Gifts of our time, talents, and money to those in need are an important part of the life of First Congregational Church.
May Outreach In May the Outreach Board will be collecting monetary donations for Dogs on Deployment, a 501(c)(3) national non-profit. This group provides an online network to assist service members in searching for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owners' service commitments, so they do not have to worry about their pet's care during their absence. It was founded in 2011 by a married couple who both served in the military. When they both were deployed and had to rely on others to care for their pets, they recognized the need for a program to help others in a similar situation. Dogs on Deployment helps not only the service members but also their pets, who might otherwise have to be surrendered to shelters if there were no temporary homes. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights; provides educational resources; and offers financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency. Their webpage is: dogsondeployment.org.