Parish Life/Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization whose guiding principles are charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Help provide service to the Catholic Church and the entire community:

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Fall Festival
  • Wednesday Fine Dining
  • Pro-Life activities
  • Tootsie Roll sales

Contact: John Rode, 763-221-0472, rodejc@comcast.net, www.hnojkc.org

 

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary

The Auxiliary supports the Knights of Columbus’ contributions to the parish and holds its own social and service events:

  • Angel Auction for Home Free domestic violence shelter
  • Country Store Bake Sales
  • Rummage Sale
  • A Community Caring for Life (ACCL) activities

Contact: Bet Dust, bedust@msn.com

 

Welcome Committee

Help promote the value of hospitality and welcome the newest members to our parish by helping to coordinate ministries and events for new members.

Contact: Ann Benson, abenson@hnoj.org

 

Fall Festival Committee

This fun celebration usually takes place in early fall and invites all our parishioners and neighbors to celebrate our community. The event includes live music, outdoor Mass, carnival games, BINGO, great food and drinks, and other fun activities. Planning begins in the spring.

Contact: Eric Carlsen,Ecarlsen100@gmail.com or Jamie Shiek, jameson.shiek@thomsonruters.com

 

Rummage Sale

This fundraiser to support charitable initiatives at HNOJ usually takes place in June. Help is needed for the planning committee as well as the week of the sale:

  • Accept donations
  • Move heavy materials
  • Sort items
  • Assist with sales
  • Set up/clean up
  • Provide transportation

Contact: Karen Karn, 763-551-0968, kekarn@comcast.net

 

Ascension School Outreach

HNOJ parishioners are invited to serve at our sister school, Ascension, in North Minneapolis. Volunteer ministers help with:

  • Classroom assistance
  • Teacher support
  • Office assistance
  • After-school activities
  • Mentoring and tutoring programs

Requirements: Must complete a background check and VIRTUS® training.

Contact: Margaret Coroy, mconroy@ascnsionmpls.org

 

 Legacy Gala

Support Catholic education by participating in this fun event benefitting Ascensions School in North Minneapolis and HNOJ School. Volunteer ministers are invited to:

  • Chair or Co-chair the planning committee
  • Help with fundraising
  • Coordinate the auction (silent and live)
  • Coordinate the raffle
  • Food
  • Clean up
  • Decorations
  • Beverages
  • Communications
  • Finances
  • Registration
  • Audio-visual Support
  • Help the day of the event

Contact: Jenny Bruce, jennybeanbruce@gmail.com

 

A Community Caring for Life (ACCL)

ACCL works to educate the parish and community about Respect Life causes, as well as raise funds for charitable organizations in our area. Assist with many events including:

  • Gregor’s Greenhouse Giftcard Sale
  • October Parish Baby Shower
  • Cinnamon Roll Sales
  • Prayer for Life
  • Mother’s Day Rose Sale
  • Annual Rally at the Capitol in January

Contact: Karen Karn, 763-551-0968, kekarn@comcast.net 

 

Cookie Cart

Through the operation of a retail/commercial bakery, inner-city youth have the opportunity to develop life, leadership, and employment skills. Get involved by:

  • Making cookies with youth in the bakery
  • Delivering cookies
  • Helping at events
  • Teaching a work-readiness skills class
  • Contributing professional skills in marketing, writing, web updating, and development. 

Contact: Ann Fleming, 612-521-0855, afleming@cookiecart.org

 

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)

IOCP is a nonprofit organization serving families in need in our area of the Western suburbs.

Volunteers are needed to help with many of IOCP’s programs including:

  • Resale 101 Shop
  • Food Bank
  • Project CONECT tutoring
  • Annual fundraisers

Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763-489-7500, lerstad-hicks@iocp.org

 

IOCP Adopt-A-Neighborhood

HNOJ groups, families, and individuals are invited to help provide monthly dinners and activities at Vicksburg Commons, and affordable housing complex in Plymouth. Volunteer opportunities are available a one-time or on-going basis.

Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763-489-7500, lerstad-hicks@iocp.org

 

IOCP Sleep Out

Each year, HNOJ parishioners sleep out in December as part of IOCP’s annual fundraising effort for their programs serving the poor in our community. Volunteers are needed to help with the activities on the night of the Sleep Out, to give participants a meaningful experience. Volunteers are invited to help with

  • Planning activities for the Sleep Out
  • Provide food and hospitality to Sleep Out participants
  • Lead teams of youth to Sleep Out
  • Set up and cleanup of tents, boxes, etc. after the Sleep Out.

Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763-489-7500, lerstad-hicks@iocp.org

 

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH)

NPH is a charitable organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education in a Christian family environment based on unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, working and responsibility.

Adult chaperones are needed for each HNOJ mission trip. Please contact Chris Kostelc either via email or phone at 763-745-3489 to learn more.

Child sponsorships and donations are always welcome. To learn more about NPH, you can contact HNOJ parishioners Kathy and Richard Jordan at 763-476-4567 or jordankr81@hotmail.com, or visit the NPH website.

 

Sharing and Caring Hands

Volunteers are invited to help serve lunch at Sharing and Caring Hands on the third Sunday of each month. Volunteers meet at the shelter in downtown Minneapolis and prepare and serve the meal. Volunteers can serve one month or several. Families and friends of parishioners are welcome. If you would like to volunteer for this month's meal, please call to let us know you'll be joining us.

Contact: Ed Sweeney, 612-616-7991, snowbirds930@gmail.com

 

Northside Achievement Zone

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) works to support children and families in North Minneapolis to end the cycle of poverty by promoting academic achievement. Volunteers are invited to serve in many different areas including:

  • Sponsoring NAZ Family Nights by providing dinner and activities for children while NAZ parents meet regarding important issues.
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Help with fundraising events

Contact: www.northsideachievement.org

 

Meals on Wheels

HNOJ helps deliver Meals on Wheels in the Wayzata-Plymouth area during the months of April, August, and December. Meals are delivered on weekdays between 10am and noon, children are welcome to accompany volunteers.

Contact: Vinita Steffl, lvsteffl@msn.com

 

Maple Plain Community Church Food Shelf

Church-sponsored food shelf serving the communities of Maple Plain, Independence, East Delano, West Long Lake, and Medina. Volunteers are invited to:

  • Organize and stock shelves and freezers
  • Assist clients with shopping
  • Bring food from Sunday evening Mass
  • Receive shipments on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month

Contact: Pattie Affeldt, 763-479-1620, mpcc@citilink.net

 

Quilters

Meeting on Monday afternoons, Quilters make quilts of all sizes to donate to women’s and children’s shelter. All abilities welcome.

Contact: Pat Faue, 763-559-5368

 

HNOJ Knitting and Crochet Group

Meeting at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month, this group shares fellowship and works on projects for charitable causes. All abilities are welcome.

Contact: Jan Cincoski, 763-550-1236, jancincski@aol.com

 

Store To Door

Store To Door is a 22-year-old nonprofit grocery shopping and prescription service serving 1500 Twin Cities seniors and people with disabilities so that they can continue to live at home.

Needs include online-system order takers, grocery shoppers, and help with special events.

Contact: Diane Leonard, 763-473-0646, diane2805@gmail.com

 

 

Read Indeed

Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, who has been collecting and distributing books since she was 8 years old. Maria’s goal is to collect and distribute 1,000,000 books to needy children by the time she’s 18. Volunteers can donate books, hold a book drive or help sort, count, and organize books that are received.

Contact: Maura Keller (executive director of Read Indeed), 612-720-4694, readindeedforkids@yahoo.com