The History of Our Mission
2007 marked the inauguration of an effort to affiliate area faith communities to improve our ability to serve those in our community who need assistance. The goal was to share resources to do a better job collectively than we could do individually in outreach to our people.
Our mission is accomplished by
2010 saw a shift in the work of IOC, as we decided to direct our efforts to Monterey County housing. In order to fulfill our mission, IOC obtained tax-exempt status as a public benefit nonprofit corporation, and opened the Joining Hands Benefit Shop at 26358 Carmel Rancho Lane in Carmel in September 2010. With the help of donors, shoppers and volunteers at the shop, IOC fulfills its mission by providing grants to agencies that assist with housing needs in the community.
Since opening the Joining Hands Benefit Shop in 2010, grants totaling $347,000 have been given to United Way partner agencies that provide housing services in Monterey County.
An annual general meeting is held to learn about activities of sponsoring faith communities and other organizations whose missions coincide with that of IOC. The next such meeting has not yet been scheduled.
An annual IOC Community Thanksgiving Interfaith Service has been held since 2009. The next Thanksgiving service will be help on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Carmel Mission Basilica.
IOC held its first annual celebration of International Earth Day, "Joining Hands to Heal and Protect God's Earth" on April 21, 2013, at the Labyrinth of the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula.
Interfaith Outreach of Carmel is an
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane Suite C,
Carmel, CA 93923