outreach


The mission of social outreach is to witness God's love by providing physical, emotional, and educational support to the community through social outreach programs. In addition, persons are needed to help constantly reassess our fulfillment of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and to suggest and initiate new ministries.

Contacts: Gina Milliken, ghmilliken@att.net or Donna Carr, fivecarrs@comcast.net


Baking

Patti Svendsen , pattirose_233@msn.com

  • Volunteers prepare and donate baked goods for monthly Soup Kitchen meals, and other parish needs.


Blood Drive

Gina Milliken, ghmilliken@att.net

  • Lifesaving Blood Drives are held at the parish three times a year (winter, spring, and fall) in coordination with the Penrose-St. Francis Hospital Blood Bank. Participation takes approximately 30-45 minutes to fill out paperwork and donate. Refreshments are provided, and donations of baked goods are welcome. 16 and 17 year olds are able to donate with parental permission. A driver’s license or state ID is required for all donors.

Christmas Giving Tree

Madeline Redlinger, mredli1049@msn.com

  • The Christmas Giving Tree project gives St. Francis parishioners the opportunity to provide for those families and seniors needing a little extra help and cheer to celebrate the Christmas season. Families from school Districts 20 and 11, Silver Key seniors and other local organizations benefit from the parishioners’ generosity. Parish families may participate by taking ornament gift tags from the tree and shopping for the items requested on the tags. By participating in the Christmas Giving Tree project, parishioners are not only providing Christmas gifts, but also giving the gifts of hope, promise, and love. If you would like to become more involved, please allow 1 to 2 hours of volunteer time to cut tags, shop, or sort.

Christmas Tree Project

Donna Carr, fivecarrs@comcast.net

  • The Christmas Tree Project is a local organization that collects artificial Christmas trees, lighted preferable, lights, tinsel, candy canes, and any other Christmas decorations to be distributed to those in the community who cannot afford to have the Christmas spirit in their homes. Their mission is to give away fully-decorated Christmas trees to families in need, such as wounded veterans, boys' and girls' homes, single moms, anyone in need, putting smiles on people's faces and warming their hearts. St. Francis collects items for three weekends in November/early December to support the project.

Environmental Stewardship-Creation Care

Larry Reisinger, larry.reisinger@gmail.com

  • Promotes the principles of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “St. Francis Pledge” to steward the environment and care for creation by informing and encouraging parishioners to live sustainably.

Fair Trade Coffee

Margaret Beaty, beatym@q.com

  • Promotes the sale of fair trade coffee from the Earth Friendly Coffee Company. This company pays farmers fair wages for their crops. Tropical forests are not cleared to grow this coffee, it is organic and shade grown. This ministry also sells fair trade chocolate. Sales are held once a month in the Parish Narthex with volunteers needed approximately 15 minutes before Mass and 30 minutes after Mass.

Food Pantry

Barbara Kelly, cbkelly21@q.com

  • Collects food and prepares packages for distribution each month to those in need in our parish and the greater local community. Parishioners are encouraged to pick up extra food items when shopping throughout the month for donation on food pantry weekends.

Fostering Hope

Margaret Beaty, beatym@q.com

  • Program volunteers work as a team to assist and support a local foster family in the important work they do in caring for childen in foster care. Team members work together in various tasks to help the foster family: transporting children to appointments, bringing in meals on busy days, helping with yard work, tutoring, watching children so foster parents can have a "night out", etc. Strong relationships are formed and children's lives positively impacted with the love of Christ shown through the volunteers' actions. One interaction a month plus attendance of the monthly meetings are the minimal requirements for the ministry.

Habitat for Humanity

Victor A. Colon, vacolon@hotmail.com

  • Organizes fundraising and volunteer labor in four-hour shifts on our scheduled build dates. Since 2006, and in cooperation with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and several other local churches, this Parish has co-sponsored and completed 5 affordable Habitat homes in the Pikes Peak Region. Our next proposed build will be the "Pope Francis build".

