On Saturday December 7, St. Mary Student Parish will gather as one in prayer before being sent out to serve the poor and vulnerable in our community.

Following in the footsteps of our patron Mary, SMSP celebrates our Feast Day of Service by saying yes to God’s call to live out a faith that does justice so that God and the kingdom may again become incarnate, breaking forth into the life of our community with power.

Mass:  10:00 AM

Lunch:  A light lunch of soup and salad will be provided at St. Mary.

Volunteer Service:  Noon – 4:00 PM

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SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES


Salvation Army
www.salvationarmy.org
100 Arbana Drive (corner of Huron and Arbana) Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Number of volunteers needed:  20 (teenagers are welcome)
Description of the volunteer work:  Sorting and organizing food in the pantry; sorting and organizing clothing and toys for distribution to families at Christmas.

 

Alpha House – Interfaith Hospitality Network
www.alphahouse-ihn.org
4290 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
IHN Alpha House provides food, shelter and comprehensive services for homeless families in a caring atmosphere of dignity and safety.
Number of volunteers needed 10-15 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work  Join us as we help with projects at the shelter, which may include some light handiwork and possible deep-cleaning of basement playroom or organizing of supplies.

 

Hope Clinic
https://thehopeclinic.org/
518 Harriet St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Hope Clinic is an interdenominational Christian nonprofit organization, which provides compassionate and practical help to those in need, ministering to the whole person with dignity and respect.
Number of volunteers needed 6-8
Description of the volunteer work Volunteers are asked to dress warmly and in clothing that they don’t mind getting a little dirty! Volunteers will be painting, cleaning the kitchen, and preparing the yard for winter.

 

St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center – Flint
www.stlukenewlifecenter.com
3115 Lawndale Ave., Flint, MI 48504
The N.E.W. Life Center is a faith based environment providing life skills, education, workplace training, empowering women to become self sufficient. The N.E.W. Life Center is based on a three-year Program of Life Change for women in Flint.
Number of volunteers needed 15 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work Volunteers will help get items ready for their Christmas distribution.

 

Shelter of Flint
www.shelterofflint.com
924 Cedar St., Flint, MI 48503
Shelter of Flint owns and manages hundreds of properties in Flint, Michigan and offers a full range of programs that support families in need of emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing as well as first time buyer assistance and senior affordable housing.  The agency’s philosophy involves supporting families well beyond the emergency shelter. The agency works to identify underlying problems causing homelessness and provides programs and services proven to address family challenges. Shelter of Flint serves approximately 1,300 homeless adults and children each year in its various programs.
Number of volunteers 10-15 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work The work would involve indoor cleaning, painting, general refurbishing and the moving of furniture at one of the many properties the Shelter of Flint manages in the city of Flint.  This work will help prepare the property so new residents can move in.

 

Refugee Welcome Baskets (at St. Mary)
The Resettlement Program at Jewish Family Services assists refugees and their families with critical social services needed to ease their transition into a new way of living.
Number of volunteers needed: 15-25 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work: Volunteers will sort and put together household goods and cleaning supplies into welcome baskets for refugee families and learn about refugee assistance in the Ann Arbor area.

 

Christmas Cards for Veterans (at St. Mary)
The Sending Smiles to Vets program was launched in 2015 and students across southeast Michigan have pitched in to make thousands of cards thanking veterans for their service.
Number of volunteers needed: 20-25 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work: Volunteers will make handmade Christmas cards to bring love and joy for veterans at the VA hospital.

 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Friends in Deed
www.friendsindeed.info
1196 Ecorse Road, Ypsilanti 48198
Friends in Deed partners with the community to provide critical financial assistance, furniture, congregational services and agency referrals.
Number of volunteers needed: 6 (Adults only: access to car preferred)
Description of the volunteer work: Six volunteers will be picking up gently used furniture from donors and delivering furniture to clients on our waitlist.

 

ArborWoman
www.arborwoman.com
625 E. Liberty St, Suite 10 Ann Arbor, MI 48104
ArborWoman supports women in the greater Ann Arbor area who are facing unexpected pregnancies. We provide a trust-based environment in which our programs, including pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, counseling and a wide array of material and spiritual support services, are offered confidentially and free of charge by well-trained personnel.
Number of volunteers needed: 10-12 (16 years of age or older)
Description of the volunteer work:S Volunteers will be helping give the center a deep clean, to keep the space fresh and welcoming to clients. Other projects could include preparing materials for classes, creating cards for class participants or making ultrasound cards.

 

MISSION (Mercy House)
www.missiona2.org
805 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
M.I.S.S.I.O.N. A2 is a not for profit partnership between homeless and “homeful” Washtenaw County residents collaborating to support self governing tent communities in Michigan during the ongoing housing and employment crises. We work to provide a voice to the homeless, and to make tent communities safer and better connected to services so that their citizens can more quickly make their way into more permanent housing, if that is what they want for themselves.
Number of volunteers needed: 8-10
Description of the volunteer work: Volunteers will serve and share brunch at Mercy House and will spend time getting to know the community there. Please note that this service begins at 8:30 am and goes until about 2pm.

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Huron Valley
www.h4h.org
6241 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore program is a one-stop-shop for furniture and housing materials, that is open to the public 7 days a week for donations and purchases at 50-75% off of commercial value. All net proceeds benefit the local Habitat for Humanity home building efforts!
Number of volunteers needed: 20-25 (16 years of age or older)
Description of the volunteer work: Possible jobs that volunteers might be doing to help ReStore include: straightening and moving windows & doors, straightening and moving sinks & toilets, organizing and replenishing cabinetry, loading, unloading, and organizing furniture, large appliances, and other merchandise, assisting our drivers on the donation truck with loading and unloading, clearing the loading and unloading docks, and more!

 

Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
www.glacierhills.org
1200 Earhart Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Glacier Hills is a senior living community in Ann Arbor providing holistic care to older adults.
Number of volunteers needed: 20-25 (16 years of age or older)
Description of the volunteer work: : Volunteers will be making cards, bookmarks, candy cane reindeers or other simple gifts  at St. Mary from 12:00-1:30pm and then delivering them to Glacier Hills and singing Christmas Carols to the seniors from 2:00-4:00pm.

 

Heartland Health Care Center
www.heartland-manorcare.com
4701 East Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Heartland is a sub-acute rehabilitation facility in Ann Arbor specializing in post-acute care.
Number of volunteers needed 10-15 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work Volunteers will be invited to visit with patients, including playing games, painting nails, and delivering mail ~ 1:00-4pm

 

St. Vincent de Paul
http://svdpaa.org/store/
1001 Broadway St., Ann Arbor, 48105
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community. It was founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of Catholic laypersons. One of the most notable among them is Blessed Frederic Ozanam. Members of the Society are called “Vincentians.” Their vocation is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. The Conference is the local group of Vincentians who meet to mutually support each other in friendship as they seek to love God and serve the needy.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2
Description of the Volunteer Work:  2 volunteers will be manning the cash register from 12 pm- 3 pm.