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Grace Church is dedicated to serving our neighborhood, community, and city. We work with partner organizations throughout the year, helping alleviate the stresses of homelessness and hunger for those in need. Together, we strive to do our part, building up the Christian community and the Body of Christ.
For a full listing of our Outreach partners, visit our Ministry Partners page.
Grace Church is committed to alleviating the hunger and homelessness crisis in New York City. We hold an ongoing food drive, with baskets for non-perishable food donations in the Narthex. These are donated to our partners at Hope for Our Neighbors in Need.
Each February during Food Security Awareness Month, we take up collections for the Souperbowl of Caring, serve meals at local shelters, and walk the streets of Manhattan with Don’t Walk By, striving to connect homeless New Yorkers with resources to get them the help that they need.
Additionally, every Advent, we collect donations for a number of organizations for the winter months; these include hats and gloves, underwear and socks, and toiletries.
Habitat for Humanity
Grace Church has a longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In 1970s, the church stored tools and building supplies for Habitat during their inaugural effort in the Lower East Side. Currently, we are partnering with Who Is Hussain, an Islamic service organization, to rehabilitate a forgotten home in St. Alban’s, Queens. Unity House will be an important symbol of interfaith dialogue and action.
Previously, we worked on The House That Grace Built, also in St. Alban’s, Queens. Grace Church parishioners and volunteers poured hundreds of hours of labor into the effort. In the Winter of 2018, the house blessed and the keys given to a brand new homeowner.
Interested in swinging a hammer for a good cause? Sign up for an upcoming build day. Please use the join code “GCNYC” when you register.
For me, Habitat for Humanity was love at first site. I immediately felt welcomed and part of something important. It feels amazing to be amongst a group of all different people who have come together to effect positive change. I’ve learned so much and forged so many new and meaningful relationships. What’s so great about Habitat is that it doesn’t matter what your prior skill set may be. You may never have held a hammer before but if you want to learn, you’ll walk out of there knowing how to drive a nail through wood. I love the community it brings, the personal enrichment and most importantly the opportunity and hope for a new family who then, through sweat equity, pays that gift forward to yet another family. Beautiful.Ashleigh
Video Courtesy of Who is Hussain NY/NJ
Open Door is a group of volunteers who welcome visitors during the church’s Open Access hours on Saturdays and Sundays, helping thousands of visitors each year to experience the beauty of Grace Church. All people – from tourists, to neighbors, to students, to the homeless – may enjoy the serenity, rest, and renewal that our sacred space offers.
If you’re interested in becoming an Open Door volunteer, please contact The Rev. Chase Danford.
Open door’s mission is simple on the surface – to provide welcome to anyone who enters Grace Church, whether they are a curious tourist or someone seeking a new church home, but it really touches the very heart of our purpose. I never tire of seeing the reactions of people from all over the world entering our church for the first time and looking at the stained glass and neogothic interior. I am convinced that it is something far beyond mere aesthetics that evokes these reactions, and that our presence here is reminder of the promises of hope and a sanctuary for the soul.Malcolm
The GO Project
Founded in 1968 by Grace Church and Grace Church School, 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 in school, at home, and in life. The GO Project serves over 600 students who attend over 30 public elementary and middle schools in Lower Manhattan.
For information about volunteering visit their website.
My time spent with The GO Project has been incredibly rewarding. Working with trained teachers and other volunteers, it is possible to see the improved reading and math skills the kids gain from GO Saturdays, and the emotional pay-off of working with the kids makes my GO Project Saturdays a delight.John