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Past Giving Opportunities

Christmas Offering

Our Christmas offering this past year was dedicated to the work of WATCH in Waltham. We have supported WATCH for many years and since the beginning of the pandemic, the services of WATCH have been more needed than ever. WATCH is a ‘bare-bones,’ multi-service agency with a small staff and many volunteers. Despite their size, their services have an enormous impact on the residents of Waltham who are financially insecure, particularly because of jobs lost or hours reduced as a result of COVID. Below is a list of some of the services they offer:

  • Mobile vaccination clinic with instructions available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole
  • ‘Back to work’ grants for uniforms, bus passes, work shoes, car repairs, etc.
  • Free Housing Clinic – individual help in finding affordable housing & managing issues with landlords
  • Help in applying for financial assistance for rent and fuel
  • First time Home Buyers’ courses
  • Weekly food guide – list of local free food banks and soup kitchens
  • English as a Learned Language – classes and individual tutoring
  • Citizenship classes

Feed My Sheep Food Drive

This November we continued the program started by our children, the Feed My Sheep Food Drive. We collected donations of food from congregants in support of the Weston Council on Aging. We were so glad to have had the opportunity to continue this program for the first time since the start of COVID.

Afghan Refugee Resettlement Gift Matching

Members and friends of CCW were concerned about the plight of Afghans who had to leave their home country in haste and under great duress after the withdrawal of American troops at the end of August. The International Institute of New England (IINE), which has worked with refugees for 100 years, is still one of the groups working to assist Afghan refugees as they try to start a new life in this area. CCW’s Outreach Committee announced a donation matching opportunity whereby congregant donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by our own Out Reach Fund. Below is IINE’s own description of their work with refugees.

The International Institute of New England (IINE) has served as the beacon of hope for those fleeing persecution and war in their native lands for 100 years. The refugees we serve arrive to American shores with little to their names. Many have seen and experienced unthinkable horror. IINE strives to help each new arrival build a new life full of hope and free from violence and terror. We provide refugee resettlement services to people who are eager but filled with uncertainty as they move into a new culture and country.

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