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VFFC Thanksgiving Baskets

Please consider a monetary donation, which will go towards the purchase of holiday food. For $55, VFFC will be able to provide a Thanksgiving Basket that will include many of the items we all enjoy at our own holiday tables. Read more about this mission HERE.

Blessings n’ Blankets

New Group Forming in Partnership with our Victor Methodist and Lutheran friends in Christ!

Victor Stitch-n-Chat 

Starting Wednesday, September 21, 1-2:30 PM

All handcrafters are invited to join us for 90 minutes of stitching and chatting!  We meet on the third Wednesday of every month from 1-2:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Victor.

Bring your current project (knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, paper crafting, etc.), work on a prayer (comfort) shawl or start a square for Blessings ‘n Blankets!  All skill levels are welcome.  Want to learn to knit or crochet?  We can help!  Contact Brenda Dean at for more information.


We’re making 10” x 10” squares to join together to make blankets. The blankets will be donated to one or more community organizations (TBD) that may have a need. 

Use worsted weight (#4) washable yarn and weave in all ends. The finished square should be 10 inches by 10 inches and dropped off/sent to First Presbyterian Church in Victor, 70 E Main St, Victor, NY  14564.

In a few months we will begin joining squares together into blankets. Email, text or call Brenda Dean if you wish to be added to the list for our joining parties. , 

Wondering what the finished blankets might look like? Here are some that were made by a church in Atlanta! There are over 2000 squares that have been sewn into 55 blankets.

Join “Blessings ‘n Blankets” on Facebook where you can upload pictures of the squares you’ve created or share additional patterns. Here’s a quick and easy way to join.

If you’re not on Facebook, I’ve included links below to patterns I’ve found – or use any pattern you like!

Knit patterns

Crochet patterns

Family Promise News & Needs | April 2022

1. In 2021, Family Promise provided Emergency Shelter for 53 people, 4977 bednights, 14,931 meals, average length of stay 97 days, and prevented 102 families from becoming homeless with rental assistance.

2. Family Promise Day of Giving (online) is Thursday April 28, 2022, with all proceeds funding the HUMI Challenge Grant. HUMI is a nonprofit organization working with communities to fund and create programs to help families facing a housing crisis.

3. Bed Race: July 30th volunteer opportunities! Looking for couples volunteers to help organize and run the Bed Race in Canandaigua. Leadership will be provided to help set-up tables, display signs, log in race participants, and run the race. Also, looking for a team of 5 to run the race with a VFPC pre-made bed. Event runs that Saturday morning from approx. 8am-12pm.  See Rich Cromwell for details.

Family Promise News!

Family Promise News and Needs | November 2021

Family Promise of Ontario County is alive and well and currently helping families in 3 apartments in Canandaigua and 2 in Geneva. Although our in church model has changed, there is still great work being done in our FP apartments and numerous families that have graduated from the program!

Here is a current “wish list” of opportunities congregations/ committees/individuals can get involved with, where there is no direct interfacing with the families. Please reach out to me by email, phone, or text if you need clarification or would like to volunteer for any of the tasks.   

Family Promise Congregational needs  

Donation Organizer – Assistance with large donations  

Delivery of food to our families and our graduates  

Guest Transportation – Doctor’s Appts, Mental Health Appts, SS Appts,  etc.  

Inventory specialist – someone willing to track our inventory and be  responsible for pulling items for apartments.  

Social Media specialists – Facebook, Instagram, someone willing to  make posts  

Tow & Carry Crew – Looking for team leader. As Items are donated or  acquired, straight to apartment or where they are needed in lieu of day  center storage.  

Clean & Stock for apartments – towels, sheets, kitchen items etc…Get  everything to inventory specialist. Taking inventory and bringing out  the dirty. Take laundry and linen with family as they leave.  

Congregations to adopt a new apartment, to paint, fix up…handman  type work. Once a year, freshen up with paint, clean, fix etc…. 

Office Angels, people for clerical support and thanking donors  telephonically. Notes put in data base.  

Volunteers to meet with children, to occupy children, to read to  children while parents are meeting with case worker.  

Volunteer team to go through toy and book inventory and distribution  for current items.  

Volunteer who can cut hair…  

Have a congregation adopt a family when they move in  

1. Welcome Dinner – At Day Center  

2. Transportation as needed.  

3. Keep contact with the family  

4. What personal items does the family need, where are their items  stored, etc.  

5. Teach budgeting classes, individual or with family  

6. Teach Good Tenancy Program  

Christmas Committee or Holiday Committee  

Congregational Space for Christmas 

Congregations and volunteers must understand that the families served can be encouraged to be vaccinated but cannot be forced.  Volunteers must wear masks during family contact.  

