Outreach Report

On behalf of the Outreach committee of the Siasconset Union Chapel we would like to express our gratitude to all the members of the congregation for your continued support and generosity, particularly during the unparalleled circumstances of the pandemic.

In spite of the restrictions, the Outreach Program has remained very active in the community. In 2020 we funded 13 amazing non profits on the island, in line with our mission to provide support for “health and human services to individuals in need on Nantucket Island and beyond” The committee was fortunate to have an additional $20,000. for distribution. It could not have come at a more critical time. Our funds provided money for fuel assistance, meals programs, behavioral health, Laundry stipends, safety from abuse, housing needs and more. The list of recipients were A Safe Place, Boston Med flight, Community Foundation of Nantucket, Fairwinds, Gosnold Nantucket, Habitat for Humanity, Nantucket boys and girls club, Nantucket Food Fuel and Rental assistance, Nantucket Housing, Nantucket Star, Pascon, St Paul’s Laundry Love and St Paul’s Meals mission.

As you know, the pandemic devastated the island’s most vulnerable residents and laid bare increased needs in the area of mental health, addiction and domestic violence, as well as fuel, food and rental assistance. We were pleased to be able to contribute to the Community Foundation which does so much for Nantucket residents year round.

As a result of the pandemic restrictions, we were unable to proceed with several planned Outreach initiatives last summer. However in typical Sconset spirit, the summer community made the most of it with Bell Ringing, Chapel Beach Services, Thursday Morning Prayer services in the Garden and countless other creative initiatives.

The Outreach Committee, in partnership with the Hospitality Committee, Gliddens Seafood and the Food Pantry, hosted the first annual Lobster Lalapolooza on Wednesday August 12. It was a terrific success and hopefully will become an annual event ! Congratulations to all involved for their boundless energy and enthusiasm to help the Chapel and the Nantucket community.

In addition, Laura Spivy held a series of concerts in her garden with Covid guidelines in place to support the Outreach program. Many thanks to Laura and her family for their thoughtful generosity.

Outreach Sundays were held in July and August as all the Chapel services were held virtually. As usual the members of the Parish were so generous each of these Sundays and enabled the committee to have more money than ever to distribute.

Thank you to all for your support of our Outreach Program. We couldn’t begin to help our precious neighbors with out your Support !!

We look forward to reuniting and celebrating another summer in our beloved Chapel.

Deb Martin and Eileen Shields West

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