St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.


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The Mission Statement of the St. A's Outreach Committee

We are called at our baptism to proclaim the Good News of God, not only by word, but by example; to seek and serve Christ in all persons; to love our neighbors as ourselves; to strive for justice and peace among all people; and to respect the dignity of every human being.

The Outreach Committee of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church will attempt to discern what work God is calling us to do as a community, both here at home and in the world, whether by our own labors or by financially supporting the efforts of others.

-Drafted by the outreach committee, February 5, 2007

Any questions regarding the mission or activities of the St. A's Outreach
Committee can be emailed to the Committee Chairs, Ty West at
, or Ed Godek at

Current Volunteer Opportunities

On-Going Outreach Activities

Hurricane Relief - In response to the devastation in the Gulf Coast region caused by 2005's Hurricane Katrina, St. A's collaborated with others in the village to send a Winnebago to Long Beach, Mississippi, filled with supplies and designated to be left as housing. Later, we set up a sister parish relationship with Christ Church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and organized a series of mission trips, sending volunteers from our parish to help in the rebuilding process, most recently from Dec. '08-Jan. '09. Pictures from our December 2007 trip, during which 32 St. A's volunteers returned to Bay St. Louis and participated in building a house, can be found here: Mississippi Volunteers 2007.

Carpenter's Kids - We have been linked to Nagulo Parish in the region of Mvumi in Tanzania through the Carpenter's Kids Program, a partnership between the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. "Carpenter's Kids" are Tanzanian HIV/AIDs orphans and other vulnerable children who are selected after screening by their parishes. The aim of the program is to ensure that each child receives a school uniform, a pair of shoes, breakfast every morning, and adequate school supplies to enable them to attend primary school.

We are entering our third full year of sponsorship in the Carpenter's Kids program, and recently received this news about our parish's 50 children: "Greetings from Dodoma! The Carpenter's Kids at your link parish of Nagulo recently received their second distribution of uniforms, shoes, and school supplies. The assistant program director, Mr. John Mattaya, also performed a second year review of the parish's involvement in the program. Attached are photos from the distribution, as well as an annual update about your link parish. We hope you enjoy looking at the photos and hearing recent news of your Carpenter's Kids!Thank you for your support of the CK program! Grace and peace, Sarah Dailey & The Carpenter's Kids Team." We will continue with these e-mail exchanges to track all the good things that happen to "our" kids and to receive monthly newsletters and biannual reports.

Meals for the Peekskill Soup Kitchen - On the fourth Thursday of each month, members of St. A's jointly prepare a meal for distribution by the soup kitchen.

Croton Caring Committee luncheon - each year, the St. Augustine's family prepares and serves a meal for senior citizens of our community as a part of the activities provided by the Croton Caring Committee.

Soup collection for Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank - each Sunday canned goods are donated by members of the congregation and given to the Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank, to support them in their ministry.

The Alta Kirton Scholarship - On the Sunday of the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we host a community wide service to celebrate the life and ministry of Dr. King and to raise money to fund a scholarship in memory of beloved parishioner Alta Kirton.

Heifer International - every year middle and high school students volunteer time to work at Overlook Farm, which is an educational facility for Heifer International, a group which does development work in developing nations.

YSOP - Our youth council has done weekend volunteering through the YSOP program in NYC, working in various soup kitchens throughout the NYC metro area.

Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger - Our Sunday School children and families, plus other interested parishioners participate as a group in the Harry Chapin Fun Run each year, helping that cause as it works to focus attention on hunger and poverty issues and raise money for hunger relief both locally and overseas.

Save Darfur Initiative - St. A's is cooperating with the national initiative to respond to the catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan.

Save Darfur Action Website

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Organizations to which St. A's contributes financial support

Croton Housing Network
Noontime Meals, Peekskill, NY
Hudson Link Ossining, NY
Rural and Migrant Ministries, Poughkeepsie, NY
Paul's House, Bronx, NY
Lutheran Epsicopal Services of Mississippi
Christ Church, Bay St. Louis, MS
General Theological Seminary

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
6 Old Post Rd. North
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520