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Jun142016

Episcopal Camps & Centers Receive Sustainability-Focused Funds

Five members of the Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers network have been awarded a total of $180,775 from the United Thank Offering.

Camp McDowell, in the Diocese of Alabama, was awarded $67,120 for a recycling center project. Three centers will use their funding on ecology/outdoor education centers: Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center (Diocese of East Tennessee), Honey Creek (Diocese of Georgia), and Gravatt Camp & Conference Center (Diocese of Upper South Carolina). St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center in the Diocese of West Tennessee received $8,500 to continue working with Episcopal Service Corps on an internship program, this one focused on Environmental Mission.

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the Episcopal Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally. 2016 grant requests were asked to focus on the fifth mark of mission of The Episcopal Church: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.  The United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church awarded 32 grants for a total of $1,161,314.62 in 2016. The United Thank Offering award funds are derived from the ingatherings/funds/contributions received through offerings from the “UTO Blue Box.”

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