PC(USA) international Engagement Map launches today

Interactive map shows participation with One Great Hour of Sharing partners

February 10, 2016

LOUISVILLE

Contributors to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering often wonder where their donations go. The Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People combined efforts to illustrate the reach of the offering’s funds. Today they launched an interactive global map that details initiatives being supported, along with Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) sites.

“The map represents a visual opportunity for those familiar with only one of the ministries to learn about the other two,” says Margaret Mwale, associate, community relations for the Self-Development of People. “It’s a great opportunity for people to connect to OGHS efforts in their local communities and at the same time attests to the breadth of the work performed across the church throughout the United States and internationally.”

The Google map is a useful resource for learning about volunteer, internship and advocacy opportunities offered by the program partners. It uses unique icons for each agency in the left navigation bar, and expands to list partners and grantees. The map includes the partnering organization, category of work and a detailed description of the project or program. A search function, links to external websites, photos and contact information are included.

“When the General Assembly created these three OGHS ministries, they did a good job of not having their mandates overlap,” says Rick Turner, associate for disaster response, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. “However, as this map shows, there are many areas in which at least two of the ministries are providing assistance. This knowledge allows us to keep each other informed as to what we are doing, and will hopefully highlight ways we can continue to collaborate and leverage our resources. It’s also a one-stop resource for constituents to find volunteer opportunities.”

Even though the map lists projects funded by the OGHS offering and allows users to learn about engagement opportunities, donations to the OGHS will continue to be accepted directly through the OGHS donation page.

“It’s hard to take on problems like hunger, poverty and disasters,” says Andrew Kang Bartlett, national associate for the Presbyterian Hunger Program. “I’ve found the best way to prevent despair about the state of things is to keep moving. With God’s grace and our combined efforts, we can be repairers of the breach, and this map provides Presbyterian’s with the opportunity and information to further engage the work of grant partners with our faithful actions, both small and mighty!”

  1. Terrific map! Is there a Key for the meaning of the different color/shape of the symbols? Congratulations on all the behind the scenes work it takes to be able help at anyone of the sites on this map. Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) is a 501c3 part of Rotary International District 6600 in NW Ohio that does similar projects and could use a map like this. I am glad to be a Presbyterian, because we realize that God's Children are everywhere.

    by Robert K. Vincent (Bob)

    February 19, 2016

  2. Don, you can use the site TinyURL.com to shorten lengthy web addresses. The engagement map address (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zfTehXxCc-bc.k00QtpCBFKdI) becomes http://tinyurl.com/zhj9sag. Maybe not perfect when it comes to translating it to a printed newsletter, but when linking to digital resources it's better than the long link.

    by

    PC(USA) Staff

    February 17, 2016

  3. I had hoped to put the web address in our church's newsletter. Instead I had to write out a very long explaination on how to reach the map. Please remember some of us still use print.

    by Don Stribling

    February 17, 2016

  4. pick love the interactive map. Thank you so much for this visual tool to share with the congregation!

    by Lynne Snyder

    February 14, 2016