Additional items:

1. There will be new volunteer training available online in the coming weeks based on two modules, v101 and v102. This is both for new and current volunteers. Link is

2. David Simmons has taken over for Lauren Lamb as Volunteer Coordinator. He can be reached at the FP main number at 585-905-3988.

3. Our next “host week” in December 5 – 12. In lieu of in church hosting FP is requesting Byrne Dairy gas cards and food cards from Tops and Wal-Mart.

Thanks as always for all you do for homeless children and their families in Ontario County. Please reach out to Rich Cromwell directly at or 585-370-0839 if you would like to discuss any of the above information or would like to volunteer.

Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard News!

Lots of news coming from the Food Cupboard this month!

In September we fed: 633 adults, 353 children, and 172 seniors.

Angel Tree Program: Our program is going to be primarily virtual again this year. The link to the sign up is  People can sign up there and we will have a dropoff box on the porch of one of our volunteer’s homes. All that information can be found at the link above.

Our Thanksgiving distribution will be November 18th and our Christmas distribution will be December 18th.  Anyone who would like this assistance should call the Food Cupboard by Halloween at 585-924-2720.  For the Christmas distribution, we would like to give pouches of cookie mixes, any flavor or brand.  We’ll need at least 300, so if folks could pick those up when they are on sale the next 6 weeks that would be wonderful!

The Target registry has been updated to include the cookie pouches and some other items we need. This is the direct link or donors can go to, click on registry and enter Victor Farmington Food Cupboard.

From October 1st to December 31st we are part of the Target Circle charity program. If anyone belongs to Target Circle (this is not the debit or credit card), you get votes each time you shop.  You can use your votes to help us raise money this quarter and it doesn’t cost the shopper anything!

November 30th is #GivingTuesday. Most nonprofits participate in this and the Food Cupboard will be participating from November 16th to 30th.  More information will be coming out soon! Please save the date now!

Anyone who would like to help with deliveries this winter can contact Karen Guidarelli at the Food Cupboard. We are looking for two teams of two for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Some days we have no deliveries; some days we have 8, so we’re looking to split those with volunteers if we can.

We’re also looking for church cleaning teams for 2022. You would only need to sign up for two times per year since we have teams in once a month.  You can choose a Tuesday (afternoon or night) or a weekend morning to come. Please contact me (924-5642) to pick a month for the first half of 2022.

One last note:  We are currently allowing only fully vaccinated volunteers at the Food Cupboard until April 1st.  If anyone is fully vaccinated and interested in volunteering, you can stop by the Food Cupboard MWF mornings or give us a call at the office number.

Hopefully you will be able to support the Food Cupboard in one or more of the above opportunities! We appreciate all the churches help to feed the needy.

Community Dinners are back!

Community Dinners will begin again at church and be held on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month from 5-6:30 pm starting September 11th! Take-out meals will be available for people who call the church at 585-924-2289, during the Community Dinner time. Dinners will be brought out to your car.

*Please note that per CDC and NYS guidelines, vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks, but if you are unvaccinated we ask you to wear a mask until seated at a table with your dinner. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please call and we will bring a dinner out to your car. Thank you for your understanding!

Menus for September dinners:

Sept 11th- Macaroni and cheese (Girls Scouts host)

Sept 18th- Chili (St. Patrick’s hosts)

Sept 25th- TBD (Deacons are hosting)

Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to volunteer to help with our Community Dinners? We are looking for (7) volunteers for October 9th and October 23rd, from 3:30-7:30pm. Please follow the link here to sign up! Thank you for your generous support with your time.

Family Promise September News


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Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard Updates

Last year the VFFC was proud to provide 600 Thanksgiving Baskets through the support of the local Victor, Farmington and Canandaigua Communities. The past two years have brought on new challenges and obstacles for every one of us. Please read more of this letter from the food cupboard about changes this year and how you can help here!

The Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard is also in need of volunteers! These positions and their required skills can be found here.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support!

FPOC Host Week!

Hello amazing Family Promise friends! I trust you are enjoying your summer with family and friends and life seems a little more normal! Thanks to all who donated to the Amazing Bed Race! We raised over $30K and will help tremendously to fund our ongoing programs and family support.

First Presbyterian Church in Victor’s next scheduled host week is August 22-28, and in lieu of in church meals and overnight accommodations, we are requesting food gift cards be purchased at Wegmans, Tops, or Wal-Mart and dropped off or mailed to Family Promise 185 N. Main Street Canandaigua 14424, attn: Jay. Family Promise currently has 3 apartments in Canandaigua and 2 in Geneva for family housing and gift cards are much appreciated!

Thanks again for all you do to help needy families in Ontario County!

Rich Cromwell   585-370-0839  Volunteer Coordinator, First Presbyterian Victor

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