Outreach

MAY 7: EPISCOPAL CHARITIES SUNDAY

Episcopal Charities provides funding and support to a broad range of community-based human service programs throughout the Diocese of New York. These programs, sponsored by Episcopal parishes, serve disadvantaged individuals, youth
and families on a non-sectarian basis. The programs address a wide range of needs in our communities and involve children’s academic enrichment, children’s arts, community kitchens, food pantries, health and wellness programs, skills rebuilding programs for adults, summer recreation and Superstorm Sandy rebuilding. Episcopal Charities Sunday is May 7, and we hope everyone will make a contribution to these worthy programs sponsored by our Diocese. Please use the Alms envelopes in your Offering boxes or on the back table.

We provide ongoing Outreach for Midnight Run

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. It is also a keynote outreach activity for St. Barnabas, where Christ’s love and compassion is transmitted through members of the congregation to the needy and least among us.

In over 1,000 relief missions per year, volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. Since 1986  under the leadership of Father Robert Godley and Claudia Didul, St. Barnabas parishioners have been traveling to the city on a Friday evening each month, visiting groups of homeless and hungry people in designated locations, supplying food, clothing and personal items for 100 people each month.

The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and genuine human interaction. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see the homeless as real people and homeless men and women discover that those more fortunate than them have not forgotten them.

For more information about Midnight Run, visit www.midnightrun.org