Volunteer Opportunities

Here you will find a variety of opportunities to volunteer. If you have questions, contact the ministry leader for that particular opportunity. If you have further questions about getting involved at St. Francis, contact Deb Royals-Mizerk, our Director of Stewardship at deb.royals-mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org or call her at 919-847-8205×222.

Volunteers are Needed … Can you help?

Brown Bag Ministry 
Prepares and distributes brown bag lunches every Saturday to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham. The ministry allows all ages to participate. Families/Groups pack lunches together, experience brief communal prayer, and have face-to-face contact with people in need. Many volunteer opportunities from serving to organizing. 
For more information go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/bbm  
Interested in joining our ministry team, please let us know: stfrancisbbm@gmail.com

EM to the Hombound
The EM to the homebound ministry is in need of volunteers. This is a great opportunity to carry out the mission of our church.
Holiness – Providing the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist to those who are not able to attend Mass
Hope – Offering hope to those at home who hunger for The Body of Christ
Hospitality – Brighten their day with a few minutes of your time.
This ministry only requires 1 – 2 hours of your time every 3 – 4 weeks and is very flexible. You schedule your visits with our homebound parishioners, based on your availability and theirs.
Contact Pat Spencer with any questions or to volunteer at (704) 608-1678  or spencer1334@bellsouth.net.
Not only will you brighten their day, the opportunity to bring The Body of Christ will brighten yours as well.”


Medical Presence at Mass Ministry
Medical Professionals! Please consider joining our Medical Presence at Mass Ministry.
To do so, there is a 15-minute orientation to where the medical equipment is and the protocol for handling emergencies at mass. Then, whenever you are at mass, just pick up your name tag, indicate where you will be sitting and that’s it!  Contact kathleen.owen@stfrancisraleigh.org for more information.


Helen Wright Center for Women
Breakfast meal – Nam Douglass at namdouglass@bellsouth.net or 919-412-5182
Dinner meal – Angela Zemonek at zfamilync@yahoo.com or 919-931-3293
Or to sign up to help with a dinner meal  (click here)


Refresher for Inactive Stephen Minister’s
We’re always looking for Stephen Ministers who are inactive, but who would like to become active ministers again.
We’re offering some skills refresher gatherings and would love to have you there.
Contact Kathleen Owen at 


Feed the NeedVolunteers Needed to Distribute Meals
If you’re being called to help with a feeding ministry, please consider helping to distribute meals to our Feed the Need families. It would require about an hour of your time on Sunday afternoons.  Please contact Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241 for more information.


EMs to Rex Hospital –  Volunteers Needed
Eucharistic ministers from St. Francis, along with volunteers of other parishes, serve the patients at Rex Community Hospital on Blue Ridge Road. Our volunteers are trained in hospital visitation as well as Eucharistic ministry.  Teams of two to three persons share Eucharist, visit socially, and pray with the hospitalized and their families every Wednesday. If you would like more information about this ministry or if you would like to volunteer please contact Edward Gilmartin at edward.gilmartin@gmail.com 


Church Receptionists
Answer phones, interact with parishioners and staff, and work on various projects. Computer skills are not required, but would be helpful. Shifts are 3.5 hours (9-12:30) (12:30-4) generally once per week. We are also looking for substitutes that can fill in on a less regular basis.  Contact: Tresa Pickup for more information at tresa.pickup@stfrancisraleigh.org or 919-847-8205×249


Eucharistic Ministry to The Meadows
Would you consider volunteering on Saturday at The Meadows?
There is a need for volunteers with the Eucharist Service. This is a great opportunity for families.
For more information contact Andrea McVerry at amcverry@yahoo.com


Eucharistic Ministry to Springmoor
If you enjoy sharing the Eucharist and the whole experience of Mass, please consider sharing it with those who can no longer come to the table at Mass. Eucharistic Ministry to Springmoor is in need of additional volunteers. To volunteer for the EMs to Springmoor, please Contact: Janice Horner at 484-949-1417


Now through – May 29
Homework Helpers
The Hispanic Family Center, a program of Catholic Charities is dedicated to helping low income Hispanic families in need by empowering them to become more integrated in the community and improving their quality of life through programs of education, health, job training, etc. One such program is an after school program called Homework Helpers that helps struggling elementary children with their homework and daily lessons. Their parents, often burdened with heavy concerns like poverty, illness, and poor English skills, often are not able to provide the help their children need with their school work. Below is a link for more information and to sign up. 
The ability to speak Spanish is not required, but it does help sometimes.


Stephen Ministry – Need someone to talk to
If you are smiling on the outside but full of pain on the inside, and the joy of life seems far away, help is available.  Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will listen, care, and pray with and for you.  Contact:


Caring Casseroles
Consider making a freezable casseroles (not frozen) to help someone who needs to feel the care and love
of our parish as they rise to meet the challenges of life.   
Don’t have time to cook – we also accept family size frozen casseroles like Stouffers or Marie Callender’s lasagna, chicken Alfredo bake, Cheesy chicken & rice, hearty 3 meats marinara bake etc.
For more information, dates and/or Casserole labels  go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/
If you enjoy cooking, think about joining our partner ministry Feed the Need.  Joining will give you access to the families food likes, dislikes and alergies which can be helpful and you could pick a specific family (listed by a number) to make a meal for when you want or just continue to make casseroles. 
 All donations are greatly appreciated! 

Feb 10-14
St. Francis Inn Delegation

St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan community committed to the poor and homeless of downtown Philadelphia. While attempting to meet the daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and hospitality, St Francis Inn also empowers people to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by addressing structural injustices. They do all of this by building relationships, respecting the dignity of each person and restoring hope to them simply by sharing in their lives.  In October (21- 25) several St. Francis parishioners will travel together to Philadelphia and live among the poor while serving about 300 meals each day and sharing in daily Gospel-centered reflections about how God’s rich and healing graces pulses through our wounded yet wonderful world. The consensus from dozens of past delegates is that their lives have been enriched and forever changed as a result of their time at the Inn.
St. Francis Inn 2020 Delegations:   February  10 – 14,  April 13 – 17,  June 22 – 26 (Youth Ministry),  October  22 – 25 To sign up for the 2020 delegations, or for more information please contact John Budwaybudwayjj@bellsouth.net  305-205-5104.


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