Outreach CommitteeOutreach

Reaching Out to Our Neighbors in Need

The Outreach Committee brings before the parish the needs of people outside the congregation in the local community, on deanery and diocesan levels, as well as throughout the Church and World. The committee recommends opportunities for service through parishioners giving time, talent and treasure.

Annual Grant: Our 2016 grant recipient is Hour Children. Through a process of education and fundraisers, we present a financial grant (and hands on support when possible) to assist an organization's efforts.


The mission of Hour Children based in Long Island City, is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives.

The name of the organization refers to the important hours that shape the lives of children with an incarcerated mother -- the hour of the mother's arrest, the hour of their visit to her in prison, and the hour of her release.

Hour Children provides incarcerated women with compassionate and comprehensive services such as tutoring, job education and help finding work when they are released. For their children, the organization offers counseling, tutoring, and mentoring. Other services provided by Hour Children include a food pantry and help for the mothers in finding stable and affordable housing. They also collect donations of art materials, books, musical instruments, business clothing, bedding, items for babies and children, and much more.

Please be generous in your support of this extremely vital program that encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect. Hour Children's Motto: Love Makes the Difference.

Project Haiti: Following the devastating 2010 earthquake Saint Luke's committed to an ongoing relationship with Notre Dame de l'Annonciation School, an Episcopal parish elementary school in Port-au-Prince. We have financially assisted with teacher salaries, the purchase of classroom supplies and the start-up of children's nutrition program.

Saint Andrew's Teen Center: Once a month parish volunteers prepare, deliver and serve Saturday dinner. Home-made food and fellowship at table are healing gifts for the homeless LGBT youth cared for at this residential shelter at the former Saint Andrew's Church in Astoria. You can make a crucial difference in any of the following ways: Become an on-site volunteer, part of a rotating team who serves dinner; cook dishes at home for an upcoming meal; make a financial contribution for the purchase of groceries.

God's Love, We Deliver: On Wednesday mornings, rotating teams (driver and delivery person) bring nutritious hot meals to home-bound clients in the Forest Hills/Rego Park area.

Queens Community House: On the first Sunday of the month, Saint Luke's stocks the emergency food panty to benefit women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. In addition, each December we contribute holiday presents for children in need.

Forest Hills Interfaith Food Drive: One weekend each summer people of various faith traditions work together staffing booths at area grocery stores for the benefit of hungry people throughout Queens.

Annual Rummage Sale: On a weekend in October, our parish halls are turned into a bargain center of clothing, house wares, books and more. "Next to New" items at affordable prices help people who must stretch their dollars.

Episcopal Charities of Long Island: Our support of Camp DeWolfe is Saint Luke's response to our diocesan ministries of outreach and care serving children and youth, families and seniors.

Episcopal Relief and Development: Saint Luke's encourages support through seasonal program efforts as well as when events around the world call for an immediate response.

 

Project Haiti: Notre-Dame de l'AnnonciationNotre-Dame de l'Annonciation

School's Open in NY and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti too
Saint Luke's grows in relationship with Notre Dame de l'Annonciation School in Port-au-Prince. Our church fundraising projects have helped outfit classrooms, purchase supplies and pay teacher salaries. Saint Luke's boys and girls to become penpals with Notre Dame students. Every Child is a Sacred Trust.

Great need still exists in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Saint Luke's Outreach Committee has made a connection with this school as we are dedicated to helping rebuild children's lives in Haiti.

Baking dor Haiti

 

Saint Luke's Youth Group
Gingerbread Players
Bake for Haiti

In 2010, every parish household was asked to take a Lenten Self-Denial folder and to make daily acts of self-denial by foregoing the cost of a small indulgence. The Lenten Project Offering was gathered on the Sunday of the Passion, March 28. The Vestry also donated $4000 to ERD's Haiti Fund.

 

Haitians Suffer in Aftermath of Devastating Earthquake

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. The nation's capital Port-au-Prince, located only ten miles from the quake's epicenter, sustained serious damage.

Episcopal Relief & Development has disbursed emergency funding for its program partner, the Diocese of Haiti, to help meet immediate needs such as food, water and shelter. The agency is standing ready to support the Diocese with post-earthquake recovery and rebuilding efforts and is partnering with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic to coordinate efforts that can be administered from the border areas. The Diocese already has staff in place and relationships with the Episcopal priests across the border. As communications and access improve, Episcopal Relief & Development will continue to provide updates.

