Out of the 320,000 Rockland residents, an estimated 30,000 face food insecurity, which means they do not always know from where their next meal is coming. The People-to-People food pantry is equipped to handle about half of this volume. The problem is especially acute in the summer months, when children are out of school. Children who take advantage of the free or reduced-rate breakfast and lunch programs in the schools …Continue reading →
NHPC mission partner, Habitat for Humanity of Rockland, is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, June 20. Walk to raise funds and awareness for safe, decent and affordable housing for Rockland families in need. The event kicks off at the Haverstraw Elementary school at 9 AM. More information and registration forms available on the Habitat for Humanity of Rockland web site. New Hempstead Presbyterian Church provides office space for Habitat for …Continue reading →
The youth group will be starting up again in January after the Christmas celebrations. Please remember the ongoing food drive to benefit the clients of People to People. For January, we are looking to collect soup. As always, anything donated is lovingly accepted. …Continue reading →
To help make the holidays a little bit brighter (and warmer) for homeless men and women in Rockland County, we’re having a sock drive! Drop off your donation of NEW warm socks in the Colonial Room by Sunday, December 21st, 2014, and they’ll be delivered to the men and women of Helping Hands in time for Christmas!
This year the Youth Group has assumed the responsibility of running the Thanksgiving Baskets program. Each year our church collects all of the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners and donates them to the needy. We partner with county social services and other contacts to identify those who might otherwise go hungry. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, the baskets are distributed. Last year we collected thirty-five baskets and we hope to do …Continue reading →
The local portion of this year’s Peacemaking Offering will benefit “Homes for Heroes of Rockland County,” a not-for-profit organization that is working to build affordable housing for homeless and disabled veterans on the former Camp Shanks site in Tappan, NY. Fifty-two apartments – all handicapped accessible – are planned for the 14.5-acre site. Eight apartments have already been constructed, and were dedicated on Veteran’s Day last November. The second phase calls for 20 additional apartments to be built. You can help support this effort by giving generously to the Peacemaking Offering, through October 5th. Thank our veterans by giving them a home!
Climate change poses an enormous threat to God’s creation, and people of faith must respond. Several members of NHPC will be participating in the People’s Climate March in NYC on 9/21/14. This is an opportunity to stand with people from different faith traditions to let world leaders know we are watching as they meet in NYC to develop a plan for addressing climate change. Contact Mission Chair Laura Bidon or Pastor Lori for more information.
Vacation Bible School is just around the corner (August 4th-7th)! Once again this year, VBS is asking for donations of school supplies to benefit People to People’s “Back to School with Dignity” Program. You can help a child who might not otherwise have a successful start to the school year. Drop off donations in the Colonial Room at NHPC or bring them to VBS at Germonds Church — all basic, new school supplies are needed and greatly appreciated.
The youth group reminds the congregation to give generously to the food drive. School will be out for the summer starting in June and running until the beginning of September. Many children take advantage of the free or reduced-rate breakfast and lunch programs at their schools, and will not be able to during the summer. There is a need for summer breakfast and lunch foods such as peanut butter and …Continue reading →