2022 Summer Mission Project:
The Summer Mission Project built on the work started during the Lenten Challenge. We continued preparation activities to support a refugee family when they arrived in Chicago. We partnered with RefugeeOne, the largest resettlement agency in Chicago. We gathered furniture and the myriad of household items needed for the apartment in anticipation of the family’s arrival. We recruited and trained volunteers for helping the family acclimate to their new city and community.
2021 Summer Mission Project:
People’s Resource Center
Our 2021 Summer Mission Project collected school supplies for the People’s Resource Center. The Mission Committee shares a big “THANK YOU” for your generous support! Our donations, along with those from other area organizations, helped PRC exceed its goal of 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies.
We all have learned about the devastating impact of the pandemic on education. Our efforts helped in providing students a backpack filled with all the school supplies needed as the school term begins. New school supplies equips students as they re-entering the classroom. It was a fun and meaningful summer project that allowed everyone to participate.
PCWS collected 3,356 school supply items – paper, pens, markers, calculators, backpacks, etc. The staff and clients of the People’s Resource Center add their THANKS for your benevolence!!!
2020 Summer Mission Project:
Bernie’s Book Bank
Our congregation’s 2020 Summer Mission project supported Bernie’s Book Bank. We started our book drive during the pandemic “stay-in-place” protocol, asking folks to check around their homes for gently used books that would be appropriate for children from birth through the 6th-grade reading level.
PCWS set an initial goal of 2,184 books! We quickly surpassed that goal, so we doubled it to 4,368 books! We achieved our second goal and more!! Through the combined efforts of our congregation, members of the community, and monetary donations, we achieved an amazing 10,351 books for Bernie’s Book Bank. We provided new and gently used fiction and non-fiction books, during the summer of 2020!
THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word, contributed books, collected books from friends & neighbors, and donated money!
2019 Summer Mission Project:
Let’s Make A House a Home
During the summer of 2019, in partnership with Facing Forward to End Homelessness, we designed a “Welcome Home Basket” for the clients of Facing Forward and challenged our congregation to collect and donate specific household items throughout the summer as part of a project we dubbed “Let’s Make a House a Home.” The list of items in each basket ran the gamut from toothpaste to laundry detergent to dish towels to toilet paper—all of the essentials you’d need for your first day in a new home. We’re happy to say that, together, we were able to fill 50 baskets!