Social Concerns and Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Ministries During Covid
Outreach Ministries During COVID
By Deacon Dick Martin, Outreach Coordinator
As with everything around us, our partner organizations have had to modify how they serve people in need in our community. The following is a brief description of what these organizations are doing and how our Outreach Ministries have been supporting them.
Luke House Meal
Instead of a sit-down meal at Luke House, they are handing out bagged lunches. Our volunteers are providing desserts as well as donating applesauce cups, granola bars and brown paper bags. Additionally, the Outreach Fund has donated $5,300 since March to cover food costs and other expenses.
Catholic Multicultural Center
The Catholic Multicultural Center is serving a carryout hot meal from their parking lot. In May, we held a Drop-Off Giving Drive to collect food and personal essentials for their organization. The SMG School donated food that they couldn’t use because of changes in the lunch program. The Outreach Fund also donated $5,500 to their meal program and other services.
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul distributes repackaged boxes of food and other supplies through a drive-up service (pictured above). They asked us for monetary donations rather than food donations to create their food boxes, but were still in need of diapers and paper products. SMG held a Drop-Off Giving Drive in May to collect some of these paper products. SVdP also received $6,000 in donations from the Outreach Fund, plus many parishioners donated directly.
In the midst of the pandemic, Pregnancy Helpline moved to a new facility on Stoughton Road in Madison. They are providing contact-free delivery of diapers, baby products, and clothing in their parking lot. Our parishioners have been generous in donating items and the Outreach Fund has donated $3,000 to help with their move and their services.
Meadowood Snack Packs & Food Pantry
The Meadowood Neighborhood Center has remained closed, which means the Snack Packs and Food Pantry have been put on hold, but we are still serving the neighborhood. We provided 200 snack packs to the Mellowridge Foundation which serves children in the neighborhood. We have also donated food collected from the red bins in the church corridor to the food pantry at Good Shepherd Lutheran, and will begin collecting clothing to help support their Clothing Closet.
Queen of Americas Mission
From June through September, we were able to help the seasonal workers at the Queen of Americas Mission in Cambria. We provided food that was dropped off in our red bins, repaired their lawn tractor, and coordinated the repair of their driveway. We hope to begin working on larger projects next year.
With the pandemic we were unable to do many of the hands-on and in-person ministries that we have done through Outreach in the past years. Yet, because of your generous donations to the Outreach Fund, we were able to provide substantial financial assistance to our neighbors-in-need and in doing so give a great witness to the love and power of Jesus Christ working in our lives.
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