Work of the Mission and Outreach Commission is a very visible way the Holy Cross family demonstrates its dedication to our Lord’s teaching to love and serve Him. This Commission supports our church’s mission statement by providing a compassionate ministry of helping others when need exists.
Our mission statement: To seek Christ in all persons, answering His call to love others and help those in need.
Specifically members of the Mission and Outreach Commission:
1. screen requests and distribute emergency financial assistance to people in immediate need in Watauga and Avery Counties. We help with power and fuel bills, rent, transportation, medical costs and other needs for a total amount determined by Valle Country Fair proceeds and therefore varies from year to year. If you are in need of assistance, please call Holy Cross at 963-4609, ext. 25 and leave a message. A volunteer will return your call within 24 hours.
2. determine distribution of Valle Country Fair Grant funds to local non-profit organizations. Local non-profit charitable organizations receiving Valle Country Fair Grants in 2019 totaling $26,700 received their grants, Sunday, October 27 at the 11 o'clock service. (Below please read how each non-profit organization grant recipient plans to use their grant funds.)
3. provide: - Alternative Christmas - Angel Tree - Villager (an outreach of respite for parents of foster children) - monthly dinners the 1st and 5th Wednesdays at Hospitality House
2019 Grant Recipients: (Issued October 2020)
Children's Council will help pay for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program offered to Watauga County children.
Community Care Clinic will purchase medical supplies which are not donated including diabetic testing kits, meters and test strips, lab supplies, supplies for surgical services and exams, etc.
Creative Peace Maker will purchase healthy snack food and art supplies for the children and women attending the Center's programs.
Health and Hunger Coalition will purchase food from their regional bulk suppliers, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, for their food pantry.
Mountain Alliance will serve High Country teens through the Leadership Development Program and after-school Academic Support Program at Watauga High and Avery High Schools.
Parent to Parent Family Support Network will help cover the costs of their new Avery Circle of Parents Caregiver group and grow their services to families and service providers.
Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center will cover costs of insurance required to provide therapeutic riding services to children with special needs.
W.A.M.Y. (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey Countines Community Action) will address childcare needs of low-income families and support a summer camp program.
Watauga County Extended Learning Centers will help support children and families in need of after school care in the same school that they attend during the day.
Grant recipients display posters on the red barn at the Valle Country Fair. Posters and banners explain who they are and what they do so that the general public can see their efforts which better our community and help improve the lives of others.
If your local charitable organization is interested in applying for a Valle Country Fair grant in the spring, please visit www.vallecountryfair.org and click "To Apply for a Grant."
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