Contact: Anne Allison
St. Mary's Social Concerns Committee helps people answer God's call to love our neighbor by providing concrete ways to serve those in need and to build better communities. Our mission is based on an awareness of the church's teaching about human dignity, social justice, and solidarity.
There are a variety of opportunities for parishioners to become involved with each year. Some are on-going, others are offered one time per year. Many can be supported by the whole family.
Habitat for Humanity
The committee participates in a regional house building ministry under the direction of the Habitat for Humanity organization. Volunteers donate their time to build a house, help raise money for the house project, or prepare lunch for the house builders.
Meals for the Homeless
St. Mary's ministers to the homeless in downtown Raleigh and in the Garner area. Volunteers prepare and/or serve food for a monthly meal delivered to the homeless at the Oak City Cares center near Moore Square in downtown Raleigh, donate used or new winter clothing, blankets, boots, and kerosene heaters during the winter months for the homeless in Garner and downtown Raleigh.
The transportation ministry provides transportation for individuals to medical appointments, church, grocery stores, etc. Volunteers should be available as needed, typically during the day.
At Christmas, the Angel Tree is an outreach to families at Christmas. Volunteers prepare gift tags for selected families, collect gifts, and oversee delivery and pick-up. The angel tree begins at the end of November and ends the Sunday before Christmas.
The meals-in-need ministry prepares food for various functions. Volunteers sign up to be contacted for food preparation for families in need, a migrant meal during the summer, and other parish events.
The direct assistance ministry offers assistance with basic needs and provides referrals to other agencies that can provide assistance. Volunteers provide periodic contact with area residents as needed.
Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry
Contact: Susan Hicks
CPO, a Catholic Charities program, serves the Triangle community by providing emergency food assistance and, when possible, children's clothing and baby items such as formula and diapers. Volunteers assist with parish collections of food, diapers, children's clothing, etc. CPO needs volunteers from 9 AM to 1:30 PM Monday to Saturday. Some volunteers sew, knit, or crochet baby blankets for distribution at CPO. For more information visit CPO's web site at http://cporaleigh.org/