The Outreach Committee
Denise Volkommer, Outreach Committee Chair
The St. Elizabeth’s Outreach Committee supports a diverse array of charitable organizations, many of which are local but some have national and international scope. Irrespective of the people or region benefitted, the organizations exist to help and improve peoples’ lives and the Outreach Committee is committed to provide ongoing support.
Can You Help?
Weekly Food Drive
No need to mark your calendars. Every Sunday morning, as you get the kids out the door, or grab your car keys, take an extra minute to grab a can of soup, tuna, a box of pasta or any other non-perishable food item from your cabinets and bring to Church. Baskets will be in the hallway to collect contributions prior to the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. During the offertory (at the 10 a.m. service), a basket of food will be brought up to the altar for a blessing.
Apostles' House Dress for Success and St. Paul's clothing collection also continue weekly as part of St. Elizabeth's Outreach ministries. Please remember to bring men and women's clothing for interviews.
Outreach Committee Mission Statement
The goal of the Outreach Committee is to advance the work of Christ by sharing the resources of St. Elizabeth’s Church to help those in need.
In order to achieve this we will pursue the following activities:
Provide financial and volunteer support to create partnerships with a wide variety of community outreach;
Assist the needy worldwide by utilizing the resources of the Episcopal Church, where appropriate;
Inform, inspire and involve everyone at St. Elizabeth’s Church regarding the activities of the Outreach Committee;
Serve to coordinate, but not control, the outreach activities of other St. Elizabeth’s groups so that collectively we will maximize our contribution and make a difference in the lives of others;
Demonstrate and strengthen our Christian faith and enrich the spiritual life of St. Elizabeth’s through these efforts.
Funding for the grants disbursed by the Outreach Committee is provided from the St. Elizabeth’s budget, proceeds from the annual Outreach Auction Dinner and individual contributions.
Organizations We Support
St. Elizabeth's supports over 30 organizations that have a wide variety of missions and functions, but, at their core, exist to help and improve peoples' lives on the local and international level. Click below for more information on the organizations supported by St. Elizabeth's:
Children's Aid and Family Services (Baby Basics)
Community Meals, Inc.
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
Episcopal Community Development Center
Family Promise of Bergen County (formerly IRF)
Habitat for Humanity - Paterson
Haven of Hope for Kids
Jubilee Center (Hoboken CDC)
Mustard Seed School
Northeast Regional Collaborative for Early Intervention (NREIC)
New Hope Community Ministries
Newark School of Theology
The Phoenix Center
Planned Parenthood of Central & Greater Northern NJ
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey
S.H.A.R.E. (Cottage Place)
Seamen's Church Institute of NY & NJ
St. Paul's Community Development Corporation
St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Urban Mission)
Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity
West Bergen Mental Healthcare
Young Women's Christian Association of Bergen County (healingSPACE)
Youth Consultation Services Foundation (YCS) - Holley Center
St. Elizabeth's Participates in:
Annual CROP Walk (October)
The annual CROP Hunger Walk to fight world hunger is held each October. This event has always had great support from the St. Elizabeth's community and the Confirmation Class and sponsors fundraise together to fight world hunger globally and locally. This nationwide outreach event is organized by the Church World Service. Thank you in advance for your generosity. The CROP Hunger Walk was started more than 40 years ago. It annually unites 2000 communities nation-wide in a coordinated effort to “feed the hungry”, as Jesus asks us to do----the hungry, internationally and locally.
Interfaith Community Blood Drive
St. Elizabeth's and Temple Israel hold the interfaith semiannual Blood Donation Event at Temple Israel in Ridgewood. St. Elizabeth’s and the Temple have shared in this good work for a number of years, both to provide much-needed blood for those for whom it means life, and to bear witness to our common commitment to work together to relieve suffering, to comfort those in distress, and to provide for those in need. This year a number of other congregations in Ridgewood will join this effort.