Benevolence

Benevolence

Jesus teaches us “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” In that spirit, CCRC supports a wide range of local, statewide and international nonprofits and ministries as part of its mission, striving to tithe our annual church income with financial and in-kind donations.

We support a broad range of nonprofit organizations focusing on relieving the many indignities of poverty, and supporting those who are aging, families, veterans, at-risk-women and children, animals and more.

Following is a list of local and global organizations that we support financially, through service, or both.

ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED

Ahana House:  Empowers their residents living with chronic conditions to advocate for their own success by providing supportive housing and services.   Agency works with those who have a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and are homeless, as well as those with other chronic health conditions.

Charity:  Water:  Founded in 2006 as a non-profit organization to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing nations, they fund water projects in 24 countries.  They have funded over 13,000 projects in 22 countries benefiting 4.6 million people. 

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region:  Mission is to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities.  Access to capital is provided by pooling investments and donations and relending it to non-profit organizations for affordable housing and community services, for small business development, and to individuals for home ownership and repair.   Rate of repayment of loans: 100%.

Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County:  Habitat’s mission: “Every person deserves a safe, affordable home.”  Through donations and their volunteers they not only build homes, but now through new Ramp Up program, they build ramps for homeowners so they can live safely at home. 

Shenendehowa (Helping Hands) Food Pantry:  Founded in 1972; serves families in Shenendehowa and BH/BL school districts; it is a “pantry of choice” where clients shop and choose foods, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and OTC meds based on their specific circumstances.

Joseph’s House & Shelter:  Founded in 1983; provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1000 men, women, & children yearly; helps empower guests to make healthier choices.

Orange Farm:  An extremely poor area adjacent to Johannesburg in South Africa.  Our donations help to support the church in Orange Farm which members of our CCRC church family visited in 2010.  Funds sent are managed by the Reformed Church in Orange Farm and pay for school uniforms and tuition for the resident children of the community so they may attend school. 

City Mission of Schenectady:  A non-denominational Christian ministry that meets the needs of the hungry and homeless, by providing emergency and long-term shelter, food, clothing,  & life skills training programs;  also, workforce development programs, and on-the-job training to help clients create sustainable futures.  

Shelters of Saratoga:  A non-profit agency set up over 25 years ago to assist the homeless, provide temporary shelter, mobile outreach, youth services and Code Blue programs.  They partner with CAPTAIN to provide assistance to runaway and at-risk teens. 

Schenectady Community Ministries:  A partnership of over 50 congregations for ministries of social service & social justice.  SCM serves thousands of high-need people each year, focusing on food insecurity; family & youth; diversity & acceptance; and collaborations, partners & advocacy.

ELDERLY

Alzheimer’s Association of NENY:   Mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.  Serves a 17-county area in the northeastern most corner of NYS totaling approximately a half million people who need education, information and referral services, plus approximately 24,000 family caregivers who need support, respite care and an array of tools to help them with the difficult task of care giving. 

Care Links:  Helps people age 60 and above to live independently in their homes as long as possible without duplication of other well-established services.  Services include:  friendly visiting, transportation, respite assistance, shopping and errands, meal prep, telephone reassurance, and information and referrals. 

Joan Nicole Prince Home:   A two-bed homelike residence, located in the village of Scotia.  Provides 24-hour care  for terminally ill individuals with the greatest need and fewest care options at the end of their lives.   Safe, caring and supportive environment where human beings can pass from this life with comfort and dignity, and families and loved ones are supported through process.

FAMILY

Albany US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants:  The USCRI Albany field office opened in 2005 to help refugees become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community and build a hopeful future for themselves and their children.  Their focus is on meeting the immediate basic needs of new arrivals, assisting in obtaining early employment and achieving self-sufficiency, and nurturing community integration.

American Cancer Society Hope Club:  Provides a supportive community for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer; focus includes free education and wellness programs for anyone diagnosed with cancer, their families, and caregivers.  Programs include massage, Reiki, yoga, Pilates, paint-it-forward, Bon Appetit community lunches. 

CAPTAIN Community Human Services:  Focuses on offering effective solutions to social issues in Saratoga County community, such as hunger, homelessness, and economic crises.  Lifts people up through community support and empowerment programs.  Operates a runaway and homeless youth shelter, street outreach services, emergency food and hygiene pantry, family assistance programs, various youth leadership programs, services for seniors, & respite programs.                                                                                                                                                 

Albany Damien Center:  Leading resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS in Upstate New York.  Mission is to enhance lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment;   reduce new infections in the communities they serve; help those with HIV/AIDS achieve their potential as respected coworkers, neighbors and friends, while striving for an HIV free generation.

