Through our Caring & Benevolence committee, we participate in many opportunities for local, regional, national and international mission. Click below for more details on a selection of the mission opportunities we have participated in.
2 Cents a Meal
This program, sponsored by the Presbytery of Geneva, provides “Second Mile” giving to fund local and international hunger-related projects.
Christmas Joy Offering
A Presbyterian tradition for almost seventy years, the Christmas Joy Offering is one of the four special offerings designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to provide congregations direct ways of supporting specific causes that help those in need. Fifty percent of the receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic education through the National Ministries Division of the General Assembly Council.
Church World Service
Church World Service is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard. Within the United States, Church World Service assists communities in responding to disasters, resettles refugees, promotes fair national and international policies, provides educational resources, and offers opportunities to join a people-to-people network of local and global caring through participation in CROP Hunger Walks , the Tools & Blankets Program, and the CWS Kits Program (there’s a lot of great information on how to make and ship health kits, school kits and emergency clean-up kits at the web site).
Cornell Protestant Cooperative Ministry
The Protestant Cooperative Ministry (PCM) at Cornell University is an organization devoted to ministering God’s love. It is a combination of United Methodists, Presbyterians, American Baptists, and members of the United Church of Christ striving for a better understanding of our all-loving God and to create a supportive community that builds and fosters relationships with each other regardless of any differences that would separate us.
Finger Lakes Independence Center
The Finger Lakes Independence Center assists all people with disabilities, their families and friends to promote independence and make informed decisions in pursuit of their goals. Our services are free of charge. We primarily serve residents of Tompkins, Cortland and Schuyler counties.
Habitat of Seneca County
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Heifer envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer’s strategy is to “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.
Ithaca College Protestant Community
Our community is a witness to the reformation ideals that focus on Holy Scripture and “the Priesthood of all believers.” Open to all members of the IC community, the PC responds to God’s love through its welcoming and nurturing ministry to all who seek spirituality and connection.
Kits: School, Health, Emergency Clean-up
Church World Service is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. One of their missions, the CWS Kits Program, provides health kits, school kits and emergency clean-up kits in areas of need. Making the kits is a great opportunity for individuals, families or larger groups.
Loaves & Fishes
Loaves & Fishes is committed to providing free, nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe, and caring environment. We provide these services to all needy individuals, with special concern for families and senior citizens.
Medical Benevolence Foundation
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) exists to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ through a healing ministry. In partnership with the Presbyterian Church (USA), MBF. Interprets and provides information about the international health concerns of the Presbyterian Church(USA) and its international partners; Raises funds to support international health programs; Recruits healthcare professionals and other types of volunteers to serve in health related mission programs outside the U.S.; Shares gifts of donated surplus medical supplies and equipment with international partners.
PC (USA) Mission
Presbyterians are engaged in mission in the United States and worldwide. By browsing the pages at the PC-USA web site, you will learn more about mission and how the church’s mission is carried out in and through the PC (USA) and find the many different ways you can join God’s work in the world.
The Peacemaking Offering is one of four special offerings designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The 192nd General Assembly (1980) of the former United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America called for an offering to be received to support peacemaking initiatives and peace education throughout the church when it adopted the recommendations in the report “Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling.” The Peacemaking Offering is received by most congregations on World Communion Sunday, celebrated the first Sunday in October. It is recommended that 25 percent of the offering received be retained by each congregation, 25 percent be used by synods and presbyteries, and 50 percent be used by the General Assembly ministries through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
The Pentecost Offering provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40 percent of the Offering to support ministry with children at risk in their communities.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events.
Theological Education Fund
One of the continuing strengths of the Presbyterian Church is a competent ministry, well-educated in the Reformed Tradition. Our seminaries provide pastors, educators, missionaries and chaplains for the work of Christ’s church. They also offer continuing education programs for those seeking on-going renewal of spirit and competence for ministry. By sharing together in financial support of our theological schools, we affirm our church’s historic roots and assure leadership for our church in the years to come.
Trumansburg Food Pantry
The Trumansburg Food Pantry and Emergency Kitchen Cupboard are programs of the Trumansburg Area Churches. Our mission is to supply the services needed in order to distribute free food on an every other Monday basis to low income, unemployed, single parent families, senior citizens, and others struggling to provide food for their families, in the Town of Ulysses, Tompkins County, New York State.