Outreach / Helping Others
Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.” St. Teresa of Avila
A vital part of St. Christopher's ministry is outreach. We partner with other agencies and ministries in the belief that many coming together with small, consistent actions can produce important results.
Four of our Outreach programs (St. Christopher’s Crops, the Summer Meals Program, the Weekend Backpack Program, and Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Spring Break Bags) work with local food pantries and the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center to serve families who are food insecure in our area. St. Christopher’s Crops and the Summer Meals Program look for volunteers during the summer months, whereas the Weekend Backpack Program runs during certain weeks of the school year. The Spring Break Bag Program directly helps children who are a part of the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center during their spring break week.
The winter holiday season is another time in which many local families are in need. St. Christopher’s traditionally works with local shelters and/or nursing homes to collect gift cards (known as our Angel Tree Program). We also have a Christmas Tote Program in which food and other necessities are placed in large totes and delivered to Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center families in need.
We invite you to join us, to explore the opportunities for personal fulfillment, community involvement and spiritual transformation that serving others can offer. Together with God working through us and with each other, we can accomplish infinitely more than we can imagine!
Whether you want to volunteer for an annual seasonal project, or something on a weekly or monthly basis, your time and talent will be greatly appreciated. Joining our outreach ministries is a great way to meet others and become involved in our caring community. If you would like to learn more about St. Christopher's outreach ministries, please contact Gina Frey.
This year, many of our programs are adapting to this difficult challenge and may be conducted differently. At this time of increased need, you can also connect with the major organizations in our area who have the capacity and structure to address the growing needs. Those listed below are currently in need of both funds and/or in-person hours if you are low risk and healthy.
The following organizations are in need of both funds and volunteers at this time:
Gleaners (also accepts youth volunteers)
Carmel Youth Assistance
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Merciful Help Center
Meals on Wheels
Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank