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.
Jennifer Potter, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteers prepare and donate baked goods for monthly Soup Kitchen meals, and other parish needs.
Gina Milliken, email@example.com
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, email@example.com
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, email@example.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.
- 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.
Margaret Beaty, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Bernie Redlinger, email@example.com, 719-599-3583 (h), 719-337-3006 (c)
- 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".
Human Trafficking Awareness
Jean Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- St. Francis of Assisi is joining with other Colorado Springs organizations to bring about an awareness of Human Trafficking. The goal is to educate, and to inform parishioners of events they can participate in to bring about awareness to help victims of HT. HT is a growing problem in the U.S. and around the world. Colorado, with its international airport, sizable immigrant population, and convergence of major interstate highways makes it a source, destination and transit route for human trafficking. Police say it's happening right under our noses, in every neighborhood. And even more disturbing, the average victim in Colorado Springs is only 12 years old. It's our children. It's our youth that are being exploited.
Susan Guetig, email@example.com
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, and overnight hosts, and laundering linens 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, launder linens after hosting week, etc.
- Next hosting date: August 19-26, 2018
Kids in Need
Joan Sutula, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to volunteer, as space and jobs are limited.
One Nation Walking Together
Audrey Gray, email@example.com
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Stacie Mohrman, email@example.com
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.