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

May 25:  Men's Homeless Shelter
Serve dinner at the men's temporary shelter, located at 7900 Nations Ford Rd. (Just off I-77).  Volunteers needed from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  Find details and sign up here.  

May 25 - June 7:  Proctor at Cochrane Collegiate Academy
Our partner school needs volunteers to proctor End of Grade tests from May 25 - June 7.  Sign up for a 2 or 4 hour shift.  Cochrane Academy is located at 6200 Starhaven Dr, Clt.  Sign up here.  

May 26-27:  Share Sunday
Bring non-perishable food items to Mass to fill the food pantry at Catholic Charities.  

June 18 - July 6:  Freedom School at Oakhurst STEAM Academy
Share a hobby/skill/passion with a class, one-time 45-90 minute commitment.  Contact Judy Fahl at jfahl@me.com for details.
Read a short book (5-6 minutes) to the group one morning.  One-time commitment between 8:20 - 9:00 am.  Contact Chris Ryskiewich at cryskiewich@carolina.rr.com
Help with teacher appreciation.  Provide small tokens of thanks each week for teachers.  Email Darby McClatch at dmcclatchy@aol.com

On-going:  Share your time with the homeless through Supportive Housing Communities at McCreesh Place 
Lots of opportunities for ages 12+:  tend the community garden, prepare and serve dinner, share a special skill (computer class, art, music, etc).  Learn more here.  

On-going:  Visit the Homebound
Visit our homebound parishioners once a week and share your compassion with those who are not able to get out.  Contact Krish Sheheen at krisvt@hotmail.com or 704-362-1818

On-going:  Nepalese translator
Our Refugee Resettlement Ministry is in need of a volunteer who speaks Nepalese and can serve as a translator for our newly adopted family.  Contact Carla Sztyber at charlottecarla@yahoo.com if you know of someone who can help.

*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

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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.

Heart Math Tutoring:  Tutor elementary children one hour a week in under-resourced schools.  Training and materials provided.  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

*Faith Formation Catechist
Can you share 2 hours a week for our children? No experience needed and training provided.  Select from Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoon/evenings.  Openings in all grade levels.  Learn more here.  

*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.  

*Ushers Needed:  A Great Way to Serve
Do you attend the same Mass on a regular basis?  Consider serving as an usher - both men and women are welcome.  The need is especially great on Sundays at 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm.  Teens are welcome to serve on Sundays at 5:00 pm.  For details, please contact ministry leader Bob Fernan at 704-562-3802 or fernan3136@msn.com.   

Church Mice: 
Tidy up the Church on Monday mornings.  More hands make light work.  Contact Karen Brown at kbrown@stgabrielchurch.org for details. 

Words on the Wall:
Volunteers needed during Mass to run the laptop that projects the "words on the wall".  Must be comfortable with Microsoft Power Point.  Contact John Krasniewski at jkrasniewski@carolina.rr.com

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

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:  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

 

 

*Service 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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