The Compassion Bank of Westwood, founded in 2014, is one way to realize Westwood’s Purpose as a compassionate community of free religious thought, inviting all people to rest, grow and serve the world.
As a shared ministry of the congregation, effective September 2014 the bank is open to all members & friends of Westwood.
Deposits & withdrawals are now welcome from Westwoodians willing to offer or receive a compassionate service with a member or friend at Westwood.
Offers of compassionate actions are recorded in the bank for future needs. Depositors will always be contacted first, to ensure you are currently able & willing to provide this service.
The Minister and Compassionate Connections Coordinator, as discreet bankers, will access the compassionate offerings on account, when requested by Westwoodians who could use compassionate support & comfort during troubling times.
Members & friends are encouraged to deposit or withdraw any of the following simple offers of compassion for future use.
Card Crew. Folks willing to circulate a card signed by the congregation acknowledging a significant event. Then mailing it to our member/friend/staff experiencing a family loss, injury, surgery, hospitalization or confinement.
Listeners. Folks willing to listen to a member/friend/staff sort through a troubling issue or dilemma. eg. someone contemplating a challenge or change or decision.
Nourishers. Folks willing to prepare a soup or meal for member(s), friend(s) or staff in difficult circumstances. eg. a family or individual suffering a loss or serious family illness.
Transporters. Folks willing to drive/accompany someone to an appointment, to church or deliver nourishment. eg. to a homebound Westwoodian going through trying times.
Visitors. Folks willing to visit a Westwoodian confined in hospital or a care facility or at home. eg. bring news of Westwood & check-in for the wellbeing of the person.
Handihelps. Folks willing to help with a repair or provide advice to Westwoodians for home, garden, auto or technology.
Special Offers. Folks with a unique compassionate offering for someone in the congregation. Or folks with a unique need.