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

Local Poverty

Bethesda House
Founded in 1992, Bethesda House of Schenectady is an interfaith ministry to the homeless, disabled and economically disadvantaged citizens of Schenectady County, building a just, hospitable and inclusive community one person at a time by affirming the dignity and addressing the needs of each guest entering this “House of Mercy.”

Captain Youth and Family Services
Since 1977, CAPTAIN is the principal advocate for the changing needs of youth and families in Saratoga County. Their  mission is to provide services necessary to address those needs through social, educational and prevention programs, which encourage personal and social development in teens and families.

Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County
Habitat’s mission “Every person deserves a safe, affordable home.” Through donations and the work of their volunteers, Habitat will build at least 5 new homes in 2016 for low-income first time home-buyers, while the tithe we send to Habitat International will provide housing and clean water to third world citizens. 

Jonesville (Helping Hands) Food Pantry
The Food Pantry was founded in 1972 and is currently located in a room next to the Jonesville United Methodist Church kitchen. The pantry is staffed by five co-directors and a bank of about 75 volunteers including some teens. Weekly, approximately 215 families in the Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake School Districts benefit from the services provided. Their mission is to help feed the poor and working poor in the Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake school districts.

City Mission of Schenectady
A non-denominational Christian ministry that  meets the needs of the hungry and homeless. They provide an emergency shelter, recovery program, housing and work programs. They operate entirely on contributions.   

Schenectady Inner City Ministry
This is an ecumenical partnership of 54 congregations (15 denominations) for social service and social justice. Their mission is to minister to the urban community. They operate an emergency food organization, Damien Center (AIDS), and summer lunch program for youth. Their support comes from churches, grants, individuals, USDA, United Way, “matched funds” from GE and others, and the area CROP walk.   

Shelters of Saratoga
This is a non-profit agency set up 25 years ago to assist the homeless, provide a temporary shelter, mobile outreach, youth services, Code Blue. They partner with  CAPTAIN to provide assistance to runaway and at-risk teens. Their funding comes from donations and some comes from agencies like Social Services.

International Poverty

Charity: Water
Founded in 2006 as a nonprofit 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 benefitting 4.6 million people. 

Heifer International
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.  Donations are used to purchase heifers, honeybees, llamas, trees, sheep, clean water, just to name a few, or what is most needed.

Orange Farm
Support of the church in Orange Farm, a township located near Johannesburg, South Africa. Orange Farm is an extremely poor area adjacent to Johannesburg. Members of CCRC visited the Orange Farm Reformed Church in 2010. The funds are managed by Reformed Church in Orange Farm and pay for school uniforms and tuition.

Aging Support

Ahana House
This home located in Waterford, NY provides safe, secure and supportive housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Capital District based on individual need. They also strive to empower residents in their program to attain their highest level of self-sufficiency.

Alzheimer’s Association of NENY
The Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves a 17-county area in the northeastern most corner of New York State.  This equates to approximately ½ million people in the northeastern region of New York who need education, information and referral services and approximately 24,000 family caregivers who need support, respite care and an array of tools to help them with this difficult task.

American Cancer Society Hope Club
The American Cancer Society HopeClub is a support community for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. The HopeClub name reflects the “hope” that the American Cancer Society shares every day for a world with less cancer and a “club” atmosphere that welcomes everyone.

Care Links
Care Links helps to keep people living independently in their homes as long as possible without duplicating 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
The Joan Nicole Prince Home, located in the village of Scotia, provides 24 hour bedside care for two residents at a time in a homelike environment. Primarily volunteers staff it and the care provided consists of laundry, meals, personal care, cleaning and support to our residents and their families.

Family

Albany US Committee for Refugees
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Albany field office (USCRI Albany) opened its doors in 2005 to help refugees build new lives in upstate New York. USCRI Albany focuses on meeting the immediate basic needs of new arrivals, assisting refugees in obtaining early employment and achieving self-sufficiency, and nurturing community integration for new Americans.

Hannah’s Hope
The mission of Hannah’s Hope Fund (HHF) is to raise funds for a treatment and cure of GAN. Lori and Matt Sames, of Clifton Park, co-founded HHF following the diagnosis of their youngest daughter, Hannah, in March of 2008. At the time of Hannah’s diagnosis, Lori was only able to find one scientist in the world actively studying GAN. Now, the scientists working with Hannah’s Hope Fund have a GAN gene therapy Investigational New Drug (IND) that they are working to push to Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials.

Hi5 Sports
They provide an environment which allows people with special needs to build self-esteem, confidence, and friendships through sports by providing opportunities to socialize, compete, and exercise both their motor and life skills.