To assist those suffering in the wake of this disaster
donate to the Haiti Fund online or call 1.800.334.7626, ext. 5129.
Long Lent in Haiti
By Katharine Jefferts Schori,
Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

Bake SaleThis year, we will be serving,cooking, mentoring, volunteering for St Andrew's Teen Center for Homeless Youth in Astoria .

Within the context of the Anglican tradition of profound respect for the dignity of every person, and in response to the lack of current services targeted to their needs, Episcopal Community Services of Long Island is partnering with The Ali Forney Center to meet basic emergency needs, increase coping and decision making capacities, and assist in planning for the re-integration into community living, of homeless and runaway youth who identify as Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ), in the New York City area.

The Facility at St. Andrew’s will strengthen family relationships, (when possible and appropriate), and help youth transition to safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements where they can become independent, self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

In 2010, our Pre-Thanksgiving Bake Sale was extended to the Archdeaconry of Queens when they met at St. Lukes.

Our parish Outreach Committee seeks to establish an ongoing relationship with the Center through the once monthly preparation, delivery and serving of Saturday dinner. Home-made food and fellowship at table are healing gifts for the homeless LGBT youth cared for at the Center.

You can make a crucial difference in any of the following ways:
• You can become an on-site volunteer who, on a monthly rotating basis, is part of a team who serves dinner at the center, interacting with the young people who gather around the table. Submitting an application and participating in a training workshop is required.
• You can cook dishes at home for an upcoming meal and on-site volunteers will bring your home cooking to the center.
• You can commit to a financial contribution that is used for the purchase of groceries.
To volunteer in any of these three ways or to get more information contact Julia Khan or Heather Hanson.

Bake Sale FlyerOur Bake Sales are labors of love which raise funds to feed those in need. In so doing, we also feed our friends, neighbors, and the families in our community, who place on their tables breads, pies, and cookies baked by us while supporting our charitable endeavor.

In 2009, the Thanksgiving Bake Sale, New Year's Eve Gala and direct donations
raised $4200 - all proceeds going to the recipient of the Parish Outreach Grant,
American Cancer Society’s HOPE LODGE
.

In 2008, we made our annual outreach grant, in the amount of $3400, to City Harvest, which rescues millions of pounds of excess food from hotels, supermarkets and restaurants each year, and transports it to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other needy recipients.

Food Drive

 

2013 FOREST HILLS
COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE

The Annual Forest Hills Interfaith Food Drive
took place on Saturday June 23, from 8am to 2pm at the Associated grocery store on 105-35 64th Rd. Forest Hills.

We collected 27 boxes of non-perishable food items and ~ $156 for the Food Pantry of the Queens Federation of Churches, thanks to our very dedicated volunteers of all ages.

Barbara & Lori at GLWD pride

CAN YOU HELP DELIVER GOD’S LOVE?

Saint Luke’s also provides a team of drivers to bring meals once a week to ailing clients of God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD) in the Forest Hills-Rego Park area.

GLWD, our 2007 outreach grant recipient, prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses, who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.

We now have eight dedicated drivers and a back-up team,
but we could always use more help.

If you would like to become involved in GLWD and are available from
11am to approximately 1pm on Wednesdays, please contact Barbara Gratz: barbaragratz@yahoo.com.

Paint Day

St. Luke’s has an ongoing relationship with the Queens Community House (www.queenscommunityhouse.org) to support their programs for struggling families and senior citizens in our community. Located on 63rd Drive, the Community House is a settlement house that runs after-school programs, a nursery school, a senior center, and other essential services. Our partnership includes stocking their food pantry and providing holiday gifts for children through our Jesse Tree project.


As a local Citymeals-on-Wheels provider, the Forest Hills Community House is looking for volunteer Friendly Visitors to provide homebound older adults in our community with companionship. Friendly Visitors become a trusted friend with whom the older adult can share life stories and memories. We are looking for warm and caring people who are able to commit once a week for 1-2 hours. Anyone interested should contact Dennis Redmond at dredmond@fhch.org or 718-592-5757 x223.

Paint Day at Community House

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