And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, 
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  

—2 Corinthians 9:8

We have a chance again this fall to bless and be blessed! God is generous with us and calls us to give generously of ourselves to express Jesus' love for our neighbors. Beginning October 6 let's encourage one another to give of our time and money to bless others in our local community. We're in this together — encouraging financial gifts through Session matching and encouraging time spent serving alongside one another and others in our community. Visit the Bless Big Local page this October to be involved.

Meet our Mission Partners:

Bridge Disability Ministries

Ramps and lifts are wonderful tools, but they can only allow a person to enter the building. Allowing a person with a disability to enter the community requires the community itself to become accessible, member-by-member. That’s why Bridge works to create communities where every individual has their gifts acknowledged alongside their challenges and provided with, not just the ability to be present, but the opportunity to contribute to community life.

West Seattle Food Bank / White Center Food Bank

Donations made for the food banks will be allocated across our two partners.

It is the priority of the West Seattle Food Bank to keep our West Seattle community healthy while continuing to ensure all our neighbors have access to food, emergency financial assistance, diapers, and other basic needs.
The mission of the White Center Food Bank is to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity. 

Olive Crest

Olive Crest works to transform the lives of abused and neglected children through the healing power of God, family, and community.
In Washington, there are 10,665 children in the child welfare system. Every one of these kids needs a strong family to protect and nurture them, and give them hope for a bright future. Help Olive Crest put a stop to child abuse and ensure that families are whole, children are protected, and the cycle of abuse is broken.

The Salvation Army - White Center

The Salvation Army Seattle White Center helps individuals discover and become their extraordinary selves.

Union Gospel Mission

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission's mission is to bring the love of Jesus and hope for a new life to our homeless neighbors.
Their vision is to see every homeless neighbor — beloved, redeemed, restored.
We address root causes and break the cycle of homelessness by meeting urgent physical needs, building relationships, and offering long-term recovery programs. Our efforts work to restore dignity and help move people to healthy, thriving lives.
We want everyone to know, no matter their circumstances, they are loved and cared for, by us and by God.

World Relief - Seattle

Since 1979, they have worked alongside the community to welcome refugees to Western Washington - following a philosophy of co-empowerment and listening to the community. Founded in response to the needs of refugees fleeing wars in Southeast Asia, we grew to support refugees, asylees, asylum seekers and immigrants from all around the world as they rebuild a sense of home in Western Washington. 

YoungLives

YoungLives has the vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.

West Seattle Young Life

Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college students in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
Their mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. 

Bless Big Local FAQs

How do I participate?

Online: use the drop-down menu on our online giving page to choose the organization whose work you want to support. All online gifts are passed along without names or contact information to the organizations. Donations made for the food banks will be allocated across our two partners. If you want your donation to go to a particular food bank organization, please note this in the memo box on step 2 of Online Giving or in the memo line of your check.

Giving to Multiple Organizations Online: If you would like to give to multiple organizations, you will need to make a separate online gift for each organization. After your first gift, you can select the option to give again. Just chose your next organization on the drop down menu ("Unified Giving" is the default so just click the down arrow to find the organization you would like to give to).

By check: Make your check out directly to the organization and send it to West Side. We will match the funds and send those funds along with your check to the organization. This way that organization has your contact information to send you a thank you. If you prefer to be anonymous to the organization write your check to West Side Presbyterian Church and place the name of the organization in the memo line or enclose a letter that clearly designates each organization and the amount you have included for them.

What if I want to give to just one of the food bank partners?

If you want your donation to go to a particular food bank, please note this in the memo box on step 2 of Online Giving or in the memo line of your check.

Do I have to choose one of the organizations?

If you do not care to designate any organization then Session will match and allocate your gift to one or more of our local partners. By check, simply write “Bless Big Local” in the memo line of your check. Online, choose “Bless Big – General” from the drop-down menu on the online giving page.

How much is Session matching?

For this fall’s Bless Big Local, Session will be matching up to $75,000.

When can we start giving?

Online giving is available starting October 1. Checks can be submitted anytime and should be clearly designated. All gifts must be received by November 6 to be eligible for matching.