Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Signup

Our next service date for Loaves & Fishes Hospitality Kitchen in New Milford is
August 29, 2019.

Click here to sign up
for food contributions or to help setup/serve/ clean up.

UCC-On My Kids

2018 - 19 Food Bank Collection

Goal: 1,200 Pounds

Why Volunteer?

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Missions/ Outreach
Missions Chair: Jim Esslinger

Missions and Outreach are an important focus for our chuch.  Because we recognize the needs of both local neighbors as well as those brothers and sisters who are part of the greater global community, we support missions and outreach to various efforts and organizations that benefit both.  Some support is financial, some through prayer, and some through hands-on work.  All of these benefit not only those others in need but also the call within our own souls to reach out and be a part of God's answer to the cries of a hungry and hurting world.

Here are a few of the ministries we support as well as opportunities for you to join us in active outreach:     

Local     Global


Church Street Eats - Clothing Drive - Men’s new or gently used clothing and baseball caps needed! 

A collection box is located in the Parish House downstairs hall.

  • Used pants, shorts, shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts, outerwear, baseball caps, shoes, boots and belts. Please make sure donations are clean and in good wearable condition. All sizes are welcome. The greatest demand is for larger men’s sizes. No winter clothing please.
  • New T-shirts, adult sizes mostly LRG/XLRG. CSE frequently receives donations of T-shirts left over from fundraisers, school and work events, club activities and the like.
  • New Socks
  • New Men’s Underwear

The clothing will benefit the people served by CHURCH  STREET  EATS,
a Ministry of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Hartford.

Greenwoods Counseling Referral LLC  - Greenwoods is committed to helping individuals, families, children and the elderly get access to fast, confidential referrals to professional counseling and medical help.  They also financial help for counseling.

Judea Garden - "The Giving Garden"

Judea Nursery School

New Beginnings Single Life Ministry

Salvation Army AngelTree Project - Provide gifts for children in need in greater Waterbury this Christmas by taking a tag off the tree and returning your gift(s) by November 28.  We will receive the tags from the Army within the coming weeks.  Look for more information soon!

Loaves and Fishes of New Milford - Open 365 days per year, Loaves and Fishes of New Milford provides a hot meal every day for those in need.  They also provide nutritious bagged lunches for guests to take for the next day if they wish.  Some walk for miles to get there, lately we have seen more families with children in attendance.  This mission relies on donations of food from the community and organizations and individuals who offer their time and meals to the guests who dine there. 

The First Congregational Church of Washington prepares and serves a hot meal every 5th Thursday of the month.  This happens four times each year.  See below for upcoming opportunities to join in on this very important local mission.

Volunter opportunities include:

Cooking and Baking - This year, we are again implementing the group preparation of the meal we will serve. Wednesday evening before, volunteers meet in the kitchen in Wersebe Hall to jointly prepare a selected menu.  Optionally, those who wish to make a dessert or provide bread but cannot attend this gathering, can offer to supply those items and drop them off in the kitchen on Wednesday.

Sourcing Supplies/Food Donations - We welcome anyone who wishes to get donations of food from local merchants that can be used to make these meals.  These include meats, vegetables, fruit and other grocery items.

Serving the Meal - We need four people to set up, make bag lunches if needed, serve, and clean up.  Servers must be able to be at the Loaves and Fishes kitchen in the New Milford social services building no later than 3:30 on the designated Thursday.  The group is usually done between 5:30 and 6 PM.

These activities are not a large investment of time, but they yeild huge reward.  Contact the church office for more information.  

Use our interactive form/list to sign up for our next service date.

Meals on Wheels

New Beginnings Single Life Ministry

The New Milford Food Bank, managed by New Milford Social Services, is located at 40 Main St, New Milford, CT 06776.

They offer a weekly drop-in food program consisting of non-perishables, bakery products and seasonal produce. Food Bank hours are Wednesdays from 9am-12 noon and Thursdays 9am-12 noon and 1-4pm at Social Services.

The First Congregational Church of Washington has an ongoing collection of items for the food bank and are accepting the following non-perishable items on behalf of the food bank.  We then make periodic deliveries of contributions directly to the New Milford Food Bank.  Click here for the list in a downloadable file.

Peanut Butter & Jelly
Pasta/ Pasta Sauce
Boxed meals (mac&cheese/ rice-roni, etc.)
Canned Soups
Canned Meals (stew/ ravioli/ chili etc.)
Canned Tuna / Chicken
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables

Crackers & Cookies
Juice/ Coffee/ Tea
School Snacks (applesauce, fruit roll-ups, chips in a bag etc. juice packs)
Condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, salad dressing, relish)
Personal Hygiene (shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant etc.)
Paper Goods (paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, garbage bags, sandwich bags,
storage bags, tissues, aluminum foil)
Cleaning products (dish soap, laundry soap, bleach, etc.)


Contributions are accepted at the First Congregational Church of Washington throughout the month and at worship on the first Sunday of each month.

A grocery cart is located in the Meeting House on Sundays and at the entrance to the Parish House throughout the month.

Salvation Army AngelTree Project - Provide gifts for children in need in greater Waterbury each Christmas by taking a tag off our tree and returning your gift(s) by the first Sunday in December.  Specific information provided each year when the tags are made available.

Silver Lake Conference Center

Susan B. Anthony Project - Provides domestic violences services, sexual assault crisis services, transitional living and support services, as well as community education and outreach relevant to these topics.
We will be taking orders for Christmas Wreaths again this year.  Be sure to reserve yours in November!

Waterbury Soup Kitchen/ Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries


Back Bay Mission - A community ministry of the United Church of Christ, the Back Bay Mission is located in Biloxi, Mississippi and serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the wider church community by faithful witness for social justice and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized.

Church World Service (CWS) - CWS has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. They affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. They meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. That means a refugee family who is able to start a new life. Or someone rebuilding after disaster finds safety with dignity.   We support CWS by assembling School Kits, Hygiene Kits, and Emergency Clean-Up Buckets and welcome anyone who wishes to lend a hand or donate for supply costs.

Hopital Albert Schweitzer - Click on their name to visit the website and learn more about how the Hopital Albert Schweitzer has been saving lives, and changing lives, for more than 50 years. 

Simply Smiles - As the name implies, Simply Smiles works to create smiles on the faces of impoverished children. Those moments, those smiles, are mandatory building blocks toward providing a child with a bright future. Just as important as food, clothing, shelter, and education is the emphasis we place on developing memories of happiness and joy for those in our care.  (We help with that, too!)
We throw birthday parties for children living in orphanages, break piñatas with starving children in the jungle, and spend Christmas morning handing out presents to children living in a garbage dump.
We believe creating just one smile on a child’s face can change their life forever. We’ve seen it a thousand times, and we cherish each and every time a child Simply Smiles…

Our Church's Wider Mission - Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) Basic Support and Special Support provide funding for the work of UCC Conference and National ministries in support of the life and work of the local church and its members. OCWM changes lives by strengthening our ecumenical relationships and global partnerships, by imagining and embodying a better world through prophetic witness and work, and by providing resources and programs to nurture the vitality of our United Church of Christ congregations.

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