The Reformed Church partners with an array of community service organizations, in Bronxville and beyond, affording opportunities to volunteer at almost any time of day.
To discuss service opportunities, register for participation, and discuss how you might use your gifts, contact Judith McCandless, ext. 120.
Volunteer Opportunities Throughout Westchester County
Fuller Center for Housing of Greater New York City – Help build affordable homes with The Fuller Center (formerly Habitat for Humanity). Our church organizes groups on select Saturdays during the year, but The Fuller Center needs individual volunteers all year long. Contact Mission Chair Joe French, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast Run – Prepare breakfasts , sort clothes and toiletries, and distribute them by car/van to homeless individuals in New York City. Meets select Sundays, 6:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Contact email@example.com.
Clothing Closet Sale – Held two Saturdays per year, this is one of the biggest tag sales in Westchester County. We need sorters (Mondays, September-May, 9:30 a.m.-noon), preparation help (Thursdays and Fridays before the sale; time varies) and sellers (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., day of sale). Funds raised benefit our Mission and Outreach activities. Contact Melissa Shinsato, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yonkers Saturday Playgroup – Play games, make crafts, and prepare (and eat!) lunches with children from Westhab’s Elm Street Youth Center and the Parkledge Apartments in Yonkers. Meets in RCB’s Congregational Hall approximately one Saturday per month, October through May, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Soup Kitchen for The Sharing Community – Prepare lunch at RCB and serve to those in need at The Sharing Community, offering addiction recovery, food programs, emergency shelter and more in Yonkers. Meets the last Wednesday of each month, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Contact Deacon Nancy Little, email@example.com.
Christmas Pageant Gift Delivery – Coordinators, sorters and delivery help needed each December to make our White Gift Service a success.
Angel Tree Party – Held on a December Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Congregational Hall, this festive event provides gifts to children and families in our partner agencies in Yonkers. Volunteers buy and wrap gifts, play games, make crafts and prepare lunches for our guests.
Opening Doors Program: Creating Systemic Change in Yonkers
Opening Doors is an umbrella program that links RCB congregants with Yonkers agencies and residents to break cycles of poverty in the Nodine Hill neighborhood.
The program’s foundation is a belief that lasting change happens only when driven by the residents themselves—helping them discover their gifts (“assets”) to create new economic opportunities (“asset-based community development”).
We’ve matched after-school tutors, GED teachers, hip-hop dance instructors, visual artists, Habit for Humanity volunteers, summer camp counselors and more with Westhab, Public School 23, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (914-968-8717), Catholic Charities, the Yonkers Family YMCA, and the Parkledge apartment complex. The interfaith advocacy group Westchester United is also an important partner.
Most volunteer opportunities are listed above under “Opportunities Throughout Westchester County,” but new initiatives unfold year-round.
Coming Home Prison Ministry
This 18-week program pairs RCB congregants and formerly incarcerated women and men to help them transition back to their communities. Sessions typically meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Key to Coming Home is learning life skills, setting goals, and sharing personal stories in a safe, supportive environment.
Volunteer roles include:
Mentors – Congregants are paired with participants of the same gender, supporting, encouraging and coaching them through the program.
Guest Speakers – Presenters are needed to teach networking, job-searching, and other life skills.
Cooks and Hosts – Each evening begins with a meal prepared and served by RCB congregants, who share table fellowship before the night’s program begins. Dinners can be made in RCB’s kitchen or at the volunteer’s home.
Coming Home’ success has led RCB and Fordham University’s Beck Institute of Religion and Poverty to replicate the program at several other churches in Westchester and New York City.