~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher
Easter Breakfast to Benefit the Outreach Fund
Can you smell the cinnamon rolls? On Easter morning we welcome the glory of the risen Christ and the return of our collective “Alleluia” to worship. We also share our biggest communal meal of the year! Dedicated volunteers create and serve Easter Breakfast to everyone from 9-11am. There is no price tag for breakfast, but a free-will donation is taken to cover expenses and support the Parish Outreach Fund.
Already in 2019 the Outreach Fund has helped individuals like Shalane keep her phone on, Emilio finally attain permanent housing, and Shawn with a tank of gas to stay warm while he spends a couple of weeks in his van awaiting housing.
Easter Breakfast is the Fund’s largest single fundraiser of the year, and your generosity is appreciated to continue our ministry of direct financial assistance for community members in need. Look for opportunities to volunteer at the breakfast on your Count Me In form in April.
Food Bank Transition Moving Along
Despite the snow, we enjoyed a great turnout at our Feb 10 volunteer training on the new procedures. Thank you to all who came and especially those who signed up for new shifts! What a joy to have so many people behind our new adventure. We went “live” the week following the training, and continue to train volunteers along the way. By all accounts the new procedures create an easier and more productive food bank experience for both clients and volunteers.
I’ve been especially appreciative of the commitment of those volunteers who don’t feel comfortable on the computer. I’ve worked with a few of you to learn the new software and become proficient at entering a client visit. Your bravery and flexibility to learn something new has been an inspiration to me! Thank you to all volunteers for your commitment to this vital community ministry. We’ll continue to improve and promote our food bank and hopefully we’ll be reaching more clients in the year ahead.