Outreach at OSA happens every day.
We believe that outreach is personal, individuals being the Body of Christ in the world. It is the kindnesses that we incorporate into who it is we are.
As a community, OSA has engaged in outreach both locally and internationally. Currently, we support the Hyacinth Williams Foundation which supplies food for the Bloomfield Backpack Program for children in low income families in Bloomfield Public Schools. We also support Foodshare, which is based in Bloomfield and the food closet of the Community Support Center of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford. We are also involved in refugee resettlement as a member of the Interfaith Refugee Committee, a group of Hartford, West Hartford and Bloomfield houses of worship, which works to resettle refugees in Bloomfield. You can read more about refugee resettlement efforts by clicking here
In the past, we supported a small school in Haiti. After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, OSA assisted in establishing an emergency medical clinic for those outside of Port au Prince and worked with volunteers in Connecticut to send medicines to the local area. A mission trip followed which led to repairing a well for fresh water. Under the auspices of Food for the Poor, we built a house as well as the construction of bathrooms in Haiti. We also helped with the creation of housing in Vietnam. In addition, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) are extremely active in outreach. Their yearly Christmas Bazaar raises money for myriad projects, like support for an orphanage in Viet Nam for victims of agent orange and financial support for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They also sponsor a huge Tag Sale every couple of years, an occasional auction, the United Thank Offering and White Envelope collections.