We strive to serve those in our parish and in the larger community by giving of our time, talents and financial resources. We believe that our spirituality is activated through service to those in need in the community and the world.
The Outreach Committee is dedicated to providing to the parish a variety of direct service or financial support opportunities, which serve the larger community.
- To offer a wide variety of outreach opportunities so as to involve more than half of the parish in outreach activities.
- To dedicate for Outreach programs a gift of time, talent and in-kind services and funding equal to 10% of the annual church total operating expenditures.
- To encourage further contributions by the parish, which are in addition to the funds allocated through the annual parish budget.
Please read on to learn about some of our current or recently completed Outreach activities. To become involved or participate in projects, contact St. Stephen’s and we will direct you to the current Outreach Committee Chair or the appropriate Committee Member.
St. Stephen’s Outreach Opportunities
The Angel Project. At Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, our gifts benefit community families in need. The parish provides Easter baskets filled with candy and toys with a food card for Easter, food for the Thanksgiving feast and practical gifts for family members at Christmas in addition to the Holiday meal. Both cash and actual gifts are needed and are presented to these families just before Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas. This is a parish wide project. Volunteers help with wrapping presents or packaging a family’s gifts together for distribution. Mindy Bush
Birthday/Anniversary Fund. Members of the parish are invited to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries with a blessing at the altar and are offered the opportunity to make a special contribution to the Birthday/Anniversary Bank. Funds raised in this way go to the Outreach Fund
Caring is Sharing. On the third Sunday of every month, you have the opportunity to help those less fortunate than we are by putting cash, or a check made out to St. Stephen’s, in the envelope provided with your monthly bulletin. Funds go locally to the CC & Solano Food Bank and globally to Episcopal Relief & Development.
Episcopal Relief & Development~ Gifts for Life. It is a great opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives around the world. We have available to us an Alternative Gift Market via Episcopal Relief and Development
Helping Hands. If you are able to provide food, caregiver relief and/or a ride, please contact the church office and you will be added to the Helping Hands ~ Loving Hearts call list. If you are in need of a helping hand, please contact Sara Nelson.
The Henry Ohlhoff House. The Henry Ohlhoff House, one of the Episcopal Charities programs, provides alcohol and drug recovery programs in the Bay Area.
Loaves and Fishes. St. Stephen’s is a small part of a large group of volunteers serving meals five days a week to those in need. Our group goes on the 5th Wednesdays, 4-5 times per year. We travel by carpool to Pittsburgh, leaving at 8:30 am, and work at the catering kitchen for Loaves and Fishes, then serve the lunch at a nearby church. Usually work is completed by noon.
Fall Festival/Oktoberfest. Each year in the Fall, St. Stephen’s organizes a fundraiser (dinner/auction) for Outreach with 100% of the proceeds going to families and children in our community and around the world.
Shelter Inc. Shelter, Inc. operates transitional housing and long-term affordable housing, including supportive services and special needs population services. Each year, church members cook and serve dinners and provide food for breakfast and lunch for one week at a shelter in Martinez.
Wardrobe for Opportunity. Serving economically disadvantaged job-seekers in Contra Costa and Alameda County, Wardrobe for Opportunity provides vital and often overlooked services, furnishing suitable business attire for both the interview process and the job and support for career advancement.