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Help Us Help

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 Relief

Bethesda House – An interfaith ministry to the homeless, disabled and economically disadvantaged citizens of Schenectady County, building a just, hospitable and inclusive community.

Captain Youth and Family Services – The principal advocate for the changing needs of youth and families in Saratoga County through social, educational and prevention programs.

Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County – With the mission that “every person deserves a safe, affordable home,” Habitat builds homes for low-income first-time homebuyers.

Jonesville (Helping Hands) Food Pantry – Helping to feed the poor in the Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake school districts.

City Mission of Schenectady – A non-denominational Christian ministry  aiming to meet the needs of the hungry and homeless by providing an emergency shelter, and recovery, housing and work programs.

Schenectady Inner City Ministry – An ecumenical partnership providing social services to the urban community, aiming for social justice.

Shelters of Saratoga – Assisting the homeless by providing a temporary shelter, mobile outreach, youth services, and Code Blue.

International Poverty

Charity: Water – A nonprofit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to developing nations, that has funded over 13,000 water projects in 22 countries, benefitting 4.6 million people.

Heifer International – Working with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth..

Orange Farm – A township located near Johannesburg, South Africa, that is an extremely poor area and supported by CCRC donations to provide children with school uniforms and tuition.

Aging Support

Ahana House – Providing safe, secure and supportive housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Capital District based on individual need, empowering residents to attain self-sufficiency.

Alzheimer’s Association of NENY – Serving those affected by Alzheimer’s in 17-county area in northeastern New York with education, information, referral services, support, and respite care.

American Cancer Society Hope Club – A support community for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer through “hope” for a world with less cancer and a “club” atmosphere that welcomes everyone.

Care Links – Helping to keep people living independently in their homes as long as possible without duplicating other, well-established services.

Joan Nicole Prince Home – Providing 24-hour bedside care for two residents at a time in a homelike environment, including laundry, meals, personal care, cleaning and support to their families.

Family

Albany US Committee for Refugees – Focusing on meeting the immediate basic needs of new arrivals, assisting with early employment, and nurturing towards self-sufficiency and community integration.

Hannah’s Hope – Raising funds for a treatment and cure of GAN. Co-founded by Lori and Matt Sames of Clifton Park following the diagnosis of their youngest daughter, Hannah.

Hi5 Sports – Providing an environment for people with special needs to build self-esteem, confidence, and friendships through sports opportunities to socialize, compete, and exercise motor and life skills.

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

Veterans

Fisher House, Albany, NY – A “Home Away From Home” located on the Stratton VA Medical Center campus for hospitalized veterans and their families who are traveling more than 50 miles to receive treatment or make visits.

Saratoga WarHorse – Assisting military veterans suffering from invisible, psychological wounds (PTSD) with an equine-assisted experience that empowers them to find new purpose and trust.

Domestic Violence

Wellspring/Saratoga – Offering a full range of emergency, shelter and community service through 24/7 crisis intervention and support services.

Environment

Citizens Environmental Coalition/Albany – Working with citizens across the state to create safe and healthy communities and prevent harm from toxic chemicals by promoting green market shifts and reforming government policies.

Environmental Clearing House – Providing environmental information and educational opportunities to enhance appreciation of the natural world and build communities that are aware and knowledgeable about environmental issues; advocating to preserve our natural resources.

Animals

Adirondack Save-A-Stray – Taking in stray, abandoned, unwanted animals on the premise that all animals should be spayed or neutered, thereby reducing the number of unwanted and abused animals.

Animal Protective Foundation – Addressing pet overpopulation and animal suffering through education and action, to enhancing human/animal relationships, and caring for 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 humbly 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. The Center offers programs to help international guests understand and appreciate Omani culture, tradition and religion, cooperates with Religious leaders to support interfaith and intercultural initiatives of peaceful coexistence, and pursues opportunities for cooperation that contribute to the common good of all communities.

Social Justice

Empire Justice Center – A statewide, public interest law firm that protects, preserves and improves the legal rights of low-income families in New York, focusing on poverty law issues, access to public assistance, child care, food stamps, Medicaid, housing, domestic violence, disability benefits, civil rights and consumer law.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy – Working in public policy to strengthen children and families as a long-term investment in the health and well-being of New York State.

Reformed Church in America Ministries

Camp Fowler – A non-profit Christian children’s camp that practices a compassionate Christianity that is grounded in openness and hospitality, where all are called to live more intentionally in community, more graciously in simplicity, and more consciously as caregivers to creation.

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

Trinity Reformed Church/Schenectady – Through its core Stepping Stone Ministry, the congregation seeks to blend the faith journeys of those in formal recovery programs with those who are not through a unique, embracing and humble worship experience.

Schenectady Classis – Providing a fund to help those who are called to ministry so that financial considerations do not prevent them from going to Seminary and studying theology.