Service (Local Mission) Commission
Commission Chair: Ligia Rodriguez
For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Matthew 25:42-43
HOW WE SERVE:
- We evaluate the spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational needs of our local neighbors
- We develop and organize teams of parishioners for local mission efforts.
- We serve in existing “local mission” projects.
- We develop teams for new local mission through emerging ministry opportunities in our local neighborhoods.
Service Commission Ministry Teams
Baby Basics: Jill Ducatman
This organization provides disposable diapers for qualified working families in Collier County. St. Monica’s Baby Basics team distributes a case of diapers to each of 30 babies on the second Wednesday of each month. We also support fundraising efforts by Baby Basics of Collier County.
Pinecrest Middle Immokalee Barbara Myrick
Located in one of the poorest communities in Collier County, this school provides an excellent education to its students through the generosity of its supporters. Twice each school year, the Women of St. Monica’s provides a lovely luncheon for the teachers and staff. They have no PTA/PTO to provide this kind of support. Additionally, the congregation of St. Monica’s collects underwear, socks and school supplies for the students.
Shelter for Abused Women/Children Terri Tack
The Shelter offers many programs, including residency, for women and children in abusive home situations. Each December, the members of St. Monica’s donate gift cards to Shelter residents so that they can give their children and family members Christmas gifts.
Camp Able Emma McHenry
Camp Able is a camp for disabled people held at St.Mark’s, Marco Island and staffed by many people from St. Monica’s as well as from around our Deanery.
Grace Place for Children: Jill Ducatman
Grace Place is a non-profit neighborhood center focused on teaching literacy, language and life skills to children and families at risk in Golden Gate City
Pumpkin Patch TBD
In October we sell pumpkins throughout the month of October to the public and returning 10% (a tithe) of our proceeds to our youth and children’s ministry.
VBS Music Camp Ron Doiron
The funds from help support our new Music Camp at St. Monica’s, welcoming many children from the wider community.
Senior Friendship Center Betty Gamel
This agency provides medical and dental services to uninsured persons over age 50. The Women of St. Monica’s collects and puts together dental hygiene kits for uninsured dental patients twice a year. The dental health of those patients has improved dramatically.
Socks for Nursing Homes Antoinette Witte
At Christmas our youth purchase, wrap and deliver socks to a nursing home in Naples.
Tumaini Fund Ralph Turley
Tumaini USA provides help to thousands of AIDS orphans in Kangara, Tanzania. These funds provide the opportunity for school, job training, healthcare and other needs. St. Monica’s is part of Sewing for Hope, a ministry to assist this agency. Contact: Ralph and Margaret Miano
Habitat for Humanity TBD
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Their vision is a world where everyone has a simple decent place to live. St. Monica’s members have supported Habitat in Collier County for many years. Most recently, we provided a buffet of snacks at the kickoff construction event at Legacy Lakes, a 55 home Habitat community in North Naples. We also hosted a dedication ceremony and reception for new Habitat homeowners.
Meals of Hope Steve Popper
This agency, whose Executive Director and member of St. Monica’s is Steve Popper, packages nutritious meals which are distributed by its accredited food bank partners to people in need of food. We supports Meals of Hope in various ways: volunteering at Food Pantries, volunteering to pack backpacks for elementary students and participating in Holidays Without Hunger on Christmas Eve morning each year. Members donate grocery items weekly in our “Take Your Can to Church” program.
St. Matthews Soup Ministry Tom Hughes
Their mission is to provide housing for the homeless, food for the needy, and an opportunity to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined. In addition to avid support of the annual Golf-A-Thon, members of St. Monica’s also prepare soup which we deliver each month in our “Soup of the Month” program.
Immokalee Friendship House TBD
Guadalupe Soup Kitchen Joan Lazarus
We help set up and serve a hot lunch to the neediest men, women and children at the Guadalupe Soup Kitchen in Immokalee. We serve on the 2nd Thursday of every month and need at least 8 people to volunteer. Meet at the Church at 9:45 AM to carpool. Hope you can help us serve.
Making Strides against Breast Cancer Lorraine Mauer
This nonprofit organization helps with cancer research and with medical expenses for people with breast cancer. A team of walkers and runners representing St. Monica’s has raised the most money for this agency each year for the past 5 years! The donations we collect each fall go to breast cancer research.