*April 29: Men's Uptown Homeless Shelter (last Friday of every month)
Prepare and serve dinner to residents at North Tryon Shelter. Contact Wally Penilla at firstname.lastname@example.org
*May 14: Habitat for Humanity
Help build homes. Work available for all skill levels, no experience necessary. Must be 15 years old. Other volunteer opportunities available serving lunches. Contact Danny Kelly at email@example.com
*May 21: High School Venture Crew:
Lake Wylie Riversweep Service Project
High schoolers, join us for the Lake Wylie Riversweep clean up - a fun volunteer opportunity in a beautiful location! Contact Venture Crew adult leader, Kris Knudsen, at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain details and RSVP. Venture Crew offers fun, service and adventure for parish teens and friends. Learn more here. Learn more here.
May 21 and May 25 (3rd Saturday and fourth Wednesday of each month) HOM Furniture Drive
The Homemakers of Mercy helps the under-served move beyond or avoid homelessness. Volunteer to help with furniture pickups on the 3rd Saturday of the month or help at the storage house and apartment setups on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Contact 704-362-5047 x601 or HOMfurniture.email@example.com
June 24 - July 8: Freedom School
Freedom School provides 6 weeks of summer literacy and character building programs and meals for disadvantaged children. Program is held at the Oakhurst STEAM Academy on Monroe Rd. Opportunities include:
- Share a hobby/skill/passion with a class (great for those who speak Spanish). Contact Laura Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spend 30 minutes reading to a group. Contact Chris Ryskiewich at email@example.com
YOUTH AND TEENS CAN:
- *Host a lemonade stand, bake sale, to help another child participate in Freedom School.
- *Host a toy drive collection for new or used Legos or K'nex for program.
- *Assemble 3 weeks worth of appreciation tokens (notes, homemade desserts, etc) for 7 staff. Contact Laura Hull at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
On-going: Friendship Trays Deliver meals to the homebound. Individual drives one week-day per month at lunchtime, sometimes with a partner. Substitute drivers are always needed. Contact Carla Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. These organizations offer volunteer opportunties that you may wish to consider. 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.
Special Olympics: Offers community-based and school-based programs to athletes. View details here.
UMAR: Serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. View details here.
Urban Ministry Center: Offers support to vulnerable homeless neighbors. View details here.
Parish Life Volunteer Opportunities
*April 24 & May 22: Teen Mass at 5:00 Mass
Teens needed to serve as Ministers of the Word, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Gift Bearers and to help serve refreshments. Sign up on-line here.
*May 15: Welcome Brunch (after 9:00 Mass)
Volunteers needed to welcome and direct guests. Volunteers also needed to staff the children's table and keep children busy during the brunch and presentations. Great service opportunity for students. Contact Jean Carlino to volunteer.
*June 20 - 24: Vacation Bible School
Assist with games, crafts, snacks, music for our VBS students (4 years - 5th grade) from 8:00 - 1:00. High school teens and adults can volunteer. Contact Christin Ackerman at http://email@example.com.
On-going: 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. Sign up on-line here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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. Contact John Krasniewski at email@example.com.
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: Youth Ministry Opportunities
High School and College volunteers needed to work with youth in groups, by chaperoning trips or mentoring. Contact Denise Gruender at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Gilkey at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com .
Needed for 12:30 and 5:00 Sunday Masses. Offer hospitality to parishoners and visitors. 5:00 Mass available for teens. Contact Bob Fernan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-562-3802.
On-going: Cluster Leaders and Co-leaders
Coordinate social and service opportunities for neighborhood and/or other groups of fellow parishoners. Contact Denis Murphy at email@example.com