The work of the Mission Outreach Committee of the House of Hope is funded by the congregation’s pledge dollars and dedicated endowed funds. The committee is dedicated to funding work that contributes to the community in four main areas:
- Food Security – through local food shelves and food support programs such as Loaves and Fishes.
- Housing and shelter – through building and maintaining housing and supporting people at risk of losing housing.
- Education – by supporting educational programs for children pre-K through 12 in public schools and through scholarships for higher education.
- Social Justice – we support organizations in the above three areas that promote and support racial and social justice in their employment practices, and with regard to the people they serve.
HOH works with a number of organizations located primarily in the East Metro area, and hosts some programs at the church. In addition to providing funds, members of the House of Hope volunteer in many of these organizations.
If you are interested in spending some of your time, whether on a regular or one-time basis, you can connect with any of the organizations listed below to participate in their programming options. Specific opportunities will be listed on this page as they are made known to committee members. Feel free to send additional information to Mission@hohchurch.org and we will include it in this list.
|Loaves and Fishes:
||Help set up, cook, serve, and clean up after meals at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Saint Paul. Meal preparation begins at 2:45 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. the meal serving crew begins packaging the meals for distribution, and clean up should be completed by 6:30 p.m. Please remember a hat or hairnet is required, and bring a face mask. Our 2023 dates are October 16 and December 18. Young people are welcome – this is a great family opportunity. Contact Norma Herther for more information or to volunteer or call Kevin Loney or Norma Herther at 651-493-0752 or 612-356-7203.
of Greater St. Paul:
Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP):
Save the date for our fall Learning Community Event: Thursday, October 26th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Clouds in Water Zen Center. This year, we will hear from leaders from different traditions about why and how they volunteer in their community. There will be opportunity for dialogue and connecting with other volunteers. Click HERE to register. Contact Elizabeth Kulus at Interfaith Action for more information.
- We need volunteers to interview adult shelter guests for the statewide homelessness study happening on October 26 and 27. Click HERE for more information on the study. Contact Elizabeth Kulus at Interfaith Action for more information.
- Weekend Meal Teams – Project Home is looking for volunteers to set up, serve and help clean up after meals on the weekends. Volunteers can bring in dessert if they wish. To sign up, click here. Contact Donna Franklin, Shelter Manager with questions about weekend meal team opportunities.
|Department of Indian Work:
- We are looking for volunteers to help at the food shelf during these times: Mondays from 4 – 6pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 11am. At the Ain Dah Yung Center, we are looking for volunteers on Fridays from 10am – 12pm. Please reach out to Emergency Services Manager, Theresa Halvorson-Lee or 651-789-3864 if interested.
- We are looking for one volunteer to help run the photo booth at Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Harriet Island Regional Park on Monday, October 9th from 10am-12pm. Contact me (Elizabeth) if you are available. I will be there to help support.
- We are looking for a volunteer photographer or two to take photos of two events happening at DIW on Tuesday, October 3rd from 5:30-7pm and Saturday, October 14th (will clarify timing). Interested? Let me know!
||Numerous opportunities are available at Wilder Foundation for individuals and groups on a one-time, or ongoing basis. Examples include Meals on Wheels delivery and Child Development Center enrichment activities. For more information, click here.