Your Donations At Work
April 2017- Mid-Ohio Food Bank
n Spirit's April community tithe will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Our special guest this month, Bill Cohen, has held numerous fund-raisers for this organization, so we want to make sure a portion of this Saturday's love offering goes to support this worthy organizaiton.
For more information about the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the important work it is doing in our community, go to: http://www.midohiofoodbank.org
March 2017 Community Tithe Tecumseh Land Trust
In Spirit's March community service tithe will go to the Tecumseh Land Trust, a non-proft based in Yellow Springs, dedicated to preserving land and water resources for future generations.
Our donation will go directly to the Jacoby Creek Protection Fund, a creek just west of Yellow Springs, which is part of a 267 acre parcel coming up for public auction on March 16th. When
current projects are complete, the TLT will have preserved over 28,000 acres. We are proud to contribute to this important environmental work in central Ohio.
February 2017 Community Tithe Faith Mission
Our February community tithe will go to Faith Mission, to support its ongoing mission of providing shelter and food for homeless residents of Columbus. For
information about the many services Faith Mission provides, go to: faithmissionofohio.org.
January 2017 Gift to Clintonville-Beechwold Resource Center
In Spirit's January 2017 community tithe went to the Clintonville-Beechwold Resource Center, to help their efforts to support our neighbors in need. For more information about the valuable work they're doing in our community, go to: Clintonvillecrc.org.
December-Community Shelter Board
In Spirit Ministries' December tithe went to the Community Shelter Board in support of its mission to end homelessness in Columbus.
The CSB serves 8.000 people a year, providing emergency shelter, housing, counseling, and other support services. Partnering with other local agencies, the CSB has become a national model for how to address homelessness. We're pleased to support this important work.
Nov. Gift To Faith Mission
In Spirit gives a generous community gift out of each month's donations. November's gift went to Faith Mission to provide Thanksgiving meals for the hungry and homeless. They can provide a complete hot meal for $2.25. We aim to cover the cost of at least 100 meals. We hope you'll help us by giving generously at the First Saturday Chant on November 5th. For more information about how Faith Mission is helping the homeless of central Ohio, go to: Faith Mission of Ohio.
Thanks to all the generous support we receive from our community, In Spirit Ministries was able to give a generous gift this month to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. This group does amazing work for the community; for more info about the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, see: http://www.midohiofoodbank.org
Operation Smile is an organization that provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lips and cleft palates.
A child's cleft lip or palate can be repaired for as little as $240 and in as few as 45 minutes, but billions of people around the world lack access to surgical care Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children from more than 60 countries. Currently they are conducting medical missions in Pueblo, Mexico and Sogamoso, Colombia.
For more information about Operation Smile and the thousands of facial surgeries they perform on children each year, go to: OperationSmile.org
August-School Shoe Program
People in Need's annual School Shoe Program provides children with a new pair of shoes to begin the school year. The program is available to children of Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) families who reside in Delaware County and attend Delaware county schools. It has been going on since 1999.
The program is successful in part because of a partnership with the Payless Shoe Corporation. Gift cards are provided by Payless at a 10% discount. Parents are given a $25.00 Payless gift card to purchase a pair of shoes for their child to begin the year.
Last year, 700 pairs of shoes were provided to schoolchildren of Delaware County through this People in Need program. We are delighted to support their good work with our monthly community tithe.
For more information about People in Need's school shoe program and other initiatives, go to: delawarepeopleinneed.org.
July-SEVA Indian Project
Our July charitable gift was designated for a service project (SEVA) in India sponsored by our guest musician, Karl Anthony, which provides funds for two schools and one orphanage. For more information about this worthy project and the many children it is helping, go to KarlAnthonyMusic.com.
June Solstice-Arc Of Appalachia
From donations at the Solstice Chant on June 20th, In Spirit will make a generous gift to the Arc of Appalachia Nature Preserve System in support of their work acquiring and stewarding wildlands in Ohio.
