Our church submitted an article featuring our annual Fun Fleece Festival and the recipient of this which was the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center. Our excerpt and prayer can be found in the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Mission Yearbook which is totally digital and online this year. To see our submission, follow link on the left.
The First Presbyterian Church of Portville is a very mission-minded church. A monthly Hunger Fund Offering is one way that local mission is supported. We try to be ever mindful of community members who may have a need. Some of the organizations we support are listed below along with some information about them or a website link.
Genesis House - Our involvement with Genesis House (a temporary shelter for area homeless people) has been an on-going mission project for our church, mostly through providing some financial support. We also support Genesis House by collecting needed supplies and sundries on an "as needed basis".
Interfaith Caregivers - Interfaith Caregivers is a caring community of volunteers from any faith and any age that primarily serve the frail elderly, as well as the physically, emotionally, mentally disabled and their families. Interfaith Caregivers provides friendly visitation, telephone reassurance, respite care, transportation, advocacy referral and other support services. Our church supports Interfaith Caregivers financially.
Portville Community Food Pantry - Our involvement with the food pantry goes beyond housing it at the First Presbyterian Church of Portville (see separate page). The Food Pantry Director and the Food Pantry Coordinator serve as volunteers from our congregation. The Food Pantry is staffed through volunteers, some of whom are members of our congregation. We also support the food pantry through congregational food drives and Hunger Fund offerings.
Warming House - The Warming House is a locally run soup kitchen (managed by St. Bonaventure University) that we support through donations of food items and money.
Wycliffe Bible Translators - Homepage of Wycliffe Bible Translators. We currently support two volunteers who are located in Thailand.
Royal Family Kids Camp - camp for abused, neglected and abandoned children located in Houghton, NY.
Other camps we support include Camp Duffield, Camp Penuel, and Camp New Horizons.
We actively support the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance requests and have supported a worker associated with the PC(USA)'s Mission Challenge.
Pfeiffer Nature Center, Salvation Army, The Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center, The Cattaraugus County Community Action Homeless Services, Buffalo's Kevin Guest House, and Portville For Youth are financially supported by the church.