These are missions we currently support. See below for different ways you can help or contact us to volunteer or help with us on one of our Missions.
Please help us with our Supply Drives to help Hilton-Parma Emergency Food Shelf. They currently have the greatest need for Personal Care Items for adults and children and School Supplies for the upcoming school year.
Backpacks (may be new OR gently used)
NEW 1, 3, and 5 Subject Notebooks
NEW Composition Notebooks
NEW 2-Pocket Folders
NEW Pencil Cases
NEW #2 Pencils
NEW Pencil Sharpeners
NEW Crayons, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils
NEW Binders (up to 2")
NEW Binder Paper
NEW Book Covers
NEW Child Safety Scissors
NEW Rulers (12")
NEW Laptops or Tablets
Visa or Amazon Gift Cards
Personal Care Items
NEW Shampoo and Conditioner (men's and women's)
NEW Body Wash & Bar Soap
NEW Hand Soap
NEW Toothpaste and Toothbrushes (adult and children)
NEW Deodorant (men's and women's)
If you are able to donate, Please bring your donation to:
- Parma Greece United Church of Christ at 1211 Manitou Road in Hilton on any Sunday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for our weekly service.
- Tops Friendly Markets at 98 South Avenue in Hilton any day from 6:00am to 12:00am. A shelf is set up in the entrance vestibule.
- Hilton Community Center at 59 Henry Street in Hilton Monday through Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm in a dropbox.
- The Hilton-Parma Emergency Food Shelf in the Hilton Community Center at 59 Henry Street in Hilton on any Wednesday from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
*If you are dropping off donations at the Foodshelf during open hours, pull up in front of the Community Center ramp and wait for a volunteer. DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR. A Foodshelf Volunteer will accept and unload your donation.
*Please do not leave any donated items outside of a building. Always be sure they are given to a volunteer or are placed in a designated drop box.
Blessing of the Animals
What: Blessing of family pets brought to the event
Who It Helps: Donations accepted for an area pet shelter
When: A Sunday afternoon in October each year
Blanket Sunday- Special offering taken; each $10 donated purchases one blanket
What: Annual Church World Service program
Who It Helps: Most vulnerable neighbors around the world facing difficult times
Grace House – Father’s Day collection of household items
What: Transition home for men who have recently been released from prison
Who It Helps: Men transitioning after incarceration.
Coffee Connection - The coffee used at Parma Greece UCC is purchased from the Coffee Connection in Rochester. The Coffee Connection provides employment training and job creation for women in recovery from addiction and as a not-for-profit business sells fair trade, organic coffee to retail and wholesale customers. In partnership with Project Empower, they provide comprehensive, continuous support for women on their journey toward sustainable recovery.
What: We purchase the coffee used at church from the Coffee Connection in Rochester
Who It Helps: The Coffee Connection empowers women on their journey to sustainable recovery from addiction. We create jobs and train women for sustainable employment as a not-for-profit business selling fair trade, organically-grown, and sustainably-farmed coffee to retail and wholesale customers
When: Coffee Connection provides services year round
Hilton Clothing Closet – Collected clothing throughout the year and participated in "Undy Sunday" to address that specific need. Please check their page for items they are currently in need of and their hours.
What: Provides free clothing
Who It Helps: People in the Rochester area (no residency requirements)
When: Clothing gathered throughout the year; Closet open varying hours
Hilton CROP Walk – Canceled due to the pandemic.
What: Annual Church World Service walk to benefit hunger; Sponsored locally by the Hilton Parma Community Council of Churches; Congregation participates in the annual walk;
Who It Helps: Funds raised help fight food insecurity worldwide, 25% of all finds raised go to the Hilton Emergency Foodshelf
When: Usually in the First Sunday in May
Hilton-Parma Emergency Food Shelf - Our congregation supports this effort by contributing food and monetary donations throughout the year. Please check their page for items they are currently in need of and their hours.
What: Congregation donations of food throughout the year; Food pantry part of the Hilton Parma Community Council of Churches; Located in the Hilton Community Center; also sponsors the Annual Thanksgiving Basket Program
Who It Helps: those struggled with food insecurity in the Hilton School District
When: Provides services year round
Hilton Parma Community Council of Churches - PGUCC provided food and gifts for Christmas Baskets to help families have a blessed and happy Christmas.
