2020 Endowment Grant Recipients


“Divinity Within Wellness” Retreat ($1,950). Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. This retreat will guide us in growing our ability to work with our own minds, bodies, and spirits as a foundation for extending non-judgement, compassion, and love to ourselves and others. Led by IPC’s youth and young adult leaders, it will invite youth and young adults to engage with inter-generational speakers, spiritual practices, wellbeing techniques, positive psychology, and scientifically proven mindfulness practices to reflect on what it means, scientifically and spiritually, to truly love ourselves so that we can better embody the love of Christ in the world.

The Harraseeket Foundation’s Pathways Fund ($2,350). Harraseeket supports the IPC Pathways vocation exploration program for Immanuel youth and young adults. The Pathways Fund will award grants to Northern Virginia low income, at-risk high school students to encourage them to take unpaid internships that inform their vocation choices and to support career guidance programs for these students. Harraseeket is partnering with Communities in Schools of NOVA for selection of students and administration of grants.

Chesterbrook Residences, Inc. ($1,000). CRI owns and operates Chesterbrook Residences, a mixed-income assisted living facility in Falls Church. IPC is a member of CRI, as are Lewinsville Presbyterian Church and Temple Rodef Shalom. CRI will use the 2020 grant to help undertake an in-depth survey of Chesterbrook residents to identify measures to improve their quality of life. The grant will serve as seed money to help defray the cost of the project.

Memory Café for Seniors ($3,000). IPC’s Healthcare Navigation Team has received a grant to start a Memory Café at Immanuel. Memory Cafés engage those who are afflicted with memory loss (dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc.) and their caregivers by offering fellowship and a variety of activities: crafts, games, education, etc., along with refreshments. Immanuel’s Memory Café will be open to Immanuel members and to the community.

Artstream and Immanuel’s Children ($600). IPC’s Children’s Ministry Team has received a grant that will enable Immanuel’s children to stage a theatrical production with the performers of ArtStream, a local theater company for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The show will be open to the church and the community for a $10 minimum suggested donation per person. All proceeds will benefit ArtStream.

Allyship Workshop ($1,700). Funding from the endowment will enable IPC’s Spirituality and Learning Committee to bring Allyship Training to thirty members of our congregation as IPC’s next step in our education about dismantling racism. Allyship is “an active way of life that calls us to serve as bridge-builders: empathizing with those who are marginalized, engaging those who feel apathetic, and creating community with those who are disconnected.” Our Saturday day long workshop will equip participants with the framework, skills, and tools necessary to advance social justice in our everyday lives.

Children’s Books for Share ($400). Bill Pratt, a long-time volunteer at Share of McLean, is purchasing 50 children’s books in Spanish to give to clients of Share. Although Share receives donations of children’s books, most are in English, which many clients find difficult to read. During the coronavirus pandemic, Share is only accepting food and personal hygiene items; however, as soon he can, Bill will deliver children’s favorites such as Dr. Seuss, Jack and the Beanstalk, and a book of traditional Latin American tales, Beunas Noches Luna.

IPC Earth Day Native Tree Giveaway ($1,000). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the spring season, Immanuel will be conducting a native tree give-away. Native Virginia trees were chosen because these species serve as the basis for local ecosystems. Planting a tree sets the framework for future ecosystems and future generations. This tree give-away seeks to honor God’s creation, Earth, and our collaborative responsibility to care. To reserve your tree for pick up on May 9th, click here.

Students Helping Honduras ($5,543). In 2012, SHH opened the Bilingual School in Villa Soleada, Honduras, with 48 students from a previous riverbed shanty slum. By this summer, the Bilingual School population has grown to 276, with the oldest students graduating from middle school. SHH is in the process of building a high school building for their ongoing education, but lacked funding for related bathrooms and wash stations. SHH’s experience shows that students, and girls especially, are less likely to miss school if they have access to bathrooms. Immanuel’s contribution means improved hygiene, sanitation, and health for SHH’s Bilingual School students and a much better educational program.

IPC’s Community Garden ($618). Sam Bennett and Boy Scout Troop #128 will be automating our garden so it is watered and fertilized based on soil moisture and the weather. This will conserve water and should dramatically increase the crop yield. The control system of the project will be built from a microcomputer, called a Raspberry Pi, run by solar power, using weather data and an in-ground moisture sensor. If there is a high chance of rain in the forecast or the soil is sufficiently moist, the control system will not activate the watering system. If there is no rain in the forecast and the soil is dry, the watering system will be turned on. Every 10 days or so the control system will apply liquid Miracle Grow fertilizer.