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There are many ways to get involved in the outreach work of Second Church and we welcome you to join us. The Outreach Committee works on various projects and events to help the local community, as well as world-wide organizations that provide support to those in need. The mission of the Outreach Committee is supported by many church members, volunteers, community members, and others who value helping those who are less fortunate. 

Our Food Pantry

Second Congregational Church is home to a Food Pantry, which is open on Fridays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Our Food Pantry provides food to the local community. We partner with Foodshare, a regional food bank serving Hartford and Tolland counties.

Here are some of the fund raising activities we hold to support our Food Pantry:

The “Souper Bowl of Caring”

When February comes around, Second Congregational Church members can be seen hanging out at Dunkin Donuts and not just to eat donuts!  We accept donations for our Food Pantry and, as a bonus, get to meet many of our neighbors and friends.

“Souper Bowl Sunday” Special Collection
Held during the worship service in February, this collection helps support our Food Pantry.

Grinder Sale

Grinders are made by our church chefs and sold to hungry members and friends on a Sunday in February. Our Sunday School gets involved and helps out. We take orders ahead of time and even deliver!  This is a fundraiser for our Food Pantry.

Tag Sale

It’s simple, we collect your donations of clothing, household items, toys, etc. and have a tag sale to help support our Food Pantry.

Mall in the Hall Vendor Show

Usually held in November, right before the holidays, this event is great for holiday shopping!  Coffee and refreshments are available. A major fundraiser for our Food Pantry, there is always a huge assortment of beautiful items to choose from and enjoy!

Food Collection and Supplemental Shoppers

To support the Food Pantry, we collect donations of non perishable food items at the church from members, friends, and the community at large. In addition we have our “supplemental shoppers,” volunteers who provide certain items we may need. We receive donations of fresh produce from “Big Y” and frozen products from Highland Park Market; both stores are located in Manchester.


Thanksgiving Turkeys

If available from Foodshare, our church can help food pantry families by providing a Thanksgiving turkey. 

Seasonal Sharing
Our church adopts families from our church and from the community and provides them with food baskets for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Coupon Ministry

We mail coupons to our military people who are stationed overseas. RADA Cutlery sales support the cost of mailing these coupons. 

Interval House

Our church collects Easter gifts and candy for the children staying at Interval House and during the Christmas season we collect and donate toys. Interval House is a safe place for women and children who have suffered abuse.

Rebuilding Together
Together with the Manchester Fire Department of the 8th Utilities District, we work on a project in partnership with the national nonprofit, "Rebuilding Together," who provides safe and healthy housing for low-income homeowners. (April)

One Great Hour of Sharing Special Mission Offering of the UCC

This collection supports disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. (March)

CWS Cleanup Buckets and Collection

Our church assembled cleanup buckets and held a collection for the people who suffered from the effects of the storms and floods that occurred in the United States and Puerto Rico in 2017. (November)

CWS Blanket Sunday
On Mother’s Day (and the previous Sunday) our church holds a collection to provide support and purchase blankets to help individuals and families stay warm in the United States and around the world. (May)

CWS Tools Sunday
On Father’s Day (and the previous Sunday) our church holds a collection to help support the heavy lifting required for long-lasting community solutions, such as building schools and engineering homes that stand strong against heavy winds. (June)

Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering of the UCC  

This collection supports our church’s ministry of justice and compassion throughout the United States, working on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice. (October)

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