St. Paul's Cathedral has a mission to look "BEYOND OUR WALLS"
This committee has two major activities. We consider grant requests from worthy organizations and agencies that are ministering to those in need from the hungry to the homeless. We have supported projects like the Chicken Barbeque each fall and Friends of the Night People. Our second activity is to develop and coordinate existing and new ministries.
Meeting times: variable, at least four times per year depending on business.
Friends of the Night People (FONP)
Friends of the Night People is a charitable organization that helps the poor, homeless and destitute in Buffalo, New York. They provide food, clothing, medical care, counseling and hope to those in need. All services are provided free of charge without a sliding income scale. They rely on the generosity of their volunteers and contributors. St. Paul's Cathedral involvement includes providing five to seven volunteers every 1st Sunday to assist in serving dinner to about 100-150 of Buffalo's homeless. The Cathedral also solicits much-needed items to distribute at FONP, such as toiletries and other personal care items and gently used clothing.
Voice-Buffalo believes the process of creating positive social change indeed starts with individuals, with people taking the time to voice their concerns with others. That's why VOICE-Buffalo is made up of concerned citizens like members of St. Paul's Cathedral. Social change is never easy and often takes time, but by standing together, we can "be the people we've been waiting for" that make those positive differences. This past May, St. Paul's Cathedral was recognized for being one of the founding organizations of Voice-Buffalo. Dean Will Mebane continues his leadership role with Voice-Buffalo.
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St. Paul’s has volunteers who provide classroom support on a regular basis two or three times a week.
St. Paul's also collected school supplies to donate to students in need.
Network of Religious Communities
The Network of Religious Communities (NRC) is an interreligious/ecumenical organization of denominations, congregations, and religious organizations located in Western New York State, U.S.A. and the Niagara Peninsula of Southern Ontario, Canada. Their purpose is to:
foster interreligious, ecumenical, and interracial understanding, dialogue, and cooperation; facilitate collaboration in areas of common concern and in response to the needs of the residents of our region; and promote justice, peace, and the common good — as expressed in the faith traditions of its members. St. Paul's stocks their food pantry with a weekly offering basket of canned goods and continues to be an active member of this network.
People United for Sustainable Housing is a local membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side.
PUSH Buffalo was established to:
Create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing.
Decrease the rate of housing abandonment by reclaiming empty houses from the neglectful public and private owners and redeveloping them for occupancy by low-income residents.
Develop neighborhood leaders capable of gaining community control over the development process and planning for the future of the neighborhood.
Members of St. Paul's have been involved since its inception.
The Genesis Center
St. Simon's Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Diocese of WNY and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation invested significantly in creating The Genesis Center, where our mission is to love our neighbors. It is our hope, as we grow in our mission that The Genesis Center will offer the South Buffalo community services for improving quality of life. We will also be able to refer folks who are in crisis.
Our Little Roses
Our Little Roses Ministries is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, dedicated to rescuing the girl child of Honduras from situations of risk. Our Little Roses are committed to providing a safe, secure and loving environment of unity, respect and dignity, empowering and transforming girls into successful women with moral and spiritual values, strengthened through the teachings of Jesus Christ. St. Paul's Cathedral supports Our Little Roses by participating in the Diocesan "Our Little Roses Tea" every year in October.
"All Our Children" Conference - Church - School Partnerships
The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, assembled a committee to plan a regional forum for 2016 in response to Resolution B005 passed at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in July 2015. The resolution calls for parishes/cathedrals of The Episcopal Church to develop partnerships with schools in their communities "as a path for following Jesus into the neighborhood, addressing educational inequity, and rejuvenating congregations." St. Paul's hosted a Regional All Our Children Conference in May of 2016 that featured The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of The House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church and The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Director, Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships – US Department of Education, Washington, DC speaking to representatives from Episcopal dioceses in Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York.
Coalition of Economic Justice
The Coalition for Economic Justice is an ongoing coalition of labor, faith, community, academic and student activists, and organizations. They engage in collective action to promote strong communities and economic justice for all. The Very Rev. Will H. Mebane, Jr. was the recipient of the 2016 "Joan Malone Award" for his support of the "Fight for $15" minimum wage campaign led by the Coalition of Economic Justice.
Concerned Clergy of WNY
The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York speaks out against racism, class privilege, and violence. In December of 2014, dozens of religious leaders gathered on the steps of Buffalo's City Hall to rally against the growing number of violent police incidents. This group of mostly African American denominational groups & pastors.