In order to better serve the needs of our community and congregation, we have made some adjustments in the way we manage our benevolence funds.
1. An ecumenical fund, sponsored by GHAMA (Greater Hayward Area Ministerial Association), has been established to assist those in our community struggling to meet basic needs. This fund is managed by Salvation Army, and operated through donations from local congregations. 100% of the this money is used locally, and Hayward Wesleyan Church will be a significant donor.
A percentage of our benevolence donations go to this fund, and we send needy people who have no connection to our congregation there to receive assistance. By giving strongly to this fund, we continue to help community members in need, but through a different avenue. Local congregations will provide “on call” volunteer chaplains for spiritual needs as they arise.
This change is a very good move for us as it transfers the enormous burden our church has been carrying to an organization better equipped to minister in this capacity. It also decreases the potential for abuse, and broadens the base of financial support.
2. We retain a significant percentage of our benevolence donations to help those in need who have a relationship with our church. A new benevolence policy has been drafted, which specifies what kinds of needs qualify, and gives guidelines in distributing these resources.
3. A Hayward Wesleyan Benevolence Team has been established by the church board to review and respond to requests for financial assistance from within the congregation.
4. Since two food shelves are now operating in Hayward, we are going to join forces with them. Any food items brought to us will be distributed to Indianhead Action Agency and The Hayward Food Pantry, except for specific drives, such as the Thanksgiving baskets.
5. We are no longer receiving donations of furniture items, but sending them to Salvation Army or Indianhead Action Agency, as they are better equipped to handle them.
6. We are confident these changes will help us serve others better. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask members of the church board or pastoral staff.