On Saturday, May 5th, Episcopal Charities hosted its first ever Diocese-wide Day of Service. The Day of Service was a success and a great opportunity for groups and individuals from different parishes to come together, build community, and serve those in need. Thirty-five volunteers, representing seventeen parishes, came together at service sites located in each region of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
In Manhattan, Episcopal Charities’ volunteers worked with regular community and parish volunteers to feed the hungry at the Saturday Kitchen at St. Michael’s. Volunteers helped both prepare and serve a meal, including salad, fruit, pasta, and more, at the Saturday Kitchen.
In the Bronx, volunteers worked on the Children’s Garden at St. Ann’s. The Children’s Garden is used to give students at St. Ann’s children’s program access to a green space to enjoy and learn about the plant life cycle. Volunteers weeded, raked, and planted flowers and bulbs, for the students to enjoy for now and for years to come.
In Westchester County volunteers worked with Lifting Up Westchester to pack boxes of toiletry for guests of a shelter hosted by Grace Church, White Plains. In addition to the boxes, volunteers also wrote the guests thoughtful messages.
“We’re just so thrilled with the care they took making the boxes, and that they shared such heartfelt sentiments,” said Nancy Inzinna, Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager at Lifting Up Westchester. “I just can’t tell you how much it means to everyone!”
And in Dutchess County volunteers met at St. Thomas in Amenia Union to work on their Giving Garden, which grows nutritious food for guests of St. Thomas’s Food Pantry. Volunteers performed clean spring up, set up the irrigation system, and planted early spring vegetables and herbs.
“[I] wish it was more than once a year,” wrote one volunteer after the Day of Service ended.
Almost 100 hours of volunteer time were given as part of the Day of Service. A huge thank to everyone who volunteered! Episcopal Charities is looking forward to holding an even larger Day of Service next year.
Volunteer opportunities are available year-round through Episcopal Charities. To learn more or get involved, contact Rachel Crosby at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our searchable database of volunteer opportunities here.