Hi5 Sports:  Provides individuals with special needs the opportunity to participate in sport and social activities in an encouraging and understanding environment in order to boost self-image, develop confidence and create friendships. 

Samaritan Counseling Center:  Has served for over 30 years providing spiritually integrative mental health services throughout the Capital Region.  Provides a variety of specialties, including special  services for clergy and congregations. 

VETERANS

Fisher House:  A “Home Away from Home” and at no charge for families of Veterans who are undergoing inpatient or extensive outpatient treatment with the Stratton VAMC in Albany, NY and live 50 miles or more from Fisher House.

Saratoga WarHorse:  Mission of Saratoga WarHorse Foundation is to assist military veterans suffering from invisible, psychological wounds (PTS) by providing a confidential, action-based, equine-assisted experience that initiates immediate and empowering changes.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Wellspring/Saratoga:  The domestic violence and sexual assault services resource for Saratoga County residents, and the sexual assault services resource for Washington County residents.   Pro-vides free and confidential assistance to victims of relationship and sexual violence through crisis intervention and counseling.  Engages community through prevention education programs and advocating for social change. 

ENVIRONMENTAL

ECOS: Environmental Clearing House:  Founded in 1972.  Non-profit, non-political association  dedicated to understanding and preserving our environment though education, participation in outdoor activities and publications.   Have recently begun a “Seven Preserve Challenge” in Albany and Schenectady Counties.   

ANIMAL

Animal Protective Foundation: A private, non-profit, full-service humane society providing services to  Schenectady County and the greater Capital Region.  It promotes and protects the human-animal bond by providing resources to our community and humane care to companion animals.  Vision is a community where all companion animals are loved, respected and receive exceptional care.   

Friends of Saratoga County Animal Shelter:  A non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support to the Shelter for the care and well-being of animals temporarily in their care.  Main mission is to serve as a community outreach, to educate the public to services provided by the shelter, and to help homeless animals in our county find a new home.

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARIES

Reformed Church Missionary Justin Meyers and Al Amana Center:  Justin is Director of Education of Al Amana Centre in Muscat, Oman.  There is a great need for Christians and Muslims to learn and understand what each religion and faith teaches.  Through relationship building, education and open dialogue, work is being accomplished to create trust, understanding, and interfaith and intercultural initiatives of peaceful coexistence.

Bangladesh Youth First Concerns:  BYFC was formed in 1995 as a Christian humanitarian, nonprofit and nonpolitical social development organization.  Children’s Home is a component of BYFC for poor and orphan children coming from oppressed and destitute families who have no ability to take care of their children.  The program began in 2004 with one home and five children; today they have six different homes caring for 168 children, and in Jan/Feb 2019 hope to have 30 more children.  Nurturing and encouraging them in educational or job pursuits as they age out of the homes is important to their ultimate self-sufficiency.    

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Empire Justice Center:  For over 40 years, mission has been to make the law work for all New Yorkers, particularly for the poor, disabled or disenfranchised through education; direct legal assistance and impact litigation; and policy analysis, research and advocacy.  Work protects and strengthens legal rights of vulnerable.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy:  Work focuses on all New Yorkers, but especially children and families living in poverty.  Currently emphasizing critical importance of first three years of a child’s life having lifelong implications for health and well-being.  Work across government and private systems of care seeking solutions for children living in poverty. 

Southern Poverty Law Center:  Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.  Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

RCA

Camp Fowler:  A non-profit Christian children’s camp that practices a compassionate Christianity that is grounded in openness and hospitality.  Fowler shares the good news of God’s love through Christ by having campers engage in activities that foster community, space to nurture simplicity, and faith to care for the world. 

New Brunswick Theological Seminary:  Founded more than 230 years ago, NBTS is the first seminary established in North America.  It is dedicated to providing accessible training for a diverse community of students seeking an exceptional seminary education. 

Schenectady Classis – Seminarians’ Support:  A fund to help those called to ministry.  Classis wants to ensure that financial considerations do not prevent a person who is called to go to Seminary from going.  In the light of rising college tuition costs, Classis also wants to help keep the costs down for those who are studying theology.  Schenectady Classis has most recently been supporting more students than most RCA Classis’ across the country.