What: Non for Profit umbrella organization of Hilton Parma Emergency Food Shelf, Hilton Helps, and Clothing Closet
Who It Helps: Those struggling with Food Insecurity in the Hilton School District (Hilton Emergency Foodshelf); Those in the area who need help getting clothing, also sponsors the Annual Christmas Basket Program
When: Services provided throughout the year; Christmas baskets at Christmas time
Lenten Offering Boxes
Although our Lenten mission was interrupted by the closings, we did collect $118.26 from the Lenten Coin boxes. These contributions were designated for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.
What: Free will offering collected during Lent
Who It Helps: Folks in need in our congregation
The handmade blankets that were collected throughout the year were donated to the Linus Project in June and were then given to area children who were in need of comfort, security, and a warm blanket hug.
What: Blankets donated by the congregation
Who It Helps: Children in area hospitals
When: Year Round
Salem Nutrition Center- Prior to the COVID pandemic, our volunteers served lunch to the guests at Salem on the 2nd and 5th Mondays each month. We donated some of the clothing and goods for the clothing distribution on the 5th Monday of the month.
What: Congregation has provided financial support and food donations; In December, we collected men’s socks for Christmas Gifts
Who It Helps: Homeless folks in Rochester
When: Donations throughout the year; members of the congregation also volunteer at the Center every second and fifth Monday(Pre-Covid)
Thanksgiving Baskets - Our donations filled three baskets given out to families in Greece. We also donated food to the Hilton Emergency Foodshelf.
What: Sponsor Thanksgiving holiday food baskets
Who It Helps: Food insecure in Greece and Hilton
Community Ink Cartridge Recycling
What: Printer cartridges, cell phones, PDAs, or portable electronics (Collection bin in church office)
Who it Helps: Proceeds go to PGUCC general fund
When: Ongoing collection
Glasses, Contact, and Hearing Aid Donations
What: Glasses, Contact, and Hearing Aid Donations. Given to the Hilton Lions Club (Collection bin in Missions Room)
Who it Helps: Recycled items are distributed to people in need in low and middle-income communities where they will have the greatest impact
When: Ongoing collection
Box Tops for Education
What: (Collection bin in Missions Room or download the app)
Who it Helps: Distributed to local schools to purchase supplies that teachers and students need
When: Ongoing collection
Cans and Bottle Returns
What: Cans and Bottles with redemption to 5 Cents Fast in Hilton and mention Parma Greece UCC.
Who it Helps: Proceeds go to PGUCC Pastor Discretionary Fund
When: Ongoing collection
Wider Church Missions:
New York Christian Conference - Each year a small group of representatives from area churches meet. This year we received $455.95 for attending this gathering. These funds went to the Coalition for Migrant Workers.
What: Financial donation to the coalition
Who It Helps: Area migrant workers
When: Fall of each year
Pennies for People - Any church that collects "Pennies for People" can nominate deserving organizations to get funding grants. These grants are for non-profits that do not receive government grants and may "fall through the cracks" as far as funding is concerned.
What: Congregation donates pennies; UCCNY Conference Fund
Who It Helps: Non-profit are selected each year; nominated by the Association
When: Year round
5-for-5 Congregation - Parma Greece UCC is proud to be a longtime 5 For 5 Congregation. Of the over 4,900 churches in the UCC, about 33% (in 2018) are "5 for 5" churches.
What: One Great Hour of Sharing, part of Our Church’s Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. One Great Hour of Sharing also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
Who It Helps: This is one of the special offering that the congregation contributes to each year
When: March each year
What: Invests in the vision of the United Church of Christ.
Who It Helps: Existing churches, new church starts, programs for youth and young adults
When: May each year
What: Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
Who It Helps: One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities.
When: October each year
What: The Christmas Fund has been caring for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ for over 100 years,
Who It Helps: Provides emergency grants, supplementation of small annuities and health premiums, and Christmas “Thank You” gift checks each December to our lower-income retirees.
When: Christmas Eve
5. Our Church’s Wider Mission
What: Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) funds the work the UCC does in its Associations and Conferences, and in the national and global church.
Who It Helps: OCWM funds are invested in programs, resources, and tools needed to keep local UCC churches strong, effective, and growing.
When: Year Round