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The mission of the Outreach arm of the Diaconate is to equip the church to extend mercy and justice to our neighbors in Astoria. We do this by recruiting, training, and mobilizing volunteers to do acts of service in the community. We partner with local organizations, run our own weekly ministries of ESL and Bible Club, and organize church-wide volunteering events of service around Astoria. Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with people of all economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, and to be the love of Christ and share the saving message of Jesus with all of our neighbors.

The Scriptures teach us that God has a special place in his heart for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the stranger. Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Laura Kaufmann, Chair


Time: Saturdays 10:00am-12:30 pm Sept - June
Place: 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Astoria, NY 11106
Summary: The English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry seeks to share the love of Jesus Christ as we teach English and help acculturate first generation immigrants in our neighborhood
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Bible Club

Time: Tuesdays from 7:00-7:45pm
Place: Variety Boys and Girls Club Astoria
Summary: Bible Club is an evangelistic ministry that teaches children about Jesus through the stories of the Bible in a fun, engaging, holistic way.
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After-School Tutoring

Time: Tuesdays from 5:00 (or whenever you can get there)-7:00pm
Place: Variety Boys and Girls Club Astoria
Summary: ACC partners with the Boys and Girls Club to offer after-school tutoring to kids in need of additional academic support.
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Hour Children

Time: Varies
Place: 36-11 12th Street Long Island City
Summary: ACC partners with Hour Children to provide volunteer mentors for the women and children they serve, to donate needed supplies, and to offer skills training as the women re-enter the workforce. We are committed to the mission and ministry of this organization as they serve vulnerable people in our own neighborhood.
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Food Pantry

Time: Last Thursday of every month 2:30-5:00pm
Place: 11th Street between 36th and 37th Avenues
Summary: Volunteers help distribute food to beneficiaries and help the staff and other volunteers clean up.
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Safe Families for Children

Time: varies, flexible
Place: Astoria and other neighborhoods in Queens
Summary: Safe Families for Children is a volunteer-driven ministry with the goal of keeping kids safe and families intact. They organize vetted and trained volunteers from local churches to offer individualized support for families in crisis with their aim to offer a broad community of support to those in our city who may be in need of assistance and/or have limited resources.
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GEmS - Global Empowerment Services

Time: varies, weekdays and evenings
Place: Jamaica, Queens
Summary: Global Empowerment Services (GEmS) in Jamaica helps equip immigrant families through educational resources.  The families in the neighborhood are mainly from South Asia and many are Muslim.  The center provides after school tutoring for elementary school aged children, ESL classes for adults, girls' and boys' clubs, a beginning exercise class for women, outdoor kids' clubs in the summer and preparation for citizenship exams. These all provide ways to holistically support and encourage entire families.

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Prison Fellowship

Time: varies, weekday evenings
Place: Riker's Island Correctional Facility
Summary:  Serve as an Instructor/Facilitator to help the participants build a new life and become productive citizens OR a Re-Entry Life Coach to assist men in developing a re-entry life plan prior to being released.

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Time: Fridays, 5:30PM-8:30PM
Place: LIC area
Summary:  Activity leaders, mentors, and childcare providers for young moms and their children.  Training is encouraged and a background check is required.  

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Church-wide Events

On occasion, ACC plans a volunteer event open to the entire congregation, no training or application needed.  One of our largest events is our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  We have organized an egg hunt for the community on the Saturday before Easter since 2006.  We participate in the Broadway Street Fair on Memorial Day and the 30th Avenue Street Fair on Labor Day through a Prayer Tent outreach.  We have also done cleanups of parks and neighborhoods, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club holiday party, held Christmas caroling and craft events at the New York Rehabilitation Center, and a reception and supply drive for women at My Mother's House (part of Hour Children). We welcome any suggestions for opportunities for the future. Let's bless Astoria through actions of service as a church.