Outreach at Foothills Congregational Church is our way of assisting those who are in need in our community and beyond. The focus of Outreach at Foothills is to support agencies or projects serving families, children and youth with special emphasis on local agencies. We strongly support outreach by gifts of volunteer hours and dollars from individuals and from our Outreach Endowment Fund.
Inspiration: The following passage from Matthew 25:35 has been our guide: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” You are also invited to listen to Rev. Matt Broadbent’s sermon on January 31, 2016 that speaks of God’s all-encompassing love as the inspiration for our emphasis on Outreach.
Organizations We Support:
- UCC Share: This is the work we support by the United Church of Christ beyond the local church – through our Conferences, national ministries, and UCC-related institutions that provide relief to victims of famine or natural disasters.
- Support for Disaster Victims: Foothills made major donations to Haiti victims in 2010 and to Japanese tsunami victims in 2011. As Christians, over 20% of the Church’s annual income supports those less fortunate in our local community and in the world at-large because we strongly believe in a moral obligation to help those in need.
- The Community Services Agency (CSA): This agency works to help support community needs. Foothills members donate food, clothing, Christmas gifts, and volunteer time as well as financial support. We support the CSA Empty Soup Bowls Supper fundraiser in a variety of ways.
- Family Supportive Housing – San Jose Family Shelter: Private room, three meals a day and support services are provided for up to 35 families by the Shelter. Foothills Church members have volunteered time laying linoleum, sprucing up the living quarters and installing a volleyball court at the Shelter. We also provide funds to the Shelter on an annual basis.
Other programs near and dear to our hearts include:
- Child Advocates, a volunteer organization advocating for children caught up in our court system
- Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
- Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy ministering to those in prison
- Help One Child
- Just Read
- Haven Family House – a local location of the LifeMoves larger organization
- Planned Parenthood MarMonte/Teen Success
- Mayview Community Health Center, a medical clinic serving those without funds
- Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Silicon Valley Faces
- Women SV