St. John’s has a long history of giving to the community – both in the distribution of our resources and in the involvement of our people. One has to look no further than St. John’s Foundation as a prime example of our contribution to the community. It was St. John’s that gave Stamford its first public hospital and helped create the town’s first public library.
Today, the tradition continues. Over the past 30 years, St. John’s has given over $6 million to charitable causes. This is in addition to the $90,000 given annually to the Diocese (a portion of which goes for outreach), the van loads of toys and food collected and delivered to the needy and the meals prepared monthly by St. John’s volunteers at Inspirica, formerly St. Luke’s Lifeworks. Most of the parish participates in collecting and delivering Thanksgiving baskets to needy families throughout Stamford.
At Christmas time, we support the community through the Person-to-Person charities including significant food distribution and financial support for essential services for those in need.
St. John’s also subsidizes 10 below-market-rate apartments in Canterbury Green, gives a rent-free home to L’Eglise de L’Ephanie and the Boy Scouts and provides space at nominal rents to the Over 60 Club and Inspirica. Our undercroft is home to the Stamford Model Railroad Club and a spectacular collection of historic tracks and cars.
Not surprisingly, a recent study showed that many St. John’s parishioners devote at least two hours a week to work with a non-profit organization.