Since its inception in 1995, the Arc has raised over 10 million dollars. They currently steward 14 preserve regions (including sites like Serpent Mound, Fort Hill, and Highlands Nature Sanctuary), maintain three visitor centers, and teach nature literacy and stewardship ethics. For more information about the Arc, go to: arcofappalachia.org
June-Khmer Child Foundation
This month In Spirit's community tithe will go to the Khmer Child Foundation, a non-profit founded by minister/musician David Ault. The mission of this org is "to provide non government regulated education to the orphaned and disenfranchised children of Cambodia as well as to establish sustainable solutions for high-quality living."
Currently they serve 385 children annually, and they have constructed 212 water wells.
Donations help fund salaries for an administrator and eight rotating teachers, offering hands-on classroom instruction in three different daily shifts. The current curriculum consists of Mathematics, English, Computer and Sewing Training as well as a blossoming fine-arts program, providing instruction in music and traditional Khmer dancing.
For more information about the life-changing work of the Khmer Child Foundation, visit their Facebook page or their website: Khmer Child Foundation
May Gift To Help Food Pantry
This month In Spirit's community tithe will go to the Clintonville Beechwold Resource Center, to help keep their community Food Pantry stocked for the summer months ahead. With your help, we hope to make a generous gift to their important work in our community.
For more information about the many nourishing community activities of the CRC, click on the video clip above, or go to their website: ClintonvilleCRC.org
April Gift To Mercy Ships
This month In Spirit's community tithe will go to Mercy Ships.
Mercy Ships is the world's largest civilian hospital ship providing first-rate care to those in desperate need in the poorest parts of Africa -- free of charge. We're grateful to be able to contribute to their efforts. For more information about the important healing work of Mercy Ships, go to: MercyShips.org
March-Children's Hunger Alliance
In Spirit's community gift for March will go to Children's Hunger Alliance, which works throughout Ohio to provide children with access to nutritious food.
Feb.Gift-Big Brothers Big Sisters
In Spirit's community gift for February will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio to support their mission of mentoring, inspiring, and empowering kids.
By partnering with parents and caregivers, schools, businesses, community organizations, and volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio helps kids facing adversity in our community achieve success. Since 1933, they have made a difference in the lives of over 100,000 kids.
For more information about their important work in our community, go to: www.bbbscolumbus.org
Jan Gift To Faith Mission
It's the start of a new year, and the beginning of our coldest months. So it's the perfect time to support the efforts of Faith Mission, which provides shelter and food for the homeless of Columbus. Faith Mission is the only organization in Franklin County that provides three meals a day, every day of the year, to the homeless and hungry. In Spirit is happy to support the efforts of this worthy organization with our community tithe funds for the month of January.
For information about the many services Faith Mission provides Columbus residents in need, go to: faithmissionofohio.org.
Dec Gift To Shelter Board
In Spirit Ministries makes a generous community gift out of each month's donations. This month that gift goes to the Community Shelter Board in support of its mission to end homelessness in Columbus.
The CSB serves 8.000 people a year, providing emergency shelter, housing, couseling, and other support services. Partnering with many other local agencies, the CSB has become a national model for how to address homelessness. We're pleased to be able to support this important work.
Nov. Gift To Faith Mission
In Spirit gives a generous community gift out of each month's donations. This month's gift will go to Faith Mission to provide Thanksgiving meals for the hungry and homeless. They can provide a complete hot meal for $2.25. We aim to cover the cost of at least 100 meals. We hope you'll help us by giving generously at the First Saturday Chant on November 7th. For more information about how Faith Mission is helping the homeless of central Ohio, go to: Faith Mission of Ohio.
Oct. Gift to "Choices"
In Spirit Ministries' October community gift will go to CHOICES, to support its mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence. For information about Choices' important community programs and support services, go to: ChoicesColumbus.org
Sep. Gift To Mid-Ohio Foodbank
In Spirit Ministries' September community gift went to the Mid-Ohio
Foodbank, which has designated September "Hunger Action Month." The Foodbank and its partners are asking everyone to help spread the word about the pervasiveness of hunger.
