Social Concerns

Contact: Anne Allison

Phone: 919-772-5524

Email: [email protected]

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 ongoing, 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.

10 volunteer spots each day are available for the following dates in 2021: April 29, 30, May 1, May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

Work days are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the meeting address is 3512 Baucom Rd Raleigh, NC 27610.  (Note: There are four homes in the Auburn neighborhood so you may be working on a home different from the one your faith coalition is sponsoring)

To volunteer, sign up via the Volunteer Hub using this link:  Volunteer spots are first come, first served.  

You must read and consent to the "Volunteer Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability and COVID-19 Agreement" and register ahead of time to be permitted on site.   

If you have any questions, email [email protected] 

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.


We nourish a respect for life by proclaiming that every human life is uniquely created in the image and likeness of God. Each person who receives God’s gift of life deserves respect from the time life begins at fertilization through the point of natural death. During this life we have responsibilities to God, to ourselves and to others. As part of our greater community, we must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence. All are welcome to participate in our committee’s activities.

Contact: Ray Shoenfelt

Phone: 919-608-1914

Email: [email protected]


The transportation ministry provides transportation for individuals to medical appointments, church, grocery stores, etc. Volunteers should be available as needed, typically during the day.

Angel Tree

At Christmas, the Angel Tree is an outreach to families. 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.

Direct Assistance

The direct assistance ministry offers assistance with basic needs and provides referrals to other agencies that can provide assistance. 

Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry

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

Contact: Susan Hicks

Phone: 561-568-3639

Email: [email protected]