Outreach at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is comprised of parishioners who seek opportunities for the congregation to work on issues that reflect commitment to others in the community and world beyond.

To work towards this mission, the Outreach Commission:

St. Andrew's and its parishioners annually support a variety of programs with time, talent and/or treasure. These programs currently include:

Saints on the Shoreline
Saints on the Shoreline (SOS) for Refugees is a multi-church effort, led by St. Andrew’s, to host a refugee family. Other local churches participating include North Guilford Congregational Church, First Church of Christ Congregational Church in Clinton, Christ Episcopal Church in Guilford, and the United Methodist Church of Clinton. Hosting a refugee family is a complex operation requiring lots of coordination and many volunteers: finding housing and furnishing it, helping find employment, coordinating with local schools, state and federal offices, providing local transportation, and most important helping a family make a major cultural adjustment to life in the United States. In April SOS received word that it would be hosting a family from Afghanistan expected to arrive in early May.

Meals-on-Wheels is a program that provides hot, midday meals to seniors and those who are home bound. At present, St. Andrew's coordinates drivers on Mondays for the two Madison Meals-on-Wheels routes. Volunteers might drive one designated Monday a month or as many Mondays as they wish. Meals are picked up at the Madison Senior Center at around 10:30AM and deliveries are usually finished by 12:00 or 12:30PM. Meals-on-Wheels not only provides an opportunity for a hot meal but also a smiling face, a cheerful word and an important check-in with those who might not have much contact with others on a regular basis.
Website: Meals on Wheels

Community Garden
Parishioners plant, water, weed and harvest a garden on a small plot at Bauer Park in Madison. The town of Madison maintains this community garden for the benefit of Madison residents. This past summer they grew tomatoes, squash, peppers, kale and carrots. All the produce was contributed to local food pantries and soup kitchens. The garden highlights issues of food scarcity and nutritional needs in Shoreline communities. The garden also offers a positive response to concerns about the environment and human health associated with processed food and large scale farming.

Raise The Roof / Habitat for Humanity
Raise the Roof/Habitat for Humanity (formerly Madison Cares) - From Branford to Clinton, individual0s, churches, civic organizations, and banks and other businesses support the cause of Habitat for Humanity and build houses in New Haven with Habitat partner families. St. Andrew's was a founding sponsor for the organization when they began building homes in New Haven in 2003, providing volunteers for group builds and financial support.
Website: Raise the Roof

Madison Community Services
A private, all-volunteer organization consisting of individuals, businesses, civic groups, and churches, offers medical transportation, youth tutoring, summer camp scholarships and more including the Madison Food Pantry. Feeding hundreds of residents and distributing 3,000 pounds of food each week, the MCS Food Pantry is maintained year-round by volunteers. St. Andrew's supports the operation by collecting contributions of food from parishioners and assisting patrons.
Website: Madison Community Services

Vacation Bible School in the Dominican Republic
Every summer the Episcopal Church in Connecticut organizes a group of teenagers and chaperones to run a Vacation Bible School for children in the Dominican Republic. Carrying suitcases full of arts supplies, crafts, jump ropes, drawing paper, soccer balls and more, students head to Santo Domingo and work tirelessly for one very hot week in July. St. Andrew's often sends a group on the trip.

St. Andrew's Orphan Mission
Currently, St. Andrew's provides scholastic sponsorship and care on a tri-annual basis for four Ugandan orphans, ranging in age from 12 to 21. Timothy, the oldest, is half way through a three year university Information Technology program. Joyce Mary, 16, and Calvin, 12, attend Shalom Primary School, and Cathy, who is 18 and hearing impaired, attends Mbale School for the Deaf. As a result of the support that St. Andrew's has provided, these children are thriving despite their difficult circumstances. This mission is an international component of Outreach, extending a helping hand overseas to those who are the most vulnerable. It is in keeping with the Millenium Development Goals adopted by Episcopal Relief and Development.

Covenant to Care
St. Andrew's participates in Covenant's Adopt A Social Worker program. Faith-based or community organizations agree to partner with a particular social worker in Connecticut to, as far as is possible, provide for the necessary and special items needed for all of the children in that social worker's caseload. This augments the provisions of the State, often assuring greater stability in the life of a child. Through our assigned social worker, St. Andrew's provides financial aid, as well as backpacks, spring baskets, and gifts from our holiday angel tree.
Website: Covenant to Care

New Reach
New Reach, formerly known as New Haven Home Recovery, Inc., helps build hopeful futures for families and individuals who are facing homelessness and poverty. The building blocks of our day to day existence require basic needs and our dreams need support, encouragement, and direction. New Reach starts with the very basics, offering a place to stay, a warm meal, a shoulder to lean on, and programs and services for women, children and families who are homeless or at risk. New Reach provides stability, so individuals and families can become self-reliant. They guide and offer assistance to help individuals end the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and realize their full potential. St. Andrew's has supported New Reach by holding diaper and pillow drives in the last year.
Website: New Reach

Bishops Fund for Children
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut established the Bishops' Fund for Children in 1994 under the leadership of Bishop Clarence Coleridge. The Fund was created to enhance awareness of the plight of children at risk throughout Connecticut, to give Episcopalians in Connecticut the opportunity to pray for children at risk, and to raise funds to underwrite social service programs that aid these children in our urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods. The service providers are both church and non-church related.  The recipients are from varied ethnic and religious backgrounds. To date the Fund has made grants of more than $ 2.5 million dollars. St. Andrew's has supported the Fund by contributing money. In addition, parishioners and staff have run in the Bishop's 5K Race for Kids, the Fund's main fund-raiser which takes place in West Hartford every spring.
Website: Bishops Fund for Children

Read to Grow
This Connecticut organization helps build literacy right from birth. It is the only statewide nonprofit organization connecting with parents in the hospital setting that prepares them to take an active role in their child's literacy development from day one. To help parents create language-rich homes in which children can develop critical early skills, Read to Grow provides books to families that interact with infants, toddlers, and school-age children and their parents.
Website: Read to Grow

Guiding Principles

When considering Core Program and community requests, Outreach will give priority to:

Financial donations, both for Core and community projects will usually fall in the $500 to $2500 range.
Financial commitments can be made only one year at a time. In most cases, funding for a second year will need to be resubmitted the following year. A downloadable Outreach Request Form in the PDF format is available to use when asking for resources. When considering funding requests from community organizations, Outreach members appreciate an attached recommendation for that project from a St. Andrew's parish member.