4% Back to the Community

The Vineyard Church Generosity Fund continues in 2023! All this year we’re giving 4% of our general offerings back to our 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 a set percentage of our monthly tithes and offerings to a local cause, charity, or ministry that was not affiliated with Vineyard Church.  In 2021, we gave away more than $39,000! In 2022, we gave away more than $35,000! And we’re doing it again in 2023! This expression of generosity is made possible because of those who faithfully give to Vineyard Church.

Generosity Fund

January 2023

$3,000 for Medical Expenses for Justin Gilstrap

Justin is the 11-year-old Columbia County boy who was mauled by pitbulls while riding his bike. These funds will help Justin’s family with his enormous medical expenses.

February 2023

$2,000 for Safe Homes of Augusta.  This local agency provides support and resources to victims of domestic violence. Their mission is to transform victims of domestic violence to survivors.

March 2023

$2,700 to Christ Community Health. CCM’s mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and to demonstrate His love by providing affordable, quality health care.  CCM opened their Community Pediatrics office in early 2023.  Our gift will help CCM continue to provide quality medical and dental care to individuals and families in our community who have limited options.

April 2023

$3,000 to  Garden City Rescue Mission.  This local ministry to the homeless provides housing and support services to more than 400 men each year.  Our gift will be used to help GCRM purchase the building they have been using for more than twenty years.

May 2023

$2,500 to Heritage Academy. This inner-city independent Christian school serves children of diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Heritage Academy empowers their students to become a positive influence for Christ in our community and around the world.

June 2023

$2,600 to the Augusta Chapter of KAIROS Prison Ministry.  This local chapter ministers in the Augusta State Medical Prison.  Our gift will help cover the cost of Kairos’ 68th ministry weekend happening this October.  They expect to share the gospel with 36 new participants along with the current Kairos community of over 100.

July 2023

$3,000 to Family Promise of Augusta.  Family Promise works to reduce the number of homeless families in our community. Our gift will help Family Promise purchase a new property that can house up to four homeless families, their administrative offices, and their childcare operation.  Currently there are 100 families on Family Promise’s waiting list.  Family Promise is the organization we work with to place families in Vineyard Church’s Compassion House.

August 2023

$2,000 to The RECing Crew.  This organization serves CSRA families with special needs members providing them with a variety of special leisure and recreational programs. Our donation will help offset the costs of these events for the families.

September 2023

$2,500 to Golden Harvest Food Bank.  This local agency helps feed the hungry in the 25 counties surrounding Augusta. Last year, Golden Harvest raised enough food and funds to provide more than 750,000 meals.  Golden Harvest is the primary source of food for VCA’s Storehouse Food Pantry. 

October 2023

$2,500 to Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).  FCA’s mission is to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.  Our gift will support their outreaches to high schools in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Lincoln, Wilkes, and Warren Counties.

November 2023

$2,250 to Project Refresh. This is a local organization that serves Augusta’s homeless by providing mobile showers at various locations throughout our community.  In 2024, Vineyard’s Storehouse will partner with Project Refresh once a month to provide hot showers to those in need. VCA’s gift will help fund this mobile operation and provide basic toiletries and supplies – providing hope one shower at a time

December 2023

$3,500 to LIVESTRONG the program of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta.  LIVESTRONG helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.  Our donation will provide these individuals opportunities to improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, and develop supportive relationships to help improve their quality of life.