Samaritan Counseling Center
The largest, nonprofit, interfaith counseling practice in the Capital Region.  It is a mental health safety net for people in our neighborhoods, schools, workplace, and congregations.

Veterans

Fisher House, Albany, NY
The Fisher House is a true “Home Away From Home” located on the Stratton VA Medical Center campus for families of hospitalized veterans or veterans who are traveling more than 50 miles to visit a hospitalized member of their immediate family. Also welcome to stay at the Fisher House are veterans, undergoing an extended episode of outpatient therapy, who are able to care for their own personal needs or are accompanied by a caretaker. 

Saratoga WarHorse
The mission of Saratoga WarHorse Foundation is to assist military veterans who are suffering from invisible, psychological wounds (PTS) by providing an equine-assisted experience that initiates empowering changes enabling them to take next steps to find new purpose and trust.

Domestic Violence

Wellspring/Saratoga
Formerly Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center of Saratoga offers a full range of emergency, shelter and community service through 24/7 crisis intervention and support services.

Environment

Citizens Environmental Coalition/Albany
CEC brings the grassroots to the statehouse, working with citizens across the state to create safe and healthy communities. CEC coordinates and Alliance for a Toxic Free Future with over 70 groups who are working to prevent harm from toxic chemicals by promoting green market shifts and reforming government policies.

Environmental Clearing House
Environmental Clearing house’s mission is to provide environmental information and educational opportunities that enhance appreciation of the natural world, to build a community that is aware and knowledgeable about environmental issues, and to advocate informed action to preserve our natural resources.

Animals

Adirondack Save-A-Stray
This non-profit no-kill shelter takes in stray, abandoned, unwanted animals. They are founded on the premise that all animals should be spayed or neutered, thereby reducing the number of unwanted and abused animals.

Animal Protective Foundation
Their mission is to address pet overpopulation and animal suffering through education and appropriate action, to enhance human/animal relationships, and to provide care to animals in need.

International Missionaries

Reformed Church Missionaries Jeff and Chelsea Lampen
The Lampens serve with New Horizons Foundation, which empowers Romanian young people to do justice, love kindness, and walk humble with God through adventure education and youth groups. Jeff writes curriculum for youth groups, trains youth group leaders, and provides a pastoral presence for New Horizons staff. Chelsea supervises the organization’s social work and community development interns and facilitates all internship programs. 

Reformed Church Missionary  Justin Meyers and Al Amana Center
Justin serves as the associate director for the Al Amana Center in Oman, which promotes and provides space for interfaith dialogue. Al Amana Center does this by developing programs to help international guests understand and appreciate Omani culture, tradition and religion;  cooperating with Religious leaders to support their interfaith and intercultural initiatives of peaceful coexistence; and pursuing opportunities for cooperation that contribute to the common good of the communities in which we live.

Social Justice

Empire Justice Center
Empire Justice is a statewide, public interest law firm that protects, preserves and improves the legal rights of low-income families in New York. Our work focuses on poverty law issues, including access to public assistance, child care, food stamps, Medicaid, housing, domestic violence, disability benefits, civil rights and consumer law. To improve the access to and delivery of government programs and services, we employ the full range of tools available, including litigation, education, training, policy analysis and advocacy. 

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
The Schuyler Center’s work in public policy focuses on strengthening children and families as a long-term investment in the health and well-being of New York State. We conduct analysis to define the problem, identify the impacted population, and develop recommendations; and advocacy to use the analysis to inform legislation and implement recommendations that promote strong public policy.

Reformed Church in America Ministries

Camp Fowler
Camp Fowler is a non-profit Christian children’s camp that practices a compassionate Christianity that is grounded in openness and hospitality. Fowler seeks to live into its mission of being a place where all are called to live: more intentionally in community, more graciously in simplicity, and more consciously as caregivers to creation.

Capital Region Theological Center
CRTC was founded over 10 years ago to provide continuing education and leadership development for clergy and non-clergy in congregations throughout the Capital Region.

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Seminary of the Reformed Church in America preparing students for Ministry of Word and Sacraments.

Trinity Reformed Church/Schenectady
Stepping Stone Ministry is the core ministry of Trinity Reformed Church. The congregation seeks to blend the faith journeys of those in formal recovery programs with those who are not. The result is an embracing and humble worship experience that is both traditional and non-traditional.

Schenectady Classis
The Classis of Schenectady established a fund to help those who are called to ministry. Classis wants to ensure that financial considerations do not prevent a person who is called to go to Seminary. In the light of rising college tuition cost Classis also wants to help keep the costs down for those who are studying theology. Schenectady Classis currently supports six seminary students under their care, more students than most RCA Classes