Missions and Outreach

Throughout each year, Calvary participates in many mission projects that impact people from the local area to the international level, and we welcome your participation on any or all of our missional outreaches. Please check this page for updates on our missions and projects.

Free English Tutoring for Adults

An important mission at Calvary is our free English as a New Language (ENL) tutoring program for adults who are learning to speak English, or wish to improve their ability to write or converse in English. Volunteer tutors from the church and surrounding community work with people from many countries and faiths, of all educational levels and backgrounds. Tutors can meet with individuals or small groups, and can tailor lessons to individuals’ goals, helping them develop the language skills needed to obtain citizenship, get a driver's license, seek housing, and apply for employment.

There are two ways that you can participate in this program:

Volunteers in Mission (VIM)

Volunteers in Mission is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, missionary movement which uses building skills to assist communities where help is needed and invited.  Teams are often assembled from members of many congregations, and are supported by a local host group where the help is being given.  With the assistance of experienced team members, volunteers grow spiritually and learn new skills while helping others.  Calvary teams have participated in week-long trips to Mississippi, Iowa,  Cuba, and many day trips to local areas in need.

Knitting Ministry

The Knitting Ministry at Calvary, through the love of God, reaches out to those in need of hope and healing with gifts of prayer shawls and lap blankets. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, including those who have been knitting for years and those who are new to the craft.

Calvary's Missional Partnership's

Capital City Rescue Mission

Calvary has a long standing relationship with the Capital City Rescue mission. Our two ongoing ways of support is through a quarterly "cook and serve" meal program, the other is through our the "rags to riches" collection in our church vestibule. 

Cook and Serve Program 

Each quarter a group of volunteers cooks a hot meal for the residents at the Rescue Mission. This meal is then brought to the mission and served to their residents by another set of volunteers. Everyone is welcome to volunteer to cook, serve, or to donate needed items as requested. Information about these events are published in our midweek messages, or if you'd like to learn more you can reach out to our church office.   

Rags to Riches Program 

Calvary collects un-useable tattered, torn, or stained clothing and linens, to donate to the rescue missions rags to riches program.   When you come to church, bring your bag  or unused, worn out fabrics and place it in our collection box located in the vestibule entrance.  Serviceable items are given to clients and third world missions and unserviceable items are bailed and sold to provide funds for Rescue Mission programs.  The Rescue Mission gets $.17 a pound for textile materials they bundle up for recycling. This is a great way to be both eco conscious and generous. 


St. Ambrose Food Pantry

St. Ambrose Food Pantry provides food to families and individuals in need throughout the Colonie area. You can drop of  non-perishable food items anytime in our vestibule collection center shelves or bring them with you to our Sunday morning  worship  services, and they will be brought forward to altar during the children’s time and taken to the pantry after the service.  

Needed Items:

Street Soldiers

Street soldiers is a grass-root community aide organization that helps those experiencing homelessness and those in need with essentials, meals and sandwiches.  Calvary collects various needed items throughout the year depending on the weather (hats, gloves, winter coats, boots) and need of the organization (hygiene products, survival gear, clothes, etc.).  Donations can be placed in the Street Soldiers collection box in the church entry way or dropped off at the donations intake shed located at the JCC of Schenectady (2565 Balltown Road) 7 days a week.  Donations can also transported to the parking lot of the Zion Lutheran Church located at 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady between 3pm and 4 pm on Sundays. Volunteers are always welcome. 


Pantry: Vienna sausages, spaghetti O’s, Chef Boyardee, tuna, canned chicken, Hormel/shelf stable ready heat meals, canned stew, canned chili, soup, canned veggies, canned beans, pasta sauce, pasta, rice, boxed stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, ramen, instant soup cups, mac and cheese, easy mac, pasta sides, fruit cups, canned fruit, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, cereal bars, crackers, graham crackers 

 Hygiene & Baby: Toilet paper, hotel amenities, bandaids, first aid cream packets, laundry pods & dryer sheets, baby wipes, toddler food

 The Closet (for those experiencing homelessness): pop-top soups/stew, peanut butter packets, vitamin protein breakfast drink mix packets. 

 Pet Pantry: Wet and dry dog and cat food

 Shoes: New and gently used socks and sneakers in all sizes.

 Special Table: New spring and Easter items for our kids. 

 We are not accepting clothing, housewares, or books until spring.

We have a GoFundMe account used to purchase hot food from 3 local, family owned restaurants that support us regularly with donations and for produce purchased from long time supporter, Capital Roots.  

Did You Know Facts!


Thank you for your generosity.  If you have any questions, please email Constance.Cutler@verizon.net.  

Other Ongoing Missions Collections

Lions Institute – Eye Glasses

Calvary continues to collect prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses that no longer fit your prescription for the Lions Institute.  Donation box outside the church office. Please Note: They only accept glasses, not eyeglass cases.

Equinox - Cell Phones/Chargers

Victims of domestic Violence throughout Albany County can benefit from used cell phones and chargers to help ensure their safety and ability to communicate.  Donation box is outside the church office.

Need Help?

Of you or your family is in need of help, the church has a pastor's discretionary fund to assist people in need.  If you need assistance, please contact our church office.