2023 RUC CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S ALTERNATIVE GIVING PROGRAM
Give a gift to a friend, co-worker or relative as you donate to RUC's only foreign mission program for the year.
This Year’s Recipient
Church World Service (CWS)
building a world where there is enough for all
Church World Service (CWS) is a faith-based organization born in the wake of WWII and provides community-led support to marginalized and hard to reach communities in more than 25 countries. Known for its just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster, its vision is a world where all have food, voice, and a safe place to call home. CWS works with partners as diverse as small community organizations in the U.S. and abroad to the United Nations. Though its mission has never been about conversion, it has used faith as the springboard into action.
Water, sanitation and hygiene programs are priorities of Church World Service. Its food security, health and livelihood programs range from crop diversification and water access at health posts to renewable energy. Emergency preparedness and response, migrant support and refugee resettlement, as well as climate change adaptation are also vital programs.
Donations will be divided equally between these four projects:
Biosand water filters in rural Myanmar where safe water did not exist or was wiped out by flooding.
Hospital visits and medical care for unaccompanied refugee children in Jakarta who arrive in Indonesia having taken long, difficult journeys for safety without their families.
Information for families about schooling girls in rural Kenya, overcoming whatever obstacles stand in the way and maximizing the benefits to the whole household.
A month’s worth of emergency food rations for families displaced by years of natural disasters in West Pokot, Kenya.
HOW ALTERNATIVE GIVING WORKS
Donations will be accepted between November 26, 2023 and January 10, 2024. Once you’ve made a donation, you can print, pick up, or request delivery of as many Alternative Giving Enclosures as you’d like to send to the people in whose names you have donated. The Enclosure includes Christmas and New Year’s Greetings and detailed information about the work of CWS. When the campaign closes, RUC will forward all donations to CWS and will instruct that they be divided equally among the four projects listed above.
WAYS TO DONATE:
You may give electronically by Credit or Debit card or, by PayPal, by clicking the PayPal logo below.
DONATE AT CHURCH
Make your donation any Sunday at the narthex table in RUC between November 26, 2023 and January 10, 2024. You can also pick up enclosures and envelopes there.
MAIL YOUR DONATION
Make check out to “Rockville United Church” addressed to 355 Linthicum Ave., Rockville, MD 20851. Please note “Alt Giving” on the outside of the envelope and on your check.
TO PRINT ENCLOSURES, CLICK HERE
If you cannot print enclosures or pick them up at church, you can request that the RUC office mail them to you by emailing Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Stephanie Wright at email@example.com or 301-807-8260 who can mail or deliver them to you.
SAMPLE GIFT ENCLOSURE
Simply write in the name of the person to whom you are giving the gift. Sign your name and mail enclosures with your Christmas cards or with envelopes provided by RUC, or personally deliver them.