Weedsport Good Samaritan Fund
Annual Report 2016
The Weedsport Good Samaritan Fund is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, more specifically to provide funding and/or assistance in finding available resources for families and individuals in the Weedsport Central School District with verifiable emergency needs when other services or funds are unavailable. In the spirit of a Good Samaritan we will assist those in need who may be non-residents.
Committee consists of one representative from each participating church and the Lions Club: Weedsport Baptist Church – Tara Sheehan, Weedsport First Presbyterian Church - Cynthia Rooker, Weedsport United Methodist Church – Kayann Taylor, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church - Sue Salisbury-VanCamp, Sennett Federated Church - Barb Youmell, Lions Club – Ernie Bacon.
Funding: Each participating church and the Lions Club make an annual donation, Doug’s To Go Event
History: The WGSF began the process of forming this organization during the summer of 2010. Each church sent a representative and brainstorming and prioritizing began. After the initial committee was formed and regular meetings began, a constitution was drawn-up. We have also worked on getting our organization’s name and mission known. We have contacts with Catholic Charities, NYSEG, Office for the Aging, and Weedsport Central School who refer people and we have also used their help in verifying applicants. We feel that our activities have been most helpful in getting people to know us and hope knowledge of our organization will continue to spread so that we may assist more people. In 2013 the Lions Club official became a member of this charity.
We have been sending clothing (snow pants, mittens, new underwear, and pants) to the elementary school nurse. These are items we receive at no cost to the committee and pass on for their use.
Every summer the WGSF encourages their congregations to collect school supplies for the Weedsport Central Schools. The school guidance office distributes the items. We were given a list of supplies that were in need of replenishing so we could focus on the most needed items. As in the past, through the generosity of our congregations we were able to deliver a large amount of supplies to the school. This year they also requested deodorant for the high school students. Members of the committee donated several and will continue to watch for sales to keep up their supply.
We have helped people financially but have also referred them to other organizations that might be helpful to them in their situation. One situation was handled with the donation of an item at no cost to the committee.
Our second annual Doug’s To Go Fish Fry/Bake Sale event was held in October. We raised $356.78 for WGSF (to defray expenses to participating organizations) and used the event as an opportunity to increase awareness of our organization.
Contact was made with Chapel House in regards to the transient issue. They are willing to accept transients who are not sex offenders at no cost. Information was shared with the local churches.
Assistance provided for 2016:
$250 Water heater (2 adults, 2 children) (app. 3 children but one is 21.)
$268 Utility/water bill, prevent turn-off (3 adults, 3 children)
Used iPhone – free, needed phone to connect to WIFI for service dog.
Request for utilities covered by Catholic Charities.
$450 Washing machine (2 adults)
$600.72 Giving Tree (6 children)