Current Missions

These are missions we currently support.  See below for different ways you can help or contact us to volunteer or help with us with one of our Missions.

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Local Missions:

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.

 

When: June

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 funds raised go to the Hilton-Parma 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 struggle 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

 

When: year-round 

Linus Project
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

 

When: Thanksgiving

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.


1.      One Great Hour of Sharing  

 

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


2.      Strengthen the Church  

 

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


3.      Neighbors in Need 

 

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: In 2021, Neighbors in Need “Unfailing Love” offering is focused on supporting organizations and projects that are serving homeless and immigrant neighbors or communities. 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 provide funding grants to UCC churches and organizations leading justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects in their communities. 

 

When: October 3, 2021


4.      Christmas Fund 

 

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