(October 19, 2021 Tampa, FL) — While the pandemic has had an incredible impact on non-profit organizations across the country, one group hit especially hard has been local churches. To show community congregations support during this time, Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) has begun a “Good Samaritan Initiative.”
To lift the spirits of those who tirelessly give to their communities, LSF has enlisted the help of churches identify those in their congregations who demonstrate faithfulness and generosity.
During the pandemic, many churches closed their doors, funding was stalled, and congregations dwindled. Yet the demand for community assistance soared—and the primary source for such resources was local churches.
“Our shared work is often a primary means… to those seeking shelter,” said Sam Sipes, LSF CEO. “We need to stand strong together for the sake of those who depend upon us.”
With generous sponsors like Ameris Bank, LSF has been able to present specially crafted certificates and create meaningful presentations for the initiative’s “Samaritans.” The funding powers LSF’s ability to continue to recognize those making a change in the community.
Churches local to the Tampa area can participate by visiting www.lsfnet.org/GoodSam to submit their nominations. LSF will then work to schedule a Sunday to visit and make the official presentation to the selected recipient. (Presentations can also be made virtually, if preferred.)
The “Good Samaritan Initiative” will conclude with a live-streamed virtual banquet on February 24th, 2022, which will include an opportunity to hear from both LCMS Florida-Georgia District president Rev. Dr. Gregory Walton, as well as ELCA Florida Bahamas Synod bishop Rev. Pedro Suárez. More details are forthcoming.