Huguenot Church is deeply committed to following Christ's call to serve those in need, and provides many opportunities to help the needy in both the local and global community.
We provide assistance and make monetary donations to both local and world-wide non-profit organizations who share our mission of reaching out to the poor and needy, and who may provide skills which will enable them to break the cycle of poverty. Following is a list of some of the many ways members of the Huguenot community can make a difference.
Camp Viva Reunions
Camp Viva is a Family Services of Westchester program for families who have an individual infected with HIV/AIDS. This wonderful camp is located in Rhinebeck, and the campers and volunteers gather several times a year to keep in contact. Huguenot has hosted these reunions since 2006. Over 100 campers assemble in Huguenot's gymnasium and enjoy food, games, arts/crafts and seasonally, a visit from Santa. Our senior high and middle school youth groups especially help with the Holiday Reunion.
Thanksgiving in a Box
This mission initiative has expanded dramatically over the past few years and is now conducted in conjunction with a number of other religious institutions in town. Volunteers collect food items for a family of 8 which are then distributed to families in need in areas including Port Chester, Mt. Vernon and White Plains. In 2012 we were able to serve over 300 families.
During the Advent season a Christmas tree is placed in the Church with the name of a child who has been identified by the Archway Program as an at-risk child. Archway is an alcoholism treatment program that sponsors youth groups for children whose parents are recovering alcoholics, problem drinkers or drug addicts. We have also collected presents for a half-way house for male teenagers. Over 50 children and youth are served.
Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Volunteers from numerous religious and civic groups make "runs" to deliver food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to New York City's homeless. Huguenot organizes three runs a years in February, May and October. Adults and teens go on the run, and the entire congregation makes donations of food, clothing and money. The children of Huguenot gather for a 'family service night' in February to make valentines and pack personal care kids to be delivered on the February Midnight Run.
Arlene Shaw Lecture Series for Peace and Justice
This series of 4 lectures is open to the congregation and community with topics such as world-wide travesties, environmental issues, and other pertinent subjects that may have an impact on all of our lives. Suggestions for lectures and lecturers are always welcome.
God's Love We Deliver
God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) is a wonderful organization located in Manhattan, created to "improve the health and well-being of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illness by alleviating hunger and malnutrition." In addition to providing nutritious meals to those who are unable to provide or prepare for themselves, GLWD provides education and counseling. These services are all provided free of charge. Members of Huguenot church have been volunteering to deliver food for several years to the Bronx residents for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Families are welcome.
Meals Prepared for HOPE Community Soup Kitchen
First Breakfast Cereal Sundays
Huguenot also collects healthy breakfast cereal for the HOPE community soup kitchen through the First Breakfast Cereal Sundays program. On the first Sunday of the month, all are invited to bring a box or two of healthy breakfast cereal to worship and put it in the basket near the library.
Christmas Tree Sale
This fun, highly anticipated annual event combines the yearly decorating of one's home with giving. Trees, garland, wreaths, poinsettias, plus crafts and gifts from Developing World countries are available for sale. Proceeds of this event benefit designated local charities.
The Presbyterian Women of Huguenot raise significant funds on an annual basis to support a variety of local and international charities.
Youth Mission Opportunities
Presbyterian Church/USA Mission Programs
Huguenot Church generously supports the four special offerings of our denomination. 100% of the first two described below are sent directly to our national church offices.
* One Great Hour of Sharing (Lent/Easter) provides assistance here and abroad to victims of hunger, poverty and natural disasters (through the Presbyterian Hunger and Disaster Assistance Programs), and operates The Self-Development of People program.
* The Christmas JOY Offering supplements the income of retired church workers and their families who were employed when retirement benefits were inadequate, and it assists racial/ethnic students at Presbyterian colleges and universities who qualify on an as-needed basis for scholarship help.
* The Pentecost Offering is devoted to programs which help children, youth and young adults in our society who are classified "at risk." 40% of the offering is administered by local congregations; 60% helps finance such programs at the national level.
* The Peacemaking Offering (World Communion Sunday in October) finances peace and justice efforts at local, regional and national levels. 25% is used by our church for local programs; 25% is used by the Presbytery of Hudson River and Synod of the Northeast; and 50% is used by General Assembly's Presbyterian Peacemaking Program for national and international programs.
Local Mission Partners
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester (a program of Family Services of Westchester)
Nodine Hill Neighborhood After School Program
P.O.T.S. (Part of the Solution) Bronx, NY
Global Mission Partners
Esther's Aid working with Rwandan orphans