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.
If this excites you, CLICK HERE to pitch in!
2021 VCA Generosity Fund
September – $2,500 to iCare, a local nonprofit who serves women and children who are victimized by sexual exploitation as well as those who are at risk of being victimized. They serve through a three-pronged approach of prevention, intervention and restoration.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2020 VCA Generosity Fund
These are the recipients that we enthusiastically supported last year:
January – $2,000 in Chick-Fil-A Gift Cards to our neighbors
February – $3,000 to Katherine’s Way, a Christ-centered addiction recovery program for women
March – $4,000 in Publix and Walmart Gift Cards to restaurant workers laid off due to the pandemic
April – $2,000 that purchased 400 washable and reusable masks for residents of Bon Air Apartments
May – $3,000 to the Augusta chapter of the Kairos Prison Ministry
June – $3,500 to Safe Homes of Augusta, a local charity serving victims of domestic violence
July – $3,000 to GLM2 (God Loves Me, Too), a local nonprofit that seeks to eradicate damage caused by sex trafficking and domestic violence
August – $3,500 to Family Promise of Augusta, a community outreach committed to helping homeless families of the CSRA achieve stability and lasting independence
September – $3,000 to assist with medical expenses for Tanner Haywood, a local cancer patient
October – $3,200 in Walmart gift cards to displaced residents of Hal Powell Apartments who recently were burned out of their homes
November – $4,000 to assist members of Christ Community Health, a medical ministry that seeks to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and to demonstrate his love by providing affordable, quality primary healthcare to the underserved.
December – $3,000 to Columbia County Cares, the largest food pantry in Columbia County. Each month CCC’s volunteer staff serves approximately 300 families and also assists smaller food pantries throughout the county as needs arise.