Edwards Street Fellowship announces new gifting strategy

Edwards Street Fellowship announces new gifting strategy

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Edwards Street Fellowship Center.

Edwards Street Fellowship Center (ESFC) is introducing a new gifting strategy for community members desiring to support their services to struggling families. Gifts made to ESFC through this strategy will provide more individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to become part of the great work accomplished and lives touched through the Center's food pantry, children's programming, senior adult activities, Boy Scouts, thrift store, wellness programs and medical clinic.

Edwards Street Fellowship Center began in 1979 as a tutoring program and child care center for families in southeast Hattiesburg. Today the Center's ministries reach across the Pine Belt and include a food pantry that serves 1,200 families per month, a thrift store, multiple children's programs, a senior adult Bible study, and numerous wellness activities. Doors recently opened for Fellowship Health Clinic, which offers dental referrals, non-controlled prescription medication, and medical care at no cost to eligible uninsured adults in Forrest and Lamar counties.

In 2013, Edwards Street Fellowship Center established an endowment to receive gifts for the development of a stable economy for the Center. Funds contributed to this endowment earn interest which forms a base of funds to help meet day-to-day expenses of ESFC. The endowment is managed by The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.

ESFC is now introducing a new gifting strategy called Check-In for Edwards Street Fellowship Center. The vehicle to "check-in" with a recurring gift is a monthly bank draft. The donor completes a bank draft authorization agreement for automatic contributions on a monthly basis, beginning at $25 and increasing to the amount chosen by the donor.

"We are thankful that with the addition of Fellowship Health Clinic, neighbors in the greater Hattiesburg area are being offered hope, health and healing-- many for the first time in years. As our services and programs grow, this new gifting strategy for our endowment fund puts support of our ministries in reach of more people. We're excited to see what God has in store for our center and those we serve in the years ahead!" Ann McCullen, Executive Director, Edwards Street Fellowship Center, said.

Complete instructions, including the authorization agreement, are available in printable form on-line at www.ESFCntr.org or through the Check-In brochure. Check-In brochures are available by mail by calling ESFC at 601-544-6149.

Bank drafts and fund management are handled by The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation, 1507 Hardy Street, Suite 208, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.  For information about the Foundation call 601-583-6180 or click here.