» Caring for Others

Posted on: March 22, 2020

It is important that in these challenging times, we are still reminded of the value of community connections. Many Minnesotans are stepping up in amazing ways to help meet the needs of their friends, family, and neighbors. MN CovidSitters, founded by U of M medical students, is one of our community’s shining examples. They are recruiting volunteers to help healthcare professionals with childcare and household management opportunities like grocery shopping and pet-sitting. If you are a graduate or undergraduate affiliated with any college or university and would like to volunteer, St. John’s will provide your background check – contact Sarah Dull.

Project Home is unwavering in their commitment to provide food and shelter to the people most in need in our community. With the steep decline in volunteers, interim staff must be hired at a significant cost to Interfaith Action. Project Home is also no longer able to accept food donations, so food must be purchased. With your financial support, Project Home can hire qualified staff as well as purchase food for the more than 700 families who rely on the food shelf. For the month of April all donations to St. John’s Mustard Seed will go to Project Home. To contribute click here and select the Mustard Seed Fund.

Volunteers are also needed at the Project Home Day Center. If you are not a high-risk individual by the CDC standards and would like to help, please contact Wade Piper at wpiper@interfaithaction.org.

Like many service organizations, our neighbors, Hallie Q Brown, is facing an unparalleled level of families in need as they continue to provide childcare and food support to those most in need. If you are able, please consider:

  • Volunteering in their office, childcare center, or food shelf – for more information contact Dawn L. Selle, volunteer@hallieqbrown.org, 651-224-4603.
  • Dropping off donations of frozen and canned meat, milk, formula, pasta, dried beans, toilet paper, cereal, juice, condiments, canned fruits, and personal hygiene items to 270 N. Kent Street.
  • Making a financial donation, click here.

We all have a need to be supported and connected. Reach out to fellow members that may be feeling anxious or isolated. Make a commitment to contact someone from the parish everyday; whether by phone, email, new messaging apps, or old fashioned mail. Click here to use My St. John’s pictorial directory to find contact information for fellow parishioners.

As much as you can, continue to shop and support your favorite local businesses. Purchasing gift cards to use when they reopen is a great way to do this. Many local stores have online shopping platforms; check out their website or give them a call.  

St. Stephens Human Services offer street outreach, shelter, and housing programs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability. They have opportunities to volunteer from home, click here for full details.

Metro Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers and monetary donations. Click here to learn more.

Second Harvest is also in need of volunteers and monetary donations. Click here to learn more.

Open Arms of Minnesota, delivers meals to those experiencing life-threatening illnesses, are in need of volunteers and monetary donations. Click here to learn more.

There is a national and local blood shortage, healthy donors are desperately needed. Contact MN Red Cross or Memorial Blood Centers.

Hands On Twin Cities has a database of volunteer opportunities, check it out here.

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