Being of service to others encourages us to step outside ourselves and enrich the lives of those that we touch in our community and our world. Service can lead you to opportunities that not only interest you but, more importantly, feed your soul. In this section of our website, you will find information on how you can do your part.
RECLAIM OUR VOTE:
Because Every Single Vote Matters
Why do we need a RECLAIM OUR VOTE campaign?
Eligible voters of color are being purged from voter rolls at a much higher rate than white voters. People in minority communities were already struggling to reach the voting booth in voter-suppression states, due to the implementation of strict new voter ID laws, a reduction in polling places and/or early voting days, and many other tactics.
What is RECLAIM OUR VOTE?
The Reclaim Our Vote Campaign was officially launched in 2018 by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, a 501(c)3 organization whose national partners include the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, Mi Familia Vota, VoteRiders and DemLabs.
History of the RECLAIM OUR VOTE campaign
Since late 2017, the nonpartisan Reclaim Our Vote campaign has reached out to nearly a million voters of color in states like Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Texas and Mississippi—states with a long history of voter suppression. In December 2017, our phone bank calls helped increase turnout among rural voters of color by 35% in the Alabama special Senate election. In 2018, teaming up with Black Voters Matter, we made 185,000 calls to Georgia voters for the midterms; about 65% of those calls resulted in votes. In 2019, 20-25% of our postcards into nine counties in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District resulted in a voter registration.
How will we RECLAIM OUR VOTE in 2020?
This year, Reclaim Our Vote plans to expand its volunteer base and work towards a 20 percent increase in turnout among voters of color in at least four states, and a significant percentage increase in others. We started working towards this goal in 2019, in North Carolina and Virginia; in 2020 our target states are North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia; our tools include postcards, phone banks, textbanks, geofencing, GOTV billboards in key areas, canvassing, rides to the polls and election monitoring.
Please sign up to volunteer for Reclaim Our Vote today. Because we all need a voice—and every vote matters, now more than ever. ActionNetwork.org/Forms/Reclaim-Our-Vote-Signup
Questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org (please reference this web site when contacting us at this address)
Marble Action Volunteer Program
We encourage Marble members to become involved in outreach projects. Action Volunteers aid the disadvantaged and at-risk individuals locally, nationally and globally.
Here you will find Marble initiatives, and further opportunities can be found in our Volunteer Opportunities Resource Guide.
Our Volunteer Efforts
Marble wants to thank all those who participated in their outreach projects during the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving to the end of January. There are many Marble members who volunteered or contributed funds for other projects not listed below. We thank all who made it possible for us to spread God’s love to those in need.
Learn more about our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and learn more about volunteering with the Marble Collegiate Church community to build homes and change lives.
Build a Backpack
Help us with the “Build a Backpack” drive that will help children and teens from low-income families head back to school with everything they need to start the year off right. You can help by purchasing new school supplies and bring them to the Reception Desk at the entrance on 29th street or you can drop them off at the Volunteer Table during Coffee Hour in the Loft.
Monetary and school donations will go to disadvantaged children in NYC. The agencies receiving the Build a Backpack backpacks are Housing + Solutions, Icahn House-Children’s Rescue Fund, PS 30 and St. Luke’s in the Field LGBTQ Homeless Teen Program.
Composition Books, Back Packs, Pens, #2 Pencils, Folders, Rulers, Scissors, Crayons, Pencil Cases
Youth (ages 13 – 17)
3-hole Binders, 3-hole Paper/Dividers, Back Packs, Pens, #2 Pencils, Colored Pencils, Erasers and Spiral Notebooks
There are over 23,200 children living in homeless shelters in NYC. Marble’s Back to School Drive is important because:
1) One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the effect that it has on a child's education.
2) A new backpack, filled with school supplies, provides the tools a child needs to succeed in school.
3) It also provides a confidence boost, helping each child to feel more like their housed classmates.
Get involved and become part of Marble’s yearly Back to School Drive by purchasing school supplies that will help kids in need in NYC. If you are unable to purchase school supplies, you can make a monetary donation and we will purchase supplies. Make checks payable to Marble Collegiate Church, 1 W. 29th St., NYC 10001 and write “Back to School” in the memo section. Mail to the attention of Rev. Susanah Wade.
Marble Fights Hunger
An average of 1.5 million NYC residents, including 1 in 4 Children, live in households facing food insecurity.
The "Bring a Can Sundays" drive collected over 130 items from our Children, Youth & Families Ministry that will go to the Icahn House food pantry to help feed homeless mothers with children.
We live in the world's wealthiest nation. Yet 14.5 percent of U.S. households - nearly 49 million Americans, including 15.9 million children - struggle to put food on the table. This includes the working poor, people who are working but wages are so low that it becomes difficult for them to feed their families.
In the United States, hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. Both issues must be addressed in our continued efforts to help those Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25:45).
During the month of October Marble Action Volunteers will be promoting “Bring a Can Sundays”. You can drop off your canned food donations in the food baskets set up in the reception area, the Marble Loft or leave them at Action Volunteer Table on Sundays.
