Weedsport Good Samaritan Fund
Annual Report 2018
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. This year due to a substantial balance we did not ask these organizations for any funds.
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. They did request deodorant, some clothing and underwear. The churches generously donated the requested items. Sennett Federated took a special offering for the underwear and raised $40.
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.
Our fourth annual Doug’s To Go Fish Fry/Bake Sale event was held in October. We raised $624.61 to defray expenses to participating organizations and used the event as an opportunity to increase awareness of our organization.
Assistance provided for 2018
Deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, snow pants, underwear for school
$120 Furnace repair (March) (two adults)
Free Sofa and chair, end tables (April)
$150 Financial Peace University scholarship assistance (three adults: two adults, one child/one adult/one adult two children)
$113 Utility turn on (2 adults, 4 children)
School supplies (WCSD)
$320 Financial assistance (2 adults)
$136 Car insurance (2 adults, 3 children)
$197 Water bill (prevent turn-off) (1 adult)
$40 Elementary school underwear
$200 Financial Peace University scholarship assistance (Four couples – 8 adults)
$199 Utility assistance (Prevent shut-off) (2 adults, 2 children)
$140 Utility assistance (Prevent shut-off) (1 adult)
$469 Giving Tree (5 children)
$ 53 HS clothing
$2137 TOTAL 2018
Assistance 2017-$1021, 2016-$1550; 2015-$2597; 2014-$3368