Service Opportunities Calendar

Looking for opportunities to serve or give back? 
Check out the curent needs below that ministry leaders have shared with us. 


Youth & Teens:  An * indicates items appropriate for youth/teens.  Also visit our Teen Webpage for teen service, social and spiritual opportunities.

Volunteering Policies:  Safe Environment

All volunteers who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults must complete "Protecting God's Children" training, authorize a background check, and complete several forms.  Find details here.

Have a service opportunity to add to the calendar?  Contact our parish Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Brown, at  kbrown@stgabrielchurch.org or 704-362-5047, ext. 214. 


Outreach Opportunities

 *October 27:  Men's Homeless Shelter
Prepare and serve dinner to the men.  Volunteers needed from 5:30 - 7:15 at the North Tryon St. location.  Contact Wally Penilla at wpenilla@aol.com for details.

October 27:  Florence Crittendon Dinner for At-Risk Pregnant Women 
Prepare and serve dinner at the residence (1300 Blythe Blvd, near CMC Main Hospital) on Friday, October 26.  Volunteers are needed from 2:30  – 5:00 pm to prepare, and from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to serve.  Contact Yza Lustre at yzarl@yahoo.com or 619-518-1191. 

*October 28:  Out of the Darkness Walk
Join our St. Gabriel team and walk to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Walk begins at Romare Bearden Park.   Contact Nikki WarrenRegister or donate here.  

October 21:  HOM Furniture Pick-Up
Donate furniture and help furnish apartments for homeless families. Our supply is low! We especially need: tables (kitchen, coffee, end, and bedside), dressers, sofas, and lamps.  Contact HOMfurniture.donate@gmail.com.

October 28-29:  Share Sunday
Bring non-perishable food items to Mass and help stock the food pantry at Catholic Charities.

November 11:  Habitat for Humanity
Help build a home for family moving out of homelessness.  Work available for all skill levels, no experience necessary.  Must be at least 16 years to serve. Sign up to serve on-site or make lunches for our volunteers.  Sign up and get details here.  

*On-going:  Catholic Charities Food Pantry
Help serve clients on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Sort donations and re-stock shelves on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Volunteer once a month or more often.  For details, contact Tammy Greyshock, Volunteer Coordinator, at 704-370-3283, or tsgreyshock@charlottediocese.org. Find additional information at www.ccdoc.org.   

*On-going:  Levine Dickson Hospice House - Snack Collection
Help stock the pantry with nonperishable snacks for family members and patients.  Individually wrapped granola bars, trail mix, cookies, crackers, juice boxes, pretzels, are needed (preferably in bulk). Contact Meagan Quinlan at meagsgq@gmail.com

On-going:  Lap Robes & Prayer Shawls 
Our parish’s Sewing Guild Ministry provides lap robes and prayer shawls to nursing home residents and shut-ins, and our supply is very low!  If you knit or crotchet and would like to share your talents through this beautiful act of mercy, please contact Denise Murphy at 704-843-9660 or  dmurphy@stgabrielchurch.org for details.  


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St. Gabriel Church is committed to thithing a minimum of 10% of our Offertory.  The list below represents some of the organizations that have received our tithing funds or benefit as an outreach ministry .  These organizations offer volunteer opportunties.  Visit their websites to learn more. Many of these offer service hours to teens as well.

Baby Bundles: Provides newborn essentials to families in financial need.  View details here.

Catholic Charities: Many opportunities to volunteer in various capacities.  View details here.

Classroom Central: Provides school supplies to students living in poverty.  View details here.

Crisis Assistance Ministry:  Provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.  View details here.

Hope Haven, Inc.:  Provides recovery for chemically dependent adults and families.  View details here.

Hospitality House of Charlotte:  Offers temporary lodging to families and patients being treated at local hospitals. View details here.

