** As of June, 2015, Triple Play Grant applications are no longer being accepted. **
The introduction of the Triple Play in 2012 marked the beginning of a sea-change in the Presbytery’s approach to mission and mission funding. Mission grants had once been distributed directly to worthy community projects and organizations. The Triple Play began to modify that approach by linking support for community mission more directly to nearby collaborating congregations. Now, in effect, the Triple Play experience has helped shift the entire focus of the Presbytery from centralized operations and mission to the focus on healthy, vital, sustainable congregations as they engage on the front-line of mission in their communities.
For more information, contact Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education at [email protected]
After over two years of diligent, faithful work, Three Committees Collaborating is proud to recommend the following for the 2013 Triple Play Grants:
El Agua es Vida (Partners: Christ Clarion and Covington): $10,000
To purchase and install eight water disinfection systems in Chiapas, Mexico. The money will cover parts, an on-site engineer and training. The two churches will be sending teams to work with village leadership to construct the systems over the next several years. Covington, in its work with the Presbytery’s Migration Working Group, has realized that many farm workers from Chiapas are laboring on rural farms in Western New York. This provides an opportunity to connect a distant project in Mexico with people from Chiapas who are living close by.
Focus on the Children (Partners: Caledonia First and Caledonia Stone): $10,000
To develop a Volunteer Training and Institute program. The focus of this grant proposal is to create a trained volunteer base who will be able to work with struggling families who are in crisis or need. FOTC has been serving the needs of children in Livingston County since 1993. They provide financial grants, assistance in making community connections, and advocacy for families. Families served during the year are invited to a Back-to-School program that provides children with school supplies and gift cards for new shoes, as well as a Christmas program where they may select gifts for the holidays.
Judicial Process Commission (Partners: Brighton and Pittsford First): $5,000
To support their New Journeys program. The grant will fund the volunteer coordinator at the Judicial Process Commission, the person who coordinates and trains all the folks who do the mentoring; as well as the counselor and social worker who offer these women important counseling and support. The overall program trains mentors to work with women coming out of prison. The goal is to train as many mentors as possible and pair them up with the large number of women coming out of jail. Based upon past years, this mentoring program drops the rate of recidivism by 50%.
Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County (Partners: Albion First, Barre Center, Holley First, Lyndonville and Medina First): $7,500
To support their Youth Service Partnership. The goal of this program is to train people to provide tutoring, mentoring, social skill training, life skill training and health and wellness training to at risk youth in Orleans County and Genesee County. There is a possibility that this program will be able to work with the Judicial Process Commission to share good ways to do mentor training.
Cameron Community Ministries Put a Fork in Hunger (Partners: Christ Clarion, Laurelton and Third): $7,500
Putting a Fork in Hunger is unique among those receiving triple play grants in that the community agency already engages volunteers from many of the Presbytery’s churches. Cameron has been a lifeline for many residents in Rochester’s Lyell-Otis neighborhood for nearly thirty years, providing meals, clothing, advocacy and a welcoming community. The funds will go to enhance and expand some of their current services as demand is increasing exponentially. Another goal of the partners is to launch a publicity and education campaign in an effort to get the word out to churches about the volunteer possibilities as well as the needs that exist in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood, an effort that it is hoped will involve members of the three congregations.