Ecumenical Campus Ministry
The majority of the operating budget goes toward the chaplain who is hired by ECM to run its operations. The chaplain, Erin Phillips, offers practical support to students, faculty, and staff at Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge. As part of her work for ECM, Rev. Phillips runs many programs and is involved in many organisations. These include care parcels of food for students during exam times, a free dinner once a semester that feeds over 200 students, a poverty study to ascertain levels of food insecurity at the College and the University, treat bags for ESL students, and a benevolent fund which offers financial support to students in crisis, and a lecture series which is open to the whole community. Committees that Rev. Phillips represents ECM on include Food for Thought (U of L food security committee), Vibrant Lethbridge (the city's poverty reduction committee), the LIP committee of the Community Partnership Council (the city's committee for welcoming newcomers), WUSC ULeth (a student group that sponsors and supports refugee students at the U of L), and the Lethbridge Resettlement Collaboration (a mixed refugee sponsorship group made up of University staff, doctors, and three churches in Lethbridge). Other costs include one-off programs and contracts, such as hiring someone to run a best-practices study to gauge support and advice for running a Community Connections program at the College and the University (that would pair students with community members for friendship and social support), and other expenses such as publicity and printing, office supplies, internet, and board expenses.
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