St. George’s is proud to combine efforts with the York Community Service Association, helping to further their efforts. The Church also strengthens their initiatives, partnering with YCSA when implementing projects such as the Giving Tree and End 68 Hours of Hunger.
YCSA’s mission is to extend hospitality and help to every York resident who turns to them in need. The organization runs the local food pantry, operates a thrift shop, and administers the Town’s General Assistance program. St. George’s provides regular financial assistance and parishioners volunteer at both the food pantry and the thrift shop. We are proud to help YCSA provide for the less fortunate of our community.
The St. George’s team continues its weekly ministry at YCSA’s food pantry. Parishioners staff the pantry from 4:30 pm to close every Thursday as members of the community take advantage of the varied food stuffs and supplies provided by the YCSA. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community and worship through service.
The Giving Tree is an outreach project that provides the material goods to celebrate Christmas to community families in need. Early in Advent we receive information about the families anonymously from a community source and our Rector. A tree is set up in the parish hall with cardboard ornaments (made and donated by Ted Little) that name an item for a family member. Parishioners are invited to pick an ornament, purchase the item, wrap it, attach the tag to the outside of the package and return the gift to church. The families collect their gifts the week before Christmas. Many parishioners of St. George’s pick tags, and provide store bought and even hand-make items for our families.
This year we again partnered with York Community Service Association to provide gloves and scarves to seniors in need. Fifty items were collected from St Georges and distributed through the food pantry and happily received.
In addition, in 2018, St. George’s generously and joyously adopted and supported five families which included thirteen children.
St. George’s acts as the host church and provides volunteer power for the York Chapter of End 68 hours of Hunger. This 100% volunteer organization confronts the 68 hours of hunger experienced by York children who can’t count on meals over the weekend by providing bags of food for them to take home over the weekend.
St. George’s provides a secure storage area for all of the food purchased and distributed to families each week. Volunteer teams pack the bags once a month and the church provides financial support for this vital service.