St. Mark's provides both monetary and volunteer support to many outreach ministries. Over 10% of our general budget is dedicated to benevolence giving. Programs supported include the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the ELCA, Lutheran Community Services, SPEAR program, Pacific Lutheran University, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Eastern Washington University, Lutherhaven, Holden Village and St. Mark's Feeds People programs (see below).
In addition St. Mark's responds to specific needs with special offerings including ELCA disaster relief, World Hunger, poor box contribution, support for youth mission projects and support for St. Mark's Feeds People programs.
"St. Mark's Feed's People" was launched in January 2009 with a mission of addressing hunger in our community. We continue this mission by providing support (both in volunteer hours, monetary donations and food/supplies) to:
Bite2Go Student Weekend Food Program
All Saint's Lutheran Tuesday Night Supper
Sunday Neighborhood Lunch Program at St. Ann's Catholic Church
Crosswalk for Teens
SPEAR neighborhood program
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dining With Dignity (Shalom Ministries)
Our goal is a congregational participation rate of 80% in one of the following ways:
- Donations of money, non-perishable food or household and hygiene items
- Commitment of volunteer hours to help prepare and serve meals
- Youth commitment of volunteer hours to food programs to fulfill high school graduation requirement of community service
- Youth commitment to food drive for Second Harvest