Serving the larger Community
Siesta Key Chapel members contribute financially and volunteer with many agencies as part of a core Mission Outreach program. Involvement with these agencies can be direct or indirect. If you would like to become involved and volunteer, please contact our office.
Most of these agencies are only able to survive because of their volunteers. Volunteer shifts can be as short as an hour a week, and we hope you find in your heart to participate. We can tell you from experience, you will be glad you did.
Other ways we connect to our neighbors: Community Outreach.
Community Outreach at Siesta Key Chapel provides information and services needed in the local community. Siesta Key Chapel wants to be a good neighbor and partner in sharing God's blessings with those around us. As written in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Meals on Wheels Sarasota
To those of you at Siesta Key Chapel who volunteer to deliver meals for Meals on Wheels at your own expense and/or have donated funds toward the 250,000 meals provided annually in Sarasota County , Meals on Wheels offers a resounding thank you. What could be more worthwhile than providing for those who are vulnerable, homebound, physically and mentally impaired, recovering from illness or surgery and nutritionally challenged.
Because of our community’s ready response to the needs of Meals On Wheels even during the pandemic and difficult times we have been able to provide not only food, but through our LIFELINE project also have been able to provide personal items, cleaning supplies, deliveries, and even pet food for those whose pets are in some cases their only source of companionship.
However, because of this difficult year, the request for meals has doubled and has drained our financial reserves. Meals On Wheels has never said,” No,” to those who are unable to pay. Since Meals On Wheels is an independent charity and does not receive federal funding as it serves a 360 square mile area from Bradenton to Nokomis, we lean on you, our community, to share your resources with your neighbors in crisis so that they
will not miss their only meal of the day.
During our annual” March4Meals Appeal”, we ask you to bring “ to the table”, your tax-deductible dollars and cents which will impact countless homebound seniors and disabled residents ensuring they are never hungry. Thank you for your support that will bring hope to those who
otherwise might feel alone and without hope.
Please send your donations to: OR donate online at:
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota
421 North Lime Avenue
Sarasota, Fl 34237
Mission News: August 20, 2020
Siesta Key Chapel and national non-profit join forces to help hundreds of Individuals dealing with medical debt
$25,000 donated to RIP Medical Debt
As one in five people in the U.S. grapple with medical debt and in the spirit of working for local communities, Siesta Key Chapel has raised and donated $25,000 to RIP Medical Debt (RIP), the leading nonprofit tackling the medical debt crisis in the country. RIP is using the chapel’s donation to locate, buy and forgive $2.5 million of medical debt owed by individuals in the Sarasota County area.
After much deliberation this spring, the Siesta Key Chapel Steering Committee decided on RIP Medical Debt for their Jubilee 50th Anniversary fundraiser because this Legacy Gift to the Sarasota County community would have the most impact in a short amount of time. “We knew asking for funds during COVID-19 could be a challenge, but our congregation came together and made it happen,” says Pete Barnhart, member of the Steering Committee.
RIP steps in to help struggling individuals and families by buying debt from medical providers and debt sellers on the debt market (for pennies on the dollar) and forgiving it. As little as $1 donated to RIP can alleviate $100 of medical debt. The debt is removed from credit reports and can no longer be subjected to collection.
Mission News: February 23rd, 2019
Roger Sandt, the chair of the Community Outreach Committee, recently journeyed to Honduras on a week-long medical mission trip with Central American Relief Efforts (CARE), a non-profit with a close relationship with First Presbyterian, Lancaster PA (Roger’s home church).
Complete medical examinations will be performed on over 1,000 patients in a four-day period and prescriptions will be written and filled within an hour after examinations.Some of the patients are in their 70s and 80s, who must walk on rock and stone streets strewn with deep ruts which are not fit for cars let alone poorly-covered feet.
And, yet, they come because this is their only medical-care option.