Volunteering in an Outreach Program
You may not always be able to give money, especially in these economic times, but the gift of your time and service is greatly needed by outreach ministries. As Lent draws near consider if some of your time can be better used by volunteering to help others and ask the Holy Spirit for His guidance.
Resurrection Parish and Brookline Area Ministry information are listed below on this page. Additional resources can be found by clicking on one of the following links:
Resurrection Parish Programs:
- The Bereavement Ministry
Through the Bereavement Ministry Resurrection Church reaches out to the grieving family with prayer and support. Members of the group pray with the family at the funeral home, attend the funeral liturgy, send sympathy, Christmas and Easter cards, reach out through phone calls, provide pamphlets in Church, plan the memorial Liturgy for All Souls’ Day and have periodic days of reflection for the bereaved. To further support the bereaved family we would like to organize teams to serve a luncheon after the funeral. To join the bereavement ministry or to volunteer to serve the funeral luncheons, call the Rectory at 412-563-4400
- The Ladies of Charity
Through the Ladies of Charity Resurrection Church reaches out to the poor, sick and homebound with prayer and support. Their charitable activities include the Angel Tree at Christmas time for the poor of the community, making and distributing prayer shawls to the sick, regularly visiting our parishioners in nursing homes, sending cards to the elderly, homebound and sick, phoning the people on our prayer list and assisting in the special social ministry collections. Their spiritual ministry includes praying for and with the sick and arranging the annual Communal Anointing of the Sick. To become a Lady of Charity and assist in these and other works of charity as they develop, call the Rectory at 412-563-4400.
- St Vincent de Paul Society
Through the St Vincent de Paul Society Resurrection Church reaches out to the poor of the community of Brookline, not only our church. It responds to all calls for assistance, providing food, clothing, shelter, furniture and emergency funds. They support the pamphlet ministry of the Bereavement team and the activities of our Ladies of Charity. Occasionally they need the use of a truck and some strong arms. To join or offer assistance to the St. Vincent de Paul Society the Rectory at 412-563-4400
Donations An envelope for donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society is included with your church envelops for the months that have five Sundays. In this way we can all participate in their ministry to the poor.
- Lunch Bag Ministry
Every second Wednesday after the 9 AM Mass a group meets to make lunches for Operation Safety Net, which are distributed by the medical teams that go out to the homeless. It costs about $7O to make the 50 lunches. We have had donations of money and food items for the lunches and the ministry is self-sustaining. Come when you can and bring a loaf of bread or some snack crackers or treats for the lunches.
- Clothes Closet Ministry
Used clothing is collected at Brookline Presbyterian Church for the people who come to the Preschool Program and the Food Bank. Help is needed to unpack, sort and arrange the clothing. If you are willing to help let Bernice know at 412-343-0937 and we will arrange a day when as a group we could help. Hangers and plastic bags are needed.
- Miryam’s Place
This ministry to homeless women is looking for organizations willing to prepare a supper for the women, come and help serve it and visit with them. If you would be interested in this ministry let Bernice know at 412-343-0937. Once we have some volunteers we can work out the logistics: where to prepare it and who would deliver and serve. Donations to cover the cost of the meal would be welcome.
Brookline Ecumenical Efforts:
- Brookline Christian Food Pantry
The Brookline Christian Food Pantry is a member agency of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For the past 25 years, we have been servicing low income families in the Brookline and Dormont area. Our home for the past 15 years has been Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church. This food bank is run by a group of dedicated volunteers from local churches who help to meet the needs of over 140 families in the local community. Unfortunately this number will rise during the winter months. Every month the Food Bank needs 500 cans of soup, 1000 cans of vegetables, 150 jars of spaghetti sauce and much more. Food items come from donations given by local churches, schools, the annual Boy Scout Food Drive and the annual Post Office Food Drive. However, cash is needed each month to purchase food from the main food bank and local stores. Some of this cash comes from community grants but local individuals generously make donations every month for this purpose. These donations also purchase food certificates for Thanksgiving and toys for Christmas. Volunteers are urgently needed to unload deliveries on Thursday and Friday morning before distribution days and on the second Saturday of each month when they bag and distribute the food beginning at 8 AM. To volunteer for emergency food, contact Mrs. Patricia Erny at 412-344-8451. If you want to receive food monthly, come on the day of distribution (2nd Saturday of each month) with a driver’s license or ID, proof of income and a utility bill.
- Meals on Wheels
Since 1973 the Brookline Meals on Wheels program has been operating out of St. Mark Lutheran Church. The program, staffed by volunteers from area churches, feeds from 40 to 70 people Monday through Friday. A hot meal and a sandwich is provided and delivered to the home. Special diets are available for those who need them. Though the participants pay a minimal fee, the program is funded by community grants and cash donations from churches and individuals. Volunteers are needed daily, Monday through Friday in the morning to help in the kitchen, preparing and packing the meals. Drivers and visitors are needed to deliver the meals beginning around 11 AM. Cash and donations of food such as cookies, desserts, breads, etc are welcome. To volunteer,or to request meals, call 412-343-8144.
- Senior Van Transportation
This program provides free transportation for seniors within Brookline. It is based at St. Mark Lutheran Church and run by volunteers. from local churches. Volunteer drivers, who must be at least 25 and free of any accidents for three years are needed, as well as volunteer hosts/hostesses to greet riders and help them on or off the bus. Two shifts are available, morning and afternoon, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Donations for gas would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer or if you are in need of a ride, call 412-344-4222.