Food Sorting Ministry
Each Sunday we get a large collection of donated food from a local Trader Joe’s. Volunteers are needed on Sunday mornings both with pickup/delivery and with sorting/storing. Most of these supplies are used for the Monday Night Supper program but other programs such as Warm Space and Bag Lunch benefit as well. Any food not used is taken to Groveland Foodshelf by Tuesday. Drop in the kitchen area between 7:45 am and 9:00 am if you are intrigued. Contact: Rich Maier.
Sunday Night Supper
Saint Markans serve a hot meal to 150-250 needy people on the second Sunday of each month. The greatest need for volunteer help is at 4:30 p.m. to get ready to serve the 5:00 p.m. supper, which typically finishes around 6:30 p.m. There is always a sign-up sheet in the Parlor or volunteers can just show up at 4:30 p.m. Contact: Arlene Goter.
Monday Night Supper
A meal served to about 80 needy young adults (under age 30) every Monday (except holidays). Volunteers begin to gather at 3:00 pm to prepare, others come at 6:00 pm to serve and others stay until 7:30 pm helping with clean up. No need to sign up – just show up!
Bag Lunch Ministry
We make lunches for our Warm Space guests and weekday morning drop-in guests. The group meets most Mondays in the summer and fall, and 1-2 Mondays a month in the winter. Contact: Candi Wallace .
On Thursdays, we open the coffee lounge from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a hot soup lunch and a place to rest. Volunteers work a 2 or 4 hour shift and are trained to know about local services. Volunteers must talk with volunteer coordinator before helping with this ministry. Contact: Sally Cunningham .
Habitat for Humanity
Saint Mark’s regularly participates in Habitat work days – watch the Wrapper for upcoming build days or contact Lynn to get on the email list. Contact: Jim Huber.
Meals on Wheels
We bring food to those who are house bound on Wednesday mornings working from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Each driver takes about 8 meals and co-drivers are welcome. A first timer can go with a “regular.” Contact: Carol Heath.
While we have our own outreach ministries, we also believe strongly in partnering with other organizations in our community to better serve our neighbors in need. Here are some of the organizations with whom we have had long-term partnerships.
St. Mark’s is one of five downtown congregations that support this neighborhood foodshelf . Groveland serves as an emergency source of food for those living in the neighborhoods just south of the downtown area. Additionally, Groveland Food For Youth serves the vulnerable youth population throughout the Twin Cities. The congregations support Groveland through financial and food donations as well as providing volunteer help. Contact:Rich Maier.
Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP)
Twice a year we partner with NIP in hosting a party at Saint Mark’s for developmentally disabled adults.
Episcopal Community Services
Episcopal Community Services provides individualized, comprehensive services to families living in poverty. With an emphasis on building positive relationships, ECS utilizes a continuum of services at sites throughout the region to help participants achieve economic self-sufficiency and a healthy interdependence in their families and communities. Saint Mark’s supports ECS through financial and volunteer resources.
The Wells Foundation provides financial support to community programs that address homelessness. The Wells Board solicits and responds to grants from community organizations. The Wells Foundation also regularly elects new board members from the congregation. Contact: James Davies.
One of the great things about Saint Mark’s is that you can get involved in outreach right away.
Contact our outreach ministry coordinators for more information on helping at any of our Outreach Ministries.
Periodically, St. Markans are looking for ways to donate tangible items. Here is where we recommend your donations go:
Groveland Food Shelf – non-perishable food in the wood trunk outside the Cathedral bookstore and a congregant takes it to Groveland each week. You can also drop perishable food off directly at Groveland which is located just a few blocks from St. Mark’s
If you are traveler and collect hotel soaps and toiletries, we would love to have them! We give out toiletries during our Monday Night Supper and Warm Space programs. Drop off these items in the wood trunk outside the Cathedral bookstore
We do not have the storage capacity to keep clothes to give out to our outreach ministry guests. None of our community partnership agencies give out clothing, so please call United Way at 211 to find what places near you collect clothing.
We do collect gloves, hats, and socks for our Warm Space guests in the winter. Please drop them off in the wood trunk outside the Cathedral bookstore.