Caring and Compassion Spread by St. Michael’s Volunteers
The most impressive discussion about outreach to many is the number of parishioners who volunteer, or donate food or other items regularly. This has a huge impact on the lives of so many in our community.
- Did you know that those from St. Michael’s organizing the Del Valle Book Drive rented a small moving van to get the 2,000+ donated or purchased books to Del Valle Elementary School in May? Most of the children at this school don’t have any books at home. These books were donated to the school for a Book Fair where the children were able to pick out one or two books to keep and read over the summer.
- Did you know that we help provide food to 80 to 90 people each month though our own Food Pantry? The St. Michael’s Food Pantry is a place where hungry people can come in and take non-perishable food (and some fresh food from the St. Michael’s garden, in season). We permit them to take home two bags of food per month. This may mean the difference of eating or not for many of them, particularly at the end of the month when money may be tight.
- Did you know that St. Michael’s faithfully has 10+ cheerful faces making sandwiches and loading the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) truck each month on the first Friday of the month? Our parishioners make sandwiches, load the truck and pray that these items will provide for someone in need. The MLF trucks hit the street 7 nights a week, 365 days a year to serve the homeless by delivering food, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items.
- Did you know that the St. Michael’s community garden on the west side of the Education Wing supplies fresh vegetables to our Food Pantry and to the Neighbor 2 Neighbors Program at St. James Church? Those in need may not be able to afford fresh vegetables often. These vegetables supplement other items given out at our own Food Pantry and the Neigh 2 Neighbor program. The Neighbor-2-Neighbor (N2N) program serves the area around St. James Church. It provides needed resources for neighbors 60 years of age or older in East Austin.
- Did you know that there is a faithful group of St. Michael’s parishioners that go to Trinity Center to worship and feed the homeless once a quarter? On Sunday afternoon, Trinity Center acts as the church for people experiencing homelessness, who may not feel welcome in regular worship services in town. The Center offers a communal place to worship with music and a meal. There are usually 60 to 70 homeless people who come. This is a community that truly benefits from our love and support.
These are only a few examples of the extraordinary works of generosity happening at St. Michael’s.