The Outreach Commission at COS focuses on giving our members opportunities to serve others by giving our time, talent, and treasure beyond our walls. This group evaluates programs and opportunities for mission and service that are of interest to our members and publicizes these opportunities. It also decides where funds from the outreach budget are best utilized to be in keeping with our vision.
COS Outreach: Soup 2 Go and Food Pantry
COS's Outreach Commission operates a community food bank and provides sandwiches (summer) and soup (fall, winter, spring) to our homeless neighbors every Thursday.
Additionally, the Commission provides financial support for the following organizations:
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
Samaritan Ministry was created in 1986 by 12 Episcopal churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to do more together than they could separately. Together, they decided to go beyond the provision of emergency assistance to people who are homeless and others in need. Samaritan Ministry now provides services at three locations in the Washington area and helps improve the lives of over 300 people per month through their innovative Next Steps program. For over 25 years now, participants have been welcomed into a safe, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to choose their own goals to pursue. They are given the resources and support they need — housing and employment search guidance, coaching, referrals to partner service providers and more — to fulfill those goals. Samaritan Ministry is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors elected by representatives from our Partner Parishes. The very first satellite office of Samaritan Ministry in Maryland is now open on Tuesdays at Church of Our Saviour.
C4 - Colesville Council of Community Congregations
Started in the 1960s, the Colesville Council of Community Congregations (or C-4 as it is commonly known) is a non-profit organization established by a group of interfaith congregations from around the Colesville area. The Colesville Center houses the group's C-4 Clothes Closet and Baby Closet, which provide families in need with clothing and household goods that have been donated by the local community. The group also has a "Toy Closet," which opens each holiday season to provide local families with gifts for their children that they normally would not be able to provide on their own.
CASA of Maryland
CASA of Maryland is a community organization that was founded in 1985 by Central American refugees and North Americans. CASA was created in response to the human needs of the thousands of Central Americans arriving to the D.C. area after fleeing wars and civil strife in their countries of origin. CASA's primary mission is to work with the community to improve the quality of life and fight for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and their families. CASA also works with other low-income immigrant communities and organizations, makes its programs and activities available to them, and advocates for social, political, and economic justice for all low-income communities.
Interfaith Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and a non-sectarian interfaith coalition of more than 165 affiliated congregations of diverse faiths, working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Our programs shelter, cloth, and feed our neighbors in need and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency.
EMEAN - Eastern Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Network
EMEAN is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance with housing, utilities, and/or prescriptions to families in crisis that resides in the Eastern part of Montgomery County. EMEAN leverages about 900 volunteer hours annually from 14 member congregations to provide financial assistance to 356 families in crisis.