Many hands for Ferguson and North County

April 16, 2015
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Do you have expertise with business in planning and operations? Do you have some time to volunteer?

Last fall, the diocese received a $40,000 grant from Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal Church. A portion of the grant is to assist with the economic stabilization and recovery of North St. Louis County and City businesses following the violence in Ferguson and Dellwood.

These past three months, pastors of the four churches nearest Ferguson (Steve Lawler at St. Stephen's Ferguson; Michael Dunnington at All Saints in north city St. Louis; Renee Fenner at St. Barnabas' in Florissant; and Marc Smith at Ascension in Northwoods) have been working with not-for-profit civic, business, and educational organizations. Their goal was to identify specific "at risk" businesses that could benefit from individualized planning and consulting support, as well as from financial grants directed toward their needs.

They are now hoping to identify members of the diocese with business expertise who are willing to offer some volunteer time. Marc Smith said, "We anticipate that longer-term mentoring opportunities also may develop."

This handout describes the initiative and also the areas of business expertise needed. Please share it with members of your congregation. Should you have questions, please contact Marc Smith at (314) 452-3378.

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