Our Mission & Vision
Cameron Community Ministries is an Urban Outreach Community Center in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood of Rochester, NY. Ninety-eight percent of residents in this neighborhood live in poverty.
Our mission is to provide hope to our community through emergency services, engagement, education and empowerment.
We offer many programs including youth after-school and summer programs, a Teen Center, Peace Garden, a free hot meal program that serves lunch daily, an emergency food pantry, and a clothing house that serves community members in need of clothing and housewares.
In 1866 a little Chapel was built at Ambrose and Lake Ave. When the congregation grew they built what is now Lake Avenue Baptist. When Lake Avenue Baptist was complete, the little Chapel was moved brick by brick to Lyell Avenue and Cameron Street. The little Chapel became Lyell Avenue Baptist Church. The Congregation existed for 90 years.
The congregation dwindled during the early 1980s, and the Lyell Avenue Baptist Church was decommissioned. At the same time, the American Baptist Churches of Monroe County and the Genesee Valley Presbytery were looking for spaces to establish a community ministry.
In 1984 Jane Baldwin, a student at Colgate Divinity School, conducted a needs assessment for the Lyell Ave area and concluded that the needs of this aging neighborhood were many, and the services were few. She became the part-time coordinator for the ministry. April 23rd, 1985, Cameron Community Ministries became legally incorporated. Jane Baldwin became the first Executive Director. With the needs assessment completed, CCM began with Youth Programs, the Hot Lunch Program, and a Clothing Closet.
Our Staff & Board
We have a dedicated team of 8 full time and 5 part time staff.
Cameron’s Board of Directors is comprised of up to 15 dedicated volunteers representing many sectors of the community. The Board along with it’s committees meet monthly and help to ensure Cameron’s operations and sustainability.
We can’t do this alone! YOUR support is imperative to the success of our organization.
Our Current Needs
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Invite a staff member to speak at your house of worship or business! We are more than happy to share about Cameron’s mission and what we do.