How We Help Others
Education in Newburgh
In 2013, parishioners from St. Philip's started volunteering at the San Miguel Academy – an independent middle school for at-risk boys in Newburgh – participating in weekly tutoring sessions and Saturday enrichment clubs. St. Philip's members also helped San Miguel students develop essays for high school and college applications, coached them on interviewing skills, accompanied them on out-of-state high school and college trips, and opened their homes to students for summer events. For more information, please contact Jim Bopp.
Friends of St. Philip’s
This dedicated group of parishioners raises funds that both help St. Philip’s and contribute to the needs of other nonprofit agencies. The Friends’ annual Harvest Sale brings the community together to shop and share food and fellowship. Last year, the Friends of St. Philip’s raised approximately $2,000 for new chairs in the Parish House, as well as $300 for outside community work. For more information, please contact Judy Hayes.
In 1998, our rector and a parishioner created a Ministry at the Hedgewood Assisted Living Facility for adults with disabilities in Beacon. This Ministry continues today with twice-monthly services led by the rector or St. Philip's laity. All residents are welcome to attend with some reading scripture lessons and prayers. Our Cross Trainers youth group often assists with the services. For more information, please contact Joe Plummer.
Meals for the Homeless
Once a month, St. Philip’s parishioners gather in the parish house to prepare a meal for roughly 200 homeless people located in Peekskill. This effort was spearheaded by the Rector beginning in 1988, and St. Philip’s participation in this effort reflects his longstanding partnership with the Peekskill Area Pastors Association (PAPA). Volunteers are needed to help purchase the food in bulk, to help prepare and assemble it on Saturday and Sunday and to help serve the clients at noon on Monday. St. Philip’s also helps to support the program with extra food and supplies throughout the month. For more information, please contact Belle Newton.
Habitat for Humanity
In 2003, St. Philip’s raised funds and provided volunteers to build a Habitat for Humanity Home for a family of five in Beacon, NY. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Dutchess County for this effort.
Rebuilding in New York State
In New York State, work teams led by St. Philip’s also assisted after Hurricane Irene in Schoharie County and after Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island.
Rebuilding in New Orleans
In 2007, our Church responded to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina by partnering with the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans. We sponsored more than 20 trips of buildings trade professionals and helpers over a six-year period, staying at the Church Parish House which we had jointly remodeled. Members from the wider Philipstown Community, Dutchess and Orange Counties, New Jersey, and Temple Beth David joined this effort.