Our Christmas Eve Offering

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    Our Christmas Eve Offering ~ A Tradition of Generosity

    Following a tradition that began in 1961, each year Federated Church donates the entire offering collected at its four Christmas Eve services to an organization or cause whose program or goal would be significantly impacted by this generous gift.  None of the money is used for Federated's operating expenses.

    Organizations are invited to apply to be the recipient of the offering starting in late September with a deadline around the third Sunday in October for all applications.  Our Mission & Service Commission reviews all applications and selects the recipient in November so an announcement can be made prior to the Christmas Eve services.

     2016 Two Foundation, Inc.  $36,679 Two Foundation, Inc. operates Two Cafe & Boutique at 8578 East Washington Street in Bainbridge, Two Cafe serves as the premier training and employment center where clients with mild to moderate exceptionalities receive real life work experience in a fully integrated setting.
      2015  EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute $46,984  EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland provides formerly-incarcerated adults with a foundation in the hospitality industry as well as a support network necessary for successful reentry.  The offering collected at Federated will go toward student housing and a test kitchen for the program.
     2014 St. Paul's Community Church (UCC)  $64,817 The selection of St. Paul’s UCC Church in 2014 gave us an opportunity to continue to grow our 50-year partnership with them as our sister church on the near westside of Cleveland. To support this ministry of caring, fighting poverty, and all that goes with those issues, we were able to furnish St. Paul’s with resources to enable the repair and upgrade of the facility they minister from, providing a safe, healthy environment while doing God’s work. 
     2013 Rainey Institute in Cleveland  $37,647 Rainey Institute is where the arts change lives. They are dedicated to positive change for Greater Cleveland’s youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts. Children ages 3 and up attend Rainey after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to explore music, dance, drama, sewing and art. They develop their artistic abilities and their character. Rainey students learn to be leaders and positive role models. They are prepared to be “on stage” at all times, enabling them to succeed in school and life.
     2012 Transitional Housing, Inc  $40,000  A Cleveland-based program that works to end the cycle of homelessness by providing homeless women with a safe environment, programs and services that promote self-sufficiency and independence without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
     2011 The Stitching Hope Project of JustHope Ministry in Nicaragua $31,800  A program designed to assist women in Chacraseca, Nicaragua in the development of a multi-faceted enterprise which will enable them to work together creating both fabric art articles for export, and utilitarian items for local sale.
    2010     WomenSafe, Inc $41,945 A provider of emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio.
    2009 Seeds of Literacy $37,077 A Cleveland-based program that provides one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation for adults who are motivated to change their lives.
    2008    Youth Jobs Partnership program of Scranton Road Ministries  $37,280 a workforce development initiative operating in the Cleveland Public Schools focused on creating employees with a commitment to excellence.  The program creates a highly-competent workforce with marketable skills and a solid work-ethic, and transitions each graduate into either gainful employment or further training.
    2007  MedWish International    $49,100  dedicated to saving lives & the environment through the recovery and recycling of donated medical supplies area healthcare providers must discard
    2006 Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, Mississippi (UCC)    $52,300 to hire a staff person to specialize in housing rehabilitation in the wake of the Katrina devastation
    2005 Northeast Ohio Adoption Services    $46,400 provide adoption and foster care services to teens and school-age children in the child welfare system by recruiting, preparing and supporting specialized families
    2004 Youth Challenge    $54,800 to bring together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers who enrich each other's lives through one-on-one participation in adapted sports and recreational activities
    2003 Applewood Centers, Inc.  & Chagrin Falls Park Community Center (shared by two programs)
       $55,500 to help teenage girls with dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness (Applewood) and to help the youth of the Chagrin Falls Park through added recreational programming (CFP Community Center)
    2002 South African Ministries (shared by four programs)    $74,300 Sparrow Rainbow Village AIDS Hospice for children, Forest Hills Dutch Reformed Church, YouthNet, Nederburg School
    2001 Interfaith Hospitality Network    $56,000 to help renovate the space for a new West Side Family Center to provide services for homeless families in Cleveland
    2000 St. Paul's Express at St. Paul's Community Church    $59,900 the After School Prevention Resources drop-in program for at-risk teens
    1999 Mark Simone Medical Fund   $141,000  for expenses related to Rev. Mark Simone's (Youth Pastor) liver transplant
    1998 St. Paul's Community Church    $51,200 to replace the roof on our sister church on  Cleveland's near west side