Outreach Services Team
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.
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.
11/23 & 11/24
Charities Weekend Collection - Hand Warmers needed!
The St. Charles Outreach Team will be collecting hand warmers for Siena House, the men's shelter in Waukesha. The shelter is only open from 6 pm to 7 pm so the men are often outside during the day. Our Outreach Team serves a hot supper and brings along breakfast and lunch-to-go items on Sundays twice a month. We will be collecting the hand warmers during Charities Weekend after all Masses on 11/23 & 11/24.
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.
There is NO Monthly Meeting in December
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. This month's meal is on the 3rd Thursday this month.
Thursday 11/21/19 in the Borromeo Room, St. Charles
Times: various times and duties from 3:30-7 pm.
Men's Shelter Meals
One of our newest Outreach programs is to provide meals to those men who are homeless in the Waukesha County area. The Siena House is a men's shelter offering them a hot meal, shower and a place to sleep. Sunday afternoon's we visit to prepare the evening meal and "lunches to go". These bag lunches are available to take as they head out daily to seek assistance and redirect their lives in a positive direction. If you would like to donate meal items please register below soon.
12/1, 12/15 and 12/29
Ronald McDonald House Lunch-to-go Program
A small group of teens and our Outreach Services team are making Lunch-to-go for 50 people Saturday at the Ronald McDonald House 8948 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee. If you would like to help supply the food for making these meals, and/or help prepare the meals at the facility, please register below. Deliver items to the Borromeo Room kitchen or cooler by 10 am Saturday morning. Thank you for your assistance in helping out these families with children receiving treatment at Children's hospital. Please contact Julie Heyrman at 414-333-1636 with any questions.
Outreach Services Team will be responsible for Doughnut Sunday, January 5th and 19th 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!
1/5/20 & 1/19/20
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.
Mentorship Workshop Meal
We need volunteers and food donations to prepare a meal for 40-50 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. he next meal will be in fall. Please check back at that time to join us!
Communion Clothing Drive for St. Anthony’s School – 9th and Mitchell
The Outreach Services Team will be collecting communion clothing after all masses for the next two weekends. Ten to fifteen minutes is all we need to gather dresses, veils, boys shirts, pants and accessories. We will be collecting again during February/March of 2020.
Brat Shack Fundraiser at Piggly Wiggly
The fundraiser will be held June 29th. 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.
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.
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.