The work of MCCNY Charities, Inc. is inspired by the life and advocacy of Stonewall Veteren Sylvia Rae Rivera (left), fierce defender of the rights of transgender and marginalized people. Sylvia served as the food pantry director in the 1990s and called for the opening of Sylvia’s Place upon her death in 2002. 

Through providing social services for the homeless and the hungry, including people living with HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) youth, and building a sense of community, MCCNY Charities, Inc. seeks to continue Sylvia’s vision of radical inclusion to anyone in need. MCCNY Charities, Inc. encompasses the social service ministries of Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY). 

Staff, volunteers and community members have worked towards this vision since the opening of the food pantry in 1985. In 2011, MCCNY Charities, Inc. became an independent 501(c)(3) organization committed to continuing our partnership with MCCNY while expanding our ability to provide support to those in need.