Supporting Mariners

Mariners are the backbone of global commerce, transporting billions of tons of cargo each year across the world’s oceans and along our nation’s inland waterways. Their labors greatly impact the world’s economy.

Assisting the work of the Institute gives support to these persons who deliver the goods that make our modern way of life possible. SCI provides many ways to get involved. On this page, read about making a financial contribution, volunteering, collecting gifts for mariners, becoming a sponsor and planned giving.

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SCI strives to be a good steward of all of its resources: volunteers, staff, and financial contributions. Investing its assets in the future of the maritime community, SCI uses the dollars you give wisely and to the fullest extent.

Some people support SCI because of the professional services we provide to the maritime industry. Others support the Institute as a way of participating in the mission of the Christian Church. SCI enables affiliations across a wide spectrum. All of them work together to make a better tomorrow for the hardworking mariners of the world.

Simply click the green DONATE to make a financial contribution today. You can also call us at +1 212-349-9090 to make a contribution over the phone with your credit card.

You can double the support your contribution provides to mariners if your company offers gift matching. If you want to know more about matching gift programs and how you can participate, click here.

SCI offers automatic payment options for an efficient and manageable donation spread over the course of a year. Click here to learn about making a recurring gift.


Packing boxes for Christmas at SeaWith a network of volunteers nationwide, SCI makes sure that no matter where their rigorous work takes them, mariners have someone on whom they can depend. SCI offers many ways volunteers can contribute to the work of the Institute.

  • Knitting
  • Collecting and organizing the collection of items for mariners
  • Service projects for children
  • Volunteer ship/boat visiting, welcoming port workers, and offering hospitality at SCI's seafarers' centers
  • Becoming a Mariner Friendly Church

Volunteering at SCI not only serves the needs of mariners but can also be a rewarding association with people from other states and countries. SCI empowers many different people to work together on various projects. Equally, SCI connects individuals one-on-one with mariners visiting their community, sharing stories of travel, family, and other cultures.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at SCI, speak with a chaplain or email our volunteer coordinator. To see SCI’s ministry firsthand, arrange a visit to one of our seafarers’ centers by emailing a chaplain

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Perhaps it seems ironic that that mariners who work to deliver goods from around the world to our homes and workplaces can find it difficult to obtain the same items of modern convenience. With long stretches on the water and long distances from home, mariners miss the opportunities that land-dwellers often take for granted.

In consultation with chaplains and mariners, SCI has compiled a list of items that can be found at most ordinary supermarkets but which make an extraordinary impact in the lives of others. It includes items like hand lotion, lip balm, books, playing cards and word games in new, unused condition. Click here to see the complete list of items.

SCI provides excellent volunteer service projects that are easy to coordinate, and we can get you, your church, or group set up with the materials needed to get people motivated and collecting.

If you, your organization, or your company can help, email [email protected].


SCI partners with supporters through annual, event, and program sponsorships. These financial contributions shore up SCI's historic and vital mission to mariners.

Sustaining Sponsors provide unrestricted financial support of $100,000 or more annually. Supporting Sponsors provide unrestricted financial support of at least $50,000 per year. Contributing In Kind Sponsors provide SCI with goods or professional services in excess of $25,000 annually. See a list of our current corporate sponsors.

In addition to these opportunities, SCI gives corporations, churches, and organizations a way to make a major impact by sponsoring a specific portion of ministry or an SCI special event. Underwriting opportunities strongly connect companies and groups with the work of the Institute. SCI provides prominent recognition to its underwriters. For information about these and other sponsorships, email SCI's Director of Development Jennifer Koenig or call 212-349-9090 x 241.