Social Justice and Outreach

St. Martin’s has a deeply embedded culture and long history of commitment to outreach. We embrace Matthew 25:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

The Social Justice and Outreach Commission provides opportunities for all at St. Martin’s to live out our faith by being Christ’s hands and heart in the world. In our role as a Jubilee Parish, we strive to help “the least of these.” We invite the congregation to support parish outreach projects at Lent, Thanksgiving, and Advent, and collect food and toiletries year round for weekly donations to local food closets.

We work to discern how best to serve those in need through financial and in-kind support, and by building connections between our parish and community organizations. Our annual grants program supports a range of organizations that work locally, nationally, and internationally, with $29,600 awarded in 2016 (see below) and anticipated plate offerings of $5,500 designated for specific organizations. In recent years, we have set a goal of tithing for Outreach and reached 7% of the operating budget for Outreach.

In addition, our members work with and support a number of community and Diocesan organizations. These include the following

  • Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Refugee Ministries, a committee of the Commission on Intercultural Ministries of our Diocese, informs congregations in the Diocese about needs for advocacy and action related to issues of immigrants and refugees. Several St. Martin’s parishioners and clergy serve on this Committee.
  • The Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN) was begun in 2008 by a group of people from several religious groups in Davis, including a large number from St Martin’s. YIIN members serve and advocate for immigrants in Yolo County, run an ESL program and after-school program at the Madison Migrant Center, and a visitation program for minors held at Juvenile Hall due to their immigration status.
  • The Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) provides immediate, short-term emergency aid to Yolo County families and individuals with incomes at or below the federal poverty level. STEAC provides help with food, rent, utility payments, and job readiness. STEAC’s food distribution center lies in a new pre-fabricated building on our campus.
  • Davis Community Meals and Housing serves dinner in St. Martin’s parish hall every Tuesday and Thursday, and lunch on Saturday, and in addition, runs an emergency shelter, transitional housing, and a resource center in Davis.
Grants awarded, 2016-2017