Stanley has a strong history and deep commitment to service
at a local and global level, in addition to giving support to the
special programs of the United Church of Christ, Stanley
engages in important mission/outreach work.
For the United Church of Christ:
Bridges began 25 years ago and is named for the place it began – under the Brooklyn Bridge. Today, with the help of over 1,500 volunteers each year, Bridges delivers 100,000 brown bag meals, 13,000 pairs of socks, 9,000 toiletry kits, 2,800 gallons of soup, and literally tons of donated clothing to 500 people each week in New York City, Newark and Irvington, NJ. Our doors are open to those in need in Summit every Friday. Through its weekly Runs (outreach visits), Bridges provides necessities to those in need with compassion and respect fulfilling its mission to bring the housed and homeless together in community.
Stanley’s commitment to Bridges is significant. Every year we sign up for three runs, one to each of Bridges’ destinations. By partners with schools, Scouts or sports’ teams we collect donations to make 300 brown bag lunches, make 300 lunches, and deliver them to one of the three locations. It is a whole church experience: even our youngest church goers, as young as two or three help decorate the brown bags with pictures and messages crayoned with love; our church school assembles toiletry kits; all ages make the lunches; and a groups of adults and teens accompany Bridges’ staff to deliver the lunches and kits. The young people especially like to deliver cups of hot soup and cocoa to our street friends, shaking hands, sharing “God Bless Yous” and friendly conversation. On some trips to Newark we stop at a shelter with children. Our teens return to their childhood and play with the kids, giving their parents a little break in their stressful, survival based day. Everyone who goes on a Bridges’ run, adult or youth, wants to go back. It is a very positive experience. It is a wonderful, concrete service experience that is both truly helpful to the people served and eye opening to those who serve.
Family Promise Morris County NJ is a nonsectarian nonprofit organization that helps homeless children, their families, & single women become self-sufficient, keeping costs lower than traditional shelter programming through the use of volunteers from a variety of congregations that provide safe & comfortable temporary shelter, nutritious meals, supportive companionship & hope. Stanley Church, with support from St. Patrick’s Church and Long Hill Chapel, serves as a Family Promise host site four weeks each year. These guests of Stanley Church provide our members with an outreach opportunity to welcome and care for women and families, improving their lives a week at a time. Our church members are part of this exciting ministry by preparing meals, hosting in the evenings or weekend afternoons, or helping our guests feel secure by sleeping overnight. Volunteering for our hospitality program is a great opportunity to donate time or food, get to know other church members, or get together with friends to provide much needed support to people who are working toward self-sufficiency and independence.
Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County: Members are invited to drop off donated goods throughout the month in our box in the Fellowship Hall. Monthly a member brings our donated food to the Pantry.
Ironbound Community Corp. empowers residents of the Ironbound section of Newark -- a diverse neighborhood of 50,000 people – build better lives for themselves and a better community for all who call the Ironbound home. As the leading social service organization in the Ironbound, ICC takes a unique approach to delivering quality services by linking them with community planning and activism. Our GreenFaith Committee at Stanley donated to their creation of a community garden.