Community

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

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Project Hammer / Habitat for Humanity – Help build affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. Project Hammer is our church group, which meets select Saturdays during the year, but Habitat needs individual volunteers all year long. Contact RCB member John Lapins, john.lapins@starwoodhotels.com.

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 stephaniegabarini@yahoo.com.

Clothing Closet Sale – Held three 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 Breakfast Run program and Contact Lee Corbett, lee@reformedchurch.org, ext. 128.

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.

Fessenden House Clean-Up and Dinner– Clean the grounds, perform small maintenance tasks and share dinner with residents of Fessenden House, a home for men recovering from alcohol/drug addiction who also struggle with mental and chronic illness and/or homelessness or incarceration. One Saturday each in fall, winter and spring, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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.


Leadership Empowerment Action Program

Similar in structure to the Coming Home program, this 18-week course pairs mentors with developing leaders in Yonkers and beyond to help them strengthen their skills to create change in their neighborhoods.

Volunteer roles include:

Mentors

Guest Speakers/Presenters

Cooks and Hosts