News from the Hill May 17, 2010 | back to index
On May 12, 2010, Andover Newton Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Jordan Daigle presented a $155.00 check, representing the Andover Newton Baptist Fellowship’s 2009-10 contribution to The Penny Project , to the Rev. June R. Cooper, Executive Director of Boston’s City Mission Society.
Andover Newton’s Baptist Fellowship is one of more than 100 American Baptist churches and other organizations participating in The Penny Project, a grass-roots fund-raising program that collects pennies, pocket change, and small coins to raise awareness about child poverty and support for ministries that serve at-risk children. Launched by National Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), one of the two covented denominations served by Andover Newton, the Penny Project has passed the 2.7 million mark in pennies ($27,000) on the way to the national goal of 14 million ($140,000). (Fourteen million pennies placed end-to-end would reach 165 miles and require close to three hours of driving time from one end to the other, according to the National Ministries.)
Each church or group participating in The Penny Project donates the funds it raises to local children or to a local charity or cause serving children. Avon Baptist Church in Avon, MA., is using its collected pennies to host birthday parties for children who live in a homeless shelter; First Baptist Comunidad Cristiana Youth Group of Yakima, WA, is donating their pennies to a service location for homeless youth; and American Baptist Youth of Nebraska are purchasing backpacks for children in their state. American Baptist Girls are preparing for a collection of pennies during their conference in Columbus, Ohio, this summer.
The Penny Project initiative was inspired by youth at First Baptist Church, New London, NH, and launched as a national effort in June 2009, includes groups from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ponce, Puerto Rico, that are collecting pennies to raise awareness and compassion for at-risk children. Projects supported include Bible study classes, congregations, campus ministries, youth groups and an elementary school.