GET INVOLVED IN OUTREACH
“Building community through service”
The mission of Outreach at Grace Church is to build community through service. Here you will find many outreach activities, both within and outside of Grace Church, which address issues such as homelessness and hunger. We invite you to investigate the ways your skills may be put to use for those who need our support and partnership. Volunteers are needed at the organizations listed below. Feel free to contact any of these organizations directly to arrange to volunteer or to contribute.
FOOD CLOTHING AND SHELTER
Church of the Ascension
Ascension/Michael D. Fender Memorial Food Pantry, 11 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10011. Food distributed every Tuesday and Saturday at 8:30am. Contact:
Tel: 212.254.8621 / 917.359.0592
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
296 Ninth Avenue (@28th Street), New York, NY 10001. Soup Kitchen volunteers work Monday through Friday from 9:45am to 1:15pm They need 40-50 volunteers daily to help “run” the Soup Kitchen. Work just one day or make a regular commitment – it depends on you and your schedule. Volunteers assist in serving on the food line, greeting guests, collecting individual meal tickets, handing out drinks, and clearing and cleaning tables when the guests are finished eating. Contact:
Tel: 212.924.0167 x237 | Email
St. Francis Xavier
30 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011. Once a month, over 100 families are served through the Food Pantry through the distribution of donated food. In addition, the Pantry offers clothing and assistance with entitlement benefits. Xavier Shelter is a homeless shelter for up to 15 men every night, in conjunction with John Heuss House and Partnership for the Homeless. Volunteers are needed to stay the night. Guests are provided with a snack in the evening and breakfast in the morning. Contact:
Tel: 212.627.2100 | Web: St. Francis Xavier Outreach
Village United Methodist Church
Food Pantry and Meal – In addition to a hosting a food pantry, volunteers prepare and host meals at Church of the Village (13th St at 7th Ave) Contact:
Larry Thomas: (201) 648-5325 | http://www.churchofthevillage.org/ministries/food-ministry/
EDUCATION AND SUPPORT
The GO Project
The GO Project Mission
The GO Project shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home and in life.
The GO Project Students
The GO Project serves students who attend over 30 public elementary schools below 14th street in Manhattan. Most GO students may be described as first generation low-income individuals and as ESL learners whose parents speak Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese. GO currently serves over 300 students.
The GO Program Components
The GO Project offers year-round intensive academic assistance and enrichment programming. Students make a year-long commitment to the GO Project and parents agree to support this pledge. The GO Project model includes:
- GO Summer: A rigorous, five-week classroom program with a staff of 40 certified teachers and specialists, 28 enrichment teachers, 30 teaching assistants and numerous volunteer aides. Students attend five days a week from 9AM to 5PM for a full day of academic and enrichment classes. Class size is deliberately kept small with a maximum of 12 students. Each morning, students concentrate on intensive reading, writing and math, with a focus on the specific areas where each student requires improvement. In the afternoon, the students enjoy enrichment classes in subjects ranging from art and music to computers and nutrition. GO’s content-rich, varied program helps build self-confidence along with academic performance.
- Go School: Previously a Saturday-based tutorial program, GO has strengthened the model by integrating professional teachers into the curriculum. GO School is comprised of two and a half hours of academic instruction and skill building on 22 Saturdays from October through April. Professional teachers lead lessons, support volunteer tutors, and communicate with parents to keep them informed about their child’s progress. Volunteer tutors make a full-year commitment to teach, and mentor their students which provides the consistent and individualized help that they need to succeed.
- Go Families: A year-round social service program designed to empower parents of participants in creating positive learning environments at home and to address various student learning and behavioral issues. GO Families employs licensed social workers who provide services to students and their parents in three areas: year-round counseling, parent educational workshops, and referral to outside agencies. These services complement and extend GO’s academic intervention by providing the emotional support and network of resources needed for families to be constructive advocates for their child’s academic career.
For more information about the GO Project, visit the website at www.goprojectnyc.org.
To find out about volunteering, contact Olivia Nunez, Director of Community Engagement, at her email or 347-377-2317.
St. Francis Xavier
EOP – life skills and mentoring to move participants into more successful lifestyles. Contact:
Tel: 212.627.2100 | Web: EOP Info
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Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025. The Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing (IAHH) is committed to confronting the unconscionable and unacceptable reality of homelessness in New York City. Recognizing society’s shared responsibility and working as partners with those who have experienced homelessness, the Interfaith Assembly will mobilize communities of faith to empower all people, to advocate public policies to eliminate homelessness, and to strive for the transformation of society.
Marc Greenberg, Managing Director
Tel: 917.913.0098 | Fax: 212.316.1047 | Email | Web: IAHH.org
Grace Church Open Door – The Ministry of Hospitality
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Open Door is a group of volunteer parishioners who give freely of their time to keep the church open on weekends. Our volunteers make it possible for thousands of visitors to experience the beauty of Grace Church from within its peaceful walls. From tourists, to long-time neighbors, to new students, to the homeless, all may enjoy the serenity, rest and renewal our sacred space offers to all that pass through its doors.
This vital ministry, the Ministry of Hospitality, of simply opening our doors and our hearts to the community, could not exist without the volunteers. Please consider giving two hours per month to come and sit in the church, answering a few visitors’ questions.
The Rev. Stephen Holton
Tel: 212.254.2000 x114 | EMAIL
Seamen’s Church Institute
Founded in 1834 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey (SCI) is the largest, most comprehensive mariners’ agency in North America. Annually, its chaplains visit 3,400 vessels in the Port of New York and New Jersey and along 2,200 miles of America’s inland waterways. SCI’s maritime education facilities provide navigational training to nearly 1,600 mariners each year through simulator-based facilities located in Houston, TX and Paducah, KY. The Institutes and its maritime attorneys are recognized as leading advocates for merchant mariners by the United States Government, including the Congress, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization, the International Labor Organization and maritime trace associations. Volunteers are needed to knit and package Christmas gifts for seamen. Web: SeamensChurch.org
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