PCUM’s annual Spirit of Giving Fair is a great way for members and friends to put Christ back in Christmas. You designate your charitable gift to a worthy cause and give your gift in honor of someone special. In addition to your usual Christmas presents, with The Spirit of Giving you can choose to give a gift of love, a gift of hope, or a gift for a brighter tomorrow. Simply stop by the Deacons table at coffee hour any Sunday from November 26th – December 17th to give a gift to one or more of the three excellent programs chosen by the Deacons and presented below. Upon purchasing a gift, you will receive a specially designed gift card that you can send to the family members, friends, co-workers, teachers or neighbors that you are honoring. Contributions in any amount are welcome and gratefully received. Gifts and contributions are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your generosity; together, we can make a difference. If you have any questions about the Spirit of Giving gifting program, please contact the church office at 973-746-3854 or by email .
Voices of Valor (www.voicesofvalor.org)is committed to providing our veterans with hope, healing and a healthy future by helping those who have served this country transition from military to civilian life. Combining group support with the transformative power of musical expression, this award-winning program helps veterans cope with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and other stress-related illnesses. Voices of Valor is a unique form of therapy which gives veterans the opportunity to work with professional musician/facilitators and a psychology mentor to write lyrics about their experiences and then compose and record an original song. This experience provides an opportunity for veterans to turn their negative perspectives into something positive, creative, shared and empowering, using the group setting to establish an energetic atmosphere of mutual support. Voices of Valor helps veterans overcome the perceived stigma associated with seeking mental-health services, forge a path for further education or re-employment, gain support for self-medicating and substance abuse, and reintegrate into society as productive employees and responsible family providers. Voices of Valor® is conducted by Music for All Seasons, located in Scotch Plains, NJ. The program is free of charge for veterans, thanks to donor funding.
Smile Train (www.smiletrain.org) is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities. Smile Train uses the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local doctors to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those doctors then go on to train other doctors creating a long-term, sustainable system. Patients see their smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives and communities are changed forever. As a result of our efficiency, and with the support of our donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than one million children by giving them the power of a smile. Join Smile Train’s efforts and change the world one smile at a time!
COPE (www.copecenter.net) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to provide quality behavioral healthcare services that are affordable, accessible and responsive to individual, family and community needs. The letters of COPE’s name stand for Counseling, Outreach, Prevention, and Education, all areas in which the agency’s professional staff is actively engaged in programs throughout Essex County and surrounding areas, including the center in Montclair. Its counselors work in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, family crises, problems in daily living, and AIDS. COPE was started over 40 years ago by the Junior League of Montclair and the United Way of North Essex and incorporated in 1971. The COPE Center located at 104 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ is an agency of UNITED WAY. Your generosity allows the agency to grow and to continue offering innovative programs to meet changing needs. Because fees for COPE’s professional services are determined by a sliding scale based on an individual’s ability to pay, people frequently receive help they would not otherwise be able to afford.