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A Commitment to Making the World A Better Place

We are asking everyone to volunteer for Outreach Sunday and participate in projects that will lead to an understanding of how God is calling you to be God’s heart, hands and feet in the world. It all starts in your heart.

The Goal

This endeavor is not about Christ Church’s being able to brag about having done this thing or that thing. The goal is simply to galvanize our community and point us in one direction - putting our faith into action by using our gifts, talents, and strengths.

Here are a few ways to use your gifts: Volunteer time Prayer time Preparation/Shopping time Reading time Transportation time Advocacy time Coordination time


The Beginning is Outreach Sunday March 25, 2012 after the 10am service

Off-site

Fessenden House – building raised beds for a vegetable and herb garden

This event is open to all - but there is a preference for those with healthy backs and experience with a hammer and saw. Fessenden House is a housing facility in Yonkers for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction who also suffer from major health problems. With oversight provided by Episcopal monk Brother Christopher Jenks and a staff of volunteers, the community ethos of Fessenden House enables men who have “slipped through the cracks” to find a home and support system. Christ Church parishioners provide support in a variety of ways. Several members serve on the board of directors, and most recently volunteers refurbished the house’s kitchen, including providing funding for and installing a new gas range and oven.

Breakfast Run – serving Breakfast and providing hospitality for NYC’s homeless population

The event is open to all, but the focus is on 7th and 8th grade Confirmation Candidates required to attend at least one run a semester. All participants share equally in the preparation and cost of the food by bringing required and pre-assigned groceries and casseroles to the run. Participants meet on Sunday March 25 at 6:45am in the church kitchen to prepare bag lunches, assemble breakfast food and bag toiletries. We depart at 7:30am for Manhattan where we serve 25-50 homeless adults, then return to Christ Church in time for the 10:00am service. For more information, please contact Mike Conaton at mconaton@cyprium.com. http://www.midnightrun.org/

Bronx River Park Conservancy – vital spring vine cutting and trash clean-up

This project is open to all ages - with parental supervision. The Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy links concerned citizens with the Westchester County government, which owns and maintains the road, pathway and extraordinary parkland that was landscaped over 80 years ago. The river which travels through Westchester and the Bronx to Long Island Sound is currently the subject of major regional water-quality and environmental initiatives. http://www.bronx-river.com/

ANDRUS Children’s Center – Preparation for new pre-school facility in Tuckahoe - how fast can you assemble bookshelves. Come get your inner IKEA on!

This project is for “handy” adults and older teens. Founded in 1928, the vision of ANDRUS Children’s Center is to nurture hope in children by providing care that empowers them to succeed and by promoting innovation and standards of excellence in the care of children in our community and beyond. ANDRUS signed a 10-year lease to relocate and expand their child care program in a new location in Tuckahoe’s Village Hall. They will be using the entire 10,000 sq. ft. third floor and a 2,500 sq. ft. portion of the ground floor. http://andruschildren.org/


On-site

Cooking for the Men of Fessenden House

Join us in the Christ Church kitchen for meal preparation and great conversation. Together we will put together a simple meal for the men and monks who live at Fessenden House. This project is for adults only.

Young at Arts presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Join us as we help make costumes for the many children whose lives will be changed by this production. Most costumes consist of a basic robe that can be accessorized with a scarf head-covering or a metallic “collar” depending on whether the scene is in Canaan or Egypt. You do not need sewing skills, just a pair of scissors and a heart for the arts. http:// www.youngatartsny.org/

Thorpe Family Residence – Easter basket assembly and cards for children

This project is oriented toward the children, but all are welcome to participate Thorpe Family Residence, Inc. operates two homeless projects: a 16-unit transitional shelter for homeless mothers and children, entitled Thorpe I, and a 20-unit permanent supportive housing project for families, known as Park Avenue Thorpe. Their mission is is to provide quality comprehensive care for those homeless families and individuals seeking to develop life skills in preparation for independent living and to empower families seeking an independent, supportive living environment. http://thorpeonline.org/Home_Page.html

Fessenden House – preparing seeds for germination and planting

This project is geared toward the little ones, helping them appreciate the gift of good soil, sunlight and care. They will prepare soil and plant seeds of different shapes and sizes, learning about the stewardship and miracle of nature.

United Interfaith Food Bank – purchase a can of fruit to fill and benefit the food bank

Since 2004, the United Interfaith Food Bank has been helping to alleviate hunger in the North Bronx. The UIFB is a cooperative of five houses of worship in southern Westchester serving three organizations that offer important services to children, families, and seniors in their neighborhoods. Christ Church donates 105 cans of fruit a month as well as packaging and delivering groceries to those in need.

Sacred Heart Food Kitchen - support the Kitchen by providing an item from the Giving Tree

The Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen (aka Community Service Associates) is located 10 minutes away in Mount Vernon. CSA is a multi-service family agency serving the most basic needs of the poor and disenfranchised. Christ Church serves food monthly, delivering a cooked meal for over 100 guests six times a year, and periodically collecting nonperishable items for their pantry as needed. http://csasoupkitchen.cfsites.org/


Signing Up Please sign up in advance for these projects. You may sign up by calling the Church Office or by responding to the email you will soon receive from volunteerspot.com.

Christ Church Bronxville 17 Sagamore Road Bronxville, NY 10708 914.337.3544 www.ccbny.org


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