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February 2014 eNews


In this first eNews of 2014, I am pleased to report that Episcopal Charities entered the year with strength and momentum, thanks to our wonderful donors, volunteers and others who support our efforts.  Your generosity is making possible a greater number, and wider variety, of parish-based programs than ever before.  Thank you!  As we begin a new year of grant-making, we have seen:


  • The number of feeding programs supported by Episcopal Charities has risen from 31 to 45 since 2010.  With an estimated 845,000 people suffering food insecurity within our 10-county Diocese, and programs reporting increased demand, helping hungry neighbors has never been as needed or timely.
  • As many school districts have cut arts programs and after-school tutoring in recent years, the 28 programs that Episcopal Charities helps to support have become invaluable community resources in communities large and small.
  • With parish programs serving recent immigrants, the elderly, people living with aids, the housebound, LGBTQ young people, re-entering prisoners and other specialized groups, our concept of outreach is now as broad as congregations are creative.

In the most populous urban neighborhoods and the most rural corners of the Diocese, your commitment to caring is helping to build brighter futures.  Once again, thank you for helping New Yorkers in need through Episcopal Charities!

Mary Beth Sasso  
                    Mary Beth Sasso, Executive Director
In The Moment
2013 Tribute Dinner - Kevin Vidal Speaks on the GO Project
2013 Tribute Dinner - Kevin Vidal Speaks on the GO Project

Rondout Valley Food Pantry, Christ the King, Stone Ridge
BHN490KRondout Valley Food Pantry, Stone Ridge, NY

2013 Tribute Dinner Raises $925,000

On November 21st, Episcopal Charities welcomed 550 people to its annual Tribute Dinner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Episcopal Charities was pleased to honor William H. Donaldson and Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., who helped raise $925,000 to support 96 programs serving New Yorkers in need. Our thanks go to Dinner chairs Charlie Garland and Martin Sullivan.


Highlights of the evening included a performance by the Whiffenpoofs of Yale, and Kevin Vidal (in the video above), who shared his story about how the GO Project, a Grace Church, Manhattan tutoring program supported by Episcopal Charities, changed his life. 


Basic Human Needs Grants: $490K Awarded

We've awarded 2014 Basic Human Needs grants totaling $490,000 to 54 outreach programs for 2014. More than ever, our communities rely on our parishes' essential human services - and the neighborly fellowship offered.  


This year, thanks to the generosity of the people of the Diocese of New York, and other caring friends, Episcopal Charities is proud to be funding more programs more generously than ever before.  

They include a Bronx food pantry serving over 60,000 people per year, an interfaith homeless shelter in Tuxedo Park, a prison reentry ministry in the heart of Harlem, and many more. For information about the important work of this year's grantees,
visit our website.



Episcopal Charities Consultant Corps: Partnering for Stronger Outreach

We're not just funders, we're partners. So we're pleased to launch the Episcopal Charities Consultant Corps: experienced professionals providing pro bono counsel to our Diocesan outreach programs. Educators, architects, strategic planning experts and other executives are lending a hand to strengthen our programs - and help change even more lives. If you or someone you know would like to explore joining the Corps, or if your program would like to inquire about working with a Consultant- click here to find out more.

Welcome, New Advisory Committee Members!
An integral part of Episcopal Charities' grant-making process, the dedicated volunteers of our Advisory Committee visit every grant-seeking outreach program in the Diocese each year, and make funding recommendations to our Board of Directors. 
Since Fall 2013, we've welcomed six new members. Read more about all our current members here.


Currie Estreich (Grace Church, Manhattan)

The Rev. Deacon Vonnie Hubbard (St. George's, Newburgh, & St. Thomas', New Windsor)

The Rev. Deacon Carol Pepe (Church of St. Andrew, Staten Island)

Donia Quon (St. Thomas' Church, Manhattan)

Jane Barber Smith (Christ Church, Poughkeepsie)

The Rev. Winnie Varghese (St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery, Manhattan)

Looking Ahead
Washington Heights Choir School
Grace White Plains Summer Camp
Sustainability Institute
WHCS Benefit Concert
The Boy Choristers of the St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys will give a concert at Holyrood Church on February 28 at 7 pm, to benefit the Washington Heights Choir School
The concert is free, and is followed by a ticketed reception. Click here to RSVP to Loraine Enlow, Director of WHCS. 
Youth Opportunity Grants

We've received 40 applications for Youth Opportunity grants. We're now visiting every applicant program, and will announce grant awards in April. Youth Opportunity grants support arts enrichment, academics, summer recreation and community-building activities.  Thank you to all who applied!


Sustainability Institute
It's more important than ever to connect to your constituents with a strong online and social media presence. Our next Sustainability Institute workshop will help programs strengthen these skills. All are welcome!

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