Social impact is the effect an organization's actions have on the well-being of the larger community. Our Regenrus Cares Program is designed to make a significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge where our focus is to meet the needs for causes that we serve.
Plastic bags are one of the worst offenders of wasteful products polluting the Earth's oceans and occupying the limited space of landfills.. Hundreds of Thousands of plastic bags are dumped into landfills each hour or thrown away each minute.
So what can we do about it?
Opting to use green canvas bags for your grocery shopping is an effective option, but many people still have excess plastic bags lying about the place. Rather than throwing them out, you can reuse them by crocheting them into multi-purpose mats (known as 'plarn' – plastic yarn).
In particular plarn can be used as sleeping mats for people without access to shelter. As sleeping mats, they're more hygienic, water proof, easily transportable, and provide protection from the cold concrete. They're a welcome comfort to those living rough, while also keeping more plastic out of landfill and our marine systems!
Several charities across the United States have taken this initiative on board and have enthusiastically agreed to accept donations of plastic mats to be redistributed to the homeless. That's what Jim and Brenda Raley did!
The Ecumenical Ministries of Fredericksburg VA’s mission is a collaboration of churches following Christ to cultivate community and care for neighbors.
Do Justice by:
• Being a community conscience
• Responding to unmet needs
• Offering hope
Love Kindness by:
• Fostering relationships of trust, respect and mutual support
• Acknowledging every person’s dignity
• Providing holistic care that empowers those in need to accept ownership and responsibility
Walk humbly with God by:
• Continuing the work of Christ
• Practicing servant-leadership
• Educating and mentoring the community to care for “the least of these”
Downtown Fredericksburg congregations have been involved with the community’s homeless population since the late 1980s, when they opened their church buildings as shelter space and provided meals to those in need. However, as the area’s original shelter program grew and redeveloped its programs, many people who lived chronically on the street found themselves ineligible for those services due to unmedicated mental illnesses, disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other barriers. As a result, these individuals ending up knocking on the doors of local churches in search of help; and these congregations began to individually respond through the development of various ministries. In response to God’s call to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8), they formed Micah Ecumenical Ministries as a 501(c)3 non-profit responsible for coordinating church efforts to build a better community. Ever since, Micah’s programs have been evolving to offer a greater holistic system of care, including connection to community resources, mental health outreach, disability application assistance, post-hospital respite care, supportive employment, educational advancement, housing placement and re-creation of the support systems necessary for people to stabilize outside of their present crisis.
To learn more about The Ecumenical Ministries of Fredericksburg VA, visit https://www.micahfredericksburg.org