St. Patrick’s Outreach Committee works to meet the needs of those in our local community as well as those needs within our own Parish family. Outreach is an extremely active and busy committee! Here is a list of some of what we’ve been up to!
The committee meets on the third Sunday of every month after church when it does not conflict with other community activities. Sometimes the committee meets via e-mail to make decisions that are time sensitive.
The committee continues to sponsor the Columbia Street Soup Kitchen lunch on the first Sunday every other month from 12-1:00 p.m. The months this year were January, March, May, July, September, and November.
It was announced at the January meeting that the Advent Project for 2017 for a Partners for Peace family was a huge success. We raised $843.00 that not only enabled us to buy the washer and dryer for the family; but also we were able to supply laundry detergent and fabric softener to them.
The Lenten project was to provide supplies for the Street Pastors Project. This, too, was a success. Maryann Perry applied for a Diocesan grant to help with the garden project for FLIA, which was granted and applied to FLIA.
A yard sale was held in June and was successful in a couple of ways. The biggest part, and perhaps the most exciting, was that we invited our neighbors to join us in a neighborhood yard sale. We provided funds for the permit and there were nine neighbors up and down Holyoke Street who participated in the event. It was noted that sending out invitations earlier would be helpful for our neighbors. This yard sale also helped raise funds for the service dog project, NEADS.
We also were able to help a woman from Hope Rising with rent assistance and we helped a woman from Partners For Peace with moving expenses to help her escape an abusive situation.
The Outreach Committee also donated $300.00 to the Solidarity Harvest again this year. Many of our members donate pumpkin bread and volunteer to work for this important fall event.
The Outreach Committee voted in a new chair, as the Rev. Deacon Peggy Day is stepping down from this position since she has moved to part time diaconal work. The new chair is Kate Petrie, who took over as chair this fall.
The Outreach Committee was able to help one family in need of Christmas help. We also are currently sponsoring the Advent Project for cold weather supplies, “fill the camel’s pack”, that will be given to local police stations to be handed out to the homeless in our area. We are grateful to the St. Patrick’s family who remain a generous community. We could not do the work we do without your help.
The Rev. Deacon Margaret Day and Kate Petrie
Updated March 16, 2019