Pandemic-Related Financial Resources

As our households and meeting communities continue to feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, questions about financial resources and stewardship arise.

Scroll down for information and downloads. We will update this page with resources most relevant to Friends Meetings in New England as changes occur.

If your Friends Meeting has employees (such as a resident Friend, a pastor, an office manager, a building caretaker) and is being financially impacted by Covid-19, the meeting could qualify for federal aid for small businesses. To learn more about this aid, read the letter in the download section below from our Accounts Manager.

If you or someone in your meeting is facing financial hardship, free confidential budget and debt counseling is available to all Friends through our partnership with Everence, the Mennonite mutual aid organization which partners with NEYM. (Learn more here).

Your Meeting may also be eligible for a matching grant to cover the emergency expenses of an individual through the Everence Sharing Fund. These grants can also be used to extend your Meeting's financial support of local organizations providing emergency assistance.

If you meeting is seeking to support a new ministry or witness related to the pandemic, you may want to consider applying for a Legacy Grant. Learn more here. 

If your Meeting is not yet providing the opportunity for electronic giving, now may be a particularly good time to consider it. You may find the "Giving Beyond the Offering Plate" resource in the download section below helpful.

More support and ideas from Everence for dealing with Covid's financial impacts can be found here.

If you have more questions, we'd love to continue this conversation with you. You may contact our Everence Stewardship Consultant Lyle Miller here or our Accounts Manager Frederick Martin here.

File Downloads

Letter on Covid financial relief options for meetings

Federal and state Covid financial relief options available to Quaker meetings - letter from Accounts Manager with links

Everence Financial Counseling Brochure

Information about free debt counseling available to Quakers in New England through Everence, a faith-based financial services provider

Household Budgeting Queries

This one-page handout provides guiding reflection questions to use as you prayerfully re-examine your personal finances in light of the current situation

Giving Beyond The Offering Plate

This 8-page handout, compiled by the Ecumenical Steward Center, provides an overview of options congregations have for receiving donations electronically

Questions? Didn't find what you were looking for?

Contact Frederick Martin, our Accounts Manager, to begin a conversation.