Outreach Services Team
Thank you for your interest in volunteering to serve others. Because of the Corona Virus, many of our Outreach programs have been suspended or altered significantly. We are in contact with our various organizations with whom we partner with here in Hartland and our surrounding community. It is crucial that the homeless, low income and elderly recipients of our services continue to receive the support they need. We update this page of the St. Charles Parish website weekly. Please see the home page of the St. Charles site for daily updates on cancellations. I keep our Outreach Service Group updated by communicating through email. If you would like to be added to that messaging system, please send your email address to email@example.com. Or call Terri directly with any questions you may have about our organization and it's activities.
St. Charles Outreach Services Team ministers to both local Wisconsin communities and abroad, organizing events and programs that bring together volunteers of all ages to engage in projects that better the living, learning, and general condition of all! Through events such as the monthly Bread of Life Community Meal, the seasonal gift and clothing drives, and grander projects such as funding and building a new chapel for the church community of La Sagrada Familia in the Dominican Republic, there are many ways to become involved. For more information about specific events or to become involved, please contact Terri Blazek, Outreach Services Team Chairperson, at 262-367-7608.
Opportunities to become involved as a volunteer to help those of the St. Charles Parish community include becoming involved in ministries such as the Meals to the Homebound, the Hospitality Ministry, or by volunteering at seasonal church events such as Fall Fest. For more information about service opportunities in St. Charles Parish, refer to the Stewardship under Serve Christ.
Outreach Services Team - Monthly Meeting
Come join our team as we discuss upcoming events and activities. Get an understanding of what it is like to become involved in the preparation behind our many volunteer opportunities. Offer your services or just come to learn more about each activity. They are held on a Monday evening once a month.
Meeting on 9/21/20 at 7-8 pm via Zoom. To be included in this Zoom meeting please contact Terri Blazek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bread of Life Meal - Monthly Community Meal at St. Charles
Once a month, St. Charles Parish is the host for a free community meal for seniors and others. Volunteers are needed to greet people as they enter, serve refreshments, wash dishes, set-up and tear-down the event.
The Bread of Life Community Meals have been canceled for the remainder of the year 2020.
Times: various times and duties from 3:30-7 pm.
The Bread of Life Community Meals have been canceled for the remainder of the year 2020. To those who regularly attend the meal, we apologize to have to take this precaution. And we ask you to please share this message with others you know who usually share our meal, especially those who are not parishioners. We will continue to monitor the Corona Virus situation. An announcement will be made through the parish when the meal program returns.
Communion Clothing Drives for St. Anthony's School - 9th and Mitchell
Thank You from St. Anthony's School in Milwaukee
Many thanks to the parishioners who donated communion clothing to students and families of our Sister School, St. Anthony's in Milwaukee. The St. Charles Outreach Services Team sponsored the clothing drive and as always our parish responded! A total of 17 girl's dresses, assorted veils and gloves, along with 7 boy's suit coats, a variety of boy's pants, dress shirts, vests, ties, caps and shoes were given to St. Anthony's. A special thank you to the people who purchased 5 new dresses to pass along. And thank you for making the day very special for these children.
Men's Shelter Meals
During the Corona Virus Outbreak, there is a much greater need of assistance. We have increased our partnership role with this program serving men who are homeless in the Waukesha County area.
St. Anthony's Food Pantry
Come and join us in the packing and distributing of food to families of our Sister School, St. Anthony's, on the south side of Milwaukee. Once a week we will visit and bring along donations for their pantry. Currently they could use fresh vegetables. If you have a garden that is overflowing with an abundance of veges, please consider donating them. Store bought are welcome too!
If you wish to donate, however are not able to join us, we will accept drop offs the day of the event 15 minutes prior to our departure at the carpool area. Please do not drop off the donations in the St. Vincent de Paul Food barrel. See the following link for more information and to register.
Summer Lunch Meals
The Summer Lunch Program is supported by St. Vincent de Paul conferences during the summer for children in Saratoga Park, located in the Saratoga Elementary School District, who participate in the Waukesha School District's free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs during the school year. This program was created to provide a nutritious meal for children in this area of the city during the summer months when these programs are not available.
