Presbyterian Church (USA)

Hudson River Presbytery

Cross Cultural Network

GA220 in Brief

Outlook Summary of GA220

Serve

Without question, the only ones among you who will find happiness are those who have sought and found opportunities to serve.
-Albert Schweitzer

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? If someone comes to you, and is naked or without food, and you say to them ‘go in peace’ but do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? (James 2:14-16)

The Presbyterian Church of White Plains (WPPC) believes strongly that we must reach out and respond to the world’s most vulnerable populations -- locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. This work of ‘making a difference’ in the world happens in at least two ways: 1) by gifting and loaning money to faith-based and humanitarian organizations, and 2) by organizing hands-on support for causes and organizations whenever possible.

Philosophically and strategically, we attempt to support efforts and organizations on a variety of different levels. On the most basic level, we support groups that are providing food, clothing and shelter to the poorest of the poor. In response to the working poor and those who can't afford much needed services, we try to offer a "hand-up." And finally, we are committed to a number of programs that are working to empower individuals and specific target populations. (Our commitment to empowerment assumes the simple truth … that God wants every human being to realize his/her potential.) Last but not least, we have become increasingly concerned about the planet and stewardship of the environment. For without a healthy planet, we cannot have a healthy future.

Here is an overview of some of our outreach programs:

  • Local Outreach – The Ecumenical Food Pantry of White Plains, Grace Church Community Center Soup Kitchen, Grace Church Community Center Day Care, Open Arms (homeless shelter), Midnight Run (basic services to the homeless in NYC), SHORE (affordable housing), Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, My Sister’s Place (victims of domestic violence), Lunch Program (for children of parents in the local Court System), Angel Tree (Christmas program for children of incarcerated parents), the Presbytery of Hudson River (PCUSA)
  • National Outreach – Habitat for Humanity, Fuller Center for Housing, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, *The New Orleans Project (a new collaborative project helping families displaced by Hurricane Katrina return to their homes)
  • International Outreach – Heifer Project International (world hunger and global poverty), Bridges to Community (community development in Nicaragua), Greenbelt Movement International (women’s empowerment and environmental concerns in Kenya

The White Plains Presbyterian Church has a long history of serving our neighbors both near and far. As people of faith, we have been given a biblical mandate and a moral imperative to serve. This calling is both creative and demanding … as we are constantly seeking new ways to meet the needs of our neighbors in an ever-changing world. For those of you eager to make a difference in the world, we invite and encourage you to come and get involved!!