Mission & Outreach

Volunteer in Church

Loyal volunteers keep our church running smoothly all year long. Most positions have great flexibility in terms of hours required and times of the day or week tasks can be completed.

Possibilities include: Church School teachers, ushers, greeters, coffee pourers, mailing committee, tower bell ringers, pew organizers, confirmation mentors and chaperones, Thanksgiving Dinner volunteers (cooking, serving and hosting), Vacation Bible School teacher, Summer Story Hour attendant, and Green Team member.

To discuss service opportunities and how you might use your gifts, contact Member Engagement Coordinator Judi McCandless, jmccandless@reformedchurch.org.

Serve the Community

The church partners with several community service organizations throughout Westchester County. To discuss service opportunities and how you might use your gifts, contact Mary Mackintosh, mmackintosh@reformedchurch.org.

The below opportunities are available for immediate participation.

Westhab Mobile Food Distribution

Volunteers Needed September 24

Meet RCB staff member Nick Leff in the RCB parking lot at 11 AM to travel to the Castle Royale parking lot at 92 Waverly Street in Yonkers to unload food trucks and to pack bags for distribution for families in Yonkers. 3-4 volunteers needed. To sign up, please email nleff@reformedchurch.org.

Broadway Manor Soup Kitchen

Volunteers Needed September 30

Join Congregant Nancy Little in purchasing pizzas, fresh fruit/cookies to deliver them to our homeless friends at Broadway Manor in Yonkers. 2-3 volunteers needed the morning of Sept. 30. Please email Mary Mackintosh if interested at mmackintosh@reformedchurch.org.

The Coming Home Resource Network

Volunteers Needed Starting October 1st

The Coming Home Program has been RCB’s initiative in social justice. A committee of RCB Council members, Coming Home graduates, and an advocate for formerly incarcerated women are iterating this program into a network to link congregants with returning citizens to respond to specific needs such as creating a resume, assisting with technology, etc. To learn more about the network and specific requests, click here.

The Coming Home Graduation

Sunday, September 26 by Zoom

In the fall of 2019, 9 men and women returning from prison were mentored by a group of Congregants for 18 weeks. Their formal graduation was postponed because of Co-Vid and is now taking place virtually on Sunday, September 26. Please click here to view the invitation.

YPIE Mentor Training Session

Wednesday, October 7 9:00-12:00 by Zoom

Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) will hold a training for new volunteers to serve as mentors for students through their high school years. Join Pastor Matt and other RCB members in this opportunity to develop a life-changing relationship for you and the student you mentor. To learn more, go to www.ypie.org and to sign up go to the YPIE volunteer form. There are also opportunities for essay coaches and peer tutors.
Questions? Email mmackintosh@reformedchurch.org.

Crossing Thresholds: Emergency Relief

Since March, Crossing Thresholds, our partner in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya has been providing essential meals to the families of its four schools in Kibera. The Kenyan government has closed all schools for the year and will require students to repeat a grade. Our youth have connected with the four students RCB sponsors throughout the year. Now, as if having to deal with no school, unemployment, and hunger was not enough, a fire on September 5th burned down 30 homes in Kibera, including those of the families our youth groups have sponsored. Crossing Thresholds is working to find them new homes to rent and to help them buy basic supplies. Please go here to donate www.crossingthresholds.org. Any small amount will help in this time of need.

The below mission activities are on hold during Covid. We will keep you updated as they become active.

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, jfrench@ipausa.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 AM – 12:00 PM), preparation help (Thursdays and Fridays before the sale; time varies), and sellers (9:00 AM -2:00 PM, day of sale). Funds raised benefit our Mission and Outreach activities. Contact Melissa Shinsato, mshinsato@reformedchurch.org.

Yonkers Saturday Playgroup

Play games, make crafts, and prepare (and eat!) lunches with children from the Nodine Hill area in Yonkers. Meets in RCB’s Congregational Hall approximately one Saturday per month, October through May, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM. To get involved, please email Mary Mackintosh at mmackintosh@reformedchurch.org.

Missions later in the Calendar Year

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 AM -1:00 PM 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.

Pastoral Care

All of us have times when we need to talk about our lives, faith journeys, relationships, or an issue that’s on our minds.

Our pastors are available to speak to anyone in need. To schedule an appointment, contact Executive Administrative Assistant Janice Sachtjen at 914-337-6776, ext. 132, or jsachtjen@reformedchurch.org. You may also email the ministers directly: mwaterstone@reformedchurch.org or sclover@reformedchurch.org.

In addition to pastoral care, we offer the following support services:

Friendly Visits and Congregational Support

Our Congregational Care Council and Friendly Visitor Team offers prayer, visitation, and ongoing support for all of our members and the greater community. Contact Deacon Fran Harris, franharris24@msn.com, or Director of Member Engagement Judi McCandless, jmccandless@reformedchurch.org.

Prayer Requests

If you have a prayer request, please email sclover@reformedchurch.org, and indicate if the matter is confidential or if our staff may pray for you. Also let us know if you’d like to add a name to our public prayer list, printed in the bulletin, and read in worship each week. (All persons listed should be told their names will appear publicly unless extraordinary circumstances make that impossible.)

Professional Counseling

For those seeking professional counseling or therapy, RCB has a longstanding relationship with The Counseling Center, located on our grounds. For information, call 914-793-3388, or visit their website, www.counselingcenter.org.