Last year the Outreach Services Team joined this worthwhile and fun activity. We are excited to join in again and help by providing the lunches, taking them to Waukesha and distributing them to children and parents Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday the week of July 21st. The place is Waukesha Stem Academy Saratoga Park Campus, 130 Walton Ave (enter the parking lot from College Ave). We will carpool from St. Charles to the park at 11 am and return by 1:30. If you are driving yourself, please note in the comment section when signing up. Any questions please contact Terri at 262-367-7608.
7/20/20 -7/24/20 Canceled
Ronald McDonald House Lunch-to-go Program
Our meals program has been cancelled at this time. If you wish to support this organization they suggested grocery store gift cards are helpful. Purchase from our Scrip program and St. Charles earns a portion of your purchase too. Please send them to our St. Charles Outreach Coordinator for this program and she will get them to Ronald McDonald House.
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Hope Center Lunch Program
Located in downtown City of Waukesha, the Hope Center serves meals to those barely getting by with little or no income. Some attendees are homeless and are out on the street or in a shelter. With the need so great during the winter time, in addition to their evening meals, this facility also shares breakfast and lunches on Saturdays. Monthly our Outreach Group prepares, serves and cleans up after a lunch meal. If you would like to assist please register below. We can carpool from St. Charles Parish from 10am to 1:30 pm. Or you are welcome to drive directly to the Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., Waukesha by 10:30 am. Children under 14 years of age need to be supervised by a parent.
All meals canceled
Mentorship Workshop Meal
We need volunteers and food donations to prepare a meal for 30-40 individuals looking to better their positions in life. We provide the meal and have the opportunity to meet the participants as we dine with them during their evening workshop held in downtown Waukesha.
Meals are currently suspended!
Outreach Services Team will be responsible for Doughnut Sunday, May 3 & 17 after all the Sunday morning Masses. We will be responsible for serving the coffee, juice and donuts and clean up. It is also a great time to spread the word about our wonderful Outreach group to encourage others to join!
May 3 & 17 Canceled
Brat Shack Fundraiser at Piggly Wiggly
The fundraiser will be held May 31st. We will be serving brats, burgers and hot dogs as well as a baked goods. All sales will go to help purchase supplies for our many Outreach activities.
FallFest Raffle Tickets
Outreach Services Team will be helping with Fall Fest by selling and collecting raffle tickets after all the Masses every weekend now through Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. Sign up if interested in helping!
FallFest - Serving as a group
Each year we volunteer as a team to help our parish as volunteers during FallFest. We serve food in the food tent, offer free samples from our cookbook recipes to sell cookbooks, and other activities If you would like to work with us as a group, please signup here instead of the parish's main volunteer registration site.
Archdiocesan 175th Anniversary
The Outreach Team appreciates all who donated products for the Archdiocesan 175th Anniversary Care Bundles project, as well as helped to assemble them Monday night. We had 3 carloads of product! And we had over a dozen parishioners join in the bundling event at St. Jerome's. We can not put into words how amazed and humbled we are at the efforts from the many St. Charles parishioners who went shopping for these items. The bundles were delivered to Catholic Charities Tuesday morning for distribution to their clients. Thank you so very much!
Flu Vaccinations at St. Charles
Outreach Services Team are working with Hartland's own Hometown Pharmacy (downtown Hartland) to bring flu vaccinations to St. Charles on Thursday, Oct. 24th from 4 pm to 7 pm. Hometown Pharmacy will conduct the vaccination and process the insurance paperwork. Recipients are asked to bring along their insurance or medicare cards to process the payment.
Charities Weekend Sale
After all Masses the last weekend of the month, we need volunteers to sell our parish cookbooks and new gift items made by the sewing cooperative of ladies in the Dominican Republic at our International sister parish of La Sagrada Familia. Purses, aprons, cosmetic bags and more make the perfect Christmas gifts.