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.
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.
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.