|I am applying for||Action Support Grant|
|FUNDS WILL BE USED TO:||Maintain/expand current ministry|
|Name of Organization||Bee Creek United Methodist Church|
|Address||3000 Bee Creek Rd|
Spicewood, Texas 78669
|Contact Person||Susan Bienkowski|
|Title||Director of Outreach and Recreation|
|Explain connection to The United Methodists Church|
Bee Creek is a United Methodist Church.
|How many volunteers are involved?||100|
|How many staff members?||12|
|Have you explored opportunities to collaborate with other United Methodist Churches to work toward your mission?*|
|How does your mission fulfill the purpose of the grant you are requesting?|
"Bee Creek is a community of imperfect people who are transformed by the perfect love of God and change the world together." Bee Creek UMC mission statement
The Farmacy Community Garden is serving real needs in the low-income population of Spicewood and changing lives by providing fresh, organic produce at no cost to them. In 2020, over 2100 pounds of produce was donated from the Farmacy to Helping Hands Crisis Ministry of Spicewood and Camp R.A.T.T. (Responsible Adult Transition Town for the homeless). That was double the amount of produce the Farmacy was able to donate in 2019.
The pandemic that began in March of 2020 left many more people out of work and struggling to buy food. So, in June of 2020, Bee Creek staff members and congregants got together and decided that expanding the Farmacy Community Garden, (at that time located at the Spicewood Library but funded and staffed by BCUMC), was of the utmost importance. One month later in July 2020, Bee Creek had 67 volunteers of all ages break ground on a new, larger Farmacy located on an unused portion of the church property.
Our goal for 2021 is to increase our production so we may provide more people with healthy organic produce, to help them take control of their health. Additionally, the Farmacy provides volunteer and learning opportunities for community members of all ages.
|How many individuals will be served by the funds requested?||190|
The Farmacy supplies fruits and vegetables to the Helping Hands Crisis Ministry which is located in the 78669 zip code and to Camp R.A.T.T. homeless center in east Austin. This produce is provided for folks that are experiencing a difficult financial time in their lives, who might not be able to afford healthy food options. The population being served by Helping Hand is predominately white (~75%), 50 years or older, who are taking care of kids and grandkids. There has been an increase in homeless individuals living in old campers or tents in the area reaching out for assistance. The homeless individuals we help are mostly under 40 years of age.
|Grant history and reporting|
Grant history and reporting:
We broke ground on the new garden located on the church property in July of 2020 and had our first harvest in the new garden in November 2020. During the construction and growing phase of the new garden, Bee Creek operated both garden locations in order to continue providing fresh produce to those who have come to depend on it.
Phase 1 of the garden is complete – thirty 16ft by 4ft raised beds, a rainwater collection system to economically provide a clean water source to the garden, and a deer-proof fence. We celebrate that during a tumultuous year of uncertainty we were able to work together with various groups in our community (Boy and Girl Scouts, Bloom to Grow, National Charity League 360 Austin) to help those in need.
Phase 2 of our plan includes 16 children's garden beds and 8 beds for those who are disabled. Phase 2 will also include an educational program offered to children in the community through our Bee Loved Pre-school and our Sunday and after-school children's programs.
|Comments or additional information|
Bee Creek UMC is grateful for the opportunity to apply for this grant. Thank you for your time. " We Rise By Lifting Others."