5% Back to the Community

Once again in 2021, we’re giving 5% of our offerings back to the community.

In the fall of 2019, the leadership of Vineyard Church sensed God calling us to make 2020 a year for living generously.  In addition to our ministry to the poor and general budget expenditures for local, national, and global outreach, we felt led to give 5% of our monthly tithes and offerings to a local cause, charity, or ministry that was not affiliated with Vineyard Church.  In 2020, we gave away more than $37,000! And we’re doing it again in 2021! This expression of generosity is made possible because of those who faithfully give to Vineyard Church.

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2021 Generosity Fund

January

$3,000 to Heritage Academy.  This inner-city school provides a quality Christ-centered education to children of diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Our gift will help provide a scholarship to a deserving student.

February

$3000.00 to Forces United.  This local organization connects service members, veterans, and their families from all eras with programs and resources to mitigate crises, improve their lives, and empower them to prosper in the community.  Our gift will help provide resources so they can further their mission throughout the CSRA.

March

$3,500.00 to the wheelchair ministry of Sons of Consolation.  This local ministry works through an extensive network to provide, repair, and refit disability equipment to those in need here in the CSRA and around the world.

April

$3,500.00 to The Lydia Project.   This local organization assists cancer patients in the CSRA by granting funds for rent, utilities, medical supplies, and prescription assistance.  They also provide ongoing correspondence and encouragement throughout the person’s treatment.

May

$4,000.00 to Released Time Bible Education, a ministry of Christian Learning Centers of Augusta. RTBE provides Richmond County public school students the opportunity to attend off-campus Bible education classes at a nearby church or non-school building.  In 2020, there were over 950 students at 10 schools who participated.  Our gift will provide teaching materials and help train volunteers.

June

$3,500.00 to Ronald McDonald House, Family Support Services.  As the core program of the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta, the Family Support Services Program provides housing and supportive services to the patient and their family while their child receives urgent medical care at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia or the J.M. Still Burn Center. In addition to providing housing, the Family Support Services Program schedules an array of events and programming for adults, children, and the whole family together while staying in the house. Events include pet therapy, music and movie nights, special guest visits, family photos, and much more.

July

$3,500 in gift cards to the teachers of Lamar-Milledge Elementary School. Teachers at this inner-city Richmond County school will use their $100 Walmart Gift Cards to buy much-needed school supplies for their classrooms.

August

$3,000 to Aiken County Habitat for Humanity.  This gift will be used to sponsor the chapter’s 132nd house currently under construction and slated to be completed in early 2022.  This home is being built for a single mother and her teenage daughter.  Habitat for Humanity provides safe, affordable housing for low-income families. If you would like to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, please contact Program Director Ron Patterson (ron@habitataiken.org).

September

$2,500 to iCare.  This local organization serves women and children who have been victimized by sexual exploitation, as well as those who are at risk of being victimized.

October

$3,000 to Augusta Rescue Mission.  The Rescue Mission is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Augusta.  They provide a free emergency shelter for men over 18 who need a place to stay for the evening.

November

$3,000 to Bridge Ministry.  For almost 15 years, this local ministry has served the poor and homeless of the Augusta area with food and other services. To learn more about volunteering at this ministry with other VCA family members, contact our church office:  706.863.9766 or contactus@vineyardaugusta.org

December

$3,500 to Families4Families.  This faith-based ministry trains and supports local foster families throughout the state of Georgia.  Our gift will go to the Augusta chapter which started last year. Learn more about foster parenting at a Families4Families info meeting coming to Vineyard Church in February.