The Women of Calvary Bazaar is Changing!
We are happy to announce that this year’s Bazaar will be held on Saturday, October 28
– two weeks earlier than it has been in recent years. And, it will now be known as the Calvary Bazaar. We’ll still offer our traditional early holiday shopping opportunities, great merchandise, and delicious food, but now we’ll also have wonderful Fall items as well. While still sponsored by the Women of Calvary, for the first time we are expanding Bazaar leadership to include the entire Parish. We invite both the men and women of our congregation to get involved in all levels of the planning and execution of the Bazaar. Teens are welcome too! While you’re enjoying summer activities, start thinking about how you’d like to participate, and what you’d like to donate. We’re looking for new ideas and we need volunteers! If you’d like to be part of the team, please contact Susie Prentiss at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Women of Calvary Grant Recipients
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Allegheny County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) train community volunteers who work with the complex child welfare system to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children. WOC’s grant of $2,000 provides the funds to support the costs of advocacy for two children for one year.
Calvary Lincoln After School Program (CLASP)
Throughout the year, Calvary participates with the Lincoln School to enrich the lives of students through art and culture. During the summer months, many CLASP students attend Calvary Camp. WOC’s grant of $2,250 supports the scholarships for these Lincoln students.Good Grief Center
The Good Grief Center is a comprehensive bereavement resource and referral center that builds a more compassionate community through grief awareness, education, support and hope. WOC, in conjunction with the Calvary community, will provide space to hold 3 speaker’s programs throughout the next year.
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC)
The GPLC’s Refugee Services and English as a Second Language programs reach more than 900 foreign-born adults in Allegheny County annually. WOC’s grant of $1,500 will provide training in language, culture and the American way of life for two refugee students’ for one year.
Holy Cross Church
The Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Homewood is a sister church of Calvary, and as such, we support them in carrying out their mission as a place of sanctuary and blessings in the East End. WOC’s grant of $1,650 will enable Holy Cross Church to purchase new acolyte cassock and cotta combinations for the acolytes in time for the Presiding Bishop’s visit for Absalom Day in February.Jeremiah’s Place
Jeremiah’s Place is a 24/7 crisis nursery in East Liberty that cares for young children free of charge, when their family is faced with a crisis or is unable to care for their child temporarily. WOC’s grant of $1,000 provides funds to design a Responsive Website platform that will provide easier access to their clients who use their smartphones, and to significantly reduce the 45 minute intake process.Jubilee Association
Originally begun as the Jubilee Soup Kitchen, for over 30 years the Jubilee Association serves countless homeless and near-homeless with meals, medical clinic, pantry services and assistance in social services such as housing, healthcare and early child development. WOC’s grant of $ 2,000 provides resources to the John Heinz Child Development Center Scholarship Fund.Off the Floor Pittsburgh
Off the Floor is a local Christian ministry dedicated to supporting families who cannot afford basic furniture for their homes. They delivered needed furniture to nearly 250 households this year, with a waiting list of 32-40 families. WOC’s grant of $2,500 provides funds to purchase new beds for 20 children on the waiting list.Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI)
The Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is Western Pennsylvania’s oldest interfaith counseling center providing mental health services to over 1000 persons annually. The WOC grant of $1,000 supports the Silent Samaritan program, which provides funds to help women who need PPI’s counseling services, but who cannot afford the full fee.Pittsburgh Weil School
Pittsburgh Weil Elementary School is a Pre-K to 5th grade school located in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Many families do not have the financial resources to provide their children with gifts for the school’s annual Christmas Fun Night. WOC’s grant of $1,000 supplements the Weil Christmas Fund to provide a gift and a holiday meal for each of the 240 students.Renewal Inc./Lydia’s Place
Lydia’s Place works with mothers and fathers who were incarcerated, providing a safe and supportive setting to restore relationships with their children and other family members, and acquire skills needed to become productive and positive role models for their families and the community. WOC’s grant of $1,000 was made in the memory of Sally Childs, a life-long member of Calvary, who was instrumental in founding Lydia’s Place.St. Stephen’s Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program (NYOP)
NYOP has been offering a safe place for children in Wilkinsburg for nearly 20 years, providing a Christ-centered arts after school program. WOC’s grant of $1,600 provides funds to support the Enhanced Arts Program offering new and innovative programing to returning students.Shepherd Wellness Community
Shepherd Wellness Community is the only HIV/AIDS community in Western Pennsylvania, offering a safe, compassionate community empowering people affected by HIV/AIDS to live with dignity. WOC’s grant of $1,500 helps underwrite 3 art therapy classes using ceramics as a means of therapy in a creative and supportive group setting.Calvary Clergy Discretionary Fund
Throughout the year, our clergy minister to and counsel many people, and support a myriad of pastoral needs. As the Women of Calvary have done for many years, the annual grant of $3,000 provides monetary support to the clergy for the unanticipated needs of those who come to them for solace and support.