Mission Mall

The Mission Mall of the First Congregational Church UCC is a way for us to honor friends and family members by giving a charitable contribution in their name to one of a number of local organizations. Once you have made your gift, you can send your friend or family member a distinctive Mission Mall Christmas or All-Occasion card.

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To help you choose which organization you would like to support, you will find below brief descriptions for all of our organizations. For more details, browse through the Mission Mall Catalog.

Once you’ve chosen the organization that you’d like to support, you can either donate online, donate by mail, or donate at the church office. Click on one of the buttons below to get started.

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The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland provides temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, placing as many as possible into responsible and caring homes. The League also supports the humane treatment of all animals and works to end animal overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering.

The Cape Elizabeth and South Portland Emergency Food Pantry
Located at the First Congregational Church – United Church of Christ, the Emergency Food Pantry serves the needs of Cape Elizabeth and South Portland residents. The pantry is designed as an emergency service and is supported by several local churches. Once every 2 to 3 months, consumers can pick up an emergency supply of non-perishable food, paper products and personal care items. Other than residency, there are no qualifying criteria. All those in need are welcome.
Offering their services for free, for as long as people need them, the Center’s mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss, and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being. These volunteer driven programs include bereavement peer support for children and teens, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and young widows, widowers, and partners.

Community Crisis Ministry Fund
CCMF supports our neighbors in their times of need. The requests are varied. Some are oil to heat homes, certificates and store cards to purchase basic house items, help to pay rent and security deposits, repairs for cars, and medical expenses. Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
Friendship House located in South Portland is an organization committed to helping men who are seeking to overcome their addictions, mainly by providing guidance, encouragement and a family atmosphere. Its mission is to express the Love of God through Christ to the poor and disadvantaged, by providing a safe home where hope and healing are extended to those who are broken spiritually, emotionally or physically.
In a partnership between Avesta Housing, Preble Street, and Portland Housing Authority Florence House was designed using the Housing First model. It is determined without stable housing those who are homeless have difficulty finding and preparing themselves for work, maintaining good mental and physical health and having strong and positive social interaction. Florence House provides shelter and safe haven beds, supportive services, meals and for some women permanent, subsidized housing.
Gary’s House is a hospitality home in Southern Maine for families of patients undergoing medical treatment in a Portland area hospital. Besides housing, there is a kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, playroom and laundry area. Gary’s House is maintained through monetary gifts in support of its work and through the help of volunteers so the House will be a safe and comfortable respite for the families of loved ones who are ill.
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual, orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN is a national organization making schools safer for ALL students. GLSEN offers professional development to school faculty, staff and others concerned for LGBTQ youth, to develop youth leadership, and advocate for stronger laws and policies for safe schools.
Grace Street Ministries is an outreach ministry offering a consistent, compassionate, pastoral presence to the homeless and marginalized in downtown Portland. Its mission is to relieve the suffering, to address the spiritual needs in this ever shifting community, and to decrease the prejudice between the housed and the homeless through preaching, education, and experience.
Since it was originally formed in the early 20th century the Iris Network has never changed its commitments to opportunity, partnership, and the community of the vision impaired. Its current serv-ices include programs and resources such as the Iris Network Low Vision Clinic, the Maine Audio Information and Reading Service, state-wide support groups, and residential services at the Iris Park Apartments. Your support helps to keep these services available to those who need them.
The mission of Hope Acts is rooted in the strong belief that asylum seekers and immigrants deserve an opportunity to thrive in the United States. Their apartment building (Hope House) is located downtown Portland and serves as both a home for asylum seekers and a space where English classes and individualized support is provided.
Long Creek Youth Development Center was established for the education and rehabilitation of both male and female juvenile offenders in Southern Maine. Its mission is to create and provide an opportunity for personal growth in a safe and secure environment through a variety of programs which enable residents to become responsible and contributing members of their communities upon release.
MHVA seeks out and helps homeless and needy veterans in Southern Maine. Donations are used to provide blankets, coats, and other necessities, transportation to meeting and medical appointments. MHVA also provides assistance to help Veterans who are moving off the streets into new homes.
It can cost $100 or more to keep one infant in clean diapers. For a family on a limited income, after rent, food and other bills, there is often not enough left for diapers. Food Pantries don’t typically have or provide diapers and few community resources are available or able to keep up with the increase in requests for them. The Opportunity Alliance provides diapers to those who cannot afford them.
Each year Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing an array of community-based mental health services and a choice of affordable, quality housing where people can escape the stress of homeless- ness, hunger, and isolation. Their goal is to help people address personal goals, receive services, and once again become a vital part of the community. Your donations will support the art therapy program, a part of Shalom House’s unique programs for persons with mental health issues.
My Sister’s Keeper is a mentoring program that assists women newly released from prison to re-enter the community by providing spiritual, humanitarian, and material support. This is an effort to reduce recidivism amongst these women. My Sister’s Keeper is a program of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church.
Spurwink is a nationally accredited non-profit organization providing mental health, educational and residential services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Spurwink is committed to quality services; recruitment of caring, compassion-ate professional; and excellence in evidence-based treatment and service delivery throughout New England.