Several special collections are organized annually by the Board of Outreach. They include:
The Bucks for Birds collection provides funds to purchase Holiday turkeys that are distributed to clients by several local service organizations supported by HCC. Local organizations that benefit include Interfaith Social Services in Quincy, Wellspring in Hull, Father Bill’s in Quincy,and the Hingham Food Pantry.
Blanket Sunday: Through the Tools of Hope and Blanket collection, Church World Service (CWS) helps people living in poverty or through a disaster by providing a shovel, a hammer, a school desk, or even a warm blanket. This collection is traditionally received on Mother’s Day. Click here to learn more about Church World Service.
Christmas and Easter Food Boxes for Wellspring: Several weeks before the holiday, volunteers wrap boxes for food, which members of the congregation take home to fill with requested food items to make a holiday dinner for a family in need. The boxes are returned to the church and delivered to Wellspring by the Board of Outreach.
One Great Hour of Sharing: In cooperation with Global Ministries, Church World Service, Action by Churches Together, Interchurch Medical Assistance, Foods Resource Bank, Oikocredit, Freedom from Hunger and hundreds of local partners around the world, One Great Hour of Sharing is part of a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. Administrative costs are typically less than eight percent annually. The United Church of Christ unites with Christians in eight other Protestant denominations and Church World Service in One Great Hour of Sharing, thus multiplying the effectiveness and extent of our witness many times over. Traditionally, the OGHS offering is received on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Christmas Giving Tree: At the beginning of the holiday season, the Board of Outreach places two Christmas trees in the sanctuary decorated with ornaments attached to gift requests from local charitable and social service organizations. Members of the Congregation purchase the gifts, which are delivered to the receiving organizations by Outreach Board members.
Backpack Drive for Quincy Area Children – “This initiative emphasizes the importance of education, defrays an additional cost faced by our clients, and helps kids start the year right.”