Outreach Ministry

Outreach Hours

September-June Mondays – Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Summer Hours Mondays – Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Contact 832-2542 or outreach@stamelia.com

 

Services done by St. Amelia Outreach Volunteers

Bereavement comfort is provided to families who experience the loss of a loved one, a packet that also includes a prayer, and a note signed by the pastor.  Outreach keeps track of all funerals during the year, and invites families of the deceased to the next All Souls Mass, where names of the recently deceased are read.  It is a celebration of these lives, and refreshments follow, which are baked by our volunteers.  Volunteers also help at the Mass, and bakers provide cookies for this, as well as Christmas and Easter gift bags.

Christmas Giving Tree is for families within the parish, community, or school who are in need.  We also add families of struggling veterans to our list.  Volunteers help with sorting and distributing gifts to the needy families.

Donations of clothes, shoes, and other items are sorted and kept in organized rooms for people who visit us and are requesting them.  Extras are boxed and sent to area agencies, to distribute to the needy.  Boxes of donations are sent to Buffalo City Mission and Cornerstone Manor, Mother Teresa Home, St. Gianna Molla Center, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Ladies of Charity, and Nicaragua.  We also send excess medical supplies to the agencies that could distribute them.  Volunteers take boxes to other agencies.  

Flag Day- volunteers make patriotic containers for personal care products, and take them to Veteran’s Hospital on Flag Day to distribute to the residents. 

Knitting Ministry produces items like lap robes and prayer shawls for people facing family crisis or extended illness.  Prayer shawls are given out at the Healing Mass, and anytime they are requested.  Volunteers also make prayer pockets, which can be found near the statue of Mary in the church, and are for anyone in need of spiritual lifting.  Several knitters make hundreds of hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for those in need.  We have wonderful, welcoming Knitting Ministry, and people are encouraged to join.  They meet on the third Thursday of each month in the Outreach Office.

Ministry of Praise includes people who are willing to pray for the parish in the convenience of their homes.  A monthly letter goes out to them, to encourage and thank them. 

Nurses- People call when they or a family member need someone to stay with them.  We have a list of nurses and home care aides who are willing to help them.

Medical Supplies Lending Program– walkers, wheelchairs and transport chairs, canes, commodes, dressing aids, bath and bed rails, bath chairs, and even Hoyer lifts are lent out with no charge to people who cannot afford these items. 

Transportation assistance is for parishioners who cannot drive to appointments.  Volunteers do this service, but arrangements are made through the Outreach Office.

Visits to homebound or those in nursing homes are provided by caring volunteers.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with this important ministry.  We have 45-50 parishioners in nursing homes or homebound, and we send a card to them each month.  Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to the sick or homebound.  Before Christmas we sent care packages to them all, filled with treats and small personal care items, and volunteers help to pack and deliver the care packages.

Answering phones, helping people sign out medical equipment, and general office duties are performed daily on short shifts by volunteers.

Volunteers come in weekly to help with:

Sorting Clothing, coats, and boots for babies, young children, teens, and adults.

Household Items and bed linens are collected and organized for anyone needing them.

Making containers for care packages, bookmarks, place mats, ornaments, etc. for Christmas, Easter, and Flag Day.

Metal pull tabs from cans are donated, and we sort them and turn them in for money that helps Children’s Hospital Dialysis Fund. 

Postage Stamps are donated to Outreach, and volunteers use the unstamped ones again as postage for our own mailings.  All other stamps go to Sr. Rita Clare, who gets money for them to donate to charities.

If you are interested in any of these projects, we have a place for you! 

Making care packages for nursing home and homebound parishioners, containing personal care items and crafts, and delivering for Easter and Christmas.  We also create patriotic care 
packages for Veteran’s Hospital, and deliver them to veterans on Flag Day.