Visit their Hunger Action Month calendar to see what actions you can take to end hunger in your community.
For more information, go to: www.midohiofoodbank.org/ham.
August Gift For School Supplies
In Spirit Ministries' August community tithe will go to Neighborhood Services, Inc. NSI annually collects and distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other essentials that kids need for a productive school year to children in grades K-12.
NSI also offers a program that provides children that live in the service area with new clothing for school. Students who receive new outfits start their school year with an increased sense of self-esteem. NSI's service area includes the following four zip codes 43201, 43202, 43210 and 43211. For more information about this valuable community resource, go to: Neighborhood Services Inc
July Gift-CRC Summer Lunches
A generous gift from the July 4th Chant will go to the CRC, located in the heart of Clintonville, to support its Summer Lunch Program.
Meals will be provided free of charge to all children, at specified locations and times throughout the summer. For a list of sites and times when meals will be provided, go to: clintonvillecrc.orgor call 614-268-8118.
Solstice Gift To Arc Of Appalachia
From donations at the Solstice Chant this Sunday, In Spirit will make a generous gift to the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System in support of their work acquiring and stewarding wildlands in Ohio.
Since its inception in 1995, the Arc has raised over 10 million dollars. They currently steward 14 preserve regions (including sites like Serpent Mound, Fort Hill, and Highlands Nature Sanctuary), maintain three visitor centers, and teach nature literacy and stewardship ethics. For more information about the Arc, go to arcofappalachia.org
June Gift To Food Bank
Summer is a great time to give generously to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. School lunches are going away for many families relying on them, creating a greater need for nourishing meals than all through the year.
Help us make a generous donation with your gifts at the Chant--or by donating online at Inspiritministries.org.
May Tithe To South High Harmony
This month In Spirit's community tithe will go to South High Harmony, an after-school music and arts program fostering creativity and responsibility among 7th-12th graders at South High School in Columbus. An outreach initiative of the Harmony Project, South High Harmony involves students in community service, and encourages them to find and share their voices in the world.
For more information about the Harmony Project's program for teens at South High, go to:
April Tithe To Mercy Ships
This month In Spirit's community tithe will go to Mercy Ships. In the poorest parts of Africa, children suffer and die from treatable causes. Mercy Ships is the world's largest civilian hospital ship providing first-rate care to those in desperate need -- free of charge. We're grateful to be able to contribute to their efforts.
For more information about the powerful healing work of Mercy Ships, go to: www.mercyships.org
March Gift To Faith Mission
In Spirit routinely tithes back into the community from each month's donations. For the month of March, our community gift will go to Faith Mission, where they anticipate serving more than 61,000 meals this spring to the homeless and needy of Columbus. With your help, we aim to help cover the cost of some of those meals.
For more information about the valuable work of this long-standing organization, see: http://faithmissionofohio.org/
February Tithe to Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Bowl for Kids' Sake is the largest and most important annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Your support helps Big Brothers Big Sisters match at-risk youth in our community with caring adults so they can become confident, competent, and caring individuals.
Sat. March 7th will mark the 32nd year of BBBS's big bowling event, which will be held all day at Columbus Square Bowling Palace.
For more information go to: www.bowl-big.org
January Gift To Faith Mission
It's the end of the year, and the start of winter's coldest months. This is the perfect time to support the efforts of Faith Mission, which provides shelter and nourishing meals for the homeless of Columbus. In fact, it's the only organization in Franklin County that provides three meals a day, every day of the year. In Spirit Ministries is happy to support this worthy organization with our community tithe funds for the month of January.
For information about the many services Faith Mission provides Columbus residents in need, go to: faithmissionofohio.org.
December Tithe To Mid-Ohio Food Bank
The mission of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank is to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time and to co-create a sustainable community where everyone thrives. Since 1980 they've been working with grocers, food companies, farmers, the USDA, and community partners to obtain food and distribute it to 625 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio.
In Spirit is proud to support the Mid-Ohio Food Bank with this month's community tithe. With your help, we'll be making a generous cash donation, and dropping off nutritious canned and boxed foods at the affiliated north side food pantry, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.
