A Tradition of Community Service

Exposing young children to community service through tangible activities has been a tradition at Episcopal for many years. The School wants every student to learn that acts of caring and kindness make a difference to their neighbors in New York City.

Every year, Episcopal collects food, clothing and books for three organizations that benefit our neighbors. Our community service projects begin in November with a food drive to benefit City Harvest. City Harvest supplies food to hundreds of food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs. Just before Thanksgiving, our children bring canned and packaged goods to School. This year, our donations weighed 800 pounds!

In December, Episcopal’s families donate new mittens, hats and scarves for the Children’s Aid Society. Founded in 1853, the Children’s Aid Society supports children in targeted high needs neighborhoods throughout New York City. Before the donations are sorted and boxed, children and parents hang them on the garlands that surround the Red Rug Room. These gifts add bright splashes of color and an air of festivity to our Holiday Chapels!

In the spring, Episcopal holds a book drive for Project Cicero. Project Cicero is an organization that collects books from over 100 independent, public and parochial schools and distributes them to under-resourced schools throughout New York City. This year, our community responded by donating over 825 books and members of our Faculty volunteered at the distribution site to unpack and display the donations. Episcopal is grateful to all of our families and our faculty for their generous support of these worthy organizations!