Larchmont Avenue Church (LAC) is deeply committed to serving those in need and is known for its service in our community and abroad. In 2018, LAC, through the Church and Society committee, invested our resources in a variety of service agencies both at home and far away. Grants totaling $26,500 were made possible through the annual allocation from LAC’s Benevolence Endowment Fund. The grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, were distributed to our mission partners. In our efforts to promote compassion and justice for all, we have built relationships and long-term partnerships with a range of mission partners addressing needs such as hunger, mental health, and homelessness.
Rummage Sale Proceeds and Grants to Mission Partners
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 Rummage Sales were cancelled. Instead, our community participated in the Helping Hands fundraising initiative to circle our mission partners with hope and financial support.
The Church and Society Committee recently approved monetary grants to a number of LAC’s mission partners and non-profit organizations to help meet the needs of the people they serve: The Bridge Fund, Bridges to Community, Community Resource Center, H.O.P.E. Community Services, Larchmont/Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center, The Sharing Shelf, Girls Scouts, and the STEM Alliance.
Local Housing Relief Partners
Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is an organization of thousands of volunteers who seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness throughout Westchester County, and to make decent, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and public action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to build houses with families in need.
The Bridge Fund of Westchester provides critical assistance to working poor families and individuals who have fallen behind in their rent but don’t qualify for government assistance. Our private funding gives us the flexibility to quickly resolve housing crises and keep our clients in their apartments.
Washingtonville Housing Alliance was formed in 1980 to improve the housing conditions of low and moderate-income residents in the Mamaroneck area.
Local Hunger Support Partners
HOPE Community Services. With the assistance and support of a host of volunteers, HOPE opened the doors of its first soup kitchen in 1984. Since its early days, HOPE has grown to become the largest emergency food pantry and soup kitchen in the region. Although HOPE Community Services was founded to respond to hunger in the community, it quickly became apparent that food was not the only thing our clients were lacking. Clothing, language skills, emotional support, immigration services, and other daily necessities were also needed. HOPE Community Services expanded its services to meet the needs of its diverse client population.
Meals on Wheels program delivers nutritious meals to residents who cannot prepare meals themselves.
Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force is an all-volunteer coalition of community organizations, houses of worship, and concerned citizens dedicated to assisting local families who need food. We run a food pantry that distributes a nutritional bag of groceries providing four days of meals, twice a month.
Local Agency Partners
The Community Resource Center of Larchmont and Mamaroneck is a non-profit community based organization founded in 1998 that promotes the cultural, economic, educational and professional integration of immigrants to the already established larger community and advocates for those in need. We aim to provide the tools to prepare new immigrant families to become self-sufficient and active members of the community.
The Larchmont/Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center addresses the mental health needs of youth, young adults, and families by providing quality, affordable, and confidential counseling and psychological services.
The Sharing Shelf collects gently used children’s clothing from Westchester’s community that can donate and provides those usable items to members of our community who are in need.
International Development Partner
Bridges to Community is an international not-for-profit organization whose two-part mission is to improve the lives of impoverished communities in developing countries through volunteer service trips, and to simultaneously educate and transform those volunteers to be more aware of the connections we all share and the ways we can all impact our lives for the better.