“Adopts” families in transition: needing temporary financial assistance and support to get back on their feet. The adopted families also receive additional support at Easter and Christmas.
Coordinators: Dorothy Laddish (415) 456-1242 and
MaryTamley-Weiss (415) 454-4950
Time Commitment: Varies
BROWN BAG LUNCHES:
Volunteers needed to make 10 brown bag lunches (sandwich, chips, drink, fruit & treat) on a rotational basis so that a total of 100 lunches are delivered to the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room every Sunday by regular volunteer drivers.
Coordinators: Maryellen Danehy (415)717-0113, Patricia Conway (415) 706-0365 & Maureen Larson (415) 456-0855.
Time Commitment: Make 10 lunches once a month, twice a month or as a substitute and bring them to church by 10am Sunday.
FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVES:
St Anselm will coordinate the food drives to occur twice a year to be delivered to St Vincent de Paul. Volunteer help is needed weekends of the collections: accepting & loading. Volunteers are needed.
Clothing Coordinator: Liz Amini (415) 453-2252
Food Drive Coordinator: Margie Ellis (415) 453-5870
Time Commitment: 3 times a year assist with the drives.
GUATEMALA MISSION PROGRAM:
Collections taken of children’s multi vitamins, children’s used shoes & clothing, used furniture, and money to ship a container to Guatemala. Money collected is used to purchase school supplies for over 700 children and to help send some to college. Past funds have built a parish rectory, convent, school & hospital.
Coordinator: Bill Cuneo (415) 457-7225
Marin Handicapables meet several times a year, giving an opportunity for the physically or Mentally challenged to gather together and socialize.
They gather at Marin Catholic High School for Mass, after which the students serve lunch. It is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday (11:30am-2:00pm). They can always use more volunteers!
Coordinator: Randy De Voto (415)453-0723
Time Commitment: 4 hours several times a year.
HOMEWARD BOUND MILL STREET SHELTER:
Each month volunteers from St. Anselm’s Parish provide entrees, salads, and desserts for the Shelter in San Rafael. St. Anselm’s provides a dinner every third Saturday of the month. The volunteers receive an email notice alerting them of upcoming opportunities and respond when convenient. They prepare an entrée, salad or dessert .
Coordinator: Judy King de Surville (415) 459-7927, firstname.lastname@example.org collects and delivers the meal.
Time Commitment: As needed.
HOMELESS SHELTER/ROTATING EMERGENCY SHELTER PROGRAM: Marin County is focusing relief efforts for the homeless on the Housing First Program, working directly with them to implement a 24-hour shelter in the future. Mid Nov.—Mid April congregations work together to provide meals & shelter for homeless men and women.
St. Anselm volunteers plan, prepare part of the meal at home, then set up, serve, eat with the guests and clean up at the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo.
Time Commitment: Varies, generally one planning meeting & one Saturday evening
a month, 5-8pm.
MARIN ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
- ANSELM’S TEAM: Volunteers work within the parish and larger Marin community to highlight areas of concern in the political arena.
Coordinator: Dcn. Bernie O’Halloran (415)454-3496
Time Commitment: Varies
RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE:
Promotes Pro-Life programs in the parish.
Time Commitment: Meet on the 1st Thurs. of each month. Help support special activities:
Respect Life Month (October); “Walk for Life” in SF (Jan.); “Crossroads” Walkers (ProLife witness and educ.) County efforts [40 Days for Life, quiet witness & prayer vigil outside abortion clinics];
Free Marin Pregnancy Clinic in Novato [donations, clothing drives, fundraising efforts to help provide emergency pregnancy/medical care for women in crisis pregnancies];
Referrals to Rachel’s Vineyard (retreats) and Gabriel Project for families affected by abortion; referrals to Natural Family [classes on Marriage and Family].
Coordinator: Carmen Maguire (415) 457-4124
R.E.S.T.— Rotating Emergency Shelter Team DINNERS
see HOMELESS SHELTER/ROTATING EMERGENCY SHELTER PROGRAM
SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM:
Each year, St. Anselm parishioners join other congregations and nonprofits to identify social justice issues that adversely impact Marin’s poor and vulnerable residents.
Our mission is to be advocates for them, by inviting Marin leaders, from the public and private sectors, to take action. We value civility and are guided by Catholic moral teaching and social justice principles. Current Marin social justice issues and concerns include: homeless shelter; health care; housing shortage; immigration reform; child-care assistance; English classes; law enforcement; safe neighborhoods; public transportation; education disparity.
Time Commitment: Monthly, 2nd or 3rd Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, St. Anselm Rectory.
Coordinator: Deacon Bernie O’Halloran
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CONFERENCE:
Volunteers make home visits to residents in need who are referred through the parish or by St. Vincent de Paul’s Reception Desk. Financial assistance is provided to those in need to help with expenses such as rent, PG&E bills, food, shelter etc.; this ministry is funded by a special collection every 5th Sunday of the month and by other donations.
Coordinators: Bill Langley (415) 453-4460
Time Commitment: Monthly meeting and as needed.
YOUNG LADIES INSTITUTE, YLI:
An organization of Catholic women dedicated to the Christian principles of charity and love. YLI fosters friendships, gives to the less fortunate in our community, promotes the moral, mental and social advancement of Catholic women and enriches spiritual life by joining other women in prayer and social events. St. Anselm YLI members now meet with the Novato branch of YLI.
Coordinator: Emily Matthew (415)261-7264,
Time commitment: Once a month at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Monday at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Novato.