Outreach

                    Loaves and Fishes

Our Loaves and Fishes ministry began over twenty years ago when a church member observed that many departing vacationers on Isle of Palms had food leftover that could not be taken home with them and might be wasted. A mission program was born using volunteers to collect and donate this food for the hungry in our East Cooper community. Loaves and Fishes continues annually, thanks to the wonderful support of volunteers just like you. Each year, the Loaves and Fishes program collects over 1,000 lbs. of food!

Our Loaves and Fishes food collection program finished up July 25 with collections of over 600 pounds of food donations over four weeks. Thanks to all of the youth volunteers who cheerfully sat in the heat and rain to help collect food donations from departing island visitors on Saturday mornings, to those who delivered the donations to East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO), and those who helped get the word out. The donation of your time and efforts make this important ministry possible - thank you!

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CHARLESTON WESLEY FOUNDATION


The Charleston Wesley Foundation is blessed with the mission of growing believers and disciples of Christ. In doing so, we create a community of students that share the love of Christ with each other, with their college campuses, and with the world beyond. Our weekly meetings with our various campuses allow us to create strong communities of college aged believers who support and nurture each other in both our large and small group settings.

Our local college outreach program supporting 600+ Methodist students, is in need of bottled beverages (water/lemonade/soda) and laundry pods. Drop off items to the church office and contact Gerald Robertson for more information.

HALOS


HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), we provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we help to improve the lives of these children.

Usually HALOS is conducting their Back to School Drive at this time, where we provide uniforms, backpacks, and supplies for the children in kinship care. This year the virus changes things, and it is important to maintain safety for HALOS staff, volunteers, and families. Because of the uncertainties, HALOS will NOT be collecting supplies, uniforms or backpacks this year.

Epworth Children's Home

For more than 120 years, Epworth Children’s Home has grown and adapted to the individual needs of children by providing quality care grounded in faith and responsibility for our neighbor. Established in 1895 by the South Carolina Annual Conference of what is now the United Methodist Church, Epworth Children’s Home was originally named Epworth Orphanage. Situated in the heart of the state, the Home is located on 32 peaceful acres in Columbia, South Carolina.

Children come to Epworth through private and government placements. Each placement is the result of a fractured family system where children have experienced abuse, neglect or significant loss. Over 70 staff members surround nearly 80 children with an array of comprehensive services that meet their emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs. Much care and expertise go into assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each child. An individualized plan is developed for each child as staff members, counselors and volunteers work together to break the cycle of abuse, neglect and shame and replace it with an opportunity for each child to live a life of self respect, responsibility and productivity.