Our Outreach Ministries
Our main outreach ministries are the United Thank Offering (UTO), Memorial Scholarship Fund (MSF), the Church Periodical Club (CPC), and The Bishop John Bryson Chane Scholarship for Social Justice. The ECW-EDOW Board has coordinators for each who are responsible for receiving, managing and distributing donations through scholarships and/or grants.
United Thank Offering (UTO)
The United Thank Offering “UTO” is a way of giving thanks to God who bestows daily blessings. It is a way of showing gratitude for all the blessings of this life, just for being alive, and sometimes for tremendous life-changing experiences.
One can give thanks by dropping coins each day into the Blue UTO Box. Many people keep the box in plain sight as a reminder to quicken their awareness of daily blessings. Each year individual offerings are united in great thanks, and then assigned to grant requests from all over the world. These grants enhance mission and ministry and alleviate compelling human needs.
UTO is an integral arm of the mission work of the Episcopal Church. A parish United Thank Offering Ingathering should be held twice a year, if possible near Ascension Day in the Spring, and All Saint’s Day in the Fall. Some parishes celebrate these ingatherings during a service and use an Alms Basin for the collection and the stole for the priest. These items maybe borrowed from the ECW office upon request. UTO materials, such as the blue offering boxes, envelopes, handbooks, etc., may be ordered online here at minimal or no cost.
Donations for the United Thank Offering (UTO) are received throughout the year from Parish "Ingatherings" which are usually held twice a year. All monies received are forwarded to the National UTO for UTO grant awards. UTO Grant Applications are made available after October 1st yearly and are due on the second Friday in December. For additional information and/or to request specific UTO training, please contact Rosamond Daniels, UTO Coordinator, at (301) 879-8194 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.