Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

Serve through Outreach

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

A Court Appointed Special Advocate's mission is to train and supervise a diverse group of volunteers to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected.  The children are at risk of being removed, or have been removed, from their homes.  Our goal is a safe, permanent home for children as soon as possible. CASA becomes involved with a case by appointment from a Family Court judge.  If interested, please contact Margie Benza at 248-2427 x 244 or margie.benza[email protected]

Elderberry Express 

Elderberry Express is a senior (55 and older) citizens transportation service for Pittsford residents and residents at 81 Linden Knoll in Brighton.  All our volunteer drivers handle any valid senior activity.  Service is free, but donations are accepted.  The service operates Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.  If interested in volunteering, please the Elderberry Express at 248-6237.


Family Promise of Greater Rochester (FPGROC)- Formerly known as Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) 

 The FPGROC ministry provides a transition for families (parents with children) that have temporarily lost their housing. These are truly homeless, but not the stereotypical image that comes to mind. They have lost their homes due to fire, loss of livelihood, illness, new to the Rochester area … many of the crises that you or I might encounter. The families are referred to the program and are pre-screened for addictions, abuse, and mental illness. They just need a break to get their lives back on track.

Church of the Transfiguration actively supports the Shelter Program by providing volunteers to the host congregation, Mary Magdalene in East Rochester.   These volunteers provide the families with dinner and overnight support 2 days a week, 4 weeks a year.  For more information, click HERE.

There are many ways to support Family Promise of Greater Rochester as a volunteer or with donations.   For more information on Family Promise of Greater Rochester:   www.fpgroc.org/

For information on how you can volunteer with other Transfiguration members, please contact Barbara Balzano   [email protected]

Gifts in Faith 

Gifts In Faith Through Solidarity (GIFTS) is the new name for Gifts to the Poor, but the purpose will not change.   Gifts In Faith Through Solidarity will continue to award grants to organizations, projects and individuals on a monthly basis. Committee meetings will be held the second Monday of each month. All applications received by the Sunday preceding the monthly meeting will begin to be evaluated at the meeting. GIFTS is a method for the people of Transfiguration to direct a portion of the church's donations to an organization or individual in need. It begins with a need that has touched you personally - a call to help another. GIFTS will award grants to organizations, projects and individuals on a monthly basis. 


  • Submit a Grant Request on behalf of that person, family or organization

  • A team of six parishioners reviews the applications on the second Monday of each month and determines whether to fund the Grant and the amount to be awarded.

  • This team seeks to ensure consistency in recognizing both the need and level of funding awarded.


  • The committee meets on the second Monday of each month.

  • Grant Requests received by the previous Sunday are considered and reviewed.

Link to grant request form is HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Father Mike.

Global Solidarity

Global Solidarity Ministry

Our Global Solidarity Ministry has partnered with Food for the Poor for over 11 years, helping communities in Central America with various economic development projects.  We have supported projects in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, moving between the countries and projects as the political environment allows.  This strong tradition of helping the least of our sisters and brothers beyond our borders is routed in Catholic social teachings. (Matthew 25).  We are determined to commit our work to the common good. It is our goal to visit the communities we serve through annual mission trips generally held in February. For more information about this ministry and to discover how your time, talent and/or treasure can reach the families we serve, please contact Lauren Burruto at [email protected]

Currently, we are raising funds for a housing initiative for the community of AMATITAN ARRIBA, El Salvador.  Our goal is to raise $294,000 for 30 homes ($9,800 each). As of June 2021, we are one third of the way there!  We know through the years of working with the poor in Central America, providing a sturdy, dry home free of mold and intrusion from the harsh rains is the first step for restoring dignity and security. Each home is equipped with a living/dining room, two bedrooms, an eco-kitchen with a wood-saving stove under an open but covered patio, electrical installations, water component including a sink, laundry room and shower area, sanitation, including a flushable toilet, three doors and four windows, beds and dining table/chairs.  Your donation will transform lives allowing families to be safe and sound in their community.  To learn more about this ministry, please click HERE.

