What is outreach?
Outreach is reaching out to those in our community who are in need of love, hope and encouragement. Our outreach programs demonstrate the love of God by offering to do acts of kindness and provide service to someone without expecting something in return. God has gifted our congregation with those who demonstrate different types of talents and allow their gifts to be put to good use. St. Luke’s members participate in local, regional, and global outreach programs.
St. Luke's volunteers in association with St. Paul's Episcopal Church tutoring program provide regular one-on-one reading, writing and academic skill building for every child in Kindergarten, First, and Second grade classes at Rochester's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School #9.
Today Adopt-a-Classroom continues this successful tutoring program in 17 classrooms at the school: all five Kindergarten classrooms, five 1st grade, five 2nd grade, and two special education classrooms. We train, schedule and supply materials for more than 65 volunteers who serve approximately 345 students during the school year.
For more information or to get involved, contact Paula Valeri, City School Outreach Coordinator, at 585-748-7048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAIHN (Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network)
The Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) is a not-for-profit, interfaith, culturally-competent organization of faith communities that helps homeless families achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services including shelter, food, personalized case management, and a diverse network of caring volunteers.
Each host church welcomes up to 5 families for a week at a time, approximately 3 to 4 times per year. The congregations are able to provide food and a safe place to stay for the evening along with volunteer companions, keeping the overall shelter cost of RAIHN comparatively low.
Each night of hosting: Families settle in, relax and meet the coordinators and the evening volunteers. At 6:00 pm, dinner is served family style. Guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with clean up and chores. After dinner, volunteers fellowship with families. Hosts and their families play games, help with homework, watch videos, or just talk. Food for lunch is available in the kitchen area and parents make sack lunches for their families for the following day. Adults and overnight volunteers turn in around 10:00 pm; children at appropriate earlier bedtimes.
St. Luke's is a support congregation sharing the hosting week with Church of the Assumption in Fairport. St. Luke's volunteers provide meals and companionship two evenings during the week the guests are staying at Assumption.
Our Indian dinner held about once a year offers delicious traditional Indian food created by Roja Singh and hosted at St. Luke's. Everyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds from the dinner help to support the St. Peter's English Medium School for Dalit children in Kotha-palli-mitta, India. Where a mere $25 covers tuition, uniforms and school supplies for one child for one year.
St. Luke's Quilters Guild is a group of ladies that meet 3-4 times a year to design, cut, pin and sew colorful quilts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Strong Memorial Hospital. The volunteers meet on a Saturday and create 12 to 15 beautiful quilts for the children to take home when they leave the unit. Each quilt has prayers and love sewn into every stitch. All you need is a willingness to help and enjoy a day of fellowship and fun.
Perinton Food Shelf
Parishioners drop off food into our large basket in our foyer hallway throughout the year to help supply the Perinton Food Shelf. Our bulletins and newsletters inform parishioners of the critical needs for that month. The Perinton Food Shelf is an emergency food relief organization serving the Village of Fairport and Town of Perinton.
Christmas Food Baskets
Every Christmas season we fill about 6 to 8 food baskets with all the supplies to make up a complete holiday meal for the family including fresh meat and fresh produce. In addition to dinner items we include personal care items and some household items. Baskets are delivered personally to the families.
In addition to the above outreach opportunities we also support with donations and/or volunteers to following organizations and charities:
Episcopal Senior Life Communities
A Meal and More
Habitat for Humanity
Safe Journey (Resolve)
United Thank Offering (UTO)
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)
CROP Hunger Walk
Fairport Cross Walk on Good Friday