Get Involved

Episcopal congregations throughout Western New York engage with their communities in mission and outreach. Some operate their own ministries; others partner with community groups and organizations.

If you or your congregation are discerning new opportunities for mission, below are some examples of successful ministry partners.

Know of other ministries in Western New York that should be here? Send a link to their website to partnership@episcopalwny.org.

 

Proclaim the Good News

I Am Second / Yo Soy Segundo
I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living.

No-Exceptions.org
Whoever you are, wherever you are, God Loves You. No Exceptions.

Teach and Nurture

Believe Out Loud
Is your parish welcoming of LGBT people? Would you like it to be? Integrity USA's Believe Out Loud Episcopal Congregation program leads you through a process of discernment that will result in your parish adopting an LGBT-specific welcoming statement and registering on our website.

Homespace H.O.P.E. Center
Homespace has created an environment set up to help meet and support the educational needs of our youth.  The H.O.P.E center, which stands for Helping Other People Excel, is a tutoring and job skill center. 

The HOPE Center
A safe, spiritual home for those in recovery.

Respond to Human Need

Canopy of Neighbors
Provides volunteer assistance to seniors (62+) in zip codes 14209 and 14222 to allow them to live independently longer.

Compass House
Compass House provides safe shelter and services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.

Family Justice Center
The FJC is a place where violence stops, where families heal and where hope is realized.

Genesis House of Olean
Faith-based organization that welcomes and serves women, families and single adult men in need of a temporary home.

Haven House
Haven House provides safe, confidential services for victims of domestic violence (DV) and their children.

Homespace
Homespace provides a safe and nurturing transitional living environment with supportive services for single parent families, that prepares them to achieve and maintain their independence.

Journey's End Refugee Services
An affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, Journey's end provides refugees with the resources and support they need to become successful, active and contributing members of the Western New York Community.

Threads of Hope Linen Pantry
A mission of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Eggertsville, they receive gently-used donated items, such as bedding, towels, and kitchen items, and distribute them to families referred by various agencies and churches.

Vive, Inc.
Vive La Casa, the largest refuge shelter in the United States, has many volunteer opportunities for you to assist refugees in the search for peace.

Transform Unjust Structures

Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN)
Your U.S. Senators and Representatives care about what you, their constituent, think about a particular issue. EPPN will alert you about important issues, and make it easy to contact your legislators.

Integrity USA
Since 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and equal access to its rites.

Massachusetts Avenue Project & Growing Green
The mission of the Massachusetts Avenue Project is to nurture the growth of a diverse and equitable local food system and promote local economic opportunities, access to affordable, nutritious food and social change education.

Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH)
NOAH stands as an interracial, urban-suburban coalition of 13 faith-based congregations and community, business and labor leaders of Niagara County that draws together people of many faith traditions, denominations and income levels to act powerfully on local, regional, state and national issues of justice and equity through community-building, negotiation with decision-makers, and direct action.

VOICE-Buffalo
VOICE draws together people of many denominations and income levels to act powerfully on local, regional, state and national issues of justice and equity through community-building, negotiation with decision-makers, and direct action.

West Side Bazaar & International Kitchens
A not-for-profit business incubator where new business owners can start micro-enterprises, it celebrates the diversity of Buffalo's West Side where immigrants and refugees interact with long-time residents.

Western New York Anti-Violence Project
The Western New York Anti-Violence Project exists to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) victims of violent crime, by: Working to empower LGBTQ persons and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and to support survivors through emergency intervention, advocacy, and appropriate services, whether direct or by referral. Having a consistence focus for genuine acceptance of the full equality of LGBTQ persons in the wider society, so as to lessen and ultimately eliminate violence against them.

Safeguard the Integrity of Creation

Ascension's Pet Food Pantry
Do you love your pet, but find it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford the food to keep your pet healthy and well fed? Church of the Ascension in Buffalo can help.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Dedicated to protecting and restoring the quality and quantity of our most valuable natural asset -- our water.

Episcopal Ecological Network
A network of concerned Episcopalians helping The Episcopal Church assume a leadership role in the worldwide environmental movement.

GrowWNY
Our region has incredible natural resources but is also challenged by a history of industrial waste and pollution. Find out how you can get involved in the many projects being led by our nonprofit partners around the region.