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  Thursday, September 21, 2017


Note: The Volunteer Outreach Wage is suspended indefinitely.

Dollars for Doers: The Volunteer Outreach Wage (VOW)

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25 New King James Version

Holy Cross’ Outreach Policy seeks to distribute outreach monies in a manner that enhances individual discipleship.

Holy Cross will grant, from the Outreach Fund, $5.00 per hour to any member working in an outreach ministry.

The member decides where to direct his or her outreach wage earnings—either to the same agency at which the member volunteered, or to anywhere else in the world that meets the outreach criteria.

Your VOW honors the outreach that you feel the Holy Spirit leading you to do. It helps to create an environment where every member of Holy Cross can participate in outreach. It encourages the whole as we see the breadth of ministries in which members are engaged. It provides avenues for individuals to connect with other members that have similar interests or are interested in a particular ministry. In short, it enables you to direct where Holy Cross sends its outreach monies without having to attend a committee meeting or plead your case.

When wondering if a given ministry is “outreach,” ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this benevolent Christian ministry? Am I doing that Jesus would do?

  • Does this enhance my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ? How does this work help me grow in Christ?

  • Is my work directed outside the Holy Cross community? Am I reaching out to the wider world for Christ?

Some examples of outreach include:

  • Volunteering at social services agencies: food bank, crisis line, shelter, soup kitchen, hospital, nursing home, or care center. Serving on the board of a non-profit. Participating in outreach, service and mission trips.

When in doubt, ask the three questions above, and remember that it is better to ask the Outreach Committee than to lose the opportunity to raise funds for others. Please contact Fr. Jim Eichner for clarification.

Application

To participate in the Volunteer Outreach Wage program, simply fill out a Volunteer Outreach Wage Form and submit it to the office.

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