Mission Committee News: Honoring Dot and Bill Burden For Their Service and Love
The Mission Committee is proud to announce that we are honoring dear Dot and Bill Burden for their great big, kind hearts and for their countless years of dedicated service to not only the UCS Mission Committee but to the United Church of Strafford and the town of Strafford. We have carefully chosen to honor them in two different ways.
First, we honor both Dot and Bill by making a donation to a charity that was near and dear to their hearts for years: the CROP Hunger Walk. This walk, sponsored by Church World Service, usually happens in Fairlee, Vermont, but will happen virtually this year. Bill and Dot used their amateur radio skills to help provide a safe environment during the walk. The Mission Committee particularly loves the fact that this organization works both globally and locally to fight hunger.
Here is some information from the CROP Hunger Walk website:
“CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States raising funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. Twenty five percent of the funds raised are returned to the host community to support local hunger fighting efforts.”
You are welcome to join us in donating and, if you check out the website at
https://www.crophungerwalk.org/fairleevt/, you will find that you can have your questions answered by Peggy Burden, Bill’s sister. Checks may be sent to: Church World Service, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. Please indicate that the check is for the Fairlee, VT CROP Walk, please, and in honor of Dot and Bill Burden.
Secondly, we have chosen to honor Bill locally with a contribution to the Strafford Volunteer Fire Department that will be earmarked for the Strafford Emergency Management Team. For many years, Bill served as the director and kept us all safe during an emergency, such as Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, during the COVID19 pandemic. He was always calm, efficient, wise and tireless in this work, constantly checking in with his volunteers and making sure that everyone around town was looked after. We are so deeply grateful for his dedication to Strafford and to his priority of safety for all.
If you choose to join us in donating to the SEMT in Bill’s honor, checks should be sent to the: SVFD in care of Shawn Harlow, South Strafford, VT 05070 and please indicate that the donation is for the Strafford Emergency Management Team, in Bill’s honor.
We will continue to be grateful for the love and service that both Dot and Bill provided with such competence and kindness. We miss them both so very much in our church community and in Strafford.
Thank you, thank you, dear Bill and Dot Burden, we are indebted to you, our local heroes.