Join us for our outreach projects this month! January 18: 7th grade volunteers at HOPE's soup kitchen January 22: Donation drive - blankets and jackets for Midnight Run January 25: 8th grade volunteers at HOPE's soup kitchen Save the dates: full outreach calendar found here.
Our Partner Organizations Essential to the mission of Christ Church is our relationships with local and global communities. We know that we are truly better together. Throughout the year we consider how we can make a difference, and we coordinate many different types of projects that support our ongoing outreach interests. In addition, we are blessed through our relationships with Mission Partners who join us in these efforts. Please feel free to contact McKenzie Burton with any questions.
Young at Arts Established in 2005, Young at Arts is a performing arts program that grew out of the longstanding focus on music and outreach at Christ Church. Six days of the week, Young at Arts empowers young people to reach their full potential, onstage and off, through outstanding arts instruction and the creation of exceptional musical and theatrical art. To learn more about Young at Arts, contact Sharyn Pirtle or visit their website.
Fessenden House Fessenden House is a housing facility in Yonkers for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction who also suffer from major health problems. With oversight provided by Episcopal monk Brother Christopher Jenks and a staff of volunteers, the community ethos of Fessenden House enables men who have “slipped through the cracks” to find a home and support system. Christ Church Bronxville is the sponsoring parish of Fessenden House for Episcopal Charities, and our parishioners provide support in a variety of ways. Several members serve on the board of directors and most recently volunteers led a clean up project of the grounds.
Midnight Run and Breakfast Run Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Once a month, Midnight Run volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission. In addition to the Midnight Run, Christ Church also offers Breakfast Runs several times a year. Younger children, generally middle-schoolers, help the homeless poor by serving breakfast and essential items. To learn more about Midnight Run, contact P.G. Costa or Breakfast Run, contact Jenn Redman. January 22: Donation drive - collection of blankets and heavy jackets February 5: Breakfast Run March 10: EYC Midnight Run
HOPE Community Services HOPE (Help Our People Eat) opened its first soup kitchen in 1984, and has since grown to become the largest emergency food pantry and soup kitchen in the region. Although HOPE Community Services was founded to respond to hunger in the community, it quickly became apparent that food was not the only thing their clients were lacking. HOPE expanded its services to meet the needs of its diverse client population, and its services now include clothing, language skills, emotional support, immigration services, and other daily necessities. Christ Church partners with HOPE in many ways, including cooking for and serving in their soup kitchen, volunteering at special events, and organizing the food pantry. January 18: 7th grade volunteers at soup kitchen January 25: 8th grade volunteers at soup kitchen February 12: Parish cooks meal for soup kitchen - sponsored by LGBTQ & Friends February 14: EYC volunteers at soup kitchen
Center Lane Center Lane is the only LGBTQ community center for teens in Westchester County, serving as a place of emotional and social support. The center serves about five hundred kids a year, ages thirteen to twenty-one, through three locations, counseling programs, and educational opportunities all over the county. Center Lane hosts daily drop-in hours, weekly organized groups, and special events throughout the year. In addition, the kids are encouraged to be advocates for their community and the center in various public settings. Christ Church supports Center Lane in a variety of ways. Most recently, Christ Church fundraised to underwrite the cost of Center Lane's annual Potluck Dinner.
Project Linus Project Linus aims to provide love, warmth, comfort, and a sense of security to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They do so through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus continues to grow. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug. The Christ Church group has made contributions to local hospitals, residential treatment centers, Planned Parenthood, and children in foster care. Additionally, our group made a significant contribution to the Snowball Express serving children of our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. And last summer our group participated in making fleece blankets for 137 children at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers. For more information regarding Project Linus, contact Jody Maier. April 23: Project Linus event
United Interfaith Food Pantry Since 2004, the United Interfaith Food Bank has been helping to alleviate hunger in the North Bronx. The UIFB is a cooperative of five houses of worship in southern Westchester serving three organizations that offer important services to children, families, and seniors in their neighborhoods. Christ Church donates 105 cans of fruit each month, along with other non-perishable foods. Furthermore, our community helps to prepare, deliver and serve meals to those in need. To learn more about the United Interfaith Food Bank, contact Erin Ryan. February 12: Donation drive - collection of canned fruit and peanut butter June 4: Donation drive - collection of canned fruit and peanut butter
Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy The Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy is a member-based non-profit organization which was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to supporting the County of Westchester in its stewardship of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation. The Conservancy is an advocate for the protection and preservation of the unique multi-faceted character of the Reservation, a park listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It provides volunteers and funding for projects that enhance the Reservation's natural beauty, contributes to the quality of its environment and educates the public about its historic nature. Christ Church participates in regular clean up efforts of the Bronx River and Bronxville Lake, most recently as a participating party in their "Pitch in for Parks" day.
Covenant House Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today they are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. Their core services are comprised of a wide array of in-house training programs, including healthcare, educational support, GED preparation, job readiness and skills training, drug abuse treatment and prevention, legal services, mental health services, the Mother/Child program, life skills training, and aftercare. These programs are designed to provide our youth with a holistic approach to leaving the streets and achieving independence. Our EYC, alongside the youth group at neighbor Reformed Church of Bronxville, is partnering with Covenant House this year to support their programs.
Westhab Westhab was founded in 1981 by a group of real estate professionals and activist clergy frustrated by the growing affordable housing crisis in Westchester County, NY. An early partnership with the Westchester County Department of Social Services led to the development of a new method of housing the homeless – using public assistance funds to preserve and expand good, low-income housing rather than continuing to pay for expensive and inadequate motel shelter. Westhab initiated community-based youth and employment programs as well as community resource centers, and has expanded to the Bronx. Their real estate development pipeline includes a greater proportion of mixed-income, senior, veterans, and special needs housing. Christ Church has a growing relationship with Westhab, which began over Christmas when we partnered to bring Christmas presents to families in need.
Iglesia Memorial de San Andres San Andres is a dynamic Episcopal church in Yonkers serving a primarily Latino congregation. The congregations of Christ Church and San Andres work together throughout the year in a few ways, including Christ Church donating to the San Andres food pantry. Also, our young people enjoy coming together to work on projects and worship. Mother Yamily Bass-Choate, the Bishop’s Vicar at San Andres, has spoken to the Working Women’s Fellowship, helped organize our mission trip to Cuba and joins us on our annual pilgrimage to the Monastery at Taizé.
Episcopal Diocese of Cuba The Episcopal Diocese of Cuba is part of the Anglican Communion and is in relation with the Episcopal Church in the United States. The current bishop, the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio, has had oversight of the diocese since 2010. Christ Church has worked with the bishop and the people of that diocese in both farming and water purification projects. Particularly, our combined efforts have been focused on the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Havana, the church and lands of Santa Maria la Virgen in Itabo, and the mission of Santa Maria Magdelena in Favorito.
Other Mission Partners Episcopal Charities Episcopal Charities was founded in 1996 to bring transparency and professionalism to charitable giving by the Diocese of New York. Since then, they have granted more than $15 million to local programs affiliated with parishes in the diocese serving people in need. All of this is made possible by generous individuals, congregations, foundations and corporations that share their commitment to caring.
Episcopal Relief and Development Episcopal Relief and Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church. Their work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity.
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