Your contributions to Episcopal Charities changed lives and strengthened communities in 2014. Read on for just a few of the many milestones reached in the past year by the outreach programs you support! [A modified version of this post appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of the Episcopal New Yorker].
Amazing Grace Circus! (at Grace Church in Nyack) awarded scholarships to 12 summer campers.
On an average week, 60 or more seniors gathered at the Canterbury House Activity Center at St. John’s Church on Staten Island for social activities, crafts, and exercise.
On May 25, after a year of planning and construction, St. Thomas’ Church in Amenia Union opened the community Giving Garden. The garden’s fresh-grown produce supplements the bread, eggs, dairy, meat and toiletries provided by the St. Thomas’ Food of Life/Comida de Vida food pantry.
Thanks to the training and support they received through the Washington Heights Choir School at Holyrood Church, Eduardo and Jey received scholarships to attend the prestigious Saint Thomas Choir School.
Volunteers at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy served up more than 5,000 hot meals in 2014.
Young at Arts, an enrichment program based at Christ Church in Bronxville, added a satellite program for 240 students from Amani Public Charter School in Mount Vernon.
Over the course of 2014, volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Pantry in West Harlem provided needed groceries to more than 12,000 people.
In Monticello, the Caring Hands Food Pantry at St. John’s Church distributed almost 100,000 meals.
After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Horticultural Therapy Garden at St. Gregory’s in Woodstock was completed this spring, complemented by the addition of a unique wheelchair-accessible labyrinth.
This summer, with the help of a little “seed money” from Episcopal Charities, 7th grader Devin Juros (center) organized volunteers from the parish and community to build a 600 sq. ft. raised-bed community garden at St. John’s in Pleasantville. The fresh vegetables they grow together are donated to local food pantries and, to date, the garden has given away more than 850 pounds of fresh produce! Read more about the garden here.
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison added three new bachelor’s level classes at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, increasing enrollment by 90 students.
The GO Project – affiliated with Grace Church in Manhattan – helped more than 90 fifth graders gain admission into their preferred middle school this year.
Here at Episcopal Charities, we are so grateful to the volunteers and supporters who make all of this possible. What is your parish or outreach ministry’s biggest accomplishment this year? Please feel free to leave a comment and share the good news!