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:
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The St. Mark’s chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, a national men’s ministry of the Episcopal Church, mobilizes the congregation to help serve the needs of the wider community. Committing themselves to a discipline of prayer, study, and service, our Brothers serve as a primary touch-point for St. Mark’s ministries in the local community. From leading construction projects for new camp facilities, to distributing Christmas gifts for families in need, and just about everything in between, the men of the Brotherhood lead by example and inspire greater community engagement among the entire parish.
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 at St. Mark’s.
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.