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Our Work

We support many Outreach programs.

A few of them include: 

  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

  • Ecumenical Community Center Foundation (ECCF)

  • Helping Hands Ministry at ECCF

  • Neighborhood Meals

  • Kenwood Leadership Academy

  • HACAP food backpacks

  • Beloved Community Initiative

  • Feed Iowa First

  • Swazi Companions

  • Episcopal Relief & Development

  • United Thank Offering

CEC prides our selves in our dedication to the community, serving its people and their needs though monetary donations, pledges, food donations, and toiletry donations. We also serve our time to help clean, organize, assist with gardening and picking, and volunteering with events and work days. At CEC, we love serving the community and giving what we can freely.

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Swazi Companions

In 2005, a group of SwaziCompanions was formed at Christ Episcopal Church. We are in relationship with the people of the Anglican Diocese of Swaziland, and to raise funds to build a school in rural Swaziland (now Eswatini). The Christ Church SwaziCompanions have had fundraisers to support the Neighborhood Care Points feeding programs, gardens, home/hospice care and water projects in a country with a high level of AIDS, poverty and drought. We build community, strengthen our faith and enlarge our world as we hold events to raise funds, and visit and interact with the people of the Diocese of Swaziland, Eswatini. All funds raised at Christ Church are forwarded to the Diocese of Iowa office to be wired in entirety to the Diocese of Swaziland and used primarily to support the Neighborhood Care Points (feeding stations) in rural Eswatini.

Loaves & Fishes Pantry

A joint ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church. Both churches provide financial support for the pantry as well as volunteer work.

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Helping Hands Ministry of the Ecumenical Community Center Foundation (ECCF)

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HHM serves people urgently needing limited material assistance. We help with rent, utilities, auto gas, ID replacement, and financial and life coaching, along with personal and household care items like laundry & dish soap, shampoo, and deodorant. Auto gas is now a much greater transportaion need but we still offer a few local bus tickets. Our staff and volunteers help individuals to prioritize needs and navigate community agencies, funding, and resources. Our staff offers someone to talk to; someone to share concerns with; someone to encourage reaching goals and then to rejoice in those accomplishments.

Beloved Community Initiative

Their mission is "Dismantling racism through love in action. Creating justice with dignity and respect.

The Beloved Community Initiative for Racial Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation in Iowa aims to “grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers” (Becoming, 5). We organize our work in four major areas: telling the truth,  proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing the Way of Love, and repairing the breach in society and institutions."

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As the hands and body of Christ, we respond with joy to the call to serve. We do outreach as individuals, in welcoming, serving, and giving, and as a community, in our shared ministries.

From a ECCF receiver

Thank you! Not just for the things you gave me, the gas card, and all the info but the genuine care you've shown me.

From a Loaves & Fishes receiver

You have the best food bank in town!

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