2015 Second Chance Grant Descriptions

2015 Second Chance Grant Descriptions

United Christian Leadership Coalition

“[The use of body cameras] is not a magic bullet which will resolve conflicts between the police and the public,” stated Rev. Lewis Stewart at the start of this year when it was announced that Rochester police will start using them.   A trusting relationship is needed between the community and the officers who serve them.

With this need in mind, the United Christian Leadership Coalition will be hosting a Prayer and Informational Breakfast Meeting, Saturday, November 14th at First Church of God, 344 Clarissa Street at 9:30 AM to share with the general public some of the building blocks that will move us to work together like: Independent Police Review Board, P.E.A.C.E. Program, and Community Healers.

UCLM’s objective is to promote a holistic ministry in which families and the community are delivered from spiritual bondage and institutional, racial-cultural racism, socio-economic and educational obstructions which impedes the poor and oppressed from achieving their human potential.  UCLM seeks to partner with religious leaders, educators, businesses, health providers, labor union, political and government officials to assist in the survival and robust growth of the community.

UCLM is a grant recipient of the Presbytery of the Genesee Valley’s Self Development of the People Grant.  “We see this program” stated Luis Torres, member of the Self Development of the People Committee “as an opportunity for those who are directly affected by a situation to work together for solutions.”

If you would like to learn more (www.uclmwny.org) or attend the breakfast please call the Ministry at 585-454-0077 by November 10th.  It you would like to learn more about how the Presbytery support community empowerment through the Self Development of the People Grant please contact Rev. Doug Holmes at [email protected]

Triple Play Grant Recipients for 2015

Triple Play Grant Recipients for 2015

Triple-Play Grants


** As of June, 2015, Triple Play Grant applications are no longer being accepted. **

The introduction of the Triple Play in 2012 marked the beginning of a sea-change in the Presbytery’s approach to mission and mission funding.  Mission grants had once been distributed directly to worthy community projects and organizations. The Triple Play began to modify that approach by linking support for community mission more directly to nearby collaborating congregations.  Now, in effect, the Triple Play experience has helped shift the entire focus of the Presbytery from centralized operations and mission to the focus on healthy, vital, sustainable congregations as they engage on the front-line of mission in their communities.

For more information, contact Susan Orr, Presbyter for Mission & Education at [email protected]

Jim Renfrew


After over two years of diligent, faithful work, Three Committees Collaborating is proud to recommend the following for the 2013 Triple Play Grants:

El Agua es Vida (Partners: Christ Clarion and Covington): $10,000

triple-play-1To purchase and install eight water disinfection systems in Chiapas, Mexico. The money will cover parts, an on-site engineer and training. The two churches will be sending teams to work with village leadership to construct the systems over the next several years. Covington, in its work with the Presbytery’s Migration Working Group, has realized that many farm workers from Chiapas are laboring on rural farms in Western New York. This provides an opportunity to connect a distant project in Mexico with people from Chiapas who are living close by.

Focus on the Children (Partners: Caledonia First and Caledonia Stone): $10,000

triple-play-2To develop a Volunteer Training and Institute program. The focus of this grant proposal is to create a trained volunteer base who will be able to work with struggling families who are in crisis or need. FOTC has been serving the needs of children in Livingston County since 1993. They provide financial grants, assistance in making community connections, and advocacy for families. Families served during the year are invited to a Back-to-School program that provides children with school supplies and gift cards for new shoes, as well as a Christmas program where they may select gifts for the holidays.

Judicial Process Commission (Partners: Brighton and Pittsford First): $5,000

triple-play-3To support their New Journeys program. The grant will fund the volunteer coordinator at the Judicial Process Commission, the person who coordinates and trains all the folks who do the mentoring; as well as the counselor and social worker who offer these women important counseling and support. The overall program trains mentors to work with women coming out of prison. The goal is to train as many mentors as possible and pair them up with the large number of women coming out of jail. Based upon past years, this mentoring program drops the rate of recidivism by 50%.

Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County (Partners: Albion First, Barre Center, Holley First, Lyndonville and Medina First): $7,500

triple-play-4To support their Youth Service Partnership. The goal of this program is to train people to provide tutoring, mentoring, social skill training, life skill training and health and wellness training to at risk youth in Orleans County and Genesee County. There is a possibility that this program will be able to work with the Judicial Process Commission to share good ways to do mentor training.

Cameron Community Ministries Put a Fork in Hunger (Partners: Christ Clarion, Laurelton and Third): $7,500

triple-play-5Putting a Fork in Hunger is unique among those receiving triple play grants in that the community agency already engages volunteers from many of the Presbytery’s churches. Cameron has been a lifeline for many residents in Rochester’s Lyell-Otis neighborhood for nearly thirty years, providing meals, clothing, advocacy and a welcoming community. The funds will go to enhance and expand some of their current services as demand is increasing exponentially. Another goal of the partners is to launch a publicity and education campaign in an effort to get the word out to churches about the volunteer possibilities as well as the needs that exist in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood, an effort that it is hoped will involve members of the three congregations.

Self-Development of People Committee (SDOP) Grants Awarded

Self-Development of People (SDOP) is not a “normal” presbytery committee in that it relates directly to the national church office for its funding and mission. A portion of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is given to the national level of SDOP, which is then allocated to the presbytery-level committees.

The Presbytery of Genesee Valley awarded the following grants to organizations that fit the definition of a “Self-Development” group.

  1. The Community for Social Justice (Rural and Migrant Ministry); $5,000 for educational work.
  2. Unity NE Surveillance Pilot Project; $1,030 for starting a “Neighborhood Watch” style project.
  3. Remington Super Urban Project Porch Security Pilot Project; $525 for starting a “Neighborhood Watch” style project.
  4. Eastern Service Workers Association; $2,500 for expanding its community organizing work.
  5. NEAD CDF Freedom School; $5,000 for mentoring and entrepreneurship of inner-city residents.

Here are other recent SDOP Grant Recipients-rev 3-2015

Presbyterian Hunger Program Awards Grant to Rural & Migrant Ministry

rural-migrant-ministry-logoIn October, Rural & Migrant Ministry gratefully accepted a grant from the Presbyterian Hunger Program for our work at the Liturgia Rural Workers Education Center. We want to extend our thanks to all Presbyterians who contributed to One Great Hour of Sharing to support the grant program.

Liturgia is a welcoming space where farmworkers in Central New York get to know each other and learn about workplace rights and grassroots organizing. This knowledge is the foundation for strengthening the Justice for Farmworkers campaign, an effort to establish fairer working conditions for farmworkers. As farmworkers come together to learn how to make their voices heard with policy makers, they’re joined by people of faith and others who are also receiving training at Liturgia.

All of these efforts fall under the Hunger Program’s category of Public Policy Advocacy, which addresses the root causes of hunger by dismantling “oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.” The people whose labor puts food on our tables live in poverty, but the support of the Hunger Program will help farmworkers to change that unjust situation.

Thank you again for joining in this work!

Laurie Konwinski, Grants Coordinator
Rural & Migrant Ministry, WNY Office
324 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca NY 14850
607-272-5062, ext. 12

Presbytery Partnership Group Awards Grant to Rural & Migrant Ministry

rural-migrant-ministry-logoThe Western New York Presbytery Partnership Group has awarded a $5,000 grant for support of Rural & Migrant Ministry, to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.

Rural & Migrant Ministry is a mission partner of the Presbytery.

The organization will be holding a conference in the Catskills on the weekend of October 15, 2011, in conjunction with its 30th anniversary. They will bring together a large group of people from the rural and migrant communities and allies from the faith communities to explore issues of rural transformation.

They wish to be intentional about inviting the disenfranchised farmworkers, rural workers and rural women from the Rochester/Buffalo/Geneva region. The grant will cover the cost of transportation, lodging and translators for this group of people.

Learn more about the conference here.