If you would like to donate to our current project in Amatitan Arribe, El Salvador, you can write a check directly to Food for the Poor and write Transfiguration SC147734 in the memo line.  Place that donation check in an envelope and mail it to:

Food for the Poor 

Church Alliances  ATTN: Kitty Soriano 

6401 Lyons Road

Coconut Creek, FL  33073

You may use a credit card by going to the Church of the Transfiguration’s Champion Page on the Food for the Poor website. The link is: https://www.championsforthepoor.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1064

Highlands Ministry

Twice per month a team of volunteers brings Communion to individuals at the Highlands of Pittsford.  If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Margie Benza in the parish office.

Hope for the Homeless

This is a ministry in collaboration with St. Mary's Church downtown to provide food, toiletries and basic health screening to chronically homeless men and women in and around downtown Rochester.  Please contact Deacon Eric Bessette 264-1796 or via the Contact Us page of this website.

Kentucky Men's Retreat

This is an annual week long retreat in Boonville, Kentucky where we work with the poorest of the poor, praying with each other, getting to know and supporting each other.  It is a powerful part of Men's Fellowship.  The retreat is usually held in September but was suspended in 2020-2021 due to COVID.  If you are interested in learning more about this, or becoming a leader of a future retreat, please contact Fr. Rob.

Kentucky Women's Retreat

A powerful week-long retreat in Boonville, Kentucky, where we serve the poorest of the poor while being spiritually renewed through prayer, communion and support of one another.  This retreat is usually held at the end of April each year.  Please contact Meg Kastner at the parish office if you are interested in learning more or participating in a future retreat.


Mercy Outreach Center

A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, the center provides access to primary health care, dental care and advocacy services to the uninsured and the under-served as well as anyone in the community denied access to basic medical and dental care because of their lack of financial resources.  Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental assistants, dental hygienists, board members and office support staff are needed for this important ministry.  Contact Don Campanelli at 248-3319 or visit the website www.mercyoutreachcenter.org.


Saint's Place

"Saint's Place is a volunteer organization based on Christian values, that provides household goods, clothing and education to legal refugees of all races and creeds who settle in the Rochester area to escape violence, discrimination and poverty".  Located at 46 South Main Street, next to St. Louis Church, Saint's Place accepts donations (in good condition) of furniture, household items for kitchen, bath, bedroom and living rooms.    Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver donations, organize and sort household goods and clothing, and provide tutoring to newly arrived refugee children.  Bulletin announcements inform our parishioners of the current needs of Saint's Place. Clothing in good condition can be donated at the Clothing Closet located at St. John of Rochester.  If interested, please contact Rosemarie Burke (662-5569) [email protected]


St. Andrew's Food Pantry

St. Andrew's Food Pantry is looking for some birds, hams and a few good volunteers.  Volunteers can work during the Pantry hours of operation, 9:30-11:30 AM, Tuesday- Friday.  More volunteers are needed during the Christmas season.  Call Margaret Oberst at 338-1764 if you would like to learn more.  Donations are always accepted, especially frozen turkeys, canned hams, other canned foods, and cash donations.  St. Andrew's Food Pantry is located at 890 Portland Avenue, Rochester NY.

School #39 Tutoring - (Note - suspended during COVID)

With the poverty rate in the City of Rochester one of the worst in the nation, the affect can be seen most profoundly in children.  Volunteers from Transfiguration visit once or twice a week during school hours, and partner with teachers to tutor elementary students in Math and Reading.  The individual attention and extra assistance makes a world of difference for our young friends.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rose Hartman @ [email protected]


Catholic Family Center Refugee Resettlement Services
As the largest refugee resettlement agency in New York State, Catholic Family Center assists over 700 refugees a year to resettle in the Rochester community.  CFC's goal is to provide a support foundation so that refugees have resources and services they need to pursue self-sufficiency.  These refugees have been displaced from their land or forced from their native country by civil strife, war or oppression.  Most are scraping out desperate lives in refugee camps in foreign lands.  Before being admitted to the US, refugees undergo a rigorous screening process.  There are many opportunities to volunteer in the refugee resettlement process.  Information on the program and volunteer opportunities is found at:  
 https://www.cfcrochester.org/for-professionals/refugee-services/refugee-resettlement/#content     You can also contact Janice Powalski at 381-4123, or [email protected]