The money raised by the annual Union Church of Biddeford Pool Summer Speaker Series enables Union Church to provide financial support for mostly local organizations that are reaching out on a daily basis to those in need and in crisis. Church members and friends provide many volunteer hands for these projects as well.

Stone-Soup-checkStone Soup Food Pantry in Biddeford provides free food, clothing, furniture and other household items twice weekly to over 100 families per week. The pantry provides fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, pastries, meat, chicken and non-perishable food. It is a community gathering place where families are able to share their resources with each other. Address: 180 Main St. PO Box 186 Biddeford, ME 04005.
Saco Meals Program serves hot meals to needy individuals in the Saco and Biddeford area. Union Church prepares a meal on the third Monday of each month as well as providing funding to cover the cost of the meal ingredients. The meal site is at Most Holy Trinity church hall in Saco.
Located in the center of Biddeford at 35 South Main Street, Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center is open to everyone who is in need of a safe place of support and companionship whether they are unemployed, homeless or deprived of social and spiritual contact and support. Seeds of Hopes operate a drop-in center 4 days per week, a health and weight loss support group, health education, and a career resource center. Its sister organization, In-A-Pinch, operates a non-food essentials pantry twice monthly.
Knit Wits is a group of Union Church congregants and friends who knit items for local organizations and individuals, including prayer shawls, hats, blankets, gloves, afghans, scarves, mittens and dishcloths.
The Kindness Initiative is currently focused on animal programs such as Lucky Pup Rescue and the Animal Welfare Society.
Ever-After-Mustang-RescueEver After Mustang Rescue is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates previously adopted mustangs and either transfers them to new homes and useful lives, or offers lifetime care to unadoptable horses. Education programs and mentoring are provided to prospective adopters and other interested persons in the care, handling and training of the wild horse. The Rescue also conducts important outreach for women and troubled teens.
A new project for our support for the last two years has been the Holy Cross Anglican Primary School in Belize where we sponsor a young boy in the school and pay his annual tuition cost.
Union Church partners with the Heart of Biddeford in the Adopt-A-Park program by volunteering to beautify and maintain Liberty Park.
Soup Friends: Throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring months, soup makers prepare hearty soup once a week for those in need of a warm, nourishing touch. Soup is delivered to homes providing a friendly visit and check in.
The Alternative Pathways Program is a program of Biddeford High School. Students participate in a non-traditional learning environment to earn their high school diplomas. Union church provides various kinds of support including having volunteers in mentoring/teaching roles.
Education for All Children-Kenya receives funds from Union Church to support one secondary or post-secondary student with tuition and other school costs for a year.
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project provides help to new arrivals in Maine with all kinds of legal and regulatory issues to help them settle into their new homes.

Thank you for your support of the Union Church of Biddeford Pool Summer Speaker Series. Your participation is helping us do a world of good. If you want to volunteer your time as well, let us know. For more information or contact Ken Murray Mission Committee Chair, at ktmurray1727@hotmail.com.