Faith in Action: Virtual Volunteerism

Because of our compassion and love for the community, our St. John’s COVID-19 Task Force has decided we are not comfortable with having parishioners volunteer in person at this time. Whatever benefit is realized would be outweighed by the possibility of spreading the virus. Please rest assured that St. John’s intends to continue to support the groups and organizations within our community as we always have, and understand that this is temporary. Once the storm passes, we will mobilize volunteers to safely assist those in need. 

In the meantime, our outreach and compassion care teams remain busy identifying new, creative ways to give.

VIRTUAL (or limited contact) OPPORTUNITIES:

Second Harvest: Each year, millions of people in America face hunger. The pandemic has caused even more families to struggle. Food banks estimate that 4 in 10 people visiting a food bank now need assistance as a result of COVID-19. During September — Hunger Action Month — St. John’s will be collecting canned foods on Sunday afternoons. Please drop your canned foods off at the Calhoun Street entrance when the church is open for the weekly Communion in the Garden time.

Grace Mission: Despite closing its doors to the public due to the pandemic, Grace Mission has continued to love God and our neighbors by partnering with the Kearney Center to serve daily meals. Email kate@gracemission.net. Want to donate? click here

The Kearney Center: The Kearney Center is hard at work moving people into non-congregate hotels and housing and are in need of your support. Visit their website to donate or purchase their most needed items on their Amazon Wishlist.

Big Bend Hospice: as identified a specific need to obtain Ensure for patients who are experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Please visit their wish list to find the Ensure items.  At checkout, Big Bend Hospice Foundation appears as an address for shipping.

Capital City Youth Services (CCYS): CCYS works with homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth to alleviate issues and strengthen families and are in need of your support. Visit their website to donate or purchase their most needed items on their Amazon Wishlist.

Shared Grace Tallahassee: For a comprehensive list of ways to help in Tallahassee, visit the Shared Grace Tallahassee website. This site is organized by area clergy and community volunteers living out love for neighbor through support of local human and public services providers.

Support for Healthcare Providers: TMH is accepting donations of hand-sewn masks and commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) at two drop-off locations: TMH Marketing & Communications, 1308 Hodges Drive, and the TMH Foundation, 1331 East Sixth Avenue. Click here

Masks for Tally: Are you looking for masks or would like to create them for our community? Visit the Masks for Tally website to learn more about who in our community needs masks or even how to procure one yourself.

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