Mission & Outreach Service Opportunities
During this difficult time, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is committed to helping our neighbors in need. Following are some of the steps we have taken and some of the volunteer opportunities still available.The order in Dallas County requires everyone, especially those in high-risk health categories, to stay at home. No one should leave home except for the “essential activities” defined in the order. “Providing basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations” is one of the essential activities: Click here to view Dallas County Order
Even so, volunteers should understand that they leave home at their own risk, that the organizations listed below are responsible for complying with all relevant government orders, and that the infection-control procedures listed in the order should be followed.
WHAT SAINT MICHAEL IS DOING
BACK TO SCHOOL OUTREACH
During the Back 2 School Drive-By Blessing event on Sunday, August 23, we will be collecting school supplies to help our neighbors at Jubilee Park and Community Center prepare for a new school year. If you'd like to participate, please take a look at this flyer for suggested items. There will be a station to drop off your donations at the event.
JUBILEE PARK MEAL DISTRIBUTION
Jubilee Park & Community Center is distributing VNA Meals on Wheels and boxes of produce to seniors living in the Jubilee Park neighborhood. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-noon to help deliver food to these neighbors in need. There is minimal contact, and everyone should wear a mask and gloves. Sign up to help via the online signup.
AUSTIN STREET CENTER
Saint Michael and All Angels cooks and serves dinner monthly to clients at The Austin Street Center. During the pandemic, Austin Street is keeping 250 people safe in their shelter and serving them breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saint Michael is not only providing a monthly dinner, but also additional meals for their clients due to increased demand. A small team of volunteer cooks is preparing these meals, and you can volunteer online here. Additionally, families or small church groups may make meals or snack bags for 250 clients at their homes and deliver them to Austin Street. August dates are available at this time. Contact Libby Card at [email protected] for more information or to schedule a date.
ST. PHILIP’S SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY CENTER
Aunt Bette's Community Food Pantry has reconfigured their food service from the pantry to increase volunteer and client safety. Clients will receive pre-packed boxes of food from the North Texas Food Bank. We are relying on staff and a few volunteers to place the boxes of food in client cars. Please contact parishioner David Cowling to volunteer [email protected].
VNA MEALS ON WHEELS
We have transitioned to a combination of hot, frozen and shelf stable meal delivery. All clients will receive notification of the new schedule. We will utilize VNA staff only for in-person deliveries. We are utilizing the mobile app for virtual delivery where volunteers will have the ability to call clients and provide client feedback. VNA will contact current volunteers with more information about this program. To become a new volunteer, please register and add that you are a member of the Saint Michael and All Angels team. REGISTER HERE.
JUBILEE PARK AND COMMUNITY CENTER
Thank you to all of our parishioners who have donated groceries and donations for the Jubilee Park and Community Center neighborhood. Through our efforts, SMAA has provided groceries and essential items to more than 300 families. This week, SMAA volunteers shopped for parishioners who made donations and provided food for an additional 60 families. Many thanks for everyone who provided groceries and monetary donations for this effort.
#SMAACARES: If you or someone you know is in need of assistance during this time of crisis, please call our 24/7 Priest-on-Call line: (214) 232-7512