St. Mark’s works closely with other faith communities to live out God’s mission of justice and reconciliation. We partner with local agencies, organize teams of volunteers, raise funds, host events, and continually seek creative ways to engage with our neighbors. Some of our partners and ways of engaging include:
- Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM): St. Mark’s is one of 39 faith communities that comprise WAIM, an organization dedicated to the free redistribution of clothing, household goods and furniture to people who need them. WAIM is a volunteer driven organization that serves about 7,500 people a year via basic services and special programs, having recently expanded into the provision of energy assistance and administering funds to prevent homelessness. St. Mark’s organizes teams of volunteers, makes donations of goods for redistribution, raises special funds, and participates actively in WAIM events. We put our money where our mouth is by making WAIM a core line in our budget.
- The Covenant Soup Kitchen: The middle school group at St. Mark’s helps prepare monthly meals at the Covenant Soup Kitchen, a community feeding program based at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Willimantic. St. Mark’s provides food, funds, and volunteer support for the soup kitchen’s mission to provide “not only food, but an environment of care, love, support, and safety to those who come through our doors.”
- The No Freeze Shelter: St. Mark’s provides volunteers and donations to the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center, a community coalition dedicated to making sure no one is left out in the cold. The shelter’s goal is to provide basic overnight accommodations from November through April of every year as a warm alternative to the makeshift camps along the Willimantic River where many of the Windham area’s homeless live.
As part of the Anglican Communion, St. Mark’s is part of a global network of faith communities in more than 160 countries around the world. These global relationships ground our understanding of ourselves as a local congregation, and put us in personal relationship with people working to bring God’s peace, justice, and freedom to all parts of our world.
- St. Mark’s works with academic departments at UConn to offer lectures and discussions on campus about global issues, and to bring international activists to campus.
- As a way to teach good stewardship to our youth, and as a fulfillment of our responsibility to serve all God's children, we ask parents to help their children donate each week to the collection plate. These funds go to Heifer International which helps people around the world have a more sustainable, local economy.