Feeding the Hungry through Marble Fights Hunger
Drop off of canned food items in our year-round food program. "For I was hungry, and you gave me food..." - Matthew 25:35
Donate canned food that supports Icahn House East (a temporary shelter for homeless mothers) Food Pantry. It helps feed people living in SRO’s in Marble’s neighborhood. Leave canned donations in baskets in the 1 W. 29th St reception area, the 5th Ave Narthex, or at the Action Table on Sundays after Worship.
As times grow increasingly difficult, so does the need for resources to help weather these storms. Our goal is to put additional food for hungry people into the New York City food stream.
Everyone is asked to bring canned food items regularly. Food items needn't be large, just consistent. We encourage everyone to try to bring something with them every time they come to Marble.
Food Suggestions (canned items only which are nutritious):
Canned goods-fruits, vegetables, pasta sauce, canned meats and fish, pasta, soups, gravies, peanut butter, jelly, juice, etc.
Vacuum cartons of milk/juice Baby food in plastic/glass containers.
Seasonal Volunteer Projects
Marble Collegiate Church has established relationships with various organizations over the years either through their volunteer or benevolence programs. Many of these agencies offer rewarding volunteer opportunities.
If any of the information below interests you please feel free to contact the agency directly or contact Rev. Susanah Wade, Director of Missions & Outreach at (212)-686-2770 for questions regarding any of these events.
International Center is looking for people who speak English to volunteer as a one-to-one partner. Volunteers are paired with members based on time availability. Partnerships can take place any time during International Center’s operating hours. Please contact the Volunteer and Partnership Program Manager, Anna Petelka at (646) 794-3751.
Council of Senior Centers & Services
CSCS SNAP "Event" Volunteers: CSCS Event Volunteers assist older adults, SNAP Specialists, and recruited "Reservists" (retired professionals) at SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach event host sites borough-wide.
CSCS SNAP "Outreach" Volunteers: CSCS SNAP Outreach Volunteers make calls and distribute flyers to potential event sites and local businesses, assist with data entry, compile new SNAP event host sites, conduct research, participate in Health Fairs, Street Fairs, and other events.
CSCS "Bill Payer Program" Volunteers: CSCS Bill Payer Program (BPP) Volunteers assist older adults and people with disabilities one-to-one; they help them budget and pay their monthly bills on time.
CSCS SNAP "Administrative" Volunteers: CSCS SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits follow-up calls, information, and referrals, office mailings, Xeroxing, fax, special events administration, etc. on-site at CSCS office.
Project Find Thanksgiving
Yearly Thanksgiving outreach serving and delivering a meal to homebound and living in SRO’s.
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter Thanksgiving
Yearly Thanksgiving outreach serving meals to homeless.
Santa Letters for SCAN and Icahn House
Yearly event to purchase a gift for homeless children.
English In Action
Volunteers work with ESL students once a week on Fridays.
Used Eye Glasses
Donate used glasses and sunglasses which are given to The Lion’s Club who recycles the glasses and distributes them in developing countries.
Donate regular and individual size toiletries to help support Mothers with children under 12 years of age at Icahn House East (CRF-Children’s Rescue Fund).
Baby Food and Clothing
Donate baby food and new or slightly used baby clothing which helps support Mothers with babies who temporarily reside at Icahn House East.
Worship and outreach in Madison Square Park every 2nd Sunday of the month. Volunteers are needed to help prepare 50 lunches, 10:00-10:30am, for Ecclesia Ministry (an open-air worshipping congregation for the homeless in Madison Square Park). We also need others to transport the lunches and host the service which begins at 2:00pm; meet in front of 276 Fifth Ave at 1:30pm.
Get involved with this organization that matches high school students with a college-educated mentor, equipped to guide that young person on their journey to a college graduation.
Marble Coffee Pourers
If you’d like to volunteer one Sunday a month to serve during Coffee Hour after Worship, please contact Kim Sebastian Ryan.
If you’re interested in helping with Marble’s Media Ministry, contact Siobhan Tull.
#WeWo: Wednesday Worship Visuals Ministry
If you’d like to volunteer to help with the projected visuals during Worship, approximately one Wednesday a month, contact Jennifer Clover.
Special Projects & Funds
Habitat for Humanity Marble Build
Volunteers build once a month on Saturdays through 2020.
PS 30 Tutorial and Cultural Enrichment Program
Volunteers tutor 2nd through 4th-grade students in Math and English on Tuesdays and Thursdays and accompany students and families to cultural events four to five times a year on Saturdays throughout the school year.
Giving Dignity to Others Drive
Monetary and donations of new undergarments will go to agencies dealing with the homeless in NYC like Housing + Solutions, Icahn House-Children’s Rescue Fund, Mainchance, and St. Luke’s in the Field LGBTQ Homeless Teen Program.
For more information on helping out with Marble Collegiate Church, contact Rev. Susanah Wade, (212) 686-2770.