Friday, December 26, 2008

Religious Shelters Feel Squeezed By Rules

Leslie Kaufman reports for "The New York Times" that The Friends Quaker Meeting Shelter, a program that I have volunteered for in the past, is facing the possibility of being shuttered. Read the full article here:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Your Help Is Needed!

Whether you have some free time or a few bucks, The United Methodist Church Of The Village really needs your help this holiday season. They'll be slicing, dicing and chopping on Saturday, December 6th from 1-4 p.m. To sign-up, contact Louise Fawcett at

If you can't make it in person, your tax deductible financial contributions are always welcome. Make sure you note "HNN" (Help For Our Neighbors In Need) on the "memo" portion of the check, or just stop by the church office:

The Church Of The Village/HNN
201 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Christmas Pageant: Live Nativity & Tap-Dancing Sheep

3rd Annual CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Benefit
The Church of the Village
201 W. 13th @ 7th Ave New York City


Come celebrate the Christmas story with Carols, Dance, a live Nativity Scene and TAP-DANCING SHEEP!

All are welcome, Children are invited to participate.

Admission is free, but please bring a gift for “Hope for our Neighbors in Need.”

Suggested items: $4 Metro-card, NEW socks, gloves, winter-hats, T-shirts, underwear, long-johns, sweaters, coats, earmuffs, headbands. There will also be a HOLIDAY BAZAAR, afterwards, a fund-raising sale to benefit Church of the Village Dance Ministries.

Health Of The Hungry

Astonishing answers About Hunger from The New York Times. They interview Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Enlightening perspective on off-the-chart levels of obesity and diabetes in low-income and marginal neighborhoods in New York. It's not because they are over-eating, it's because the food quality they can afford to purchase is sub-standard.

Recession Hits City's Soup Kitchens

No longer counting on the largess of corporate donors, the city’s nonprofit groups are preparing for the inevitable: a season of nongiving.

Friday, September 12, 2008

An Update From The Kitchen

Louise is in charge of our local soup kitchen, and I am her representative for Partners In Grace. When I asked her if there was anything she wanted me to share at our upcoming Partners In Grace meeting, I found her response so eloquent that I got her permission to post it here. There is a deep message in her words, and I urge you to take action and get involved. Here's her response:


I would suggest that you take copies of our new brochure. Some are in a blue folder in my mailbox in the church office. Take what you think you need. This is Hunger Awareness Month and we are ending with a Kitchen Shower on Sunday, Sept. 28 and a light lunch for congregants on that day. Letters are being prepared for parishioners to sign and we will send to politicians in regard to needed legislation now. You can get a copy Sunday.

We are working with the Chinese UMC now on helping us on the east side with a large population of Mandarin and Cantonese elderly women - translation of StreetSheets, resourcing on immigration issues, etc.

Planning is beginning with Trustees for an upgrade of our kitchen facilities on the west side. Hopefully, this will happen in 2009.

Numbers of neighbors coming for food steadily increases.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Call For Volunteers!

Hope for Our Neighbors in Need offers a sit-down meal several times each week, in the East and West Village. Volunteers are currently needed to help with chopping vegetables, shopping for groceries, setting tables, washing dishes and serving.

If you are ever free on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, and would like to volunteer your time, please e-mail Louise Fawcett at:

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Photo Credit: Eitan Grinspun (2006)

Update: We raised over $2,000 to benefit our Neighbors In Need! Thanks to all who helped make this a success. Read about Dwight's incredible journey from being fed to helping feed others, and if it inspires you, it's not to late to donate!

Come join The Village United Methodist Church for CELEBRATION! on June 9th at 7:00 p.m. This evening of music will raise funds to help their "Neighbors In Need program." Your mere $10 donation will 100% go straight to help someone who needs it, and you'll enjoy an evening of wonderful music.

The church is located at 201 West 13th Street at Seventh Avenue.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sing For Hope - One Voice

Photo Credit: Sing For Hope (2006)

For a mere $35, you can help someone less fortunate.


Sing for Hope/One Voice: Evening of Art Songs and Opera

As one of the first of many bicentennial celebrations, and in keeping with our 200 year tradition of ministering to the poor, on the evening of Tuesday June 3 at 7:30pm, Grace Church will host Sing for Hope: OneVoice, An Evening of Art Songs and Opera, a night of Opera favorites to benefit Partners in Grace, a coalition of eighteen groups and organizations working to eradicate homelessness in New York City. Metropolitan Opera soprano (and Grace Church chorister) Holli Harrison and fellow stars of the international music scene will star, performing a concert that celebrates the human spirit, with works by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Offenbach and Bernstein.

Thanks to the generosity of Grace Church and the artists donating their performances, all of the event’s proceeds will directly support the vital outreach programs of Partners In Grace. Partners in Grace, a coalition of charitable organizations, meets the pressing needs of New York City’s hungry and homeless through an array of comprehensive, complementary service programs.

Along with soprano Holli Harrison (The Metropolitan Opera), the concert will also feature Christine Goerke (The Metropolitan Opera), Rochelle Small Clifford (Harlem Opera Theatre), and Camille Zamora (Los Angeles Opera); Mezzo-Sopranos Elise Quagliata (Glimmerglass Opera); Tenors Javier Abreu (New York City Opera) and Joel Weiss (Opera Pacific); Baritones Matthew Worth (Chicago Opera Theater) and Brian Kontes (Opera Orchestra of New York).

Ticketing Information

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Outreach Sunday

OUTREACH SUNDAY – This-coming Sunday! Besides meeting new people, you will have a chance to learn about 16 different organizations working to address the needs of the homeless in New York City. Join us in Tuttle Hall at Grace Church immediately following the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services, visiting the outreach displays, and supporting the vision that no one is left without shelter in our great city.

Monday, February 11, 2008


Thanks to everyone who contributed to my birthday charity fund-raiser. Together we donated almost fifteen hundred dollars to feed NYC's needy.