The following are local Social Justice opportunities for your consideration outside the context of specific parish organized activities. For social justice outreach coordinated by parishioners, please explore the other subpages in the navigation pane to the right instead.
Project Bread helps to feed the hungry. With the current economic state, many people are in need.
Your pledges will support 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs in 132 communities across the state. For more information, visit their website.
Catholic Charities (Local and Regional)
Multiple locations in Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. Catholic Charities of the Merrimack (River) Valley (CCMV) serves needy families in Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill. They are attempting to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. They operate the following programs in addition to other human services:
Basic Needs Emergency Services helps those who wonder how they will meet their most basic needs. The CCMV embraces each family with a plan to achieve self-sufficiency, giving back some of the choices that they lost along the way.
Grandparents As Parents - GAP reaches out to those rearing a second family at a time when they are dealing with their own issues.
Outpatient Counseling offers family and couples counseling, as well as couples, children, adolescents, and adults.
Young Parents Program provides GED preparation services and job readiness activities for pregnant women and young parents ages 14-21.
Parent Aide Program serves clients referred by the Department of Children and Families through weekly in-home visitation and support.
Brigid's Crossing offers young mothers, primarily aged 16-21, and their children, safe housing, case management and advocacy services in a caring, home-like environment.
Healthy Families offers home visiting to first-time parents ages 20 and under. The program focuses on parents and children receiving adequate medical care, being economically self-reliant, and attaining educational goals.
Visit the Catholic Charities of the Merrimack (River) Valley website for more information about their work, or the Catholic Charites website for work in other Greater Boston communities.
Habitat for Humanity - Local Communities
Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers over the age of 16 to help Habitat build houses in Bedford. Please call George Bishop at 978-369-5080 for more information or to volunteer.
Food Pantry - Lowell
Catholic Charities Food Pantry is in need of volunteers in their [ a href="http://www.ccab.org/lowell-food-pantry.html" ] Lowell location. They need people 18 and older to stuff bags, give out food, and help with intake.
If you would like to make a monetary donation please make a check payable to "Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities" noting Lowell Food Pantry in the memo line in order for the donation to go directly for food. Mail it directly to Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities at 70 Lawrence St. Lowell, MA 01852.
We can help make a huge difference for a family, even with just one bag of food.
For more information on how you can help, contact us at (978) 454-9946
Cor Unum Meal Center, St. Patrick Parish, Lawrence
This summer, 50,000 people are coming to eat. Lend a hand! When the temperature heats up, so does the demand for volunteers at the Cor Unum Meal Center at St. Patrick Parish in Lawrence.
This summer, tens of thousands of children and adults will be served free, nutritious meals at Cor Unum.
Serving meals at Cor Unum is a wonderful opportunity for individuals, families, and groups. Will you consider volunteering your time through Summer Service at Cor Unum? To register visit their website, or call (978)-688-8900.
Knitting in Service Society - Carlisle
Know how to knit? Knitting in Service Society (KISS) is a group of girls and women who have been knitting since 2006 to benefit those in need. New members are always welcome. We work on hats and scarves from easy to advanced. They are knit for Boston’s homeless through Common Cathedral and given as Christmas presents. For info on Common Cathedral, their needs and a pattern visit their website.
KISS meets monthly, excluding summers, and can provide knitting instructions for those who would like to learn.
Donations of goods, yarn and needles can be dropped off at the KISS poster/display basket in the entryway of First Religious Society, 27 School St., Carlisle.
For questions, call FRS at (978) 369-5180 or the Carlisle Council on Aging at (978) 371-2895. To be added to the monthly email reminder, email firstname.lastname@example.org. KISS meets monthly on Tuesday nights 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Please call for the location (often a knitter’s home).
Birthright of Lowell
The work they do goes beyond providing material goods. They offer love, friendship, and a safe place to talk. Birthright is looking for a few good women and men. They are a pregnancy help organization that provides love and support to all women and children who come in.
Please call Kath at 978-394-1231 or visit their website for more information.
Birthright - Maynard
Birthright is a pregnancy help service that has over 500 local offices across the US and Canada. They provide nonjudgmental, loving assistance to women and families experiencing unexpected or difficult pregnancy and are interdenominational.
The local office is in Maynard. They can be reached at 978-897-6825 or on the web. New volunteers are always welcome.
My Father's House - North Chelmsford
My Father's House, located in North Chelmsford, is a Christian ministry in operation for the past twelve years as a residential program for pregnant and parenting teenaged girls. Although it is fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, no state or federal funds are used in its operation, and therefore it is funded entirely by private donations. In addition to financial support from our donors, My Father's House is seeking donations of much-needed supplies and food items from local churches and church committees. If you or your group would prayerfully consider making a regular monthly donation from our list, it would be much appreciated. Please contact Nancy Long with questions or to arrange a donation at 978-251-8191.
HGRM is looking for volunteers, Acton
Summer is a great time to help others less fortunate make a home. The need for Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts' (HGRM) services by donors and clients continues year round.
HGRM accepts and distributes donated, recycled household goods free of charge to individuals and families in need through the use of volunteers and in cooperation with community agencies and organizations.
Spend some time at HGRM and make a difference for a family in need. There are many opportunities for all ages and groups are welcome. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jo-Ann Berry at Joann.Berry@HGRM.org or 978-635-1710 x6.
Drivers Needed - Concord Carlisle Area
If you can volunteer to drive a senior to essential medical appointments, or deliver hot/cold lunchtime meals to seniors during the week, please phone the Minuteman Senior Services at 781-221-7023. Travel reimbursement is available. A neighbor's independence may depend upon you.
Carlisle Council on Aging Volunteers Needed - Carlisle
The COA needs volunteers to help with driving senior to appointments and on errands, Meals on Wheels delivery, mailings, program/events coordination, home chores for the elderly, including yard work, repairs, meal preparation, one-on-one computer instruction and more.
For additional information pick up a volunteer application at the COA office at Town Hall or call Angela Smith at 371-2895. Any time or support would be greatly appreciated.
Choose Life License Plates
Cardinal Sean has endorsed the efforts of Choose Life, Inc., to make available a "vanity plate" in Massachusetts which promotes the pro-life message. For more information, go to the Mass Choose Life website
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
St. Irene’s Council of the Knight of Columbus encourage Cub and Boy Scouts to earn scouting's Catholic Religious awards: Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei for Cub Scouts and Ad Altare Dei for Boy Scouts. Information about these awards is available at their website. If you have questions or need help please contact Steve Dardinski (692-5717) for Cub Scouts or Regis Richard (667-2165) for Boy Scouts.
For information about Catholic boy scout and girl scout activities within the archdiocese, visit their website. Check online information about www.nccs-bsa.orgnational Catholic boy scout, girl scout and camp fire activites.
Catholic Singles Club
The Catholic Alumni Club (CAC) of Boston is a social organization of over 500 single Catholic professionals ages 21 - 65. CAC sponsors a wide variety of social and religious activities, including dances, fine dining, sports, cultural events, liturgies and travel. For more info call Allen (978) 454-0206, Philip (508) 996-0901 or Marleen (781) 828-2370.