We believe that mission work is vital to carrying out Christ's work on earth. The "Read More" links will bring you to that organization's external web site.
**January Mission of the Month**
The Help Center at Capital Church
The Help Center is a food pantry sponsored by the Capital District Food Bank. “We are happy to be able to provide groceries and clothing for those who are in need within our service area, zip codes: 12203, 12205, and 12309.” The Help Center is available for South Colonie residents in need - Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm.
Shawn Bredice Memorial Scholarship
Shawn Bredice graduated from Colonie High School in 2010. He continued his education as a post graduate and a participant in the Life Skills Program. Shawn loved school and was hired full time at Panera Bread as a result of being an outstanding worker while attending the work experience program. Shawn was a special education student his entire life but his limitations never stopped him! Shawn died on May 29, 2015. Students who strive to do their best should be recognized, whether their goal is college, vocational training, or to enter the workforce. This scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Life Skills Class and/or a student earning a CDOS CREDENTIAL who excels in the following areas: Attendance, Peer Support, Positive Job Reports, and Demonstrates Positive Growth throughout his/her High School career.
Noteworthy Resources of Albany
"Our mission is to strengthen our community’s overall well-being by making it easy to access to holistic (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health) resources.
We give to community members what they need when the institutions around them cannot. We have a social responsibility for supporting the Capital Region of NY. We bridge in gaps for any human(s) who are in need of support or solutions to thrive in their community. We collaborate with many small and large nonprofit organizations, public leaders, and businesses to ensure participants that they can access what they need to growth and embrace their full potential and purpose in life."
YWCA of Troy
Women come to YWCA-GCR in times of crisis, for safe and affordable housing, help with basic needs, such as food and clothing, victim advocacy, help with addiction, job training and career counseling, and case management. Some stay for just a few weeks, some for many years. We give women and women with children a second chance and a fresh start, by providing transitional and permanent housing combined with 360° of support in order to empower them to be able to achieve their goals and to become self-sufficient. YWCA-GCR staff can coordinate a variety of supportive services, such as financial literacy, job readiness training, education development and TASC preparation, clothing, food and make referrals for mental health, chemical addiction treatment, and advocacy.”
City Mission of Schenectady
“City Mission of Schenectady, founded in 1906, is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Our ministries are seeking to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community.” They provide food, shelter, clothing, employment assistance, and emotional/behavioral support.
"In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn...
Most of Together Rising’s funds are raised through LOVE FLASH MOBS, time-limited fundraisers that have revolutionized crowd-sourced online giving, with thousands of strangers giving a maximum of $25 to meet a particular need in a matter of hours. Through these Love Flash Mobs, we are proving that small gifts can change the world in revolutionary ways."
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
"The Regional Food Bank works to alleviate hunger and prevent food waste by accepting large donations of food from the food industry and distributing those donations to charitable agencies that feed hungry people."
We will be collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items for donation, as well as monetary donations. The Food Bank can, also, always use volunteers. Click below for more information.
South End Children's Cafe
"The mission of the South End Children's Cafe is to impact food security, address food equality and food justice, enhance academic success and positively influence the physical and mental health of children residing in the South End of Albany, New York by offering free, healthy dinner time meals along with homework help, academic enrichment, mentoring, exercise and participation in the arts Monday through Friday."
"Located in Albany, New York...we have been serving the Capital District by making the connection between needs in the community and those with resources to share. We receive beautiful, like-new donations of clothing, home essentials, and books for all ages from our dedicated network of donors and distribute them to community members in need of support." Donations of new or like-new children's books are always welcome at the church. Please contact Sarah Huiest ([email protected]) for more information.
Things of My Very Own
Located in Schenectady, New York, "Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention services to children: Impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect and are At-risk of a Child Protective Services intervention. Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members and out of the foster care system, whenever possible."