Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this international day of giving, Giving Tuesday, I invite you to join me in supporting the Alleluia Fund for Outreach.
The Alleluia Fund transforms lives. Since it began eight years ago, it has provided over $1 million to programs that assist many of the most vulnerable of God’s people. Key areas of support are feeding the hungry, providing shelter, and assisting education programs. In 2016 alone, grants of $177,000 were made to programs throughout our diocese.
Volunteers sort fresh produce at the
Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges
Transformation occurs when people are fed. When 800 individuals each month in Clifton, Passaic, and Paterson are provided with healthy food they could not otherwise afford.
Transformation occurs when people are given shelter. When a long standing program in Hackensack is assisted in providing shelter to over 500 individuals in three different locations.
Transformation occurs through education. When 300 high school students in Newark are assisted in their college dreams by a mentoring program that creates a culture of educational excellence in their schools.
I have been able to highlight only a few of the nearly thirty programs the Alleluia Fund will assist in 2018 with your help. Perhaps you volunteer at a shelter, make donations to a food pantry, assist with an after school program, or have an active ministry within your congregation. These are vital contributions. But our gifts to the Alleluia Fund accomplish things we cannot do individually. And most certainly, there is one other kind of transformation—the one that happens in each and every one of us when we partner with God in making the world a better place.
I wish you a blessed Advent season.
The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
Bishop of Newark
P.S. Your help will make a tangible difference to everyone who benefits from the Alleluia Fund. Every gift is significant. Please make yours today.