Four local nonprofits received sizeable donations from the AME Church during last week’s Council of Bishops and General Board meeting at the Hilton LAX Hotel in Los Angeles.
Bishop Clement W. Fugh and Supervisor of Missions Alexia Fugh presented grants totaling $68,000 to organizations that focus on homelessness and children’s needs.
The bishop had announced his intentions in a June 15 interview with the Sentinel where he said, “We want to do something for the homeless in our community and relieve the weight of human trafficking, especially among children, and do things that will give our kids a better advantage in the 21st-century where they have to live and move and have their being.”
True to his word, Fugh awarded $12,500 each to First To Serve, Fair Housing Opportunities and The Rightway Foundation to assist with their efforts to reduce homelessness. ExCel, Inc., received $10,000 to aid its children’s programs. An additional $20,500 was directed to the Fifth District Fund for Homeless Initiative that allows local churches to apply for funding of their outreach programs.
The meeting also included Fugh’s investiture as president of the Council of Bishops, which is comprised of 21 active bishops who oversee the church’s episcopal districts located around the world. As president of the Council, Fugh will serve a one-year term as the official head of the AME Church in conjunction with his current position as chief pastor and administrator of the 15 states, including Hawaii, west of the Mississippi River.
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