End of Year Giving

Dear Friends,

Natalie Russell (center) receiving the 2013 Making a Difference Award from Rev. Margaretmary Staller and

Natalie Russell (center) receiving the 2013 Making a Difference Award from Rev. Margaretmary Staller and Rev. Will McGarvey.

As we come to the end of 2013, we give thanks for all of the ministries we do together as the Interfaith Council.  We don’t have enough room for all of the pictures from this year.  At our Annual Meeting, we heard a bit about those thousands of hours of service in everything from serving meals at Winter Nights or the Mt. View Shelter, to the Singing Messengers who sing to seniors around the county, and to all of those who express their faith through service to the broader community, and in the smallest ways, silently as they help their neighbors through a time of need.

There are only a few days left to donate in 2013 to our common work together.  If you can’t hand deliver a check to our office by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31st, please go online to donate through our Contribution Page.

We appreciate the many congregations and individuals who remember us quarterly or monthly to help us keep going!  In fact, the vast majority of our giving comes through our 107 congregations and the hundreds of individual givers who have caught the vision of our process of working for peace through Interfaith understanding throughout the county.

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A new Poverty Coalition is being organized by a few congregations and Agencies (such as Shelter Inc. and Loaves and Fishes) who desire to make a difference within the County.  As additional people from unique faith traditions join in this coalition, we are finding a genuine ability to help the many people living in poverty in Contra Costa County.  If you would like to join this conversation, please let me know and I’ll introduce you into the right conversations coming in January and February.  Working with our county’s Social Safety Net Project, we are doing research on poverty in Contra Costa County and we are organizing the faith community’s response as we get ready to share our messages with a broad coalition to reduce poverty through increasing jobs, infrastructure investment, and building affordable housing, while working with other agencies to help families get back on their feet.

If you would like to send an end of year stock or dividend donation to support the ongoing work of the Interfaith Council, please have your broker contact our Office Manager Jessica Natal at 925.933.6030, hand deliver the check to ICCCC (1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94597) by noon on Dec. 31st, or visit our secure Contribute Page online.   

“We Belong to Each Other”

Shalom, Peace, Salaam, Om Shanti, Solh, Amani, Paz, 평화, Ping On…

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Rev. Will McGarvey

Interfaith Council Executive Director