Local Outreach


The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown is actively involved in our local community, and offers many opportunities to become involved.  Current activities are listed below.

High School students looking for community service? We provide a form for you to document your service hours, or check your high school website for specific requirements: Yorktown, Lakeland, Peekskill, Hendrick Hudson, Somers, Croton, Mahopac.

Food Pantry – Twice a Month

BLOG Food Panrty The Church operates a food pantry on two Saturday mornings each month, usually on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  Adults and teenagers are invited to join us at 8am to help prepare food bags, distribute the food, and help recipients carry bags to their cars.  Just show up at the Church any Food Pantry morning.

Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill (CHOP)

Jan Peek BLOG copyJan Peek House in Peekskill is a shelter for 19 homeless men and women, run by an organization named Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill (CHOP). Each month, on the 4th Saturday of the month, we provide dinner at the Jan Peek House. It is rewarding to share food and conversation with the residents and it is an important part of our congregation’s ministry to the community. To help serve a dinner, contact Pat Prauda.

CHOP also runs a free breakfast program and a food pantry which our congregation supports with both significant monetary contributions and ongoing volunteer effort.

Preparing a Meal for the Noontime Meal Program in Peekskill – Once a Month

Noon time meal BLOG copyOur church prepares lunch monthly as part of the Noontime Meal program run by the Salvation Army in Peekskill. To participate, call Pat Prauda.

 

 

Midnight Run

Midnight Run logoMidnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Several times per year members of our church take part in distributing food and clothing to the homeless in New York City. Other members of our community create the bag lunches and cook soup to be taken, and contribute clothing.

A reflection on one of our midnight runs may be found here.

For more information, visit Midnight Run.

Sandy Relief

IMG_1917Superstorm Sandy struck the United States on October 29, 2012 affecting 24 states, causing more than 100 deaths and an estimated $64 billion in damage.  New Jersey and New York were particularly hard hit. Some recovery efforts have taken place, but many of the effects from the storm remain.  Many families are still without a place to call home, and many are still in need of assistance.  But there are many signs of hope, memories of neighbors helping each other, and stories of how the Church at work has born witness to the love of Christ amidst the business and complexity of responding to the disaster.

In association with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, members of our congregation have traveled to communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy to assist with cleanup (right).

Homefront

Home

HomeFront is a community-based, volunteer-driven home repair program that provides free repairs to low-income homeowners, thus enabling them to remain in their homes with an improved quality of life.
 
Each year members of our congregation help out on a home near our church. Improvements can include replacing storm doors, roof repairs, power-washing,  painting, and grounds cleanup.
 
 

Blessing of the AnimalsBlessing of the Animals

Each year we sponsor a Blessing of the Animals, open to the community at large.  The blessing of the animals reminds us to celebrate creation and God’s message that we shall be faithful stewards of the earth.
 

Concert Series

We offer a concert series as a musical gift both to our congregation, and the wider community.

Knit-Togethers

BLOG knitting groupsInterested in knitting? Come join The Knit Togethers, a group of women who meet twice a month to knit and crochet baby items and blankets for community groups.  Or knit with The Prayer Shawl Group, which knits blankets for newly-baptized babies, and prayer shawls.  The Prayer Shawl Group also meets twice a month.  Check the calendar for dates.