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Outreach has a primary objective to help our congregation put our Christian faith into action. Volunteers may come to monthly meetings, sign up for one-time or ongoing commitments, or make donations. Information about Outreach opportunities may be found in a variety of ways.

  • in the Sunday worship service bulletin
  • on the Outreach bulletin board
  • attend a monthly outreach committee meeting
  • email Debbie Osborn, vestryperson for outreach, for more information or to volunteer
  • or contact a person from the list of outreach opportunities below
St. Andrew’s has supported St. Stephen’s Church in many ways over the years—Food Pantry, Summer B-SAFE Program, after-school programs, mentoring, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas gifts for seniors, among other efforts. There are many volunteer opportunities with St. Stephen’s, both weekly and occasionally, as well as the need for financial support.

Contacts:
Debbie Osborn, vestryperson for outreach and Coordinator of Summer B-SAFE
Jack and Jill Whiting, Holiday dinners and gifts

On the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5:15 – 7:00 St. Andrew’s prepares and serves dinner for those in need at the Salvation Army in Framingham. We prepare a casserole and salad at home (recipe provided!) and deliver and serve 40-80 meals. You can just prepare the meal or just serve or do both. This ministry takes only a few hours and is a wonderful opportunity for families to work together to help the less fortunate.

To sign up to help make or serve meals, go to Sign Up.

Contact:
Bettina Eikeboom.

A partnership of more than three dozen congregations from Wellesley and surrounding towns combine their time and resources to provide housing accommodations for families on a week-by-week basis in their house of worship. In Wellesley, the Village Church hosts the families, with support from St. Andrew’s.

Supporting this ministry requires volunteers to provide food for all meals during the hosting week, people to stay overnight with the guests, and help with other small but vital tasks (please note some tasks require prior training). To sign up for upcoming hosting weeks, go to Sign Up.

These families also require assistance with clothing, some basic personal supplies, and various other needs. To see an updated list of items needed by Family Promise Metrowest and instructions on how to help, go to Sign Up.

Volunteers are also occasionally needed for light office duty or fundraising.

To learn more about Family Promise Metrowest, click here.

Contacts:
Caren Parker and Heidi Harper

St. Andrew’s sponsors a variety of service projects with the homeless through a diocesan program, Ecclesia Ministries, in Boston. This program provides opportunities to worship with and minister to the homeless through common cathedral. St. Andrew’s travels to Boston Common one Sunday a year to support this ministry, worship together, and provide lunches.

Contact:
Joanna Horobin

The Knitting Ministry has knit over 5,000 items to be distributed to those in need. Knitters have sent infant and “mommie” hats to Haiti, hand-knit dolls to Rosa Mina Diegue Orphanage in Port au Prince, and at Christmas, knitted hats/scarves/mitts are given to seniors at St. Stephen’s. St. Andrew’s offers a Shawl Ministry, as a gesture of compassion and caring to those in need.

Contact:
Donna Kell

This vital ministry is an interfaith effort in our town to support those in need of basic food items. Housed in the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, the Wellesley Food Pantry needs food donations and financial contributions to assist the hundreds of clients it serves each week. St. Andrew’s provides time and money to support to this effort. So please pick up extra canned goods while you’re shopping. Our donation box is in the Narthex.

Contact:
Margarethe Kulke

Buy 10- or 12-pack of mens, large, white crew socks. Our donation box for clean, dry, new socks is in the office hallway. For more information about Women of Means, click here.

This annual fair offers parishioners the opportunity to buy holiday “gifts” in the form of contributions to selected charitable organizations that focus on a wide variety of needs (for example: Heifer International, Family Promise, El Hogar, St. Stephen’s).

Contact:
Ann Johnson

Every year during Lent, the church school children collect money to contribute to the Heifer Project, which supports people around the world by giving them livestock to establish a sustainable way of life.
St. Andrew’s sponsors several girls (Our Little Roses) and boys (El Hogar) in Honduras. These two missions provide a safe and supportive environment for children, providing them with clothing, shelter, an education, and vocational training.
For the first Sunday in May we organize a group of walkers from St. Andrew’s to participate in a sponsored 20-mile walk to support Project Bread, which helps to feed the homeless in the greater Boston area.