Contact: Anne Allison Phone: 919-772-5524 Email: benevolence@stmarygarner.org The mission of St. Mary's Social Concerns Committee is to help people answer God's call to love our neighbor by providing concrete ways to serve those in need and to build better communities. Our mission is based on an awareness of the church's teaching about human dignity, social justice, and solidarity. There are a variety of opportunities for parishioners to become involved with each year. Some are on-going, others are offered one time per year. Many can be supported by the whole family. Pro-Life: Peace & Justice The committee promotes the dignity of life for all by organizing prayer, education, and actions in support of families, the elderly, and those on death row, workers and basic living conditions. Volunteers participate in awareness and educational activities, letter- writing campaigns, petition drives, prayers and vigils. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called upon all parishes to "vigorously" advance the pro-life position. John Paul II stated that the condition for survival of America depends on our treatment of the unborn. Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me and whoever welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me." Luke 9:48. Please consider welcoming the unborn child in your hearts by joining the Pro-Life ministry at St. Mary, Mother of the Church. Habitat for Humanity The committee participates in a regional house builiding ministry under the direction of the Habitat for Humanity organization. Volunteers donate their time to build a house, help raise money for the house project, or prepare lunch for the house builders. Meals for the Homeless St. Mary's ministers to the homeless in downtown Raleigh and in the Garner area. Volunteers prepare and/or serve food for a monthly meal delivered to the homeless at the Oak City Outreach Center near Moore Square in downtown Raleigh, donate used or new winter clothing, blankets, boots, and kerosene heaters during the winter months for the homeless in Garner and downtown Raleigh. Red Cross Blood Drive The Red Cross blood drives help to secure blood donations for the American Red Cross. Volunteers assist with organizing and hosting a blood drive in St. Joseph Hall 3 times a year. Transportation The transportation ministry provides transportation for individuals to medical appointments, church, grocery stores, etc. Volunteers should be available as needed and usually during the day. Thanksgiving Food Collection The Thanksgiving food collection provides a holiday meal and additional food to families in need. Volunteers participate in or organize a food drive beginning in late October through November involving youth and families of the parish. They also help with collection, storage, and distribution on Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. Christmas Angel Tree The Christmas Angel Tree is an outreach to families at Christmas. Volunteers serve on a committee to prepare gift tags for selected families, collect gifts and oversee delivery and pick-up. The Christmas angel tree begins at the end of November and ends the Sunday before Christmas. Meals-in-Need The meals-in-need ministry prepares food for various functions. Volunteers sign up to be contacted for food preparation for funeral luncheons, families in need, migrant meal during the summer, and other parish events, Direct Assistance The direct assistance ministry offers assistance with basic needs and provides referrals to other agencies that can provide assistance. Volunteers provide periodic contact with area residents as needed.  Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry Contact: Roger Ogilvie Phone: 919-779-3394 Email: rogogilvie@aol.com Web Site: http://cporaleigh.org/ CPO, a Catholic Charities program, serves the triangle community by providing emergency food assistance and, when possible, small children's clothing and baby items, such as formula and diapers. Volunteers assist with parish collections of food, diapers, children's clothing, etc. They volunteer at CPO 1 day a month, 9 AM to 1:30 PM Monday to Saturday. Some volunteers sew, knit, or crochet baby blankets for distribution at CPO. For more information visit the web site. 
St. Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Parish
Social Concerns