The goal of the Social Concerns Committee is to be responsive to the needs of those in our church and those with ties to our church family. The church family stretches beyond our walls to include state and world wide organizations. Our membership with the Faith Action network (FAN) an interfaith statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action is of key importance.
Social Concerns Committee does not function in a vacuum. Every year we team up with many Church Personnel, other committees, as well as numerous volunteers. These volunteers fill snack packs, sort through socks and blankets, hats and jackets in order to assist those less fortunate living on the streets.
There are three main categories in which the Social Concerns Committee is involved.
- Meeting the needs of people on the streets: KLC hosts the H.O.ME. Program two months out of the year. We also provide an overnight shelter for ladies once during the year. One of our main goals is to provide snack packs, provide socks, gloves, and hats for those on the streets, as well as provide bus tickets to those who need transportation to medical appointments, or job interviews. Our committee is also instrumental when KLC serves as a cold weather shelter when temperatures get below freezing. We coordinate meals one week out of the year for Women Overnight.
- Sponsorships with other Agencies: Throughout the calendar year, we network with other agencies to provide support in various ways. Those include providing a liaison for Willows Place who serves meals on Thursday nights. With the Kent Food Bank we host “Toys for Joy” for underprivileged families at Christmas. We sponsor a “Day of Service” in connection with the MLK Holiday. We work closely with the ECEAP School during Christmas and Easter. We assist at Kent Elementary School in providing school supplies and tutoring.
- Social Concerns Committee also supports other entities within the Kent Lutheran Church family. These include participating in the CROP Hunger Walk in October. Social Concerns also provides Prayer Stations during Lent that deal with world wide hunger, the South Sudanese Water Project, and the main event is assisting KLC in the yearly “Unsale” free garage sale to the community.
This year has been a unique year. With the onset of COVID, several of these events may have not happened in 2020. It is our valiant wish that 2021 will bring about some normalcy to our world at Kent Lutheran as well as our community of Kent. The Social Concerns Committee meets right now via Zoom on the second Wednesday at 4:00. We have six members on our committee. We welcome more, if you feel that what we do is a passion for you.