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.

We look for an  organization, based locally, nationally, or globally, whose specific goals are to improve the lives of those in need, in turn enriching our world. We welcome proposals for one-time funding support to help with capital projects, program development, enhancement or expansion. The Christmas Eve offering is just the beginning of what we hope will be a year-long partnership of mission engagement with the recipient. 

Organizations are invited to apply to be the recipient of the offering starting in 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.



HOLA Ohio is a community organization based in Painesville. Their mission is to empower the community it serves through education, outreach, leadership development and more. Formed in 1999 as an informal group of Latinas wanting to help agricultural workers and their families, HOLA has become a pillar of the Ohio Latino and immigrant community and works with families across the state as a go-to resource.

This nonprofit offers an array of bilingual and culturally-competent programming to attend to the needs of the Latino population. HOLA has been providing many of these services to Latinos in northeast Ohio without a reliable location. HOLA currently operates out of a small, store-front church in Painesville on an as-needed basis. But this space is not always available and not large enough. Programs have been shuffled around to local libraries, other churches and public parks. The time has come to find a fixed location for HOLA to operate.

The efforts to create a home for the HOLA Ohio Community Center have begun as they work to generate the capital needed to complete this project. HOLA has a well thought out plan to raise these funds. Presently over 42% of these funds are committed.

Our 2018 Christmas Eve Offering is being dedicated to the Educational Area, an adaptable space with moveable walls which includes a classroom and a small meeting room. This area will be used for adult and youth programming, including English as a second language classes, citizenship tutoring, workforce and entrepreneurial trainings and voter education programs.

The HOLA Ohio Hispanic Community Center will anchor economic development and entrepreneurial services for Latinos in the area. HOLA will assist and empower thousands of immigrants as they stabilize their economic and civic standing and boost the overall economic vitality of the region. Ultimately, the target population will become a reliable pool of labor for agriculture, landscaping construction and other businesses which currently confront a lack of skilled and unskilled workers.

The Mission and Service Commission is committed to the developing partnership with HOLA. It began with hosting and supporting its annual raiser at the Family Life Center last June. Now we look forward to engaging with financial and volunteer support. 


2017                          $36,199

Hiram Farm is an agricultural setting for adults with developmental disabilities, with emphasis on adults on the autism spectrum. Farmers see, feel and taste the fruits of their labor. The animals, crops and craftworks that the farmers produce provide them with a source of income; the resulting sense of ownership, accomplishment and self-worth goes beyond the paycheck.

2016                          $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                          $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                          $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                          $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                          $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                          $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.