I received this email from our Cowlitz Chaplaincy group this morning and thought I'd share:
As chaplains we want to thank you for your gifts, duty, and service to our community. It is our privilege to come alongside of you and provide you with support and encouragement in your difficult work.
Cowlitz Chaplaincy is now in its thirtieth year providing support to all first responders and their families, as well as providing crisis intervention to all the citizens of our county free of charge regardless of their faith background.
The chaplaincy has never, nor does it now, receive any public funding. We exist solely by the gifts of faithful individuals, churches, and businesses, as well as law enforcement associations and guilds.
We are writing to you individually to ask for your financial help. The chaplaincy is struggling financially, and if our monthly income does not improve by $3,000.00 per month, we will have to make some tough decisions. Tom and Doug are paid $3,270.00 per month with no benefits. Doug drives the chaplain truck, but it is a 1998, and needs to be replaced. Mario and Tom provide their own vehicles, and their fuel is only paid for the week they are on call. We try to be frugal in all our financial obligations.
If you could commit to sending us $10 or $20 per month, or whatever you are lead to give, we will be able to keep providing the 24/7 crisis response services we have for the last 30 years.
The chaplaincy is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, so all your donations are fully tax deductible. Our tax exempt number is 91-1312328.
Please feel free to share this email with family members and friends who you feel will like to join you in support of our service to the county.
Thank you so much for your help and support.
Chaplain Mario, Chaplain Tom, and Chaplain Doug