Outreach is a program designed to use the time and
resources of the members of St. Andrew's to help disadvantaged members of
the wider community. As people created in the image of God, we have a need
to reach out beyond ourselves, just as God reached out to us. We are
involved in outreach because our heavenly Father has a love for the poor
and widowed and orphaned. We do it simply because it is of the heart of
God for us to care for the needs of others. A church that is reaching out
beyond itself is bearing the image of God and reflecting God's nature.
ROLE OF OUTREACH COMMITTEE
The role of the Outreach Committee is to support,
encourage and extend the Church's work of outreach in the broader
community outside. The Committee will perform this role through a number
of means, including, but not limited to, fundraising.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS
The Outreach Committee:
1) Will be responsible for the collection and
distribution of monthly donations for the Mezcala children's breakfast and
the Jocotopec children's programs, and the weekly donations for Operation
Compassion and Operation Feed, as well as for any future outreach
2) Will organize and co-ordinate fund raising events
including, but not limited to, participate in the operation of a resale
3) Will research the needs of potential beneficiaries
within our lakeside community; in general, will seek to avoid making
donations for ongoing operating expenses; will review financial
information and acquire grant applications for review by the Committee;
and will visit charities and attend their meetings where this is deemed
4) Will distribute the monies from fundraising events
for the purposes for which they were raised, and will monitor the results
of these donations, where possible, to ensure that the funds are used for
the purposes for which they were intended.
5) Will maintain an emergency fund to be accounted
for as a line item in the Outreach Committee budget, which will be used
when urgent funding needs arise from time to time, either within the
lakeside community or elsewhere in Mexico.
6) Will be responsible for and will cooperate with
other Church committees, churches or community organizations in the
development of new programs for outreach to the lakeside community.