Weedsport Good Samaritan Fund
Annual Report 2019
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 – Kay Donnelly; 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. This year we requested $150 per organization.
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. Some of these are items we receive at no cost to the committee and passed on for their use and some were purchased through the fund.
In past summers the WGSF and their congregations collected school supplies for the Weedsport Central Schools. The school guidance office distributed the items. This year the guidance office let us know the specific supplies needed and clothing needs. The churches generously donated the requested items.
We have helped people financially but have also referred them to other organizations that might be helpful to them in their situation. On occasion items are donated rather than having to purchase new. This year we helped a family furnish their apartment and provided clothing, all items donated from church families.
Our fifth annual Doug’s To Go Fish Fry/Bake Sale event was held in October. We raised $256 from bake sale and donation jar. Doug’s profit $415. Total - $670.72. Event held to defray expenses of participating organizations and used the event as an opportunity to increase awareness of our organization.
Assistance provided for 2019
$317.50 Rent assistance, gas card, Walmart gift card for warm work clothes
$50.00 Gas card and winter boots
$0 Apartment furniture, dishes, towels, etc. donated for family
$40.00 Clothing for elementary school children - nurse’s office supply (from Sennett donation)
Kitchen table donated for family
$15.00 Clothing for elementary school children (Sennett donation)
$250 Water heater
$0 Gathered school supplies, hygiene items and socks for school
$40 Gas card
$576 Giving Tree (Not yet begun) (Estimate @$100 per child)
Assistance 2018-$2137, 2017-$1021, 2016-$1550; 2015-$2597; 2014-$3368