As the world gradually reopens, we have new opportunities to help our community recover. Our longtime partner Queens Community House is in need of donations for their food pantry. We’re not able to collect them at church right now, but if anyone wants to make a direct food donation, it can be dropped off on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. at Queens Community House, 108-25 62nd Drive. Please remember, no glass or perishables. Hands-on volunteering is also starting up again at our 2021 grant partner, Habitat NYC. Follow the link to find out more! habitatnyc.org/volunteer
2020 Annual Grant
Through a process of education and fundraisers, we present a financial grant (and hands on support when possible) to assist an organization that serves our community. In 2019, we raised over $2000 for our long-term partner, Queens Community House, Our 2020 grant recipient is Habitat for Humanity New York City, an affiliate of the international organization created to build affordable housing for low-income families. Habitat NYC is a unique branch, combining the classic model of volunteer building projects with a Housing Preservation program, which works as a low-cost contractor to maintain existing housing projects. Our goal is to raise $2500, which will allow a team of 10 volunteers to participate in a “build” in our area.
Queens Community House Partnership
For the past 20 years, we have partnered with Queens Community House to provide a variety of programs for struggling families and senior citizens in our area. The relationship began with the 1999 Outreach Grant going to QCH, but it didn’t end there. Located on 63rd Drive, the Community House is a settlement house that runs after-school programs, a pre-K, a senior center, and other essential services. The Community House has a knack for finding a need and creating a program to match, so matching us up with their programs followed easily. Our Jesse Tree Project (a holiday gift drive) began by serving about 30 families; for the last few years it has provided gifts for over 100 children. We also conduct a monthly food drive to stock a food pantry for families at risk of homelessness, and parishioners volunteer to pack and distribute food to a regular weekly food pantry available to anyone in need.
Read the QCH_pamphlet in PDF format.
Forest Hills Interfaith Food Drive
One weekend each summer we join people of various faith traditions to collect food donations at area grocery stores for the benefit of hungry people throughout Queens.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Beginning in 2020, the proceeds of our annual Fall bake sale will be dedicated to ERD’s disaster relief program, allowing us to respond to the urgent needs of disaster victims throughout the world.