Volunteer with FAPC

Dozens of ways to serve ... untold numbers of lives you can touch.

Through FAPC, hundreds of volunteers (both church members and non-members) come together to serve the homeless, cheer the homebound, feed the hungry, teach our children, rebuild communities, welcome the stranger, advocate for change, and minister to people in need across the world and right outside our doors.

Some of our Outreach programs need volunteers on a weekly, even daily basis. Others offer opportunities to serve once a month or for specific events throughout the year. Click on Upcoming Opportunities to learn about events or projects with an immediate need for volunteers.

If you are new, please complete the volunteer sign up form below, and let us know the specific ministries and programs that interest you. We look forward to serving with you!

  • David B. Skinner Shelter: 365 nights a year

    The David B. Skinner Shelter is a year-round, volunteer-run facility that provides accommodations and fellowship to 12 homeless men. The Shelter has been at the center of FAPC's homeless outreach for more than 30 years. Volunteers are needed every night of the year to serve as early evening hosts (7-8:30 pm) and overnight hosts (8:30 pm until 6 am the following morning). Learn more about the Shelter and the responsibilities of hosting here. Training is provided to all first-time hosts. For more information, contact Séamus Campbell, director of Outreach Ministries, at [email protected].

  • FAPC Archives: Daily

    Volunteers work with our archivist to maintain and expand FAPC's extensive collection of records, which date to the founding of the congregation in 1808. Volunteers help to convert print documents and cassette recordings to digital format, input genealogical records and pew records into our database, catalog our photo collection, and handle a variety of other tasks. Much of the work is done in the Archives (on the third floor of the church house), but some tasks can be done remotely. For information and to volunteer, contact Dale Hansen at [email protected].

  • Congregational Life: Sundays

    Hospitality is one of the core values of the Christian tradition. If you would like to be one of the welcoming faces of FAPC—at the Meet & Greet, at the Visitors' Table or at special congregational events throughout the year—we welcome your participation! Contact [email protected].

  • Meals on Heels: Saturday mornings

    Every Saturday morning (holidays included), Meals on Heels volunteers gather to prepare home-cooked meals and weekend snacks for the homebound elderly in our neighborhood. Volunteers are needed in Bonnell Hall (on the second floor of the church house) starting at 9:15 am to help prepare and package the food, and at 11:15 to begin deliveries to nearby homes. Read more about our Meals on Heels ministry, now in its third decade, here. To volunteer, contact John Wyatt, [email protected].

  • Speaking English: Tuesday afternoons

    Speaking English is a Tuesday afternoon tutoring program sponsored by the Women's Association. Volunteer instructors work one-on-one or with small groups of non-native English speakers to improve their language skills. Speaking English meets every Tuesday, from September through June, beginning at 1:30 pm in the Corning Logan Room (on the fifth floor of the church house). To volunteer with Speaking English, contact Rita Arlen, president of the Women's Association, at [email protected].

  • Sunday School: September through May

    The Sunday School ministry offers an engaging, hands-on approach to learning Scripture for children from pre-kindegarten through fifth grade. (In sixth grade, students move on to our seminarian-led Youth Group). All classes are taught by trained volunteers under the direction of our director of Family Ministries. Volunteer teachers work in teams for one hour every Sunday, beginning at 9:30 am in the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center (on the lower level of the church house). If you are interested in teaching in our Sunday School, contact [email protected].

  • Ushers & Greeters: Sunday mornings

    Ushers and greeters serve on the front line of FAPC's ministry of hospitality. Ushers and greeters are needed every Sunday and for special worship services (such as weddings and memorial services) throughout the year. Volunteers typically serve one Sunday every five weeks. Training is provided. If you are interested in serving, contact Jacky Radifera at [email protected].

Check the opportunities that interest you, and we'll be in touch with more details.

On the fourth Sunday of the month, FAPC volunteers lead worship and serve dinner to the residents of this historic mission on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Help support our Deacons, clergy and pastoral care staff to pray and provide for the needs of others in our congregation.

Each spring, an FAPC team takes part in the CROP Hunger Walk, organized by Church World Service to raise funds (and awareness) to combat hunger locally and around the world. One afternoon can do a world of good!

Volunteers are needed every night of the year to serve as early evening and overnight hosts in our 12-bed men's shelter. Early evening hosts serve from 7-8:30 pm. Overnight hosts serve from 8:30 pm until 6 am. Training is provided.

The Archives needs volunteers to convert cassette tapes and LPs into digital format (a task that could be performed at home) and to input genealogical records, pew records and other information into our database.

On a designated Saturday each spring, teams of FAPC volunteers scatter about the city to do a range of service projects, from rebuilding homes to tutoring children. This is an excellent opportunity for families to serve together.

FAPC volunteers join Habitat for Humanity-NYC on the third Saturday of the month to build affordable housing or refurbish a neighborhood community center. No specific skills are required; volunteers are assigned tasks based on their abilities.

Volunteers help to organize and run several events each year, including a summer picnic, Christmas dinner with homeless and hungry neighbors, and parties at Halloween, Easter and Christmas for children living in family shelters.

Hospitality is one of the core values of the Christian tradition. If you would like to be one of the welcoming faces of FAPC—at the visitors table, at coffee hour or at other events—we welcome your participation!

As part of a coalition of faith-based organizations, we advocate for the creation of affordable housing and for advancing public policy on housing and homelessness.

Learn about innovative projects to combat hunger and public policies to advance food justice.

Working with our partners at Parity and Covenant Network, we advocate for a welcoming, fully inclusive Church for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Every Saturday morning (and on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), volunteers meet in Bonnell Hall to prepare and deliver home-cooked meals to the homebound elderly in our neighborhood.

FAPC volunteers travel the world to perform service projects, assist with disaster recovery or simply learn about our neighbors and the challenges they face. Trips may last from one to three weeks.

On the second Thursday of the month, FAPC volunteers serve a hot supper to as many as 200 guests at a senior community center on Manhattan's West Side. Volunteers also prepare and serve Thanksgiving Day dinner and deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors.

On Tuesday afternoons, volunteers provide one-hour tutoring sessions to non-native English speakers of varying ability. This program is coordinated by the Women's Association of FAPC.

One of the most enriching ways to strengthen the Church and learn more about God is to serve as a Sunday School teacher. Experience is not required; all you need is a love of children and a desire to help them grow in faith. You may volunteer for a few weeks or an entire year. Training is provided.

Throughout the year, teams of FAPC volunteers (in partnership with Presbyterian Hope in Action) assist with recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy. Projects are one or two days, and can be physically demanding.

Every Sunday, and on Saturdays during Advent and Lent, our docents introduce visitors to the history, art and architecture of this remarkable church. Training is provided. Serving as a tour guide is an ongoing learning experience!

Ushers and greeters are needed every Sunday and at special services throughout the year, including Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Christmas Eve. The time commitment is usually one Sunday every five weeks, and training is provided.


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