Service and Outreach

We believe that the highest form of gratitude to God is to serve the life of our neighbors. FIrst Presbyterian Church members have long been involved in developing initiatives and supporting long-term partnerships that serve the needs of communities at the church, in Greenwich and Stamford, and around the world. Through addressing issues of hunger, education, poverty, displacement, aging, and much more, First Presbyterian Church hopes to invigorate our communities.

Members and friends are encouraged to participate together in the transformative process of giving and sharing with others. Our Mission Engagement Committee offers exceptional opportunities for all ages and through several different groups to explore the faith in your heart through the work of your hands to demonstrate God's grace. 

 

It is through your generosity of time and presence that so much is able to happen here. We would love for you to explore and share your gifts!

Summer of Service

We invite you to “aid and to benefit” our community, country and world during our new “Summer of Service” as we aim to commit 1001 hours to the work of Outreach.

Kids in Crisis

KIC is dedicated to protecting children from birth to age 17 from family crisis and abuse throughout Fairfield County. The organization helps adolescents and youth cope with family, academic, peer and personal challenges, and anxiety by offering a 24-Hour hotline, 20-bed shelter, Teen Talk program, and a Juvenile Delinquency guidance program.  FPCG is committed to providing funding and volunteer services to this vital organization annually.

Pacific House

Pacific House’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness. It is the only regional shelter for men and young adults in lower Fairfield County and provides services for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Their goal is to help their clients live more fulfilling lives with support services designed to help them find employment and stable long-term housing. They provide programs and services that are available to men who stay at the shelter and to women via the Day Program. Services include: case management, health care, a recovery program, and supportive services for veteran families. Join us the second Thursday of every month as we prepare a meal to serve at the Pacific House Men's Shelter in Stamford. Cook in the Church kitchen: 1:30-4:30 PM and serve at Pacific House: 5:30-7:00 PM.

Boys and Girls Club 

Boys & Girls Club of Stamford Yerwood Center offers education and personal development opportunities to approximately 300 K-3rd graders and 400 teenagers of Stamford's diverse community. Their mission is to enable and empower children to own their dreams! These children flourish in group activities, learning experiences, and celebrations in a safe and joyful environment fostered by volunteers willing to take time out of their weekends and holiday afternoons. There are various opportunities to serve the Center throughout the year like Thanksgiving Dinner, the Holiday Feast, Day of Faithful Service, and many others.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor is a nonsectarian non-profit organization serving Greenwich residents in-need through the exchange of food, clothing, and basic living essentials in an atmosphere of kindness and respect. They envision a caring community where everyone has access to nutritious meals and clothing. First Presbyterian has a long history with Neighbor to Neighbor, including a significant gift from the Edna Anderson Fund toward their proposed new building. Our church’s most dedicated volunteers spend hundreds of service hours on an annual basis sorting through clothing donations and organizing the food pantry.

Call-A-Ride

Call-A-Ride provides free door-to-door transportation for Greenwich's ambulatory senior citizens who lack other means of transportation to doctor appointments, drug stores, attorneys, banks, shopping, hair appointments, Election Day polling sites, and even visiting with friends. FPCG was instrumental in the formation of Call-A-Ride nearly 4 decades ago, and still provides office space and parking at the Nursery School Collyer Center property.

If you are also in need of a ride, and cannot arrange one for yourself, call (203) 661-6633 to schedule a pick-up.

Sign up to become a volunteer driver! Drivers must be over the age of 25 with a valid driver’s license for a three-hour weekly driving shift. To learn more about volunteering, call the office at (203) 661-6633.

Service Opportunities

Habitat Humanity: 

 

You can help an aspiring family begin a new life in a home of their own.  Join First Presbyterian in making this a reality for worthy families.  Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County is a nonprofit organization that builds communities and improves lives by eliminating substandard housing and creating affordable homeownership possibilities for meticulously selected, deeply loving, socially aspirational, but economically underfunded families. Via Habitat, a family canco-own their very first home with a mortgage holder arranged by Habitat For Humanity with a loan paid down over time. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child deserves a safe, comfortable place to call home. Since its inception in 1985, Habitat has built over 215 homes for over 1,000 family members in Fairfield County. FPCG is honored to commit volunteer resources to this valued organization year after year. 

 

Interfaith Blood Drive: 

Ample supply of blood throughout the country can truly mean the difference between life and death.  In partnership with the Red Cross, FPCG is proud to host four (4) blood drives annually that encourage and support blood donations from both members and the outside community.  Our Fellowship Hall provides a large, airy, and safe environment, while our service dogs, live soothing music, and healthy snacks create a warm and comforting environment for donors.  Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming Blood Drive events!

Faith and Overcoming Racial Bias: 

F-ORB is dedicated to raising awareness, understanding and acknowledgement of racial attitudes within ourselves and our community, to promote dialogue and to work toward anti-racism efforts that will offer hope and change, as well as a deeper understanding of how racism, systemic or personal, affects us all. 

Our Goals:

  1. Raise awareness of the issues in our community.

  2. Promote Dialogue and understanding.

  3. Support organizations who are engaged in educating black, Latino, and low income young people in our area including (but not limited to):

    • Horizons

    • Student Sponsor Partners

    • Other churches in need in our area

We welcome your engagement in this important initiative!

Haiti: 

Haiti is a country relentlessly plagued by political turmoil, poverty, earthquakes and hurricanes.  FPCG has been committed to servicing and supporting our brothers and sisters in this beleaguered country for decades.  Most recently we completed the construction of the first structurally-sound school in the village of St. Marc’s.  Thanks to those efforts, over 300 children can enjoy safe and comfortable schooling, while the building itself can serve as a safe haven for the community in times of environmental disasters.  

Global Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PHET):

The Global Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PHET) is a charitable organization aimed at providing sustainable, long term support to end human trafficking, sadly the largest and fastest growing illegal business in the world. According to the International Labor Organization there are approximately 40 million people owned, trapped and controlled by slave marketers. PEHT has a proven track record of success called Thistle Farms, featuring a 2-yr residential and recovery process providing housing, food medical, therapy, educational, job training and job opportunities in their social enterprise program for women at risk.

 

First Presbyterian Church along with 5 other local churches is part of the Set Free Church Coalition to promote the establishment and ongoing support of a residential recovery and rehabilitation program for women survivors of sexual trafficking in Fairfield County, CT. Using a holistic approach, the alliance supports a restoration environment for women to live the abundant life that God created them to have. To date, we’ve  joyfully created a home in Bridgeport for 4-6 at-risk women, providing emotional, psychological, and educational support programs, in addition to or As part of the FPCG commitment, our youth group ‘adopted’ the third floor vocational room. Over the past few months, both youth and adult volunteers have spent endless hours cleaning, painting, and decorating….ultimately creating a comfortable, light-filled space for support group sessions, yoga and therapeutic art projects.