacDonald House. We also collect food and other items for homeless pets at the Animal Protection Society of Durham. The Share Your Christmas tree, which features tags with gift suggestions, goes up the weekend before Thanksgiving. Presents are usually delivered to recipients in the week before Christmas. There are opportunities to help with organization, as well as to purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts. Look for more information in monthly newsletters and weekly bulletins in November and December. To volunteer to help with planning and/or execution of Share Your Christmas, please contact Carol at SYCStLuke at gmail.com any time.

Global Outreach Ministries

Supporting Holy Cross Graduates in High School

Growing out of the St. Luke’s mission trips to Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize, this ministry has involved several “waves” of support giving Holy Cross graduates the means to attend high school on Ambergris Caye. The first wave began several years ago, when Jan Lamb was still our Deacon at St. Luke’s. Jan provided support for Isolene through her four years of high school on Ambergris Caye. Since then, we have supported several other Holy Cross graduates through high school and beyond. Pictured here is our latest St. Luke’s student, Leticia, who graduated from Holy Cross in June, 2019, and with our continuing support will be starting her second year of high school in the fall.

Mission Trips

St. Luke’s plans various domestic and international mission trips for both adults and youth. Mission team members spend several months prior to their trips raising funds to cover the cost of the materials they will use, or to support the organization they will be working with. On site, the team’s focus is on building relationships as much as on building structures.

Over the last 16 years, St. Luke’s has gone on mission to:

  • San Pedro, Belize (2002-2020: youth and adult trips);
  • Blackfeet Nation, Montana (a 2013 youth trip);
  • Long Beach, Mississippi (2007: Hurricane Katrina cleanup);
  • La Cañada, Honduras (2004);
  • Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia (2003).

Read and see more about our longstanding relationship doing annual missions at Holy Cross School in Belize, here and on our St. Luke’s in Belize blog.


Organizations We Support Through Special Outreach Fundraising

The Outreach Committee at St. Luke’s annually allocates a portion of the money from outreach fundraisers directly to local agencies which apply for assistance. These organizations received Outreach grants in 2019:

Ministries We Support Through Our Annual Operating Budget

Millennium Development Goals and LEAP (Latino Education Achievement Partnership)

Organizations We Support Through the Alternative Gift Fair

Each December, St. Luke’s offers local and national organizations the opportunity to participate in our Alternative Gift Fair, which is open to the public. Some organizations offer small gifts for sale (often handcrafted by their clients), and others take donations in honor of loved ones you wish to recognize in this way.

These guest agencies participated in the 2019 Fair.

These St. Luke’s programs participated in the 2019 Fair.

Outreach Fundraising Events

We also have several Outreach fundraising events each year – the largest are the Spring Fling and the Alternative Gift Fair.

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  • Spring Fling: The Spring Fling is our largest Outreach fundraiser of the year. It also provides the community with a virtual bargain basement of really low-priced merchandise for their homes. Finally, it gives members of the congregation a chance to clean out their homes as they donate their “treasures” to this large indoor yard sale. The Fling centers on Johnson Hall, but it also spills over into the driveway and parking lot.
  • Alternative Gift Fair: The AGF gives us a unique opportunity to support Outreach as we do our Christmas shopping.

Look for information about other upcoming Outreach events on the St. Luke’s website.

Outreach Grants

Each fall, St. Luke’s distributes funds raised though the year to local agencies that request them. The request form for the 2020 cycle will be available in the summer. For reference, here is a link to the 2019 request form.