OUTREACH AT PETER’S
Outreach at St. Peter’s Church is a long tradition of participation in the well-being of the community. Outreach commits energy and funding to organizations that work to bring about sustainable progress in the lives of individuals and families.
The church raises money at the Promises Auction, which is held biennially on the Saturday evening before the first Sunday in October. The proceeds fund yearly Outreach grants to local charities. The next Promises Auction will be September 30, 2018.
Outreach accepts grant applications every two years. The next cycle will begin in January 2019, at which time the application will be posted on this website.
2017 Outreach grants were given to the following programs and organizations:
Dover Plains Food Pantry 845-452-5104
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
77 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
EPIC (Engaging People in Change) 845-420-4280
Grace Episcopal Church
EPIC 40, Grace Church, P. O. Box 366, Millbrook, NY 12545
Food of Life/Comida de Vida Food Pantry 845-373-9161
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
40 Leedsville Road
Amenia Union, NY 12501
The Non-Residential Youth Program 845-452-7155
Grace Smith House, Inc.
1 Brookside Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Lyall Lunch 845-677-4458
Lyall Memorial Federated Church
30 Maple Avenue
Millbrook NY 12545
Summer Overnight Leadership Camp (Youth Program) 845-485-8627
Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc.
P. O. Box 4757
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
Millbrook Fire Department
PO Box 202
Millbrook, NY 12545
Millbrook Rescue Squad
PO Box 202
Millbrook, NY 12545
St. Peter’s engages in a number of outreach projects throughout the year, including:
Each Christmas St Peter’s provides help to families in extreme hardship. Working in conjunction with local service agencies, the Committee selects one or two families in the area. The parish provides them with material, financial, and moral support, which may take many forms including clothes, toys, books, bicycles, major appliances, or other necessities related to their particular needs.
Christmas -at-Sea Program provides warm wool caps and scarves for sailors. Hand knitted items made by parishioners and friends are distributed in December by the Seaman’s Church Institute of New York.
As the outreach arm of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Episcopal Charities equips parish-affiliated outreach programs with the means to transform the lives of people in need in their diverse communities. Every program is free of religious content and serves communities in Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx, as well as seven counties in the Hudson River Valley: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange and Ulster. Local programs supported by Episcopal Charities include a food pantry in Amenia, a youth leadership program in Millbrook and a Latino outreach program in northeast Dutchess county which provides classes in English as a second language as well as assistance in navigating US immigration services to recent immigrants.
St. Peter’s accepts donations of clothing and small household items for the Dover Plains Thrift Shop. Donations can be deposited in the Old Rectory.
Parishioners and others also contribute gently worn winter coats to help meet a persistent seasonal need. Volunteers deliver all items that are clean
and of manageable size and weight to the thrift shop.
Harvest Hope raises funds and food for Thanksgiving meals for neighbors in need. The holiday meals are distributed by the Community Action
Agency of Dutchess County through Dover Pantry.
For additional information on St. Peter’s Outreach Program, please contact Co-Chairs: Jim Florack – firstname.lastname@example.org or Cynthia Larsen – email@example.com