Come to the Chant this Saturday, bring along some nutritious canned food, and help us support the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. For more
information, go to:
November Gift To Faith Mission
Faith Mission is in its 48th year of providing hope in Columbus. Over the Thanksgiving season, they expect to provide over 70,000 hearty meals to hungry and homeless people. Just $2.05 covers a
complete meal. With the help of your donations at the First Saturday Chant, In Spirit aims to fund at least 100 of these meals.
Thanks for your support that helps us support others.
For more information, go to:
October Gift Will Help Homeless
In Spirit Ministries regularly tithes 20% of donations received at our monthly Saturday Chant to a community service agency. We hope you will give generously at the Oct. 4th Chant so we can make a generous gift to the Community Shelter Board, which is working to end homelessness in Columbus.
The Shelter Board has just opened a new shelter, at 595 Van Buren Drive near Harmon and Mound Streets, to address growing homelessness among men, women and families in Columbus. The number of single adults in homelessness grew by 14% over the last 3 years, and families experiencing homelessness by 65%
The family system has been over capacity for three years, at times serving more than 120 families a night in a shelter designed for 50 families. Let's do our part to ensure that this winter, no one will have to sleep on the streets. For more information about the Community Shelter Board, go to:
September Gift Helped Provide Musical Instruments For Kids
September's gift helped fund musical instruments for students at the A+ Children's Academy, an arts-centered charter school on the south side of Columbus. 90% of students are socio-economically challenged. Musical instruments are expensive, but add so much to a school arts program. In Spirit was honored to be able to help with this project. We received the following thank-you note from the music teacher at the school:
"I cannot express how thankful and grateful I am for your donation to fund our music program. I am so happy that there are this many people who truly appreciate music education in our public schools.
The students are eager and excited to start playing their new instruments. These instruments will enable my students to learn how to compose, improvise, work in a group, and many other worthwhile skills.
I can't wait to start teaching with these instruments and I know the students can't wait to start playing!"
For more information, go to: apluschildrensacademy.org/
Back-To-School Help For August
In Spirit Ministries re-gifts 20% of all donations received at our First Saturday Chants to worthwhile community service organizations. This month's gift will go to Neighborhood Services, Inc., a non-profit founded by churches in the university district, for its Back-to-School Program.
NSI's Back to School Program provides Columbus children with new school supplies such as backpacks, paper, calculators, pens/pencils, crayons/markers, glue, scissors, folders, binders, highlighters, rulers, calculators, etc. and new school clothing. Last year they served 293 children. This year they're aiming to help 400 kids get ready for school. Backpack distribution begins Aug. 12.
For more information, go to:
July Gift To Coming Home Project
In Spirit's donation from the July Chant will go to the Coming Home Project, a non-profit organization devoted to providing expert, compassionate care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, their families, and their care providers. Its nationally recognized
programs address the emotional, social, moral, and spiritual challenges experienced by veterans during all stages of deployment, especially reintegration. For more information, visit: www.cominghomeproject.net
Solstice Donations Will Go To Arc Of Appalachia
In Spirit Ministries is happy to donate to a number of charities and non-profits doing valuable work in our community. Our gift from the Summer Solstice Chant will go to the nature preserve in southern Ohio, the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System.
The Arc buys forested land in key botanical "hotspots" and then slowly expands those forests in size as funds for land procurement allow, allowing the woodlands to naturally age and diversify. In addition to forest preservation, the Arc preserves important eco-systems such as wetlands and native prairies, as well as ancient earthworks, such as Serpent Mound, and historical buildings present at these sites. For more information about the Arc, go to: www.arcofappalachia.org.
June Donation To Help Food Pantry
In Spirit Ministries routinely gives a generous charitable gift from the donations received at each of our monthly Chants. The community gift from the June Chant will go to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, which is opening a new neighborhood Food Pantry in the basement of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 35 E. Stanton Avenue.
