Faith-based Engagement

FPWA serves as a critical resource for New York City's faith community. Our faith based initiatives and activities include advocacy opportunities, effective strategies for mobilizing communities, training and information services, and capacity building.

In addition, we connect our membership and faith partners to our extended network of policymakers, legislators, and other human services and faith-based organizations. We also work with churches and other faith-based service providers to bring a powerful, informed, united, and focused voice of the faith community to major social service and justice issues at the city, state, and federal levels. Our advocacy and broad range of services help our members and affiliates to operate with increasing effectiveness as change agents and social service providers in the city’s most underserved communities.

Guided by our faith and shared values, we seek to build a city of equal opportunity for all families and communities by reducing poverty, advancing upward mobility, and creating shared prosperity.

You can view a list of our members here.

Programs & Initiatives

FPWA operates a number of programs and initiatives that are designed to help our faith-based member agencies and partners fulfill their social missions and become effective advocates for their communities.


FPWA is a partner in the United Way of New York City’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Each year, we help churches and human services agencies feed thousands of hungry New Yorkers through soup kitchens and food pantries.  We receive and distribute funding for faith-based providers of emergency feeding and nutrition programs. Most of these churches are not large enough or do not have the administrative capability to manage these grants on their own, so we also provide technical assistance to help them with the application and reporting process, and to help them maintain proper accounting and fiscal records. 

You and your agency can maintain an important role in maintaining this essential lifeline. Donate non-perishable food items at FPWA’s main office or organize a food or fundraising drive at your school, office, or church.

We can provide information on how to conduct a food drive if you would like to host one at your venue. If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Nakia Johnson.


Joined by faith to help ensure every New Yorker is counted

We need your help to ensure all, and especially vulnerable New Yorkers are counted in the upcoming 2020 census, so our communities receive the funding and resources they need and deserve.

Every 10 years the federal government conducts a census to determine how billions of dollars of federal funding will be disbursed throughout the country and the number of seats each state is allotted in the House of Representatives.

The Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition is being formed by Catholic Charities, Council of People’s Organizations, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Interfaith Center of New York, United Jewish Association of New York and other key partners to bring together faith leaders across New York City to work together to raise awareness about the importance of the census and ensure that New Yorkers in vulnerable and hard to count neighborhoods are properly counted.

Join the Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition Today!

For questions, contact Faith Based Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Yolanda Richard.