volunteering

What Our Volunteers Love About Virtual Volunteering

Hope for New York volunteers are used to getting proximate in person with our affiliates, and the communities they serve. But when everything changed during COVID-19, our volunteers found new ways to serve! 

Once affiliates began offering virtual volunteer opportunities in April, there have been close to 1,000 sign-ups, with some volunteers serving more than one affiliate. We love that our virtual volunteers signed up to mentor and tutor youth, teach ESL to immigrant families, reach out to isolated communities through phone calls and letters, and so much more.

How Serving Deepened My Pastoral Connection to New York City

Chuck Armstrong joined the Redeemer Lincoln Square team as their Pastoral Resident in 2016 and was ordained in 2018 to become their Assistant Pastor. On Wednesday, July 1, Chuck will be planting a new church in Hell's Kitchen, called the Hell's Kitchen Community Church. Throughout his years in New York City and at Redeemer, Chuck has been involved in the mercy and justice ministry work through Hope for New York.

Virtual Volunteering: Sending Letters and Art to Isolated Residents

While New York City was "on pause," some of our volunteers have made connections by reaching out to isolated and immunocompromised residents at two HFNY affiliates. Volunteers of all ages got creative when writing letters and making art to send to Upper East Side Rehabilitation Nursing Center and Isaiah 58.

COVID-19 Stories of Hope From (Volume Four)

Once a week, we will share quick updates from our affiliates who are still supporting various communities in need across New York City. Hear from our affiliates as they mention how COVID-19 has impacted their programs and services, and how they're still remaining hopeful about God continuing to work in our city.

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COVID-19 Stories of Hope (Volume Three)

Every week, we will share short updates from our affiliates who are still serving vulnerable and marginalized populations across New York City. Our affiliates will tell us how COVID-19 has impacted their programs and services, and how they're still remaining hopeful about God continuing to work in our city.

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Why I'm Still Called to Serve at The Father's Heart

As the reality set in that New York would become the latest flashpoint in a global pandemic, I considered what opportunities I had to serve during this time. The Lord provided me several ways to help from a safe distance, including financial gifts and prayer meetings on Zoom. But, having spent many Saturday mornings volunteering at the free breakfast and food pantry at The Father’s Heart, I also felt the unmistakable call to wrestle with whether He was leading me to continue serving there, in person.