There are many direct service opportunities to serve the poor and needy throughout the year.
Call (612) 331-7941 for more information or to volunteer for any of our regular service activities highlighted below.
Each fall we host a Respect Life Dinner. We invite a wonderful speaker to help remind us of the importance of life and the importance of our responsibility to care for those who are most vulnerable and do not have a voice. The proceeds from this dinner support the Abria Center, our local pregnancy resource center.
Christmas Giving Tree
During the Christmas season, we more readily want to share the bounty with which we have been richly blessed. At the beginning of the Advent season, an evergreen tree is placed in our Gathering Space. It is decorated with ornaments indicating gifts that would make Christmas a little more joyous for someone less fortunate.
“Cooks for Kids” at the Ronald McDonald House
Volunteers for “Cooks for Kids” at the Ronald McDonald House help prepare and serve an evening meal on the first Sunday of the month for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at 621 Oak Street SE (across the street from the University’s Super Block dormitory complex). These are the families of children being treated for serious, and often life- threatening diseases at area hospitals.
Meals on Wheels
Ever felt lonely, forgotten, or hungry? Sometimes that’s what happens to our elderly neighbors if we don’t take extra care to make sure they are visited and fed on a regular basis.
Every seven weeks, our parish provides drivers who deliver Meals on Wheel to recipients for an entire week. You can volunteer to bring a prepared hot meal to a few people on a neighborhood route. You provide not only a meal, but also contact with the outside world for these individuals who are home bound.
Loaves and Fishes Ministry
This is a simple opportunity to serve others, and it doesn’t cost you anything but a little bit of your time and energy. Feeding the hungry is one of the acts Christ asked us to do.
Six times a year, St. Lawrence-Newman community members prepare and serve a meal for the over 200 homeless and underprivileged people at St. Stephen’s School (2111 Clinton Ave. S.) through Loaves and Fishes. This happens on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. Cooking begins at 3:00 pm, serving is at 5:30 pm, and clean up is finished by 7:00 pm. You can volunteer as much time as your schedule allows.
On the Sunday before the Tuesday that St. Lawrence-Newman is scheduled to prepare a serve a meal, there will be a sign-up sheet and traveling directions available in the Gathering Space.
Again, to get more information or to volunteer for any of these service activities, call (612) 331-7941.