HEART & SOUL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PARTNERS
FRIDAY SOUP KITCHEN
At Friday Soup, our mission has remained the same for more than thirty years: to provide a healthy, hot meal to anyone who is hungry, in a communal atmosphere that encourages friendship and conversation. Our door is open to all; no one is ever turned away. We serve a nourishing meal every Friday at 12:00 Noon, 52 weeks a year, even on holidays. We seat our guests at round tables for eight, with a tablecloth, real plates and silver, even a centerpiece. Each table is waited on by one of our volunteers and often children from local private schools. We try to create an atmosphere where guests feel welcome and are treated with a dignity that may be lacking in their lives.
Our volunteers are the very heart of FSK. Every Friday, 40-50 volunteers prepare the meal, set up the dining room, serve the food and wait on every table. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our family and help us fight hunger in New York City. Everyone is welcome to be part of the team.
GIRL SCOUT TROOPS IN EAST HARLEM
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make their communities and the world a better place. This mission resonates with parents who want a safe, challenging, and engaging program for their daughters. All Souls has supported Girl Scout troops in East Harlem for 25+ years, providing scouting for underserved populations. Heart & Soul Fund provides critical financial aid that enables us to offer the programs, uniforms, trips, and camping at reduced fees. The Unitarian Church of All Souls sponsors the troops, recruits leaders and girls, and operates the comprehensive program for four Girl Scout troops that meet in East Harlem at St. Edwards Church at 14 East 109th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues.
The Girl Scout program offers extraordinary opportunities for girls to grow, learn, and have fun. It is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law that generations of girls have followed. In 2008, Girl Scouts launched the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, represented by three keys of leadership—Discover, Connect, and Take Action—to promote the Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
MONDAY NIGHT HOSPITALITY
Monday Night Hospitality serves over 300 meals to our neighbors in need every Monday in All Souls’ Reidy Friendship Hall. Each week, over 100 volunteers serve a restaurant style service. Guests are served on tables set with linen tablecloths, church china and flatware. Flowers adorn the tables and frequently guest musicians entertain on the piano. Social Workers are available for one-on-one meetings and have the ability to make on-line referrals on health, veteran, medical and other issues confronting our guests.
The menu varies each week and we have home baked deserts to end each meal. Holiday meals for Christmas, Easter, Martin Luther King Day and July 4th have special menus. Pizza night, roast beef and other special meals are possible each year due to the generosity of our volunteers. In addition we serve a vegetarian casserole option with protein sourced from beans as well as a vegan option donated by Candle 79 (a local vegan restaurant).
Four shifts of volunteers are needed each week. All are welcome to help make every Monday special for those who come to All Souls for comfort and love. Please contact us in advance if you would like to volunteer. Participation by members of our congregation is a vital part of our outreach efforts.
We thank the Congregation of All Souls, our Ministers, the staff members of All Souls, and Heart & Soul Charitable Fund for making this vital work possible.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact George Collins at georgecollinsRR@yahoo.com or (917) 653-0333.
Navigators USA is an all-gender, secular scouting movement that welcomes all people – children and adults no matter their gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious, or lack of religious belief. We believe the greatest challenge for the future of our planet is to get along with people different from ourselves. It was born in 2003 when members of All Souls who had been running Boy Scout Troop 103, the first Boy Scout Troop started in a homeless shelter. The volunteers felt it critical to offer more choices within the scouting community, even if it required the creation of a new organization. Thus was born the idea of a co-ed, secular, updated version of scouting and named it Navigators USA. With the support of dozens of members of All Souls over the years, Navigators USA, is now the fastest growing, largest co-ed, secular scouting movement in the country. With over 148 Chapters in the US and more in the United Kingdom, France, and Kenya.
Navigators USA was created to provide a scouting experience for children who either can’t or don’t want to join the existing scouting organization in their local community. Whatever the reason, there should be more than one option for children and parents when it comes to scouting. The Navigators USA is here to teach many of the same skills and values of traditional scouting while emphasizing diversity, inclusion, and group problem-solving. Founded by All Souls member, Robin Bossert.
NEW AMSTERDAM BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR
The purpose of the New Amsterdam Boys & Girls Choir is to enrich the lives of children in the East Harlem community, using choral singing as a catalyst. Discipline, respect and academic success are expected as well as working harmoniously toward common goals. Led by Artistic Director James Backmon, the choir’s membership comes from East Harlem public schools and most members join without any musical training. Parents support the choir by serving as chaperons for choir activities, including performances and recreational outings. In addition Parents help with fundraising. There are regular parent meetings throughout the school year. Founded by James Backmon.
Visit our website at www.naboysgirlschoir.org.
HEART & SOUL CHARITABLE FUND
The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund supports community-based programs that serve New York’s marginalized populations through the investment of time, money and compassion. Together with our partners and supporters we find creative and inspiring ways to sustain the critical work they do by:
- Making grants to emerging and worthy neighborhood-based organizations which serve those whose needs are not being addressed by larger charitable organizations
- Partnering with these organizations so their story can be shared, their volunteer base can expand, and they can become better advocates for the communities they serve
- Recognizing and honoring their volunteers and staff
- Celebrating the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church through the annual presentation of the Forrest Church Award
Heart & Soul was founded in 1988 to raise funds for two long-running meal programs, which together serve 28,000 meals annually at All Souls Church. Now over 25 years later, we continue to fund these programs in addition to other youth services and community-based programs in New York City.