Outreach at Calvary

One of Calvary’s top priorities is  to provide to provide for the needs of others in our community and the world. We are  eager and pleased to help meet (and exceed) our outreach goals—and respond to the needs of one another. The members of the Outreach Committee strive to meet this challenge through the work of the various subcommittees. This is a brief summary of the goals of each area of outreach.  If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for any of our Outreach programs, please contact the church at 716-633-7800 or email general@calvaryepiscopal.net


  • Refugee Resettlement

    Together with St. Paul's Lutheran and Journey's End, Calvary Church is sponsoring and bringing to Buffalo a refugee family from Afghanistan. The father is already in the U.S., but his wife and five children have recently joined him.


    Volunteers take family members to appointments and help the family in other ways. 


  • Children and Youth Ministries Outreach

    (CYM): Calvary Youth complete various outreach projects including collecting coins for cancer research, making ornaments for residents of  a near by nursing home and packing backpacks for refugee families. CYM continues to welcome outreach projects.

  • Calvary's Coins

    One of Calvary's youth collected coins from the congregation, and presented Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute with a check for over $400.


    Drake Elementary recognized Olivia with its first "Making a Difference" Award" for her work with Calvary Coins Can Cure Cancer program. Thank you to everyone who has been contributing, and congratulations Olivia!


  • Buffalo Public School #30

    We hold an annual ceremony at Calvary when we officially celebrate our partnership with School #30. Each summer we donate school supplies for the students  and we also fund several educational and cultural programs at the school. Each December through our Mitten Tree project we collect and distribute over 200 Christmas gifts to students in 2nd and 4th grades. Beginning in January 2017, Calvary volunteers made it possible for School #30 to become a site for  the NYS mentoring program

  • Journey’s End Refugee Services

    Calvary  has a long standing partnership with this agency. Each Christmas we prepare and deliver gift packages for single refugees at Journey’s End (who are spending their first winter in Buffalo) containing hats, gloves and scarves handmade by Calvary knitters.  jersbuffalo.org/

  • Eaton Summer Reading Program

    The Eaton Summer Reading Program  is a Diocesan program founded in memory of Jim Eaton, a long time member of Calvary. The Summer Day Program focuses on reading, enrichment and relationship building for Buffalo Public School children. Calvary members contribute to the success of the program in three ways: 1) Donate their time by volunteering as a teacher, reader, aide or in an administrative role; 2) donate books to the program; or 3) make a monetary donation. Calvary Church has sponsored the field trips for students. 

  • Family Justice Center


    Calvary assisted in the opening of the Northtown branch of this organization that provides counseling and help to victims of domestic abuse. Our members have donated funds, books, furniture and time to make the Center a success. The Center has served many clients over the past few years. www.fjcsafe.org/

  • Meals on Wheels

    Calvary members deliver meals each Friday morning to shut-ins in Amherst, New York. This activity takes place all year round, rain, sleet or snow! Calvary volunteers presently have over 19 different routes.Volunteers are always welcome!!

  • Hearts and Hands

    Calvary has entered into a partnership with Hearts and Hands. Hearts and Hands is a volunteer-based neighbor-helping-neighbor organization that pairs volunteers with physically challenged adults for transportation to medical appointments, routine errands, social/recreational visits, and much more. Hearts and Hands began many years ago with volunteers giving rides to people who couldn’t get to church on Sunday. Those rides to church turned into this organization who serves our community in so many ways. It is a lot like our Meals on Wheels, but takes the service of helping others to another level. Not only can we volunteer, but we can benefit from these services also.

    Additional information appears on their web site, https://hnhcares.org/


  • Friends of The Night People

    We help provide nutritious meals for homeless and hungry  individuals once every other month. Once every other month volunteers go to the center to help prepare dinner for the individuals who come into the agency. Collection of clothing and toiletries for the agency are always welcome throughout the year. 

    friendsofnightpeople.org/

  • Hansen House

    Calvary provides a monthly program for the residents of Hansen House, our adopted Beechwood Nursing Home community. Some of the programs offered this past year included a Christmas family luncheon (with Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa), craft projects, a train show and musical programs.

  • Little Roses Tea

    This annual event benefits the Little Roses Home for Girls in Honduras and is held each September at the Diocesan Ministry Center. Calvary donates a basket to their basket auction and makes a financial donation, as well as filling a table at the event.  

    ourlittleroses.org/olrHomeforGirls.html

  • African Team Ministries

    Members of the Outreach Committee sell beautiful crafts made by African women in cottage industries. The money brings relief to little children and those in need in African countries. www.africanteamministries.org/

  • Sock it to me Sunday

    Every January we collect new socks, underwear  and winter coats that are distributed to Friends of the Night People, Hearts for the Homeless, School #30 and other local agencies.

  • Donation Drop Off

    Donation Bins are located next to the Lower Lobby Link for clothing, linens and toiletries which are sorted, and then delivered to Hearts for the Homeless, Friends of the Night People, and School #30.

  • Food Bank of Western New York

    Food for Families: We collect funds several times a year to help feed local hungry individuals and their families.


    Walk Off Hunger: Calvary members serve on the planning committee for this annual event to support the Food Bank of Western New York. In 2016, this event was the largest attended and raised funds to provide 490,000 meals to community members.


    Calvary oversees the basket and silent auctions. The event takes place annually,  on the last Saturday of July in Island Park in the Village of Williamsville, New York.

    https://www.foodbankwny.org/


  • Kairos Prison Ministry

    Calvary hosts team meetings and volunteers attend several prison weekends during the year (which includes a Holy House and serenade at the prison fence). Members offer prayers for participants in these programs.  www.kairosprisonministry.org/


  • United Thank Offering

    Calvary adults and children provide generous monetary donations twice a year in May and October to this nationwide program. Funds provide assistance to needy people worldwide. The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

    www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering