Everyone who reads the news is aware of the urgent humanitarian needs in crisis situations across the globe. One way of responding is to join with other Episcopalians who are working toward “healing a hurting world” through Episcopal Relief and Development. Your gifts to ERD can be put to work in areas of critical need.
Meet our Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development
Diocesan Coordinator for ERD
In May 2016, Mary Person of Grace Church Cathedral eagerly accepted an appointment as Diocesan Representative for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD). Mary has been the ERD Parish Representative at Grace since 2001. Throughout her tenure, Grace has generously donated to this group in support of a variety of funds and in response to many disasters around the world.
Episcopal Relief & Development bases its support on things that fit four core categories: - Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply - Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities - Promoting Health and Fighting Disease, and - Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities.
By focusing on these categories, ERD is helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.
Mary's strong support for Episcopal Relief & Development was inherited from her father, Harmon Person. Harmon was the Diocesan Representative for ERD for over a decade, retiring a few years ago. Mary says she learned from her father how important it is to support organizations that work to build self-sustaining programs and show love and compassion to those who often have not seen either before.
ERD's support of "the least" of us through many of its programs help bring those people out of reliance on others and give them the ability to support their families and themselves.
Looking to broaden ERD's support throughout our diocese, Mary says she looks forward to the opportunity to demonstrate how each of our parishes can support programs of their choice through Episcopal Relief & Development. "I am excited to have this opportunity to share my passion to all congregations across our growing diocese. ERD has many ways to help, and even young children can get involved. There are any number of programs one can choose to support. I look forward to meeting with each congregation and teaching them about the great work being done around the world in the name of the Episcopal Church."
To contact Mary, email her at SC.ERD.Rep@gmail.com or call her at 843-478-4762.
Memorials or Thanksgiving gifts
If you would like to pay tribute to a friend or loved one who has died, an excellent way to do so is to make a contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development as a memorial. In addition, you might want to consider a gift in thanksgiving for an event such as a birth, graduation, or marriage, etc. The family will be notified that you made such a gift, and the donation will help people in need. Contributions can be made online at episcopalrelief.org or by mail to ERD, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.