Jesus said, “this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn 15:12) As Christians we are called by these words of Christ to love and care for one another. The greatest way to outwardly express our love for one another is through charity- by donating our time, talent, and treasures to those in need.
The Advent and Christmas seasons are wonderful times to volunteer help for the less-fortunate in our community, but it’s important to keep in mind that there are many needs throughout the year that could benefit from your helping hands.
There are many ways to get involved in the Catholic ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Louis that help the poor, abused, neglected, elderly, disabled and lonely in our community. We invite you take a deeper look into to each of our ministries and help in whichever ways speak to you.
Father Dempsey’s Charities
Since 1906, Father Dempsey's Charities has provided transitional housing and a safe place to give a fresh start to men without a home. Today, Fr. Dempsey’s gives up to 60 residents a place to live and help with daily nourishment, getting a job, obtaining needed medical treatment, and accessing government benefits available due to military service, age, or disability. The average length of stay is one year.
As guests prepare to leave Father Dempsey's Charities to begin living independently, there is need for furniture and household items to help them get started. If you have useful items in good condition to share, please contact Maureen Quinn at 314.652.7275.
Contact Father Dempsey’s to volunteer or donate at 314.535.7221 or donate online.
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Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Catholic Charities of St. Louis is one of the largest private providers of social services in the state of Missouri. Catholic Charities is comprised of 8 agencies offering more than 100 programs to assist, on average, more than 150,00 poor and impoverished people annually.
The Catholic Charities agencies and nearly 6,000 volunteers are dedicated to serving countless children, women, and men who do not have enough food to eat; who are deprived of adequate education, housing, or employment; who suffer the trauma of abuse or neglect.
Contact Catholic Charities year round for volunteer opportunities or to donate at 314.367.550 or donate online.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul
“Serving Christ’s needy is the first purpose of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides services in crisis intervention, housing, criminal justice ministry, transportation, and health.
Most parishes have a Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which are “chapters” of the Society. To find volunteer opportunities with your parish SVDP conference, you can call your parish office or look at the list of SVDP conferences.
To volunteer or donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul call 314.881.6000 or donate online.
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