Healthy Communities Initiative
Uptown Go Green
Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Currently there is great need for emergency food in the Washington Heights/Inwood community with 27% living below the poverty line. Sixty percent suffer from being overweight or obese and 10% from diabetes.

In response to this need, Uptown Community Church and 6 other local churches worked in partnership with residents, businesses, schools, and other community organizations through healthy communities initiative "Uptown Go Green". It was our 5th year participating in the renewal of the food landscape in Washington Heights/Inwood by providing free tote bags of fresh groceries to needy residents of WaHI.


Neighborhood Renewal Workshop

The Church as Good Neighbor: Participating in the Well-Being of Our Community

10/19/16
586 W. 177th St. (Between Audubon and St Nicholas Ave)
Led by Al Santino; Neighborhood Renewal Coordinator; Uptown Community Church

The Lord calls us to love our neighbor as the greatest earthly expression of our love for Him.  He also calls us to extend this love toward our community and seek its well-being (shalom) as responsible citizens.  In this workshop we discussed some principles and practices to help guide us in blessing our communities with the good deeds of God’s Kingdom.
Topics included:

  • Prayer Walking
  • Getting Into The Community Flow: Listening and Asset Identification
  • Practicing Good Neighboring
  • Participating In Community Service Opportunities
  • Crossing Broadway: Opportunities for Reconciliation and Justice

Green Farm Stand

Sponsored by Uptown Go Green
An Initiative of Uptown Community Church

For two months over the summer, we worked with youth in our neighborhood to empowering them with job skills while providing healthy fruits and vegetables for our community. Also available were resources for nutrition and health services.