Ministry in the time of pandemic

Each Friday, a team of clergy and lay leaders, under the leadership of DioCal Director of Development Davey Gerhard called, “Ministry in the time of pandemic,” meets via Zoom to discuss the many issues and challenges facing our diocesan ministries at this challenging time. Below are some resources we have compiled for you use and share as needed. Please continue to reach out to let us know how we can best help you and the communities you serve. May God bless each of you in your work to lift up and care for the Beloved Community.

Ways to help

  • The demand for food pantries and other feeding programs is increasing; however, public health orders are forcing many church-run programs to suspend or move operations. Here are some best practices/points to consider:
    • Move your food programs outdoors to minimize indoor gathering.
    • Consider delivery options. The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, for example, is looking for outdoor space and volunteers. More information here.
    • Nonprofits such as HandsOn Bay Area are aggregating lists of food programs, such as Meals on Wheels, that are actively seeking volunteer help. More information here.
  • Donate unused surgical masks and other protective equipment to your local hospital. Your unused N95 masks, especially, can save lives. Find a list of dropoff locations here and here
  • Volunteer with SF Night Ministry's Care Line: Work at home in shifts answering calls under the supervision of experienced ministers and staff. We will train you! Contact us:

Help from the Episcopal Impact Fund

Episcopal Impact Fund is committed to helping our partners during these times of uncertainty and great need. We are providing the following emergency funding in response to the Covid 19 Pandemic:

  • $150,000 is being set aside for rapid response grants to our current and former grantees, including church-based programs, that serve people living in poverty in the Diocese of California. To apply send an email to Kathleen Piraino at describing your program, what type of unexpected cost you are facing and how much additional funding you need.
  • $1000 has been sent to each church’s discretionary fund, for a total of almost $80,000, to be used in the discretion of its rector, vicar or priest-in-charge to help individuals experiencing immediate financial distress.
  • We will fund all 10 of our Community Grant finalists throughout the Bay Area, allocating an additional $135,000 to support these programs serving people living in poverty in the Diocese.

Nonprofit grants available through the San Francisco Foundation

Through the SFF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, SFF is making a limited number of one-time grants ($3,000 – $25,000) to nonprofits addressing the following four issue areas: racial bias, worker protection, homelessness and renter protection/housing security, and food security
Learn more about the grant program here.