Family Promise/IHN

Susan Guetig, susanguetig@comcast.net

Mary Volcheff, 719-260-0697

  • Provides shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. St. Francis of Assisi partners with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church to serve as afternoon hosts, dinner preparers, van drivers, and overnight hosts at St. Michael’s for one week in the fall and again in the spring. The Network provides a case manager to assist in acquiring employment and affordable housing for independence and self-sufficiency. Volunteer time commitments vary depending on what’s needed. For example: serving as an afternoon or overnight host at the church, helping to prepare food for dinner, driving a van to transport families, etc.
  • Next hosting date: August 20-27, 2017

Kids in Need

Joan Sutula, joansutula@hotmail.com

  • Collects needed items annually and distributes to local organizations committed to serving children. The drive is held two consecutive weekends in February or March. Volunteers are needed from 1 hour to 15 hours per year, depending on the task(s) selected. Volunteers can manage the table set up for donations before and after the Mass they attend, or help with loading the donations and/or delivery of them.

Marian House Soup Kitchen

Julie Griffith, keash3@gmail.com

  • The St. Francis Soup Kitchen team is responsible for the meal on the 4th Saturday of every month of the year. A meal is planned for approximately 600 people. Leadership team volunteer opportunities include: Supplies on Hand Scout: 1 hour/month; Shopper: 2-3 hours/month; Dessert Retriever: Pick up cakes from Sister Juanita and deliver to Soup Kitchen on duty day. Large vehicle needed. 2 hours/month; Bread Handler: Place bread order in advance, pick up at bakery and deliver on duty day. Large vehicle needed. 2 hours/month; Dessert Collector: Collect donations from parishioners, at your home, and deliver on duty day. 1 hour/month. Monthly Volunteers are needed from 7:30 am-1:00 pm: Jobs include preparing and serving food, cleaning up, and monitoring clients. The current volunteer coordinator is Julie Griffith. Contact her at keash3@gmail.com in advance to volunteer, as space and jobs are limited.

MOM - Military Outreach Ministry

Sam and Pete Dufaud or samdufaud57@gmail.com

  • MOM was created by the Catholic Community of Colorado Springs to reach out to our brothers and sisters and their families in our military community with love and appreciation; and to assist them with any struggles, challenges, or needs they might have. MOM serves both active duty and reserve including: deployed soldiers and their families; those who are preparing for or returning from deployment; and veterans. Goals include making military families aware of resources that are available; recognizing and praying for those parish members who are actively serving and their families; finding ways to show appreciation to all military members past and present within our parish; providing care packages to deployed military; assisting family members of the deployed with any needs they might have in their loved one’s absence, etc.

One Nation Walking Together

Audrey Gray, a.k.gray@comcast.net

  • Ongoing collection of winter coats, jackets, blankets, personal hygiene products, mattresses/box springs, furniture, kitchen supplies such as dishes, pots and pans, towels and sheets, etc. One Nation delivers these items to various Native American reservations. Volunteer opportunities include making announcements after each Mass one weekend, as well as delivering items collected to One Nation’s local office.

Prison Ministry & Backpack Drive

John Smith, jesrtb@gmail.com

  • Working with Mercy Today Ministries, Prison Ministry trains volunteers and matches them with prisoners who are interested in having a visitor. More than half of these inmates have no one who visits them. Attendance at an 8-hour classroom training session conducted by the Colorado Department of Corrections is the first requirement. Pastor Sheilah Rollins will then schedule an interview for the volunteer to meet with her and the prisoner she selects, to make sure everyone is comfortable with the arrangement. If everyone agrees, the volunteer is asked to meet with the prisoner once a month, for 1 hour or more (flexible), for one year. These meetings are scheduled by the volunteer and take place at the prison facility, usually in Canon City. There is no legal commitment of any kind, and the visits can be skipped or suspended at any time by the volunteer. Backpack Drive: An annual drive is held in August to collect backpacks, which are filled with basic necessities and distributed to prisoners being released who would otherwise have nothing.

Respect Life

Stacie Mohrman, samohrman@comcast.net

  • Focuses on education and support of Pro-Life activities in the parish and greater community. Supports pro-life legislation and organizes parish participation in the annual Roses for Life project. Coordinator sits on the larger Diocesan Respect Life Committee.

Thanksgiving Brown Bag

Pam and Fred Lydick, lydickfs@comcast.net

  • Annually organizes collection and distribution of donated food items for needy families in Colorado Springs. Volunteer opportunities include: bringing food items to church before Mass on the designated day in November; drivers and vehicles are needed to collect items and take them to the collection point; a coordinator to oversee the project which includes advertising, organizing drivers’ schedules, and follow-up.