In addition to the three programs that CIC operates – NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services, CALTR, and Church-Based Mental Health Services – Churches Improving Communities celebrates and supports the community outreach projects of its member churches.
- First Reformed Church of South River has started an after school program called SKREAM Friends and fun, snacks and home work help, stories, crafts and outdoor play are all part of SKREAM.
- Reformed Church of Linden offers ESL Program with a twist.
- Spotswood Reformed Church is now the site of CUP Food Pantry (Churches United for People). The CUP building on SRC’s property currently needs a new roof, boiler, and hot water heater, as well as repaving of the parking lot to provide better access for clients.
- SRC is revitalizing its Pixie Preschool and has rebuilt the outdoor playground to conform to NJ state standards, by resurfacing, replacing playground equipment and providing a new fence. The preschool has served families in the surrounding areas for 44 years.
- Community Church of Keyport created a new space for vital services. CCK is hosting Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry in the expanded space.
- The Bayshore Lunch Program serves lunch at 11:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Keyport Community Church, providing food and fellowship to those in need, and also providing lunch to disaster relief volunteer teams, who are rehabbing houses in the nearby shore towns.
- Ocean Community Church – Manahawkin operates a Food Pantry and participates in Family Promise Consortium for the Homeless, by serving as a shelter for a week, once per quarter.
- Middlebush Reformed Church helped establish a Group Home near their church for developmentally disabled women, Flower House. MRC will provide a supportive caring community through proactive social involvement with residents.
- First Reformed Church of New Brunswick created Town Clock Community Development Corp. to transform parts of their church building into supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence.
- First Reformed Church of New Brunswick sponsors the Rainbow Children’s Choir, open to all children in grades 3 to 6 in the city of New Brunswick. The choir puts on 3 concerts a year. A Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January, Interfaith Earth Day worship Service in April and Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in November. The project helps children discover their gifts of song and grow in community and multi-cultural appreciation. The project is looking for funds to pay an aide to assist with the children.
- First Reformed Church of New Brunswick operates a program in its historic cemetery to teach college students and other community members about local history, historic preservation, etc. The program is looking for funds for night lighting and a security camera for the cemetery.
- Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick provides 5 Loaves Food Pantry for people in economic hardship in Middlesex County. SRCNB also operates the Holy Shirt Thrift Shop.
- Agape House congregation in North Plainfield operates an After School Program that runs for 3.5 hours after school, focusing on homework help and tutoring. The program serves children from low income areas including several children in single parent families.
- Agape House offers a Summer Enrichment Program focusing on the moral, social and intellectual development of children, through a day long summer experience that includes weekly excursions, intensive study in six specialized areas and a capstone celebratory event.
- Colts Neck Reformed Church has helped launch New Destinies 4 Kidz, Inc.
- The Food Pantry at Suydam Street Reformed Church has been in operation since the 1990s, which enriches and blesses the community in New Brunswick.
If you are a member church and want to add or update a project, please contact us!