Offering and Receiving Care During COVID-19
This time of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has left us wondering how to care for each other, how to be a people of care, mercy, justice, and peace.
We have been told that social distancing is an expression of solidarity to our medical professionals, as well as a work of mercy to those who are most at risk with this virus. Nevertheless, we know that many remain in need during this time, and perhaps, even more marginalized through our self-quarantines. It is important that we continue to be creative with our efforts to be the body of Christ for and with each other.
First of all, we would encourage you to look for ways to help others in your own families and neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to reweaving local networks of care with people that we might have taken for granted or with whom we share life but don’t have a lot of meaningful contact. Call your neighbor, check in on each other, share a meal or offer to grocery shop for someone. How can we care and support one another in creative ways during this time?
If you are in need of care:
If you are in need of some care, please fill out the form below for Receiving Care, and St. Francis Parish staff we will be in touch with you promptly.
If you would like to offer care in our faith community:
If you would like to offer care to people in our community, please fill out the form for Offering Care below and check the ways you can help or write in another way and St. Francis Parish staff we will be in touch with you to connect you with an opportunity to serve.
If you would like to serve in the wider community:
For those of you who are healthy and feeling called to serve the most vulnerable in our community, here are some agencies/ministries with links to sign up (also containing information about the opportunity). Each of these agencies/ministries have communicated their need for help from volunteers and the precautions they are taking to ensure volunteers are protected as much as possible from COVID-19. But please reach out to the agency if you have any questions or comments, etc.
Also as you know, our state’s response to this unprecedented situation is continuing to change, which could at any time require changes on the part of an agency. As of now though, these agencies/ministries have been deemed essential so will continue to operate though with many restrictions.
- Helen Wright Center for Women, outreach to women experiencing homelessness: bit.ly/HWCWdinner2021
- Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina: Providing food for neighbors facing hunger in 34 counties. Follow this link to volunteer: https://foodbankcenc.org/get-involved/volunteer/
- Catholic Parish Outreach: Providing help to our brothers and sisters in need by alleviating the effects of poverty and creating hope by developing solutions to transform lives. Contact their volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle: Committed to feeding children, families, and seniors by recovering and distributing over eight million pounds of food each year. Follow this link to volunteer: https://www.foodshuttle.org/volunteer
- Brown Bag Ministry: Preparing and distributing brown bag lunches twice a month every month to Morehead Hills, a low-income senior citizen apartment community in Durham. Follow this link to volunteer: https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/bbm/
- Church World Services, welcoming and supporting new and settled refugees and immigrants in the community: https://cwsrdu.org/get-involved/
- Joseph’s Primary Care, offering quality health care without regard to income, is in need of volunteer medical professionals: call 919-386-6866
- Hopeline, confidential crisis/suicide prevention helpline, https://www.hopeline-nc.org/volunteer
- Center for Volunteer Caregiving: https://volunteercaregiving.org/
- Ronald McDonald House: Send an email to our ministry leaders at email@example.com if you would like to donate towards
their donated meal.
- Note in the Pocket – Clothing Children with Dignity and Love: Volunteers are needed to sort cloths. You will be trained, masked and socially distanced. Families/groups are welcome! To volunteer: https://noteinthepocket.org/volunteer/
It’s obvious but critically important for everyone that only folks who are feeling well, symptom free and have not been exposed to the virus should sign up for any opportunity. I encourage all of you to keep abreast via the agency websites to any changes that may occur.
You can also check out the Activate Good website and the North Carolina state resource page that are being regularly updated to include COVID-19 volunteer and donation opportunities in the greater Triangle area.
For those of you feeling called to help others through donations:
- Oak City Cares is in need of food supplies but is only taking them through Amazon or through monetary donations. Click herefor their Amazon wish list which makes purchasing donations very simple or go to their website at https://oakcitycares.org/donate/ for more specifics
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is in critical need of non-perishable food items. Click here for our most needed items and drop off locations. You can also host a Neighborhood Food Drive. Share our most needed items with your neighbors and invite them to drop their donations directly off to the Food Shuttle or a central location in your neighborhood, like a garage or porch. Then a designated person can deliver all the donations to the Food Shuttle – no contact needed!
- Ronald McDonald House – is in need of paper products for donation – the sign up link is here– and the directions for drop-off.
- Interact, an agency dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence is in urgent need of donations of: shelf stable meals, cleaning supplies, hand soap and sanitizer, toilet paper and paper towels, prepaid mobile phones with loaded minutes, they have an amazon wish list you can find on this page https://interactofwake.org/howtohelp/donate-goods/and directions for drop off at 1012 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh if you are not using Amazon. For questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Church World Services, an agency that welcomes new/supports settled refugees and immigrants in the community is in urgent need of – cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry soap, adult and children’s books, children’s coloring books and supplies knitting supplies, paper products, etc. You can drop off supplies at 112 S Duke St. Suite 4B, Durham NC 27701, between 10am-2pm Mon-Thur.
- The Hope Center at Pullen, an agency that supports young people aging out of the foster care system is in urgent need donations of welcome home baskets with food and supplies http://hopecenteratpullen.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/
- Shepherd’s Table, feeds the hungry in downtown Raleigh would like prayers and thank you notes to staff and volunteers, thanking them for their kindness and generosity and also wishing them health and well-being during this crisis.
Yours, in Christ,
Beth Gaudette, Director of Parish Life, email@example.com. 919-847-8205, ext. 241
Trevor Thompson, Director of Justice and Peace, Trevor.firstname.lastname@example.org 919-847-8205, ext. 270
Becky Cawley, Coordinator of Justice and Peace, email@example.com, 919-847-8205 ext. 267