WORLD VISION 30 Hour Famine

For the past 7 years, our St George AP GOYA has been an active participant in a nationwide 30 Hour Famine to help stop world child hunger. Through the efforts of our young adults, St George AP GOYA has raised over $36,000 to feed the hungry throughout the world. This is an event that every GOYAN truly loves. It  helps them raise awareness not only about worldwise hunger and almsgiving but about fasting and prayer as well. Here is the link to the Asbury Park Press article for 2015 

What is the 30 Hour Famine?

It is a nationwide Youth movement sponsored by World Vision to stop world hunger. All participants are asked to restrain from eating food for 30 hours during which time they are asked to raise awareness and funds in order to stop world hunger. The ways to raise awareness is by learning about the crisis and being a witness to family and friends. The first goal is to be sponsored by family, relative and friends. Second goal is receive food donations for our local food bank. Third is to provide service to those in need. Great Lent is a spiritual discipline of Orthodox Christians which involves not only prayer and fasting but also almsgiving which the 30 Hour famine promotes all three of these disciplines.  Helping the poor is a calling for Orthodox Christians and the season of Great Lent puts a special emphasis on charity through almsgiving.  It only takes $1 a day to help feed and care for a hungry child. 

What type of fasting?

Fasting is the act of abstaining from food. The one that we will be doing, which is the most popular and the one that is part of the 30 Hour Famine is a juice fast.  The average, healthy person is able to go without food for 30 hours without any ill effects. Exceptions are the following: people with specific medical conditions (past or present) including diabetes, reactive hypoglycemia, other medical conditions that are associated with or could precipitate hypoglycemia; eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia)

If you have any health-related questions about the 30 Hour Famine or are regularly under a doctor’s care for any of the above medical conditions, you are strongly advised to consult your family doctor before taking part. This event will provide an opportunity for our youth to focus their thoughts, prayers and efforts on things most important to God. It’s a way to draw near to God. It also allows our youth to feel what real hunger feels like -- a hunger that is felt by many of the boys, girls, men and women who are being helped by the funds raised during the 30 Hour Famine.

 This year we had over 30 GOYANS particpate. Awareness and resgistration begin a month before Pascha. The GOYANS have an opportunity to sign up online. More information can be found on the World Vision webpage at www.30hourfamine.org.

The fast begins 8pm on Good Friday night and ends 2am after the Resurrection service. A schedule is given to each GOYAN with their registration packets(typically a month before Pascha). 



BRIDGES OUTREACH

In September 1988, Geoff and Ginger Worden made their first of many Friday midnight trips to carry bag dinners, hot soup and coffee to the homeless on the streets of NYC.  

This organization started from 2 individuals in 1988 personally feeding the homeless under the Brooklyn Bridge.  It has since grown into a non-for profit organization that reaches out to 1000,000 homeless in New York City, Newark, Irvington and Summit, New Jersey every week delivering brown bag meals, toiletries and school backpacks.

Holy Trinity Westfield GOYA together with St George AP GOYA, Kimisis Holmdel and Union GOYA  together donate and deliver over 300 brown bag lunches as part of a BRIDGES RUN for this agency twice a year.  All the food is donated by GOYA families and the lunches and toiletries bags are assemebled together as a unified GOYA on a Friday night and the senior GOYANS hand deliver the lunches to the homeless the next morning. It is a truly a moving experience for our young adults.   

BRIDGES OUTREACH webpage 

 

 

 

 FAMILY PROMISE OF MONMOUTH COUNTY

Family Promise is a communitywide program that provides transitional shelter and comprehensive assistance for low-income families in Monmouth County in a manner that offers hope, preserves dignity and promotes self-sufficiency. There are over 200 children in Monmouth county who are homeless, and Family Promise is the only emergency shelter that takes families. Each year, they provide roughly 10,220 meals and 5,110 bed-nights for families in need.  Referral calls from families seeking temporary housing continue to increase. Unfortunately, our capacity falls far short of the demand.

At the end of their 90 day program, approximately 80% of our families graduate into permanent or transitional housing. This is thanks to intensive case management that helps them overcome the issues that led to homelessness.

The Cardboard Box City Fundraiser is an annual event that raises funds for Family Promise to fulfill the families needs. Event participants spend the night in boxes at Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls to raise money and awareness for Family Promise, a support agency in Monmouth County that keeps homeless families together while providing them with services to assist them back into homes of their own. 

Our GOYA will be participating this September 29-30, 2017. 

Family Promise Webpage