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Outreach and Social Service

Parishioners and our Senior Youth Group distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of NYC. During the Holidays we sell Gift Cards that benefit Midnight Run.

Outreach and service to our community and the world is one of our primary pursuits as the Church of St. James the Less.

We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and in addition to our local work in the parish (listed below) we're a partner with the diocese in many initiatives throughout the region. Some of our parishioners and clergy serve on diocesan boards and committees such as the Rural and Migrant Ministry, Episcopal Charities, the New York Haiti Project and the Diocesan Reparations Committee. You can read more about these and more below.

If you are passionate about helping and feeding the hungry, racial justice, caring for the less fortunate, we will put you to work!  

Food Pantry Partnerships: St. James Episcopal in Fordham and Grace Church Episcopal White Plains

St. James the Less is in partnership with the food pantries at Grace Church in White Plains and St. James in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx, providing weekly volunteer help, financial assistance, and in some cases serve as coordinators of the pantry (in Fordham).

Haitian Ministry

We share with the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan in the Bronx and thirteen other parishes in the Diocese of New York a partnership with St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Martel, Haiti. For more about this ministry, you can click here.

Racial Reconciliation Task Force

For much more on the work of this group, and to join, see the separate tab for this group above.

The Samaritans

This group of trained parishioners helps care for those within the parish, particularly our older population. They provide meals, rides to medical appointments, and a listening ear. Most recently they have begun assisting people in signing up for Covid vaccinations.

Midnight Run

Works with families to help society’s most vulnerable children to become educationally proficient, economically productive and socially responsible members of their communities.  It has been a long time tradition at St James the Less to adopt cottages at The Children’s Village during the holiday season. Parishioners provide each boy with a gift from their wish list.

Recently, we have given each boy a tin of home baked cookies , baked by parishioners and packed by our youth. Periodically parishioners tutor, read and spend time with the boys. Last year our Senior Youth Group hosted a bowling party for the boys, ages 11-14.

Children’s Village

Whether or not you belong to our congregation, you can join our efforts! People from within our church and those who belong to other religious institutions--or none at all--take part in our outreach programs. Contact the Office with interest and we'll get right back to you.