We can all be a part of the solution

Episcopal Relief & Development was founded in 1940 as a Christian response to the start of World War II in Europe. The need for disaster relief and resource development around the world and here in the United States is still very much real and present – and all of us are called to be a part of the solution.

ERDlogoEpiscopal Relief & Development’s efforts for 2015 have five areas of focus:

  • 75th Anniversary Campaign: The most powerful way to make an impact, your gift will help fight poverty, hunger and disease worldwide.
  • Carry the Water Campaign: Ensuring access to the most crucial element of health, clean water, by building water systems and promoting hygiene and sanitation.
  • Fast to Feed Campaign: Improving access to nutritious food by empowering families to raise healthy animals and employ sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Thrive to Five Campaign: Enabling children and families to get the best start in life through maternal health, malaria prevention and early childhood development programs.
  • Pennies for Prosperity Campaign: Opening opportunities for successful livelihoods by promoting micro-finance, vocational training and small business development.

These varied campaigns mean that wherever your heart is, there is a place for you to help provide a better future. Now is the perfect time to take part in the efforts of the Episcopal Church to partner with local agencies in asset-based community development. Embracing the bishop’s call for collaboration among congregations around the diocese, we urge you to talk with others about how you can join with neighboring congregations to support the efforts of the 75th Anniversary of Episcopal Relief & Development.

If you have questions or would like more information, including a toolkit you can use with your congregation, please contact Toks Ogungbadero at ogungbt@uplifthealthcare.com or visit www.episcopalrelief.org. If you’d like someone to visit your congregation to preach, lead adult formation or speak with your vestry about the work of Episcopal Relief & Development, contact Emily Pucker at EmilyJane.2004@yahoo.com.