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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.

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.

Why I Continue Volunteering. Especially Now.

Editor's Note: We know not everyone can serve at this time for important reasons, but if you feel called to continue serving our vulnerable populations, please refer to our COVID-19 Urgent Needs Volunteer page. To protect the health and the safety of our affiliates, staff and volunteers, please follow the CDC guidelines. If you have experienced any symptoms, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.

New York City Relief: HFNY Volunteers Share Why They Serve

Since 2004, we've partnered with New York City Relief, a mobile bus outreach that serves our homeless neighbors at seven locations throughout New York City (and even two locations in New Jersey).

Each week, New York City Relief organizes eight outreaches, making sure their bus is parked outside specific locations (like The Bowery Mission or The Salvation Army) to offer various essentials such as soup, bread, socks, hygiene kits, and even prayer.

Changed Life Story: 'I Thought Volunteering Was Just Showing Up. But Here's What I Know Now.'

Many HFNY volunteers have been dedicated to the same affiliate partners for years and have become Volunteer Team Leaders. One of our leaders recently shared how her relationships have grown with those she serves.

Why HFNY Sunday Motivates Churches to Serve Our City

Every year, HFNY hosts HFNY Sunday events and participates in Volunteer Fairs at our church partners. We asked our Church Partnerships team what encouraged them at the HFNY Sunday and Volunteer Fair events.