Areas of involvement
Emergency Food, Health Care, Advocacy, Multi-Faith Forum, Workplace Training, Worship, Environment, Finance Seminars
The Long Island Council of Churches (LICC) is the coordinating body for the ecumenical work of churches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Its mission is to unite diverse Christians to work together to improve living conditions on Long Island, and to promote understanding and cooperation between Christians and non-Christians. LICC's professional staff works with volunteer leaders to implement programs and activities that assist the poor, needy and powerless on Long Island from all walks of life.
The LICC works with over 50 public and private health and social service agencies throughout Long Island to provide emergency food, housing, medical assistance, transportation assistance, chaplaincy services, disaster relief, and advocacy for a wide range of social issues including affordable housing, adequate health care, the environment, social, racial and gender equality, anti-poverty and anti-bias programs, prison reform, substance abuse and domestic violence programs. We also support legislation for universal health care.
Ninety-eight and a half percent of the clients we serve through our offices and pantries in Hempstead and Freeport (Nassau County) and Riverhead (Suffolk County) are low to moderate income. Most are minority populations as well. A staff of dedicated full-time and part-time clergy and laypeople operate these programs under the direction of the Board. The Long Island Council of Churches is governed by a Board of Directors and a Board of Mission and Ministry comprised of local clergy, lay denominational representatives, and members of the local business and nonprofit communities. The Council is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (E.F.S.P.) will pay one month’s rent, mortgage or utility bills for those who qualify, and you must have a plan in place to hold onto your home and make future payments to receive this assistance.