*Southminster Retirement Home: Service opportunities for teens (15+) and adults to work with residents.  Music & Memory - create personalized playlists for residents; Pretty in Pink Cart- assist staff in pampering female residents with make-up, manicures; Daily Programming - play cards, lead a game of trivia, etc.;  Work in community garden. Contact Elizabeth Frye for details at efrye@southminster.org

*Urban Ministry Center:  Offers support to vulnerable homeless neighbors.  View details here.

 

Parish Life Opportunities

*Coffee and Donut Servers (Sundays after 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 am Masses) Sign up in advance, choosing specific dates and Mass times.  Set up and clean up are simple, and this ministry is appropriate for everyone from singles to families with children, Scout troops, and teens who need serve hours. Sign up here to volunteer.  

On-going: Lap Robes/Prayer Shawls needed
Knitted and crotchet lap robes and prayer shawls needed for residents in nursing homes, shut-ins and hospice patients.  Contact Denise Murphy at http://dmurphy@stgabrielchurch.org or 704-843-9660

On-going: Bereavement Bakers
Provide 3 to 12 dozen baked goods for funeral receptions on an as-needed basis.  To volunteer or for more information contact Denise Murphy at dmurphy@stgabrielchurch.org

Men/Women Ushers Needed at all Masses
If you regularly attend the same Mass each week, consider serving as an usher.  Contact Bob Fernan at 704-562-3802 or fernan3136@msn.com

Prayer Ministry Volunteers
Pray for the intentions of our parishioners by receiving a postcard every month. Contact Karen Brown at 704-362-5047 x 214 or kbrown@stgabrielchurch.org 

1st Tuesday of the Month:  Shining Stars
Non-profit adult day respite program for people with early to moderate Alzheimer's Disease.  Help with games, social interaction and excerise. Volunteer needed to serve at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Contact Suzanne Bach at 704-335-0253.

Once a month: From the Heart Gift Shop
Staff gift shop one Sunday per month from the end of one Mass to the beginning of the next. Contact Theresa Anderson at tba1708@gmail.com.  (9:00 Sunday Masses have greatest need for help.)

*On-going:  Words on the Wall at Mass
Run the projector and laptop during weekend Masses. Responsible and older teens are invited. Contact John Krasniewski at jkrasniewski@carolina.rr.com. 

*On-going:  Greeters                      
Arrive 20 minutes before Mass and welcome people as they arrive in the Narthex.  The 5:00 pm Masses on Saturday and Sunday are in greatest need.  Perfect for smiling faces of all ages.  View details and sign-up online here. 

On-going:  Welcome Table   
 Stay 15 minutes after Mass and staff the Welcome Table in the Narthex (answer visitors' questions and provide registration information to newcomers.) The 5:00 pm Masses on Saturdays and Sundays are in greatest need.  View details and sign-up online here.

*On-going:  Children's Liturgy of the Word
Teach short lesson to children (ages 4 years - 2nd grade) during the Gospel and homily on Sunday at 9:00 am Mass.  Lesson ideas are provided.  Contact Denise Gruender at dgruender@carolina.rr.com

*On-going:  Rosary Makers              
Meets Thursdays from 10:30 - noon in Ministry Center, Room D to make rosaries for missions around the world and for sick relative, friends and parish members.  Most of our work is done at home.  If you are homebound, we will bring you instructions and pick up completed rosaries.  Questions?  Call Betty or Paul Donovan at 704-817-8780 or pedonovan@icloud.com

On-going: Altar Society
Our parish  Altar Society needs you!   This ministry launders and irons the Communion purificators for the church, maintains the holy water fonts and cares for the Adoration Chapel.  Volunteers help once every 4 to 6 weeks on Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings for about an hour.  For more information, contact Denise Murphy at 704-843-9660, or dmurphy@stgabrielchurch.org .

On-going:  Cluster Leaders and Co-leaders 
Coordinate social and service opportunities for neighborhood and/or other groups of fellow parishoners.  Contact Denise Murphy at dmurphy@stgabrielchurch.org.

*Service opportunity is appropriate for youth/teens.

 

 

 

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