“Diaconate funds are typically used to help individuals in emergency circumstances,” said Stacey Pate, chair of GCC’s Diaconate Committee. “However, we felt that these two projects were important not only on an individual basis but community wide, and were a good use of our resources.”
Scott Dunn, town administrator for the Town of Gilford, said they are "extremely grateful and appreciative for the generous donation.” “Over the years, the town and GCC have forged a wonderful partnership and their most recent unsolicited donation is a testament to their commitment to the Gilford community.”
The investment in the town’s recycling program, according to GCC Pastor Michael Graham, will enable the town to complete needed electrical work. “We are happy we could provide them with the boost they needed to complete an important project that helps to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.”
Regarding GCC’s choice to invest in Belknap County Department of Corrections, GCC Community Outreach Committee Chairperson Jessica Fleck expressed enthusiasm for their new mentor program. “This is a program that will match community mentors with folks reentering their communities,” she said. “Our support will help with expenses, such as rides to work, laundry, cell phones needed to maintain employment, and small household items. Our investment will also help defray training costs for the mentors.”
In looking ahead to future investments in the community, Graham said GCC’s investment philosophy is as open as its inclusive membership. “We support and welcome people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds,” he added.
Viewable live on YouTube, GCC services take place at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH.