Augustana is committed to helping those who are in need. We have a variety of initiatives that assist people in the local community, the US, and around the world. Visitors are invited to assist in these projects. Contact the church office for details and to become involved, or stop in to learn more.
RIDE: Refugee Immigrant Driver Education
In 2007, Augustana instituted RIDE, the Refugee Immigrant Driver Education program, to help individuals earn their driver’s licenses. It is the only program of its kind in Western New York.
Augustana volunteers have aided more than 100 participants from 30 different countries in obtaining driver’s licenses. Additional participants have earned their driving permit.
Costs, from training materials to the permit test fee and professional driving lessons, are covered by individual donations, Lutheran Charities, the Lutheran Foundation of WNY, and Thrivent Financial. Augustana is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization. Donations can be made payable and sent to:
Augustana Lutheran Church
3143 Eggert Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150.
Contact the program director, Johanna Andritz,
for an application or more information:
God's Work. Our Hands.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) annually holds a national day of service called "God's Work. Our Hands.' ELCA churches across the US choose service projects that benefit their communities.
Our "God's Work. Our Hands.' projects have included Drive-through Food Pantry Drives for the Community of Good Neighbors in Buffalo and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, along with people from from Trinity Old Lutheran and other churches including Abiding Savior.
Food Pantry Support
We support the Community of Good Neighbors Mobile Food Pantry
throughout the year.
Contact the food pantry for assistance or more information:
Community of Good Neighbors: (716) 768-1998 / Buffalo, NY
Cold Weather Gear
Augustana collects cold weather gear for local charities such as Friends of the Night People and the Community of Good Neighbors.
Hearts for the Homeless
In our parking lot, we have a community collection box for clothing, shoes and blankets. Donations go Hearts for the Homeless, a non-profit Christian organization in Buffalo, NY.
Throughout the year we raise funds for charities that help people in need locally, nationally, and globally.