Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Opportunities

Join a group on the 1st Wednesday of the month in Pittsburg or the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Martinez.  In Pittsburg we serve food from the central kitchen with green and fruit salads provided by a member of the group.  2nd Wednesday in Martinez all of the food is provided for and cooked by the group. We do prep at both places.  We can only use about 6 people in Pittsburg.  Martinez we need  a bigger crew. The organization can place people at other sites (there are 5) and with other groups.  There is also a need for drivers to pick up from stores and deliver to dining rooms or the central kitchen.  We can usually accept 1 or two people per Wednesday.  

May 3 and June 7 in Pittsburg (part of St. Vincent de Paul building)

April 12, May 10 and June 14 in Martinez at Loaves and Fishes dining room at corner of Greene and Ferry.

Contact Rhea Bennett
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Immigration Issues

Helping Our Neighbors- There are somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 legal immigrants in our Diocese looking to become citizens. Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) is working to help legal immigrants become citizens or permanent residents. If you would like to help click here for information on upcoming events.

Caring Hands

We all have a "life story" to tell. Imagine if no one was there to listen? As a Caring Hands volunteer, you have the opportunity to be there for someone who has a LIFETIME of stories to tell. The heart of the ministry is connecting a senior with a caring volunteer so you really get a chance to know each other well. As a Caring Hands minister you can make a significant impact on dispelling the loneliness and isolation that affects so many seniors.

Volunteer hours are flexible. You are matched with a senior who lives close to you and who meets your day and time requirements. John Muir Health offers comprehensive training and ongoing support so you feel prepared to be a volunteer. I hope you will consider joining us!

For more information on Caring Hands click here.

Contact Patricia Coyle
925-939-7911 Ext 0
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Concord Homeless Shelter (CCIC)

Twenty years ago SJV became partners with St. Francis of Assisi, Concord and Evangelical Free Church, Walnut Creek to begin a project to meet the needs of the homeless in our community. In partnership with the Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition, SJV provides a dinner ministry to the residents of the N. Concord Shelter. We depend on our parish volunteers to help prepare a monthly dinner in the Faith Formation Kitchen at SJV and serve this meal at the N. Concord Shelter, 2047 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord. (Once a month, on the second Saturday, dinners are prepared in our Parish Kitchen and brought to about 75 residents of the North Concord Shelter.)

Contact Kate Garvey
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Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition

Work with SJV Parishioners and members of other local churches on a variety of projects to serve those in need in Contra Costa County.

Contact Julie Petersen
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Family to Family

Under the direction of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, this is a parish team/family-client partnership whose purpose is to strengthen community involvement and make a difference in the lives of impoverished families by assisting them to become sustainable.

Contact Mark MacMahon
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Tammy Medlock
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 Family-to-Family Partnership Program

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of low income families in the East Bay? Members of the SJV community have been actively involved in this ministry for a few years. They have offered their gifts of time, talent and material support to empower families become sustainable. Above all, the parish team and its client family strive to forge loving and compassionate relationships and to serve one another with joy, dignity and justice. Representatives from our parish will be at the back of the church to answer questions and to share stories about this ministry. For more information, please contact Kam Baloue at (847) 707-5114.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Join your fellow parishioners in building simple, decent, and affordable houses with low-income people in need; advocating for affordable housing in Contra Costa County; and building community at SJV through ministry activities.

Contact Nancy Williams
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More About Habitat for Humanity

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization focused on faith, family, community, youth and fellowship. It is in service to others and our call to action through faith that their Brotherhood is strengthened.

Contact Jim Hart
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More About Knights of Columbus

Loaves & Fishes

1st Wednesday in Pittsburg & 2nd Wednesday in Martinez every month a group provides a hot meal for the homeless and others in need. Volunteers cook and serve the meal and/or clean up afterwards. Involvement is about 5 hours each time.

Please click here for more information for Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Rhea Bennett
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St. Vincent De Paul Society

Mission Statement

"The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
leads women and men to join
together to grow spiritually by
offering person-to-person service..."

If you want to find out more information about joining, please contact:

Contact Mark MacMahon
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Go to St. Vincent de Paul Society Page

Winter Nights

For one week of the year, as part of the Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition Winter Nights Shelter program, SJV volunteers host homeless families; mother, father, little children and teens. The parish provides meals, activities and gracious hospitality.

Contact Peggy Casey
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Learn more about Contra Costa County's efforts

Donate Small Toiletry Items


Many thanks for your donations to our St. Vincent de Paul ministry on the 5th Sunday collections. Because of your kindness and generosity our parish will be able to help many low-income families and individuals in the Walnut Creek/Concord area with food, gas, clothing, and other essentials. On behalf of our less fortunate brothers and sisters who receive assistance because of your generosity, we thank you and pray for God’s blessings on you!

Also, we now have a box in the vestibule for small toiletry articles; it’s on the bottom shelf of the table right across from the library. We will keep this box there year-round so that people can drop off small sample-size toiletry items at any time. These items will be put into bags and given to the families we help at Christmas as well as to our homeless clients. Thank you in advance for your generosity with this.