7777 28 Mile Road - Washington MI - 48094   -   586.781.9010
 
Macomb County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (MCIVC)
 

MCIVC Helpers help seniors/disabled/those in need on a limited basis with transportation, respite care, housekeeping, home repairs, errands, visits, meals, etc. Time commitment to volunteers would be as much or as little as desired, fitting their schedule. Volunteers are part of a county-wide network of volunteers. Requests for help can come from parish as well as non-parish members. A special phone extension is periodically checked by one of the members for requests for help, which are then passed on to the appropriate people. For more information on this organization, click on “MCIVC.

 
Soup Kitchens
   
    Mount Clemens Salvation Army
    • Food Server: Help prepare, serve and clean up at the Mt. Clemens Salvation Army once every other month on a Tuesday (approximately 6 hours, 8 a.m.—2 p.m.).
    • Donate Food Items: Donate needed food items for this bimonthly outreach.
    St. Christine's Detroit
    • Food Server: Help prepare, serve and clean up at the St. Christine Soup kitchen in Detroit, 4 times per year on a Saturday (approximately 6 hours, 10 a.m.—3 p.m.).
    • Donate Food Items: Donate needed food items for this outreach.
 
Samaritan House
  We cooperate with, financially support and have parish member representation on the Board of Samaritan House, a local emergency aid organization. Ways to get involved are listed below. To learn more of Samaritan House click on “Samaritan House.
  • Board of Directors: Serve as representative of SS. John and Paul to the Samaritan House Board of Directors (monthly meeting, 1 1/2 hours)
 
Food Drive Help
  We cooperate with three local food pantries by collecting non-perishable goods on the first weekend of every month. Donations rotate between Samaritan House, Agape Center and the St. Francis/St. Maximlian food pantry. Drivers needed to help deliver food to the monthly location and, when possible, help that location stack the food.
St. Vincent de Paul Conference
  The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an independent Catholic organization which organizes outreach to those in need via individual parish conferences. SS. John and Paul Parish formed a parish SVDP conference in 2015. The conference meets monthly for prayer, organization and planning. Once trained, volunteers are available for home visits to provide emergency and other aid to people in need, regardless of religion. The St. Vincent de Paul Conference at the parish works in cooperation with other local pantries and agencies.  
Adopt-A-Road
  Pick up debris 2-3 times per year on 28 Mile Rd. between Mound and Campground. 2 hours on a Saturday morning.  
Christmas Sharing Tree
  Many areas of involvement possible from chairperson (responsible for organizing the tags for various charities and oversees sorting and distribution of gifts); tag makers; gift deliverers; gift sorters; gift movers (after Masses). Time commitment focuses on late November and early December, from one to several hours, depending on area of involvement.  
Nursing Home Ministry
  Bingo helper (once a month for about 2 hours), pen pals, reader/visitor.  
Parish Nursing/Health Care Ministry
 
Faith Community Nurse
Registered nurse and member of the parish who has been through the Faith Community Nursing training provided by Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. They help organize the parish's health care ministry and are available for home visits to act as a health education liaison for parish members. For more information see the brochure.

Health Team Member
Someone who has a desire to help the parish promote the health of the whole person, mind, body and spirit. It is not necessary to be a health professional to volunteer in this area, but those involved in health care are encouraged to join. Can act as a referral resource (liaison to other resources and community health services); facilitator (for a specific parish health education project); or general support person. 1-2 hours per month.

Blood Drive Committee
Help organize blood drives 3 times during the year. Volunteers are needed for recruiting donors, publicity, greeting, working the canteen and preparing/serving dinner to volunteer helpers and Red Cross workers. Time commitment of 2-4 hours prior to or during the day of the Blood Drive. Please call the parish office for dates on the next Blood Drive or periodically check “New and Noteworthy.” Any upcoming Blood Drive would be listed there.

Monthly Blood Pressure Screening
Health professionals who work with the Parish Nurses to take parish members’ blood pressure. 1/2 hour per month after Mass. Blood Pressure screenings take place on the fourth Sunday of the month unless otherwise listed on “New and Noteworthy.”

Health Education
Helps parish become more aware of specific health issues through use of speakers, bulletin articles, brochures, etc. Monthly time commitment of about 1-2 hours.

Anointing of the Sick Assistance
Be present to assist as health care professional, greeter, or general support at the parish’s four times a year Anointing of the Sick Masses which take place on the last Monday of January, April, July and October.

 
Vicariate Caritas Commission
  Serve as our parish’s representative to a vicariate-wide commission that works to bring parish involvement to vicariate-wide Christian service projects and to educate the parishes on cultural diversity. This commission meets 4 times a year and has a number of subcommittees which meet 4-6 times of year, including the Cultural Diversity Committee. The Caritas Commission makes budget recommendations for vicariate Christian Service projects to the Vicariate Pastoral Council.  
M.C.R.E.S.T.
  There will be many areas of involvement as we prepare for our hosting of the MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) program. Our week to host MCREST is the first full week of December. Volunteer opportunities include Team Leadership (teams/committees include laundry, transportaion, food serving, security, set-up and take-down, to name a few) and general volunteers. General volunteers can help one day or several days, depending on their own schedule. Each team has different time commitments and needs. For example, housekeeping would require approximately one hour each time. Volunteers in this area would come sometime during the day (between 8 AM and 5 PM) to vacuum and empty small garbage cans. People volunteering to serve diner would require 3 hours each time (between 5-8 PM). Needs are many and volunteer time slots are flexible; whatever works for each person. Please click on MCREST for up-to-date information on planning for this year's event. Click on “Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Teams” for information about the county coordinating group.  
Agape Center/ Hispanic Ministry Outreach
  The Agape Center is a vicariate-sponsored 5013c charitable outreach housed at St.Clement of Rome, Romeo. It provides food and other assistance to those in need, with a special focus on Hispanic ministry. Volunteers needed to help with the food pantry and ongoing operations at the Center. Parish has one representative on the Agape Board who acts as parish liaison between the Agape Center and the parish.  
Card Ministry
  Parish members, on behalf of the parish, write cards/notes to those who are ill, have recently lost a loved one, celebrated baptism, marriage, first eucharist, or confirmation, and for other occasions as needed. One person chairs and organizes the outreach. Approximately 4 hours per month.  
English as a Second Language (ESL) Assistance
 

Adults willing to work with adults who are improving on their English-speaking skills. Materials provided. Focus is on practical skills in using the language. Small group focus. Currently ESL meets on Fridays from 9-10:30 am unless otherwise noted in New and Noteworthy.

 
Special Needs Support Group
 

SS. John and Paul has a monthly outreach for those with special needs, along with any caregivers who wish to participate. This monthly Christian prayer and activities for people with special needs takes place on the first Saturday of every month at 1:00 PM in the parish's Activities Center. For more information on the most recent or upcoming gathering, please click on "New and Noteworthy" events.   We encourage people to share the information with any Christian churches or organizations in the Macomb area. The monthly meeting is open to all.

 
Community Garden
 

A garden on parish grounds, planted, cared for and harvested by parish members. All produce goes to one of the area food pantries.  Many hands are needed in the spring and summer for this ministry.  Volunteer times are flexible and range from one time commitment to a weekly commitment. Most of the work time is designed to fit the volunteer's personal schedule.

 



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