By God’s grace, let’s go out and be salt and
light to our great city!
The ABK Justice & Mercy Team pursues our city with the healing love of our triune God. Through a weekly newsletter, J&M leaders share the different needs of our community along with various service opportunities available to the team and ABK church family.
How Do I Serve?
In Ephesians 2:10, we are claimed as God’s “…workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Even if you don’t feel prepared for service, God has already prepared something for you.
Right now that may be something you do from home, virtually, or it may be something in-person. All you need to do is find out which path God has set up and step forward. Would you like to join us? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to see a full list service opportunities!
Racial Justice Resources
We want to provide additional Resources on Systemic Racism and Justice from one of our deacons, CJ Quartlbaum, and from other leaders that we respect. These resources will help further explain the biblical calling to justice, the reality of systemic racism and injustice, white privilege, the plight of Black Americans, the failures of the Church, and the incredible opportunities to pursue justice and reconciliation going forward.
Opportunities to Serve
Volunteer in Person
- Recovery House of Worship – Food Pantry: (Downtown Brooklyn, 360 Schermerhorn St.) RHOW seeks in-person volunteers to assist with food pantry distribution on Saturday mornings (7:30-10:30 AM). There is particular need for volunteers who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish. Sign up through Hope For New York’s website.
- Recovery House of Worship – Community Breakfast: Help serve breakfast to the community on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings. RHOW also provides a mobile shower on Mondays, and clothing on Fridays. For more information, visit RHOW’s website.
- New York Blood Center: (Various locations) There is a big shortage in blood supply. If you are currently healthy, consider donating blood. More information is available on their website.
- Safe Families for Children: Become a Virtual Family Friend and provide support to isolated and struggling families through connections by phone, text, FaceTime, or video conferencing. Connect with families at least once a week for 3 months. Get details here. Bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish are also needed. Email Tia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: Be a phone volunteers to offer reassurance calls and companionship to our isolated elderly neighbors. Calls happen Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays sometime between 11 AM and 6 PM. The time commitment is 1 hour per week. To sign up, complete the form on the website.
- Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center: Students at Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center have started taking ESL Classes online. Volunteers are needed to help students make the transition to learning virtually. Request information via Hope for New York’s website.
Volunteer With a Car
- Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: (Central Brooklyn) Help deliver grocery boxes to elderly recipients, special meals for holidays, or flowers for special occasions. Contact Jerome at email@example.com, or find more information on their website.
- Citymeals on Wheels: Provide food and company to homebound elderly throughout the city. Various opportunities are available. Request more information via HFNY’s website.
- Defy Ventures: Sign up to attend a virtual event with Defy Ventures, which provides career readiness and entrepreneurship training to formerly incarcerated individuals. Events range from Book Clubs, Community Building, and Business Coaching Nights. Request information via Hope for New York’s website.
- Masked Crusaders: Create condolence cards for families who have lost loved ones during COVID-19. Bellevue hospital will process these and distribute according to need. For further instruction, complete this form or email Covidcondolencecards@gmail.com. They are especially looking for cards in other languages of the NYC community.
- Young Life: Write notes of encouragement to accompany care packages for teen moms struggling. Request more info through HFNY’s website.
- Recovery House Of Worship: RHOW offers mobile showers on Monday mornings. See their Amazon wishlist for current needs.
- CHIPS (Community Help in Park Slope): Due to Covid-19, CHIPS has temporarily closed its soup kitchen. In the interim, CHIPS is running a pop-up food distribution center and seeking people to provide home-cooked and home-packaged foods, or to donate financially. For more information, and to sign-up, you can also visit their website.
- Brooklyn Relief Kitchen: A volunteer-led organization preparing 250+ fresh-cooked meals each day and distributing COVID-19 relief boxes through community partners. Drop off urgently needed food and pantry items Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm, send them something off their Amazon wishlist, or donate money to their efforts. More information on their website here.
- Hope For New York: HFNY has served New York City for decades by helping service organizations connect with churches and volunteers, as well as providing financial aid and training so they expand their reach. Apostles Brooklyn is proud to partner with them. You can give to their mission here.
- Love146: Working to end child sex trafficking and exploitation. Learn more and donate on their website.
Mutual Aid Organizations
- Crown Heights Mutual Aid: Learn more about who they are and what they do at this link: Crown Heights Mutual Aid
- Flatbush United Mutual Aid (FUMA): Learn more about who they are and what they do at this link: Flatbush United Mutual Aid
- North Brooklyn Mutual Aid: Learn more about who they are and what they do at this link: North Brooklyn Mutual Aid
- Red Hook Initiative: Help provide COVID-19 emergency response to communities at risk in the Red Hook Community. Find more information here. There are many ways to serve, including working with youth, counseling/check-ins, and advocacy support. Fill out this form to get connected.
- Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid: GPHMA is partnering with Soul Food for the People, an initiative linking various local businesses, churches and other community groups in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Bed-Stuy and East New York. Soul Food For The People is providing hundreds of hot meals and produce every weekend to folks in need. If you’re interested in volunteering to cook, pack, transport or distribute meals, or if you’d like to help with intake at one of various distribution sites on Saturdays, you can reach out to GPHMA Steering Committee Member, Tobias, at firstname.lastname@example.org.