JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project)
The Joint Urban Ministry Project, Inc., known as JUMP, is an interfaith ministry to assist individuals and families in crisis. JUMP helps with emergency assistance, pastoral care, referrals, and advocacy for persons with low incomes. JUMP operates each weekday morning at First Congregational Church in Burlington, Vermont serving individuals and families in Chittenden County and occasionally those in nearby counties. The Charlotte Congregational Church is one of the twenty-four Chittenden county churches that support this mission with money and volunteer support.
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
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Habitat for Humanity
The mission of Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity (GMHFH) is to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ in Chittenden County through constructing simple, decent, affordable energy efficient houses in partnership with working families who currently live in substandard conditions and have no possibility of obtaining a home by any conventional means. Habitat sells these homes at cost, with no profit and no interest. Habitat uses the mortgage payments from these partner families to build more simple, decent, affordable homes. For more than a decade, our congregation has contributed to GMHFH’s mission with our money, and by providing volunteers who help construct houses, and who serve on its Board and committees.
Our church is partnered with LUND which “helps children thrive by serving families, pregnant or parenting teens and adoptive families.” We help the LUND staff provide service, and in many cases we free up staff to perform more specialized services. Through this ministry we help over 120 families currently served by LUND through its various programs. Some of our LUND outreach includes mailing, phonathon, landscaping, and child care volunteering, and donation projects such as Mother's Day gift baskets, Back-to-School tote bags, and the Christmas Giving Tree.
Salvation Army Dinners
The Charlotte Congregational Church has been serving dinners to those in need at the Salvation Army for approximately 20 years. Currently with the help of fifteen church volunteers we serve about 100 people five times a year. Our church prepares and serves a home-cooked meal of 20 lbs. of macaroni and cheese, 12 lbs. of coleslaw and a variety of desserts. As food and fuel costs rise, our ministry at the Salvation Army becomes only more critical and vital for people living on our society's margins.
Charlotte Food Shelf
The Charlotte Food Shelf offers food and personal care items to families in the Charlotte area who are in need. Over 20 local families receive services from the Charlotte Food Shelf in in a year’s time. Our Church supplies the Food Shelf with a large space in the basement of the vestry to store and distribute food. The Church pays the utility bills for the food shelf and supports it with budgeted mission dollars. Church members donate food, person care items, and garden veggies throughout the year.Charlotte Food Shelf