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

Outreach Opportunities

*August 1 - 24:  Classroom Central School Supply Collection
Donate new schools supplies for low-income students. Drop off supplies in bins on the first floor of the Ministry Center.  Find information here on most needed supplies.  

*August 19: HOM Furniture Pick up
Pick up donated furniture and drop off at HOM house.  Contact 704-362-5047 x 601 or homfurniture.donate@gmail.com

August 21:  Florence Crittenton Dinner
Volunteers are needed from 2:30  – 5:00 pm to prepare and from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to serve dinner to pregnant and at-risk young women.  Contact Yza Lustre at yzarl@yahoo.com or 619-518-1191.

August 23:  HOM Apartment set-ups and storage house organization 
Help organize donated items in the house and help set up apartments for women.  Contact 704-362-5047 x 601 or homfurniture.donate@gmail.com

*August 26-27:  Staff Photo Sign up Table
Volunteers needed to staff the sign up table for photo sessions after the Saturday, 5:00 and Sunday, 5:00 and 6:30 Masses.  This is a 20 minute volunteer time commitment.  Contact Karen Brown at kbrown@stgabrielchurch.org or 704-362-5047 x 214

*August 26-27:  Share Sunday
Bring non-perishable food items to Mass and leave in the narthex.  Help us stock the shelves at Catholic Charities Food Pantry.  Contact Rich Carbonara at carbonarar@bellsouth.net or 704-962-3576

September - May:  Teach ESL Classes
Facilitate ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.  Ideal volunteers have ESL certification and are available to teach a 2 hour daytime or evening class weekly from September - May to non-native English speakers.  Contact Elaine Bermudez at ebermudez@stgabrielchurch.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.  


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:  Volunteer 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 Volunteer Opportunities

Catechists Needed
Volunteer to teach Faith Formation!  Share your faith with the next generation. Teachers and assistants are needed for 2017-2018 school year.  Teens who have been confirmed may serve as assistants.  Find details here.

*Staff Photo Shoot sign-up
Volunteers needed to staff sign-up table for Photo Shoots for directiory after Saturday and Sunday evening Masses the weekends of August 26-27 and September 9-10.  Contact Karen Brown at kbrown@stgabrielchurch.org or 704-362-5047 x 214

*Coffee and Donut Volunteers (Sundays after 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 am Masses) Volunteers 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.  **Note:  Coffee & Donuts will resume in September.  Sign up here to volunteer.  

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

On-going: Office Assistance:  Do you have some free time during the day and interested in volunteering with others in the office?   Our Finance Department is looking for some volunteers.  Comfort with basic financial tasks is helpful.  Contact Elaine Bermudez if you would like to learn more at ebermudez@stgabrielchurch.org or 704-362-5047 x 241.  

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
Volunteers needed to work 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 volunteers.)

*On-going:  Words on the Wall at Mass
Volunteers are needed to administer 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.  Volunteers especially needed for the 5:00 pm Masses on Saturday and Sunday.  Perfect for smiling faces of all ages.  View details and sign-up online here.

On-going:  Welcome Table Volunteers   
 Stay 15 minutes after Mass and staff the Welcome Table in the Narthex (answer visitors' questions and provide registration information to newcomers.) Volunteers especially needed for the 5:00 pm Masses on Saturdays and Sundays.  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




*Volunteer opportunity is appropriate for youth/teens.




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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.

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