The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Volunteer

NYAPC has several ongoing opportunities for service throughout the year.  

Educating Youth: The New York Avenue Foundation 

The mission of the NYA Foundation is to assist young people to complete schooling in DC public schools and to go on to higher education.Through its grants program, the Foundation distributes more than $30,000 each year to local non-profit organizations which further this mission. The board meets several times a year and each board member has the opportunity to visit one or more of the non-profit organizations that apply for a grant.  Please contact John Courson: (ja.courson@yahoo.com) or 202-735-5005.

Tutoring: Community Club

Community Club offers a unique opportunity to share your gifts, talents and love with the children of Washington, DC. Did you know that Community Club relies on volunteers not only to tutor, but to do a variety of other tasks throughout the year? Tutoring requires your presence at NYAPC on Thursday evenings, but other volunteer opportunities may not. Weekly orientations for new tutors occur each week during the school year at 6:30. Information about Community Club can be found (and new tutors can register) at the web site www.communityclub.org. Contact Tom Karr (directors@communityclub.org) or Shamika Bradley (shamika.bradley@va.gov) with questions.

Serving Mentally Ill People: 7-2-9 Club

Be part of one of the most gratifying experiences at NYAPC.  Enjoy social Wednesday evenings with guests recovering from mental illnesses who come from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital or from community-based group homes. We enjoy Bingo, karaoke, slide shows, card games, talent shows and just sitting and chatting over refreshments. We always welcome volunteers from NYAPC or the Washington community. We also need persons who will share their talent or experience by providing 30 minute programs. Bring your guitar, play the piano, teach a skill or craft, show slides of your travels or bring a musical group. All entertaining activities are welcome. Please contact Spence Gibbins at spencergib@aol.com.

Helping Homeless People: Radcliffe Room Ministry

Clothing Closet: Volunteers are needed at the Radcliffe Room clothing closet. The clothing closet is open 9-10 AM. on Sundays. Patrons greatly benefit from the clothing available to them. In order to keep it open every Sunday, we would like to have two additional volunteers to help out one or two Sundays a month. We think you will find it a fun and rewarding experience. Please contact Suzie Waltzer at suzie424@yahoo.com.

Clothing Needed: We appreciate all the generous donations from members, including your loose change placed into our donation box on Sunday mornings. We are always in need of additional clothing items. We welcome a variety of items, particularly “SmarTrip” Cards, underwear, belts, socks, men’s and women’s jeans, casual pants, t-shirts and cotton collar shirts, as well as shoes (such as tennis shoes and boots). In addition, we appreciate donations of toiletries such as soap, shampoo, lotion and razors.Please contact Eleanor Robins at robinseleanor@hotmail.com.

Transportation Funds Needed: The money and Metro cards put in the “Piggy Bank” on the receptionist desk at the entry is used to help Radcliffe Room guests who are going to work, looking for a job or going to medical appointments. Bus tokens are purchased and money can be added to the Metro cards. Please imagine how much your help needed and appreciated. Please contact Eleanor Robins at robinseleanor@hotmail.com.

Restoring Peace in the World: Peace and Justice

The Peace Candle reminds all of us to pray for peace and find ways to bring it about with God’s help. Please help visitors find a prayer candle to take home to their congregations and share with others, and have them sign our Guest Register so we know where the Peace Candle has been taken. For further information, or to be added to the Peace and Justice Committee list server, contact Mary Nell Clark at marynellclark@comcast.net or Fritz von Fleckenstein at fritz@alumni.reed.edu.