The St. Paul’s Outreach Committee works to improve lives in our community, focusing specifically on issues of hunger and homelessness. We pursue and maintain close relationships between our church members and local charities working to combat these issues, notably Face to Face Germantown, the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Room at the Inn. Our own major ongoing outreach ministries include the Rummage Sale (on hiatus until further notice — no 2021 Rummage Sale), Shop and Drop (food pantry), and the Five Fridays concert series. Volunteers are warmly encouraged to join any of these activities! Contact us.
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!
March and April: Grant applications reviewed for the year. The success of our Annual Rummage Sale, allows us to to give numerous grants organizations serving the hungry and homeless directly.
April or May: We host homeless families in the church for Interfaith Hospitality Month through the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Volunteers can work shifts as dinner hosts for the families, stay overnight or read stories to the children.
June – September: We prepare for our hugely successful Annual Rummage Sale, held on the first Saturday after Labor Day. A dedicated core of volunteers powers this massive effort. The proceeds from the Sale are used to support the Outreach Committee’s grant program, through which we fund local groups working to combat hunger and homelessness.
November: We hold a turkey “ingathering” and invite parishioners to help at Face to Face for the Thanksgiving Dinner.
December: We organize an annual parish Advent Sale, where grant recipients and parishioners sell or display holiday items in the Parish Hall. In addition 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.