By Peter Schaff, Outreach Committee Chair

The Outreach Committee would like to share some good news amid this extraordinarily difficult time. The 2020 Outreach Benefit—held in virtual format during the weekend of April 23–27—generated $200,000 in net proceeds, exceeding our goal of $175,000. This uplifting outcome reflects our congregation’s deep commitment to assist the least fortunate and most vulnerable members of our Chicagoland community.

When the Covid pandemic forced us to convert the 2020 Outreach Benefit to a virtual event, we did not know how the congregation would respond. We did know that Kenilworth Union members were facing unprecedented pleas for help from those in need while also coping with significant disruptions to their own lives. In the face of these challenges, our congregation simply refused to let the Outreach Benefit fail. For that we are grateful beyond words.

The annual Outreach Benefit is the largest fundraiser for our Outreach mission giving effort. Outreach giving supports 40 Chicago-area charitable agencies addressing a broad array of societal needs. Today these agencies are working harder and need our help more than ever. And we are responding this year with agency grants totaling $450,000. The Church’s annual Stewardship contribution to Outreach is the foundation of the Outreach budget, but our reach is greatly extended through the Outreach Benefit and other fundraising initiatives.