Christian Service
Our mission is to identify and provide needed help for those of our parish community and beyond.
​Chairperson:  Janet Singer - 893-7342 - j_bsinger@hotmail.com
Health Insurance Assistance:  Cathy Burch - 306-6884
Greenfield Food Pantry: Patty Schwartzbeck - 893-7074
Rock City Falls Food Pantry: Tony Zanella - 584-8550
Sunday Soup Kitchen: Chris Florence - 583-6185
Giving Tree Coordinator - Lori Fitzgerald - 587-6293
Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinators - St. Joseph's - Karen Karadenes - 893-2417
                                                              St. Paul's - Lori Fitzgerald - 587-6293




FOOD PANTRY:

Thank you to all who regularly donate to our local food pantries. The need is ever increasing.
We could use:
spaghetti sauce, canned meat products (ravioli, hash, etc.), cereal, coffee, and canned veggies and fruit.

Other non-perishables are always welcome.

Monetary donations are also helpful as some things need to be purchased regularly. Envelopes are on the bulletin boards for these donations.

The pantry is always in need of your items!  Please drop off an item or two in the container at the church entrance. 

Stand-by volunteers are also needed for the Greenfield Pantry on Wednesday afternoons.  If you could be on call as a last minute fill in for the regular volunteers, please give Yvonne Graska a call - 893-2211
The Christian Service Committee has been an active ministry at St. Joseph's & St. Paul's for many years. Originally named Helping Hands, the mission has always been the same. We strive to reach out & assist those in need from our parish, our local community, & beyond.
  
The parish has always responded generously to our requests for donations for various worthwhile causes. School supplies are expensive & many families have difficulty covering the cost at a time of year when their children need new clothes for school. Your contributions to our annual school campaign in August help so many local families. Birthright is also an organization that our parish supports. By donating money & baby items, we assist women facing unplanned pregnancies. Thanksgiving & Christmas are holidays to celebrate with family gatherings, but for some families, the monetary impact causes stress & disappointment. The Thanksgiving baskets & Giving Tree donations you provide help alleviate that stress & make the holiday season merrier for so many. Our local food pantries in Greenfield & Rock City Falls assist families in need all year round. Donations are always welcome. 
 
New to our program this year was the parish's participation in a Rebuilding Together Saratoga project. Our assignment was a local home that the owner had difficulty maintaining, due to financial & health reasons. Parish volunteers spent the day doing yard work, cleaning out the basement, adding safety features in the bathroom, & building a new stair rail outside. The home owner was so grateful. His life was definitely improved, but the volunteers also benefitted by knowing they had made a difference that day. Please consider signing up next spring when the parish will tackle another Rebuilding Together Saratoga project!

The Christian Service committee's most recent collection has been for VETHELP. Your generous donations of household items went to male and female veterans living in transitional houses in Ballston Spa. A tour of the home for the women revealed that there is a true need there and they appreciated everything so much.

Our committee wishes to thank all of you who contribute time and again to our programs to help those in need. You are truly doing the work of Christ on earth. Please note that new volunteers are always welcome to join the Christian Service Committee!

For more information, to offer suggestions for future assistance our committee can provide or to join, please contact Janet Singer at 893-7342 or j_bsinger@hotmail.com








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