New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Posted by Leanna Varga, With 0 Comments, Category: Announcements,

Pictured above: Sunny Lawrence, Living Change Fellow 2017-18

September is a time of new beginnings, and this month we at Episcopal Charities are celebrating the creation of a pilot program to mobilize volunteers. We are also welcoming a Living Change Fellow from the New York Service and Justice Collaborative, formerly the New York Intern Program.

We are delighted that Rachel Crosby, who has just completed her year as a Program Intern, decided to stay at Episcopal Charities and has taken on the leadership of the volunteer project. Her new title is Volunteer Coordinator. Her goal? To mobilize volunteers from parishes around the Diocese to address outreach needs through programs we fund and support. Over the program’s six-month pilot phase, she will focus on parishes and projects in Manhattan and the Bronx, with the possibility of future expansion to other regions of the Diocese.

“I have gotten to know the programs we support well over the past year,” Rachel said, “and I have seen the tremendous impact their work has on their communities. I am delighted to continue on at Episcopal Charities and head the volunteer project, so that we can help these important ministries grow and do even more good work.”

Stay tuned for more information as the program evolves. If your parish is interested in providing or receiving volunteers, please contact Rachel at rcrosby@dioceseny.org or 212-932-7354.

Sunny Lawrence has just begun a year-long fellowship at Episcopal Charities through the New York Service and Justice Collaborative. She will provide administrative support to our Program Office, liaising with Advisory Committee members and grantees and helping to organize our Sustainability Institute Workshops. She will also play an important role in advancing Episcopal Charities’ online presence through social media and our website.

Sunny is a lifelong New Yorker who grew up attending the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Manhattan, where she also served as a volunteer in their community outreach programs. She is a recent graduate of Smith College, where she majored in religion and women’s studies, and also completed an internship with the International Rescue Committee.

“It’s especially important to me to be doing this work in New York City,” Sunny said, “because I feel that I can make the most meaningful change in my home community. . . I want to help to ensure that its communities of low-income people, immigrants, and people of color are supported here even as they are threatened by larger political forces.”

Sunny can be reached at slawrence@dioceseny.org or 212-932-7349.

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