For more information about any of the following service committees, please contact Ashley Ponce, unless otherwise noted.
ADVENT ANGEL TREE PROJECT
Volunteers publicize, coordinate, collect and deliver donated Christmas gifts for families and individuals served by a number of area organizations. Contact Steve McDermott for more information.
Volunteers pick up bakery donations from Heinen’s every Tuesday and deliver them to the Fatima Family Center in Hough. Contact Deb Straniero for more information.
CATHOLIC WORKER STOREFRONT
On the first Saturday of the month, volunteers cook and serve a hot breakfast at the Catholic Worker Storefront on Lorain Avenue. Contact Kevin Brodar for more information.
GESU HUNGER PROJECT
Volunteers pick up bakery donations from several Heinen’s locations every week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), and deliver donations to the Thea Bowman Center in Mount Pleasant. New volunteers are always welcomed and needed. Schedules rotate and volunteers commit to the day(s) that work best for them.
OLP FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
The Gesu Red Cross Team invites parishioners to share in corporal works of mercy by donating blood through the American Red Cross. Gesu has established a schedule of six Red Cross blood drives a year, so that parishioners may donate blood here at Gesu every time they are eligible to do so – every 56 days. Other Gesu ministries are invited to “sponsor” one of these drives by volunteering to make telephone calls, bake cookies and recruit their members, supporters, parents and friends to give blood. Contact Sue Norcia for more information.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE
Quarterly, volunteers cook and serve breakfast or dinner to those staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Email Matt McGinty for more information.
SAGRADA FAMILIA FRIENDSHIP MEALS
Three times a year, on the second Saturday of the month at La Sagrada Familia Parish on the West Side of Cleveland, we prepare and serve food to approximately 150-200 individuals, from the surrounding community, who are in a variety of situations of need. We strive to provide a sense of friendship and community. In partnership with the Latina Project, we host monthly gatherings offering meals and fellowship for women and their children in situations of need. If interested in either of these meals, contact Cathy Markiewicz for more information.
Each year, nearly 1000 Gesu parishioners fan out city-wide to serve the greater Cleveland community. Service Day provides an opportunity for parishioners to volunteer at 50+ northeast Ohio organizations. The day concludes with the 4:30 pm Mass and a parish dinner in the Family Center. This year, Service Day will be Saturday, December 7, 2019.
ST. PATRICK'S HUNGER CENTER
One Tuesday evening every four to six weeks, volunteers cook and serve dinner at St. Pat’s Hunger Center.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The St. Vincent de Paul Society serves as a temporary bridge for people in various situations of need, such as a loss of income, job, a family member, etc. Volunteers also help organize and pass out food and clothing at the Ozanam Center at St. Philomena Church. If in need of assistance, please contact the Parish Office at (216) 932-0617. If interested in volunteering, please contact Pat Hawkins.
BUDGET & PROJECT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
A committee of five volunteers oversees the Outreach Commission’s budget, ensuring that allocated funds are spent responsibly and that these expenditures and projects are in line with the mission of the Commission.