Joy Box Love
Outreach Funding | Summer 2020
$150,000 of Joy Box Love was given away over the course of Summer 2020 to help make measureable change all around our city and world. This is part of what it looks like to be a Jesus people for the sake of the world. This funding emphasized three themes:
- Development: Continuing to help organizations build important infrastructure to strengthen their foundation, and ultimately expand their capacity and impact for the long-haul.
- COVID Response: Helping provide necessary funds to help organizations stay afloat and weather the storm, as well as care for and empower those they serve.
- Racial Equity + Justice: The orgs we support serve and empower traditionally marginalized populations. We have selected these partners, in part, because they are working hard to not only provide relief/care but also to get at the root causes [like systemic racism + inequity] impacting the populations they serve.
20 Liters | Operational support for stateside staff, and support for Rwandan staff + programming to continue providing access to clean water in Rwanda, East Africa.
Affinity Mentoring | Financial support for the hiring of a new Office Coordinator position, which will help the organization expand their reach to more at-risk children + families as well as build more equitable educational systems.
Be the Bridge | A national faith-based organization that helps equips individuals, churches, and organizations in their work toward racial justice + reconciliation.
Grace’s Table | Assistance with the programming + resources needed to help empower and support teen moms and their families
HQ/3:11 Youth Housing | Grant funding toward the Comprehensive Health Initiative, which provides youth experiencing homelessness with consistent access to holistic healthcare opportunities.
Solutions to End Exploitation [SEE] | Development an online hub for West MI providers to report and coordinate care for trafficked people (police, fire, social service providers, medical care).
Treetops Collective | Supporting New American women, teens, and families through operational support, social enterprise improvement, and the development of a Community Connector leadership development program which expands their reach to 8 different language groups
West MI Churches Helping Churches COVID Fund | Targeted support to churches from under-resourced West MI churches in Asian, Black, and Hispanic contexts who have been disproportionately affected by COVID. Allotted funds go to staff salary, care + support for congregation members, technology, and facilities.
World Relief Congo | Supports 5 key programs within their Church Empowerment Zone network - supporting 300 churches in Savings for Life Program, Sexual + Gender Based Violence, Peace-Building Initiatives, Agriculture + Food Security, all of which are trauma-healing informed.