Local Outreach Opportunities
Through St. Paul’s Alternative Christmas program, you can give others a gift that impacts lives around the world. Very simply, Alternative Christmas enables you to support a ministry or organization and provide your recipient with a holiday card to show that a donation was made in his or her name. For more information, contact Joan Zimmer.
Every Tuesday soup is delivered to the Out of the Cold Day Shelter for the guests there. The soup is prepared in the homes of our “soup chefs” and picked up and delivered by another group of volunteers. A third group of volunteers goes to Wegmans to pick up 150-200 pounds of donated bakery goods: bread, bagels, pastries, muffins, and desserts. That is shared with both OOTC and Abba Java on Tuesdays. It is our hope that in this way we continue to nourish those who are most in need. If you would like to be part of this food ministry, please contact Patsy Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Rogers at email@example.com.
Campus Ministry – Wesley Foundation
Do you have a heart for students and sharing your faith? If so, there are opportunities to serve in Abba Java Coffeehouse, student small group activities, service and mission projects, providing food and meals, and more. Visit our website for details.
Centre Volunteers in Medicine
Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) provides medical and dental care, case management, and necessary medications at no cost to qualified uninsured and under-insured residents of Centre County. Local doctors, dentists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals volunteer their services at CVIM. In addition, CVIM depends upon volunteers to staff the office, interview patients, and assist with fundraising. Many St. Paul’s constituents support CVIM through gifts of their time, talent, and treasure. To learn more, visit the CVIM website.
The first Sunday of each month is designated as Food Bank Sunday at St. Paul’s. Check the “What’s Happening” email for the current needs list. The Food Bank requests that you do not give baby food or formula, expired or opened products, products with alcohol in them, or over-the-counter medications. Drop off non-perishable donations in the bins at the College Avenue and Calder Way entrances to the Church.
Good Samaritan Fund
St. Paul’s Good Samaritan Fund provides financial assistance to people in need when other community resources are not available or have been exhausted. Typical requests include help with utilities to prevent shut-off, assistance with rent to prevent eviction, and help with security deposits to secure housing. Requests for assistance are completely confidential and can be made in person, by phone, through referral by other agencies, and in collaboration with other service providers. Referrals and requests for assistance are coordinated through Renae Schunk, St. Paul's Director of Care Ministries.
Interfaith Human Services
Interfaith Human Services (IHS) provides financial assistance for basic needs to qualified Centre County residents. In addition, IHS operates a free furniture and appliance recycling program and manages the Centre County Fuel Bank. St. Paul’s was one of the founding sponsors of this mission. We continue to provide financial support, and many St. Paul’s members are active volunteers with the program. Visit the Interfaith Human Services website for more information.
Out of the Cold Centre County
St. Paul’s is one of several area churches coordinated by Out of the Cold Centre County to serve as an emergency overnight shelter when Centre House is full in the winter. Volunteers are needed to serve as hosts at check-in and check-out. Monetary and food donations are also accepted. To learn more, check out www.ootc3.org or contact Renae Schunk, St. Paul's Director of Care Ministries.
Out of the Cold Day Shelter
St Paul's assists in providing volunteers to the Day Shelter, a place for the homeless population to go to get out of the elements, find community, take a shower, get connected to resources, and enjoy lunch. Further information is available at www.ootc3.org .
Park Forest Preschool
The Park Forest Preschool is a free preschool for children two to five years old from low-income families. Funded by local congregations, civic organizations, and private donations, the preschool sessions are held weekday mornings during the school year. St. Paul’s has been a strong supporter of Park Forest Preschool since its inception, and we continue to provide support by funding a scholarship for a child to attend.
RISE (Reading is Enlightening)
RISE is a five-year effort to ensure that Centre County elementary schools have access to high quality children’s books that portray individual differences and encourage respect and understanding of those differences. RISE will donate children’s books to Centre County elementary school libraries and preschools in these diversity categories: culture, disabilities, race, gender/family structure, and religion as well as social justice issues. Additionally, a student reward program will encourage students to read books in diversity categories, and funds will provide grants to elementary educators for diversity curriculum resources. Email RISEBookInitiative@gmail.com to learn more or download our flyer. Donations can be made online by clicking here.
Located in Room 203 of the Wesley Building, St. Paul’s Shoe Bank provides NEW shoes to children up to 18 years old whose parents or guardians receive public assistance. Founded in 1991, the Shoe Bank now provides approximately 500 pairs of new sneakers a year to children. The Shoe Bank is open from 9:00 am to noon on Saturdays. We have about 30 active volunteers, but are always happy to welcome more! Please contact Janice Becker for information.
Wesley’s Closet is a ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation providing free gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats, and new underwear and new socks for those in need, sizes infants through adults. Donations of gently used clean coats, gloves, scarves, hats and new underwear and new socks are accepted throughout the year at the labeled bins at the College Avenue and Calder Way entrances of St. Paul’s, as well as inside the Locust Lane red doors. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.