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 2022

$3,200 to Cancer Support Services(formerly The Lydia Project) This local organization assists cancer patients with their financial and emotional needs during treatment, including lodging and transportation services, to facilitate healing and create better outcomes. They also offer prayer support to patients and their families.

September 2022

$2,250 to The Family Y’s “A Place to Dream”.  This program of the Family Y provides a bed, mattress, linens, and a Bible to local low-income children who don’t have one. Since 2017,  this local program has provided 1,360 beds. Our gift will provide nine beds.

October 2022

$4,000 to iCare4.  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.

November 2022

$3,000 to Bridge Ministry.  For almost 15 years, this local ministry has served the poor and homeless of the Augusta area with a weekly food outreach and through other on-going services.

December 2022

$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.