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Celebrating collaborations across the city
The New Center for Faith and Community Partnerships
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Yesterday, at the Annual Interfaith Breakfast, we had the honor of listening to Mayor Bill de Blasio announce the creation of the Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, naming Jonathan Soto as the Executive Director.  This is an exciting development for all New Yorkers– especially the faith community, because together we can do so much more to inspire action and…

Announcing New Executive Director
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NY CityServe is pleased to announce that its Executive Leadership Committee has appointed Guy Wasko as the new Executive Director effective January 1, 2017. “A movement like NY CityServe deserves a world class leader– someone with a passion for the city and a vision for the collective impact the Church can make when operating in…

Loving Our Neighbor Christmas Cards
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Earlier this month, volunteers from churches across the city helped spread love to neighbors through hand-made acts of kindness.  Thanks to 90+ volunteers, over 300 men & women from 8 prisons, 2 women’s shelters, and 1 recovery center received a beautiful hand-written/ hand-made Christmas card.  Each card included a personal touch (unique artwork, bookmarks, and inspirational words…

Trellis Holiday Collaborations
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Trellis partnered with Trinity Grace Park Slope, Park Slope Christian Tabernacle, and Liberty City to bring Hope For New York’s His Toy Store to Brooklyn this holiday season.  Together, the churches donated over 250 toys to families in need. The toys were made available at a pop-up shop where families from the Gowanus Houses, Wyckoff Houses, and Warren Houses could connect with local churches and non-profits to…

Let My People Go Launch
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Let My People Go, a nonprofit committed to empowering the church to fight human trafficking by loving those most vulnerable, will launch their national network at a conference on January 24, 2016.   Attendees will learn how their church can be the solution to the suffering of the vulnerable by addressing injustice through the Let My…

NYCS at Movement Day 2016
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Last week while we were at the 2016 Movement Day conference, friends from all over the world– from Indonesia to South Africa– Menlo Park to Dallas– and everywhere in between– stopped by our NYCS booth to say hello, pick up a t-shirt, learn more about how we are celebrating and accelerating collaborations across the city,…

Accelerate 2.0 Fall Celebration
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Washington Heights & Inwood Pathways
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Washington Heights & Inwood Pathways (WH/I Pathways) was launched a year ago by a coalition of neighborhood churches and ministries working together to shine the light of God’s mercy and justice upon our communities.  They are currently serving in partnership with the Inwood Academy for Leadership charter school providing adult mentors for middle and high school…

The Chinatown Initiative Loving & Serving Chinatown
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The Chinatown Initiative Loving & Serving Chinatown The Chinatown Initiative started meeting together in September 2014 after the Cityfest Launch event, and they have been meeting monthly ever since to partner together to see how they can impact the Community. They have about 6-8 churches that come together regularly to work together with a total…

Thrive Collective Celebration at the UFT
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Churches, students, and community supporters celebrated with Thrive Collective at the UFT in June.   On June 17 Thrive Collective’s staff, board, volunteers, students, and community supporters gathered at the United Federation of Teachers to celebrate the end of another great school year serving 100 schools throughout New York City. Thrive was joined by churches, community supporters,…

Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene & ThriveNYC Mental Health
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Last month, one of our partners, Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, held a training event in conjunction with 7 different organizations. 31 participants gathered at Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene for an 8 hour free course in which all trainees received certification from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as Mental Health First Aiders. Participants learned the sign…

Five Churches Collaborate to Honor NYPD PSA4
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Earlier this fall, five churches from the Lower East Side collaborated to honor and stand with the officers of NYPD Police Service Area 4  (PSA4). Officers from PSA4 (located at 130 Avenue C/ East 8th Street) are responsible for patrolling twenty-five New York City Housing Authority developments in the 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Precincts in Manhattan.  Volunteers…

Thrive Collective Serves in the Bronx
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In June the Longwood section of the Bronx became a little brighter and colorful. Students from PS 333 and 335 worked together with NY CityServe partner, Thrive Collective, on a shared schoolyard mural that offers a glimpse into their neighborhood and how they see it. Every week during lunch time 6 classes, 3 from each school,…

Don’t Walk By
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Churches from across the city joined together in Manhattan for the 2016 Don’t Walk By. Pictured here are volunteers from Liberty City, on the streets of Union Square to bringing care packs to the needy. Volunteers remarked that they had a great time bringing encouragement and hope to the hopeless. They shared stories with new homeless friends, and invited them…

Brooklyn Churches Neighborhood Cleanup
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“NY CityServe strikes again!” This just might be the joyful anthem heard throughout the city as more and more churches continue to partner together to collaborate and serve their neighbors in tangible and meaningful ways. In the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, dozens of church members from four area churches hit the streets and neighboring…

Community Heroes
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Community Heroes is a collaboration with a number of local churches and community organizations, including:  Trellis, Nice Think, Liberty City, Trinity Grace Park Slope, Apostles Brooklyn, and Bindery NYC. The collaborative projects highlight and celebrate the lives of everyday people living and serving in overlooked and often neglected neighborhoods. The photo installations and documentary have…