“SEEK THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF THE CITY.”
WHY WE SERVE
In the gospels, we see that service was a central, recurring theme throughout the life of Jesus. Jesus loved those that followed Him as well as those that did not. It seems evident Jesus was most concerned with serving the broken and the needy in the world. Jesus did not travel to the ends of the earth, rather He engaged with those in His community but often outside of His social context. As we seek to live out a more just and generous Christianity, we will seek to do what Jesus did. We will serve the people close to us as well as the world around us.
Our small groups and community at large also serve regularly with Boys Town NYC and the Kenmore. There are several additional organizations that we support, which you can get involved with across the city.
ADI believes that the best way to build a stronger Africa is to foster future African leaders from diverse backgrounds. ADI finds bright children living on the edges of society and provides them with long-term, quality education, leadership and critical thinking skills, and other resources they need to become leaders in their communities and beyond. Students come from families and tribes stricken by AIDS, war and poverty and, while they don’t lack in ambition, they do need resources to make their dreams come true – that’s where we come in! ADI provides promising children an opportunity to attend the most prestigious schools in the region, where they gain the skills and confidence to become leaders. Learn more here.
In January 2017 a team of Forefront Manhattan & Brooklyn volunteers traveled to Uganda to teach and support the ADI students. Check out the short video of their trip below and email Brooklyn Lead Pastor Jonathan Williams to get involved.
Nomi Network is a nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking in India and Cambodia. You can support their work by buying products from their Buy Her Bag Not Her Body line or by hosting a party, so your friends can buy bags and learn more. Volunteer for one of their events or participate in awareness events around the city.
The Kenmore’s (a part of HSI, NYC) mission is to end chronic homelessness, prevent displacement for those at risk and improve housing conditions for the marginalized through the development and management of permanent supportive housing, collaborations with other community groups, and preservation initiatives to safeguard NYC’s existing affordable housing stock.
The Kenmore is a long-term residential housing complex filled with women and men that have been forgotten by most of the city: Vietnam Veterans, victims of HIV/AIDS, mentally and physically disabled individuals. The women and men of The Kenmore are fascinating, and what they need most is people to pay attention to them.
What we need: Leaders for stretching and/or yoga sessions, volunteers for basic computer instruction, volunteers for nutrition and diet consulting, volunteers or groups to participate in Game Nights.
Please email Kenmore Liaison Angelica Falcinelli to learn more.
The mission of Boys Town is to give at-risk children and families the love, support, and education they need to succeed. They firmly believe that regardless of background and circumstances, every child and every family has the potential to thrive and these beliefs are reflected in the way they care for the boys of Brooklyn living in the Boys Town houses. Once a month, we join the boys and the staff as we shop for, cook and eat a meal together. You can learn more about the work of Boys Town by helping with a meal.
Please email Brooklyn Associate Pastor Jennifer Fisher to learn more.
Do For One is a non-profit with a mission to bring dignity and hope to people with disabilities through the power of relationships. Their monthly info sessions are designed for anyone interested in having an in-depth discussion on the kinds of issues people on the margins of society face, particularly people with disabilities, and to reflect on ways we can personally respond to these issues. Snacks and Drinks provided!
Everyone has the potential to make a life-changing impact on someone’s life. You don’t need to know everything about a person or their circumstances to be an effective advocate. Through Do For One there is a support system of trained professionals who will encourage you as you invest in the lives of others.
The Father’s Heart Ministries helps those living at or below the poverty line move from dependency to dignity and from poverty to prosperity. Needs are addressed through a variety of programs: Hunger Prevention (soup kitchen and food pantry), free legal services, after school programs for children and their families, GED preparation, tutoring and ESL classes and a job-training/mentoring program for teens. All programs are designed to fulfill their core values of unconditional love, acceptance, forgiveness and commitment.
Contact The Father's Heart directly here to learn about serving a meal, helping with legal services, working with kids and families and other ways to serve.
The Bowery Mission is a beautiful example of helping those in need in our city. They have been serving the hungry, homeless, and marginalized since 1879. Don't be mistaken: they are more than a soup kitchen. Yes, they provided over 300,000 meals last year, but they also provide shelter, clothing, showers and even medial assistance. In the summers, they even host a camp for at-risk kids to get out of the city and into nature.
You can contact the Bowery Mission directly here and learn more about opportunities to serve men, women, and children, ranging anywhere from serving a meal, to helping with resumes, to mentoring kids and serving as a camp counselor. This is great place to serve with your small group, friends, or family.
Likewise, if someone you know is struggling with homelessness, addiction, poverty, or abuse, you can reach out to the Bowery Mission. Contact (212) 674-3456 for the men’s program and (212) 396-9000 for the women’s program.
The Bowery is looking for volunteers for any meal service, any day of the week in January. If you would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restore NYC’s mission is to end sex-trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. Working to this end, they deliver complete care, addressing physical, emotional and spiritual needs; provide community and safe, long-term housing in New York and New Jersey; empower survivors when they cooperate with law enforcement; increase awareness and understanding in the greater community; and advocate for effective policies and legislation.
Contact Restore NYC directly here to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Defy recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. They “transform the hustle” of our formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation. We offer our EITs a legitimate chance to succeed and equip them to become profitable entrepreneurs, stellar employees, engaged parents, and committed role models and leaders in their communities. We intentionally build life-giving, authentic community between EITs and our executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.