MAINTAINING OUR MISSION
For almost 250 years, St. George’s Society has provided vital assistance for people in need.
Named after the patron saint of England, St. George’s Society of New York was founded in 1770 by Englishmen living in New York to celebrate St. George’s Day and to assist fellow countrymen in need or distress.
Over the years, St. George’s Society’s assistance has taken a variety of forms:
A bag of coal or a voucher to a woodpile during the winter months
Free ship passage on the White Star line back to England when the “American dream” did not work out
A pawn ticket paid to retrieve a winter coat
A free hospital bed at St. Luke’s Hospital for the ill
An employment agency during depressions and periods of economic crisis
Advice and guidance for British war brides who found themselves in need upon their arrival in the United States
Burial plots for needy British subjects
Today, St. George’s Society provides support through three primary programs:
The Society also repatriates persons to the United Kingdom, assists others referred by the British Consulate-General and provides cremation and interment in one of our three cemetery plots.
While our charitable giving has evolved, our purpose has remained the same: to help those who cannot help themselves. Since the Society’s founding, we have aided thousands of British and Commonwealth people in New York—striving to fulfill our mission statement: