All Saints Outreach News
Neighbors served - 253
Households served - 92
New guests - 47
Students served – 411
Summer Food Program
Families served – 18
Rent Assistance - 13
Utilities Assistance - 3
Thank you note we received this month:
“Thank you so much for your help with rental assistance. We are self-employed, so when we were ordered to shut down due to COVID-19, it hit us hard. We are now back at work, but we are so thankful for your assistance. It relieved a lot of stress and worry. God bless!”
If you or someone you know is experiencing financial difficulties, please call our office at 253-848-2000.
Back to School Supplies Drive
School Supplies Drive
We are again partnering with St. Francis House to help local families with school supplies. Please make your donations by Thursday, August 27 at the latest.
Three ways to give!
1. Drop off supplies to the parish office.
Supplies needed: backpacks, crayons, markers, notebook paper, notebooks, pens, and pencils
2. Drop off monetary donation or gift card.
Donations may be dropped off at the All Saints Parish Office Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.
3. Donate online.
St. Francis House
Communities in Schools
Although our PREPARES program is paused due to COVID, we are able to distribute diapers through our food bank. From March to June we helped 13 families with diapers.
Model of Mercy
Caring for God's Creation
Parish garden provides harvest for the hungry
All Saints parishioner Maxine Bilderback has always loved gardening. So when the parish decided to start a garden in 2018 to supplement the food bank, Maxine was more than happy to dig in.
With the help of a CRS Rice Bowl grant of $450, Maxine and her daughter Jo Anne Slaybaugh, a master gardener, oversaw the planting, weeding, and harvesting with a small core group of other parish volunteers. Each year, the Archdiocese receives 25% of Rice Bowl funds collected to support local programs alleviating hunger. According to Northwest Catholic, 300 Rice Bowl grants were distributed last year in Western Washington.
For the All Saints garden, Maxine said when harvest season comes around, the majority of produce goes to the food bank. She said people living in the neighborhood are also welcome to stop by and pick some fresh vegetables.
This year's garden is already producing an abundance of zucchini with squash and tomatoes soon on the way. Flowers grown in the garden adorn the outdoor Mass space, and its lavender attracts bees to pollinate the area.
Parishioner Monteze Curry (pictured above) is tending two beds this year. She planted artichokes, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, sweet peppers and zucchini. Volunteering in the garden is not only a way to connect with God's creation, but a way to give back, Monteze said.
"Growing things just makes me happy," she added. "I love giving back to the community, and I love food."
When she is gardening, Monteze sees God in the "small things" of a hummingbird landing in the lavender or a new blossom emerging.
"Being in the beauty of the outdoors makes my heart sing," she added.
CRS calls for efforts to fight pandemic overseas
A coalition of faith-based organizations is asking Congress to take immediate action to fund efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic overseas. “If we don’t beat COVID-19 everywhere, we can’t beat it anywhere,” said Catholic Relief Services, one of the letter’s signatories, in a recent press release. CRS is urging an authorization of $10-15 billion, which equates to about 0.005% of the $3 trillion Congress has authorized so far for domestic pandemic relief. The letter stated, "At this critical moment, we cannot turn our back on our brothers and sisters around the world. As a nation, we have both the ability and obligation to provide resources which will prevent the worldwide spread of this disease and alleviate the suffering of those afflicted – and in so doing, we are certain it will also protect us here at home as well.”
Visit www.crs.org for more information!
(Source: Tony DeGennaro, CRS Spotlight, photo credit: Prillimala Angelisca/CRS)
Laudato Si' at Five
Area Volunteer Opportunities
All Saints Delivery Food Bank
We will need drivers for afternoon shifts starting in late August. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Mother Earth Farms
Nourish Food Banks
United Way Pierce County
Support/Volunteer from Home
Multicare (see below)
United Way Pierce County
Volunteer with Multicare
You can make an impact.Get involved as a MultiCare Volunteer and make a difference in your own community. For more information, or to apply online for one of the below volunteer opportunities go to: https://www.multicare.org/volunteers/apply-now/
Good Samaritan Hospital- Puyallup
- Door Screeners- Asking visitors and patients COVID related questions, taking temperatures, and handing out masks
Hospice (Tacoma & Surrounding Areas)
- Tuck in Calls (At home volunteer assignment)
Celebrate Seniority- Puyallup
- Senior Support Calls (At home volunteer assignment)
Grannies Attic – Puyallup
- Donation site attendant
- Sorting donations
- Ironing/steaming clothes
- General cleaning & dusting