The M25 Initiative Announces Mustard Seed Grant Recipients

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BRIDGETON, NJ — On Wednesday, Dr. Robin Weinstein, President & Founder of The M25 Initiative, announced that the organization has awarded over $15,000 in Mustard Seed Mini-Grant funds to 14 local churches and nonprofits in Cumberland County. The M25 Initiative Mustard Seed Mini-Grant Program provides seed funding through matching grants for innovative start-up and on-going projects of faith-based organizations and collaborations in Cumberland County, NJ.
“The Cumberland County Code Blue program has demonstrated that faith, coupled with prayer and loving action, can move mountains,” said Dr. Weinstein. “This program has brought our community together to save lives while extending compassion and hospitality to our homeless neighbors. The M25 Initiative seeks to build upon the success of Code Blue to tackle other problems facing our community. The Mustard Seed Mini-Grants further our mission to care for the community by leveraging our assets through partnerships.”
The program aims to provide local congregations and faith-based organizations with financial resources in an effort to address issues related to the primary objectives of the organization as found in Matthew 25:35-36: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
The program's main priority is to provide safety net services to the poor and homeless. Services include food, clothing, shelter, health, and crisis care.
“Our goal is to engage, equip, empower, and mobilize the local church and faith-based organizations to employ innovative and cooperative solutions to alleviate suffering, feed the hungry, end
poverty, reduce crime, revitalize a spirit community and transform lives,” said Weinstein. “Churches and organizations are on the frontline of combatting poverty and hopelessness, and we want to come alongside them in helping others. It is not enough for people to go to church, rather we must BE THE CHURCH by putting faith into action.”
M25 has distributed grant funding to the following organizations:
• First Presbyterian Church - Vineland
Food Pantry - $700
• Bethany Grace Community Church - Food Pantry
Food Pantry - $1200
• Bethany Grace Community Church - Showers for Homeless
Homeless Shower - $1200
• Bethany Grace Community Church - Agape Café
Community -$700
• Bethany SDA Church - Bridgeton
Health - $1200
• Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Bridgeton
Food Pantry - $1200
• St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Bridgeton
Food Pantry - $1200
• Revive South Jersey
Community - $1200
• St. Paul's Lutheran - Millville
Food - $1200
• Parish of the Holy Cross - Bridgeton
Legal - $1200
• First UMC - Vineland
Homeless - $700
• Help & Hope Ministries
Food - $1200
• Society of St. Vincent DePaul - Vineland
Homeless - $1450
• Society of St. Vincent DePaul - Bridgeton
Food - $1450
In addition to the Mustard Seed Grants, M25 will be providing up to $4,000 in funds to start shower programs for the homeless in Millville and Vineland. Bridgeton currently has a successful shower program located and operated by Bethany Grace Community Church.
"We thank the generosity of our community that have provided us with these funds and we seek to faithful stewards of them," concluded Weinstein.
For more information, to donate or apply, please visit www.m25initiative.org. Contributions to the M25 Initiative are tax deductible.