In Our World

The depth of poverty in our world is beyond what most of us can comprehend. The Episcopal Church is deeply involved in worldwide relief organizations. Relief is an enormous task and requires enormous resources.

Here are some organizations through which you can provide help:

Episcopal Relief & Development has reached more than 2 million people in over 40 countries last year. Rather than impose “one size fits all” solutions, Episcopal Relief & Development supports local, long-term initiatives that address poverty, hunger, disease, economic development and disaster response where the need is greatest. Our partnership with the worldwide Church creates opportunities to serve communities in some of the most remote areas of the world as well as in urban environments where extreme poverty persists. In many of these places, the Church is often one of the few institutions people trust and turn to for help.

Heifer International Heifer International envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer’s strategy is to “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. St. Mark’s Vacation Bible School participants contribute monies to Heifer.

Millennium Development Goals In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals were established to reduce, by the year 2015, the number of people who live in extreme poverty. Developed by the international community including leaders from 191 countries, the eight goals were endorsed by development institutions and religious bodies and have galvanized unprecedented energy and effort. Explore the 8 goals here.

United Thank Offering (UTO) The United Thank Offering is a program of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole Church, founded by and administered by women since 1889. The UTO Committee promotes thank offerings, receives the offerings and distributes the UTO monies through grants.