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|QUAD CITIES FAITH COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF HAITI’S EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS|
|News Releases - Not-for-Profit News|
|Written by Jo Cohrs|
|Monday, 01 March 2010 11:08|
Usually, if one were to ask: “What do Roman Catholics, mainstream Protestants, Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Moslems have in common?” more often than not, the answer would be “Very little!” However, in recent weeks, that has been far from the case. These faith communities, who often differ, and sometimes differ vigorously over such matters as social issues, geo-politics, and points of theology, have been crossing what sometimes appears as impenetrate lines and coming together in common cause over their mutual concern for the plight of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
A few weeks ago, Churches United of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, and a number of local clergy initiated a drive to unite the various faith communities of the Quad Cities in their efforts to aid Haitian earthquake victims. A letter was sent out to all clergy and houses of worship, encouraging them to support the fund raising efforts of their particular national or international faith group and to report their efforts to the local coordinators of this project. The goal of the organizers was to gather the data which would demonstrate the impact of our Quad Cities faith communities on this important relief effort. It was their hope that by demonstrating how supportive of this cause have been our churches, synagogues, and mosques, they would be able to encourage both additional charitable giving of behalf of the Haitian people and greater interfaith respect and cooperation within our community.
To date, 46 faith communities have reported the results of their relief efforts. Together, they have raised almost $188,000.00. Congregational giving has ranged from $150.00 to $20,000.00 (see list below). These funds have been directed to at least 21 separate agencies and organizations (see list below).
While the majority of the participating congregations conducted direct fund appeals, either from their pulpits, in their newsletters, or by email, there were some congregations that went a step further in their efforts. There were those who put together health kits or meal kits, those who involved the children of their congregation in special projects, concerts, and there was one that hosted a fund raising Taco Fiesta (see list below).
The figures reported are minimal. There are many other congregations in our community that have raised funds on behalf of Haitian relief, but which have yet to report their efforts to the organizers of this project. There are also many in our faith communities whose giving cannot be tracked because they sent their contributions directly to their denominational funds or to social service agencies.
There has rarely been a time in our community when we have experienced such a coming together of our diverse congregations, affirming the positive values we share in common and the potential power of religion to better the quality of life for all people.
For further information, please feel free to contact either Rev. Ronald Quay, Executive Director of Churches United of the Quad Cities (309/786-6494) or Rabbi Henry Jay Karp of Temple Emanuel (563/326-4419).
QUAD CITIES FAITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT OF HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORTS
SUB TOTAL = $187,958.09
RECIPIENT FUNDS & ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIAL FUND RAISING AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
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