Episcopal Charities provides $587,000 to local agencies focused on poverty

Posted on June 26, 2014

Episcopal Charities recently announced this year’s grants to organizations that connect underserved populations to valuable resources and support. These programs include health and nutrition support for families; academic and emotional support for youth; job training; and transitional housing and life skills education for troubled youth and single mothers with children. The new agencies below join a cadre of organizations around the Bay Area that all focus on breaking the poverty cycle. Episcopal Charities’ website showcases all the agencies they support.

Each year Episcopal Charities (EC) convenes a series of Action Network meetings around the Diocese of California where volunteers nominate and help with research to find the best and brightest Bay Area organizations focused on breaking the cycle of poverty. Subsequently, the EC staff researches the viability of each project and provides due diligence to ensure every dollar is invested wisely. Grants are renewable for up to three years.

The 2014 new grant recipients include:

Boys Hope Girls Hope in San Francisco — providing academic and emotional support for motivated children in need through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. 

The Center for Health & Nutrition at Good Shepherd, Berkeley — supporting low income individuals with nutrition information, food, and connections to resources.

Gilead House in Marin County — offering hope to single mothers and their children by providing transitional housing and life skills education leading to independence and a future filled with promise.

Growing Hope in collaboration with Holy Spirit Church* in Eastern Contra Costa County — providing education, training, and support to connect low income families to food resources.

* Holy Spirit Church is a shared ministry of the Diocese of California bringing together four Episcopal churches: St. Alban’s, Brentwood; St. George’s, Antioch; St. John’s, Clayton; and St. Michael & All Angels’, Concord.

Larkin Street Youth Services in collaboration with St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco — providing hope, stability, life skills, job training, and transitional housing to troubled youth ages 14 to 24 living on the streets of San Francisco.

The Pacifica Resource Center in collaboration with St. Edmunds, Pacifica — offering nutrition education and links to resources to help low-income families achieve food security.

In addition, Episcopal Charities provides a recurring grant to support the operations at St Luke’s Hospital, which was founded by Episcopalians more than 130 years ago, and supports various social ministry programs throughout the Bay Area. 

By pooling the donations of its many generous supporters, Episcopal Charities is able to make larger, more meaningful grants to the most effective organizations. Grantees also gain access to technical assistance and volunteer expertise in professional development, legal affairs, strategic planning, finance, and more. They receive opportunities to collaborate and share best practices, further leveraging and multiplying the impact of each grant.

The schedule for the next round of Action Networks will be announced later this summer with meetings in the fall. Episcopal Charities’ grant making model works best when volunteers (like yourself) contribute critical information about poverty-focused organizations in their neighborhoods that are truly making a difference. 

For more information call Executive Director Kathleen Piraino at 415.869.7809, or kpiraino@episcopalcharities.org.

Episcopal Charities addresses the root causes of poverty by providing funding and professional support to established and emerging San Francisco Bay Area community and congregational organizations focused on health, education, and the environment.