In partnership with the church's congregation, the CRC will have open food pantry hours on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. In these summer months, when schools close and free lunches become unavailable, families can have a higher need for food pantry services. In Spirit is grateful for the work the CRC is doing in our community and happy to support it.
December Gift To Holiday Wish
Your donations at the Chant in December helped us give a generous gift to Franklin County Children's Services' Holiday Wish program. Holiday Wish just celebrated 50 years of helping to provide
gifts at Christmas for thousands of children under its care. Last year Holiday Wish was able to provide gifts for over 5,000 children, and in the 50-year life of this organization, they have
provided gifts for over 150,000 children.
We thank all those who help support In Spirit Ministries so we can give back to the community in meaningful ways.
November Gift To Faith Mission
Thanks to your donations at the November Chant, we were able to gift Faith Mission with funds to cover 100 Thanksgiving meals for the homeless folks they'll be serving later this month. Thank you for your support that is making such gifts possible!
October Gift To Harmony Project
The charitable donation from the October 5th Chant will go to the Harmony Project, to help support its many community service projects. For more details see: www.harmonyproject.com
September Gift To Mercy Ships
The charitable gift from donations received at the Saturday Chant on Sept. 7th will go to Mercy Ships. The Africa Mercy, a floating hospital ship, is now in Pointe Noire, Republic of
Congo, a country where there is only one doctor for every 100,000 people. During the ship's 10-month stay, thousands of people will receive life-saving surgeries. The timing couldn't be better
for us to make a generous gift to the healing work of this wonderful organization.
For more information see: Mercyships.org.
August Gift Went To Food Bank
The community gift from the August chant once again went to the Clintonville-Beechwold Area Food Pantry, an affiliate of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The summer months are a particularly good time to stock up the cupboards at our local pantries since schools are closed and children are not getting the school lunches so many families depend on.
July Gift To Benefit Veterans
The Coming Home Project is a non-profit committed to improving the lives of returning veterans and their families. Through retreats, educational programs, and psychological treatment, the
CHP builds a community of trust, safety, and compassion that helps alleviate the unseen injuries of war. CHP's services help prevent the chronic, disabling post-traumatic stress,
isolation, family dysfunction, homelessness, and other related problems faced by so many veterans.
For more details about the important work the Coming Home Project is doing, see its website: www.cominghomeproject.net
Solstice Donations Went to Children's Hunger Alliance
Students are now facing the summer break, which for many children means an end to the snacks and meals they have depended on during the school year. One in four Ohio families are now facing
Last summer, the Children's Hunger Alliance, with feeding stations across the state, provided hot lunches and snacks to more than 66,000 children. This year, their goal is to fill an additional 2,000 tummies each day.
The donations received at the Solstice Healing Chant on June 20 helped In Spirit Ministries make a generous contribution to this worthy mission, and help children across Ohio have a happier
and healthier summer.
To learn more about the mission and services of the Children's Hunger Alliance, go to: www.childrenshungeralliance.org.
June Donations Provided Food
The charitable gift from the donations received at the June 1st Chant went to the Community Resource Center, located at 14 W. Lakeview, in the Clintonville-Beechwold area. The CRC has been
providing food for the hungry of Columbus for 42 years. With schools closed for the summer, your donations will help replace many of those school lunches many kids and families depend on. As a
result of your generous donations of money and food items, In Spirit was able to deliver a large box of food items and a sizable cash contributiuon to the CRC.
South High Harmony
The community gift from the donations received at the May 4 First Saturday Chant was given to South High Harmony, an after-school music and arts group started by the creative director of
the Harmony Project, David Brown. Members of South High Harmony not only sing together--they also do community service together, as in the photo above, doing a little spring clean-up along
These energetic, creative, musical high school kids are earning a trip to Washington DC with their service projects, and with your help, In Spirit will contribute to the expenses associated with this trip. Most of these kids have never traveled away from home and don't have suitcases or other travel necessities. Thanks for your generous gifts.
You can learn more about South High School and the kids involved in the South High Harmony project in the following Youtube video: South High Harmony