Why St. E’s: A Testimonial by Elizabeth Byrd Wood


A Testimonial by Elizabeth Byrd Wood, A St. Luke’s Parishioner and St. Elizabeth’s Volunteer

I am a believer in “ant power.” Just like an ant colony, a collective effort by many people can bring about change.  As individuals, we can’t solve the problems of poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness single-handedly.  But by joining forces with others, we can begin to make a small dent in some of these problems.  And this is where the St Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry comes in. By working together with volunteers from other Portland area churches, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors, many of whom are new to Maine.  Laundry detergent, bath soap, toilet paper, and, in the winter, coats and boots, along with plenty of smiles, are given out freely by the dozen or so volunteers that gather each Tuesday morning.