Representative Charities

Many of the organizations First Church supports have a connection with Christian outreach and teaching, so our philanthropic efforts serve two purposes — to help organizations that serve needy populations and to spread the Gospel.  Descriptions of some of them follow.

We Can (Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking) is dedicated to empowering Cape women of all ages through mentoring, information, education, and networking, serving more than 2,000 women last year.  Its services are many, from helping to complete forms for emergency fuel assistance to advice on how to dress for interviews.

Noah Shelter is the only homeless shelter on Cape Cod, giving warmth and a good night’s sleep to this population, which has been growing in this area.

The Retired Minister’s Fund provides financial support through retirement gifts to ministers after attaining the age of 65, and these benefits are passed on to surviving spouses upon their death. When ministers who have pastored small churches retire, they may find themselves with scant finances for retirement.

Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod does much more than help families escape from unsafe, unhealthy living conditions.  It is helping families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security.  The First Congregational Church of Yarmouth has teamed up with several other churches to undertake an “ecumenical build” for Habitat Cape Cod.  It is one of six homes on Virginia Street in Yarmouth.  Our church donated financial support in addition to the manpower  needed in the spring of 2016 when construction began.

A Baby Center is the only organization on Cape Cod offering diapers and other baby necessities free of charge to those who qualify.  This spring, First Church deacons are sponsoring their second “Diaper Drive” for the center and we provide funding for the center as well.  

The Mission School for Hope in Cameroon, Africa, has a vision to reach underprivileged and marginalized people through the demonstration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Heifer Internationals mission is nothing less than ending world hunger and poverty.  Poor families in Africa receive a female cow or other animal that will give them nourishment for years to come as well as food and a reliable income since agricultural products such as milk, eggs, and honey can be traded or sold at market.

Seafarer’s Friend works to extend the ministry of churches to meet the spiritual and practical needs of these individuals, who must be away from home and family for many months at a time.  Social isolation, depression, and suicide are high among seafarers. In addition to crisis ministry and counseling, seamen are offered transport to area shops, internet access, puzzles, books, and much more.

Hands of Hope Outreach Center has for more than twenty-five years provided critical emergency assistance to low-income families in need in the mid-Cape area, offering emergency food, assistance with utility and medical bills, clothing, and more.  We support the pantry financially, and each week church members donate food items to the Hands of Hope Food Pantry that are the most needed.  The pantry serves 500-600 visitors per month.  

The Indian Trails Mission’s original vision was to teach and train native converts to be future spiritual leaders.  More than fourteen are now their own spiritual leaders and many churches have been established.  The outreach now covers tribes in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Independence House launched a dedicated website in 2015 focusing on specialized assistance for youth in relationships who may be experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence, including sexual violence, bullying, harassment, and stalking.  Students in a number of area high schools are trained in teen dating violence, drug-facilitated rape, and active bystander strategies.  A program for children offers counseling services and crisis intervention.