We love our neighborhood and we’re here to serve our neighbors.
Our Neighborhood Renewal Team exists to help bring God’s healing and justice to our neighborhood. We prize tangible local ministry, partnership with others who love our neighborhood, and face-to-face relationships. We are particularly interested in the areas of economic justice, the arts, and the lives of our children.
Washington Heights & Inwood Mentorship Program
The mission of the Washington Heights & Inwood Pathways Mentoring Program (“WH/I Pathways”) is to recruit and equip community leaders to mentor youth in Washington Heights and Inwood to achieve greater possibilities for a safer, healthier, and thriving neighborhood.
WH/I Pathways was started by a coalition of neighborhood churches and non-profit organizations working together to support the well-being of the Washington Heights-Inwood community.
A mentor is someone who is willing to selflessly invest their time in a relationship, to build up the character, hope, and skills of a youth. We have identified 30 young people who would significantly benefit from regular interaction with a caring adult.
What kind of mentors are we looking for? If you care about young people and want to make a difference, we're looking for somebody like YOU!
Inwood Academy for Leadership Middle School (433 W. 204th St.)
Once a week before-school program (7:15-8:30am). This time includes sharing breakfast with your mentee and participating in a group session with fun activities and discussions about important life values.
Inwood Academy for Leadership High School (108 Cooper St.)
An opportunity to come alongside a student, encourage them through their challenges and help instill hope toward goals and ambitions for a bright future.
For more information or to apply, contact:
Kala Mueller, Program Coordinator, 646-647-5076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairview Ave Lot Renewal Project
The purpose of this project is to bring local citizens, organizations, building and landowners, and institutions together to address the beautification, health and safety concerns of the lot located on Fairview Ave between Broadway and Broadway Terrace.
If you are interested in participating please contact Al Santino; 917-903-5569
Service Opportunities with Community Partners
New York City Love Kitchen
Corner of 204th St and 9th AvE.
For over 30 years The NYC Love Kitchen has provided food support to those in our community who need it most through our daily community dinner and weekly pantry. We provide a hot dinner, Mon - Fri from 4:30-6:30pm to over 60 struggling men, women and children. We also provide pantry to over 250 families on the first 3 Thursdays of the month from 1:30-3:30pm. We are in need of volunteers for both community dinner and/or pantry.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, please be sure to contact Tiffany ahead of time by email or phone at 212-942-4204.
Washington Heights and Inwood Food Council
The WHIN Food Council exists to develop pathways to food justice in Washington Heights and Inwood. The WHIN Food Council is looking for community participants for its main committee project areas: urban gardening, health advocacy and policy influencing, food vendor partnerships, community health/nutrition event coordination, and website/tech support. The WHIN Food Council meets monthly for general body meetings that are open to the public and where project committee members meet and plan. If you are interested in a leadership role, the Council’s Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss the continued development and growth of the Council’s existing programming. General body meetings take place once a month, usually the third Thursday of the month. Project Committees meet as needed.
Information on the WHIN Food Council is available via their Facebook page, here.
Uptown Community Church is a founding member of Viva Uptown Inc., a church-based collaborative which is joining God and our community for the flourishing of Washington Heights and Inwood. Learn about us at vivauptown.org