Outreach at St. Luke’s
As a Christian community, Episcopalians believe the church is created to be the body of Christ in the world, and that each member of that body is called to reach out to people in need. As a progressive Anglo-Catholic parish with a strong history of service to the poor and marginalized, St. Luke’s answers this call through the programs we call outreach at St. Luke in the Fields.
We are making a difference on our block, in the city, and around the world; please click on the headings to the left to find out more and how you can participate!
All programs are nonsectarian and welcome people (clients and volunteers) of all faiths, no faith, and all backgrounds.
These programs are independently funded and need your help! To find out more about how to donate to Outreach or to become a Friend of St. Luke’s, click here or contact our Outreach Development Office firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-414-7442). To find out more about how to volunteer for Outreach email email@example.com or call the Parish Office (212-924-0562).
Outreach at St. Luke’s is deeply grateful to the following foundations for their generous support:
Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Crowell & Moring Foundation, Dorothy Loudon Foundation, E Rhodes and Leona B Carpenter Foundation, Episcopal Charities, H van Ameringen Foundation, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYU Community Fund, Parish of Trinity Church, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, The WellMet Group, United Way of New York City
To all the wonderful individuals volunteering for our On the Block Outreach Programs—THANK YOU.
We could not do what we do without the dedicated people who return week after week to help out in our three Saturday outreach programs.
Here’s a sample of the kinds of work our volunteers do every weekend.
- Tutoring to a child at risk of falling behind in school
- Shooting hoops with kids during break time
- Unloading, washing, chopping, sautéing and otherwise preparing a meal from fresh ingredients for individuals living with HIV/AIDS
- Setting up and cleaning up the dining room and kitchen
- Washing dishes, pots and pans, and storing leftovers
- Organizing and physically setting up a “Pop up Shop” featuring gentle used clothing and sample sized toiletries
- Unpacking, folding, and storing donations for the “Pop up Shop”
- Facilitating yoga and art classes
- Providing pro bono legal services, nutrition counseling, and HIV/AIDS testing and education
- Being a good listener for someone in need
- Checking in program attendees
- Lending computer technology expertise