In November and December 2020, the AWC dedicated its annual Holiday Charity Appeal to one of its longtime charity partners — the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church of London. Members raised a total of £7,238 in record time — enough to cover one month of hot meals (160 meals/day, 6 days a week) plus operating costs for the kitchen.
After achieving its initial goal of £1,800 (covering one week’s meals and operating costs) in just a few days, the AWC’s Community Outreach and Fundraising teams upped the ante two more times. Club members planned tie-in activities such as a virtual Thanksgiving Happy Hour and Bake-Off and created an American/British cookbook as a special giveaway to donors.
As part of its core commitment to community service, the AWC has supported the Soup Kitchen with teams of in-person volunteers twice per month for more than 10 years. During the pandemic, members have assisted with fundraising instead to meet the operation’s ever-growing needs. With a small staff and hundreds of volunteers each year, the Soup Kitchen of the American International Church provides nutritious food, mental health support, clothing and friendship for the homeless, elderly, lonely and vulnerable throughout the city. Learn more at soupkitchenlondon.org and awclondon.org.