Northwest NEWS

February 15, 1999

Valley Special

Tolt Church makes benevolence grants

   Grants totaling $6,560 will be made this month from the Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ's Benevolence Fund, according to pastor Jeff Spencer. Seventeen organizations will be receiving the grants.

   "By combining the approximately $4,700 we raised in November with the Boot Scootin' Community Benefit and a portion of our weekly offerings, we are able to share at this level with the community," said Spencer.

   The church makes benevolence grants twice a year, based on the nominations of members and friends of the church. They currently plan to make grants again in June or July and expect to have about $2,500 to share, said Spencer.

   Eight local agencies will receive grants this month totaling $4,260. They are: Children's Services of Sno-Valley, Eastside Baby Corner, Eastside Literacy Council-Duvall, the Good Neighbor Fund, Habitat for Humanity of East King County, the Lunch Bunch, Multi-Service Center of North and East King County/Sno-Valley Branch, and the Sno-Valley Senior Center.

   In addition, nine regional and national organizations will receive grants totaling $2,300. They are: Bridge Ministries for Disabilities Concerns, the Center for Contemplation and Nonviolence, the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, Church of Mary Magdalene, First Avenue Service Center, Interfaith Alliance of Washington State, Mental Health Chaplaincy, Pacific School of Religion, and the United Church Coalition for Lesbian & Gay Concerns.