As we at Hope for New York reflect on this past year, we are deeply encouraged by how God has used our affiliates to extend Christ’s love and bring shalom to New York City.
We partner with 39 organizations that serve the poor and marginalized all over the city—from Bushwick to Chinatown to the South Bronx. These organizations serve populations including at-risk youth, the homeless, vulnerable women, those living with HIV/AIDS, and the elderly.
Our mission is to strengthen the work of these organizations by providing them with volunteer and financial resources. In fiscal year 2012 our volunteers gave over 41,700 hours in service to our affiliates. Due in large part to the generosity of Redeemer congregants, we distributed over $1.2 million in grants in 2012.
Also because of your generosity, we have been able to mobilize hundreds of volunteers to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to support our affiliates who are serving those affected by the storm, particularly in lower Manhattan. We have also deployed hundreds of volunteers to devastated parts of Staten Island, the Rockaways, Coney Island and Long Island.
In addition, Hope for New York has pledged to give up to $100,000 toward Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. The ramifications of this storm will be massive and long-lasting, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in our city, and we continue to work with our Hope for New York affiliates, community and church partners towards long-term recovery.
In the coming year, we look forward to reaching new neighborhoods and populations by expanding our affiliate partnerships. We will also continue to deepen our commitment to our current affiliates, providing volunteer support, direct grants, and capacity-building opportunities to help them do their work more effectively.
This Christmas season, as you remember Jesus, who emptied himself of His riches and came to earth for our sake, we ask that you respond by remembering the poor among us. Pray for those who are hurting and hopeless this Christmas, that they would receive their hope and comfort from Christ. Pray for our affiliates who are serving these populations, that God would provide for their every need so they can continue in their good work.
As we at Hope for New York seek to serve the poor and most vulnerable in our city, please consider making a year-end contribution toward our work. You can find ways to give at hfny.org/donate.