In-Kind Donation Collections
The Saint Paul’s Outreach Committee has been working hard to meet needs throughout the pandemic. In spring 2020, we started the Saint Paul’s Shop and Drop benefiting the St. Luke’s Germantown food pantry in response to our growing awareness of how food insecurity is affecting our neighbors. Your generosity and commitment to this effort is responsible for forging the vibrant partnership we continue to enjoy with St. Luke’s.
Your generosity is simply inspiring and has led us to discern a need for wider collection efforts to support our partners throughout the year. Each month of the program year, we will collect items for a different partner agency. Items collection will take place on Sunday mornings in the narthex. These monthly collections will not replace our Shop and Drop food collections for St. Luke’s, which will continue to take place year-round. It is our hope that these monthly focused collections will provide an access point for Outreach involvement for all ages and stages in the congregation, while also providing parishioners with information about our partner organizations and how they can get more involved.
We will have a full schedule of our collections soon, but take a look below to see how you can get involved now!
September: During the month of September, we will be collecting items to support DePaul, a homeless service agency providing transitional housing, case management, and employment assistance. Please bring the new/gently used items below to any Sunday service to help us support their mission:
October: During the month of October, we will be collecting items for Whosoever Gospel Mission. These items will include:
- Shampoo and soap
- Other personal hygiene items
Mission and Vision
The mission of Outreach is to alleviate poverty, primarily through partnering with area organizations that serve the hungry and the homeless. We seek to identify areas of need which fit with St Pauls’ volunteering capabilities, skill bases and financial resources. We will focus on developing delivery, advocacy and issue – oriented collaborations amongst local churches and community organizations dedicated mainly to the relief of hunger and homelessness.
We are in a position now of expanding our reach. We will do so by:
A) Growing our Core Relationship Program, adding at least two local organizations to the broad exchanges we currently enjoy with Face to Face Germantown and The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network;
B) Identifying multi church collaborations;
C) Better understanding local community development needs and putting a shoulder to some of those wheels;
D) Identifying, educating and raising our voice on broader issues we can influence, bringing in local churches on those same issues.
At the same time, you can join us as we continue to deliver on existing initiatives – Shop and Drop, Rise Against Hunger, the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive, The Christmas Giving Tree, Cooking for Outreach, Refugee support, and the Five Fridays concert series.
Calendar of Annual Outreach Activities
Outside of COVID-19 restrictions, here is a year in the life of outreach at St. Paul’s.
January: We celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service by hosting a Stop Hunger Now meal packing operation. Parishioners and families of all ages produce over 15,000 meals for the hungry in just two hours!
November: We hold a Thanksgiving Turkey/Food Drive, and invite parishioners to help at Face to Face for the Thanksgiving Dinner.
December: We set up a Christmas Giving Tree where St. Paul’s friends and parishioners can honor holiday requests for items needed by the children and adults our non-profit partners work with.