First Congregational Christian Church is committed to social action, charitable giving, and outreach to the community and the world.
The Outreach Ministry organizes activities and develops partnerships within the community for the benefit of people in need and the organizations that help them. We also apportion funds and volunteer hours to organizations working for the common good in our community. The roll of the Outreach Ministry is to “reach-out” to the greater community.
- We collect money and food items for the Children’s Lunchbox which supplies nutritious meals for children in Anchorage. The Children’s Lunchbox distributes pantry boxes in a drive-through model in several locations. Two supper meals and two snack meals are provided for each child. Additionally, each family receives a shelf-stable meal for a family of four.
- The church provides a donation drop for FISH which provides food for the elderly in need.
- In the fall, we collect warn socks and winter clothing for the Brother Francis Shelter.
- Cancer patients and infants in the NICU receive knitted or crocheted comfort caps or scarfs at the start of the new year.
- In August and September, we collect books for the Shungnak School in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, north of the Arctic Circle. Due to the remote nature of the village, neither the village or the school have a library, making it difficult for teachers, students, and families to access book. Since the start of this program, reading scores have improved.
- Twice a year, we host a brunch for the Kinship Families Network from Volunteers of America. Food, crafts, and a chance for families to visit are part of the celebration.
- Outreach sponsors a student at the Pan-American Institute in Tijuana, Mexico each school year. The students are from low income families that want a chance of a better life for their children. With this in mind, the yearly scholarship helps to support the tuition for a child throughout their time at PAI.