February Outreach Opportunities

Feb 1, 2021 | Saint Luke's Updates, Service Opportunities

Outreach Update: February 1, 2021

Agency Highlight:

Meals on Wheels relies on volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors across Jefferson County, serving nearly 2,000 vulnerable seniors who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. St. Luke’s support prevents hunger and isolation at a time when it is more critical than ever to help vulnerable seniors remain safely in their own homes. During the pandemic, Meals on Wheels is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of seniors calling to be added to the program, resulting in a 47% increase in the number of seniors served. Amidst the increased demand is when St. Luke’s became a Meals on Wheels volunteer partner. A group of 10+ St. Luke’s volunteers stepped up and is delivering weekly meals to residents of Highland Manor. More than just a meal… in addition to delivering vital nutrition, Meals on Wheels volunteers serve up a smiling face and keep an eye out for health or safety concerns. The program has a team of caring case managers to evaluate seniors and connect them to needed resources, such as nutrition counseling, prescription assistance, and home repairs. www.mowjeffco.org

Outreach Opportunities:

TORNADO RELIEF. We will be collecting the following items at St. Luke’s to help our neighbors in Fultondale: Trash bags (heavy duty), Pull ups, Diapers and wipes, First aid supplies, Work gloves, Flash lights, and batteries, Cleaning supplies, Snack foods, Protein bars.

St. Andy’s Pantry is a ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, feeding around 300 people at each distribution. This is a vital ministry, as many served walk or utilize the bus system, and there is not another food pantry within walking distance. St. Andy’s Pantry is now expanding to a twice-monthly distribution beginning in February. Volunteers are needed on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays to stock and prepare (starting at 10am) and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays for the food distribution. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including checking in guests, directing them through the line, handing out bags, and helping guests get their bags to the car. There is a need for people of all ages and abilities. Please consider being a part of this ministry! We utilize sign up genius and you can sign up here! For more information contact Emily Jane Pucker emilyjane.2004@yahoo.com

Sign Up to Serve St. Andy’s Food Pantry

Greater Birmingham Ministries Food Distribution: Volunteers needed to help load food bags into cars as folks drive through. Each family receives 2 bags of groceries plus meat. They usually finish before 8:30a.m. The next date is February 19.

Sign up to Serve Greater Birmingham Ministries

Firehouse Lunches! Thank you for continuing to help provide sack lunches for Firehouse Shelter to give to the homeless. Each slot is for 25 lunches. You make the lunches and drop off at 626 2nd Avenue North (the New Firehouse location) at 10:45am! Great for a family, small group, Scout Troop- to coordinate!

Sign up to provide Firehouse Lunches

St. Luke’s will be hosting another blood drive on April 25, so mark your calendars! More info to come. Thanks for all you are doing!

Kim Kimberlin Outreach Volunteer Service Coordinator 205-529-9510 Kkimberlin67@gmail.com