Martin Luther King Junior said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Help Office of Owensboro, Inc. We are open 4 days a week and rely on volunteers to deliver our services. The basic requirements for volunteering at the Help Office are compassion, and the desire to make an impact in the lives of the less fortunate in our community. In 2018, we provided 78,320 meals for our clients, clothing to 5,492 clients (no cost), and emergency assistance for rent and utilities to 3,196 individuals to help them avoid becoming homeless.
We provide on-the-job training (no orientation session) and continuing support. We urge you to come in, try things out and find what works for you. We are flexible and grateful for your interest. Here is a brief description of what our volunteers do: welcome the clients and prepare them for the interview clients, answer the phone and prepare files, assist in the food pantry and assist in the clothing closet.
Help for the less fortunate begins at the Help Office. Local churches and organizations require clients to visit us firstto receive a voucher before they will assist with any emergency needs. Please visit us at 1316 W. 4th Street, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00am -12:00pm or call (270) 685-4971
CARMEL HOME SEEKING ADORERS
Please consider taking a holy hour at the Carmel Home. Adorers needed between 1:00 - 2:00am and 2:00 - 3:00am. Please call the Carmel Home at (270) 683-0227 or Marti Castlen at (270) 929-5839
SISTER DIOCESE IN MANDEVILLE REQUESTING ASSISTANCE
Our sister Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica recently contacted the Diocese of Owensboro informing us that their minibus used for mission immersion trips is falling apart. The bus is 12 years old, heavily used and in need of major repairs. We've set a goal of raising $10,000. If you would like to assist our sister diocese, please send a check to the Diocese of Owensboro, 600 Locust Street, Owensboro KY 42301 with "Mandeville Bus Drive" in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
ST. GERARD LIFE HOME
St. Gerard, Catholic Charities home for women in crisis pregnancy, needs volunteers. St. Gerard's house mother, Sr. Consolata Ojemeh, will be out of the country for the month of September. We want to continue our mission to shelter and accompany homeless women and their babies, so we are seeking volunteers who can stay at the shelter for a day, a week or a month starting August 29th through October 1st. Any volunteer should be safe - environment certified. To volunteer, please contact Susan Montalvo-Gesser at (270) 683-1545 or Susan.Gesser@pastoral.org
VOLUNTEERING AT MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Volunteering your time and talent to assist the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph is a rewarding way to give back to the sisters. There are various opportunities to serve, from visiting the sisters in St. Joseph Villa, to helping in the archives or other offices, to preparing fruits and vegetables straight out of the gardens at Maple Mount. If you would like to volunteer, contact Doreen Abbott at (270) 229-2006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website and fill out the online form: Volunteer Form
A background check and some training is required.
Sign up to share a little kindness. We need to spread a little kindness and joy to make our world a better place. The Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph, following the teachings of St. Angela Merici, have responded to the needs of the world for over 400 years - spreading kindness. We invite you to follow their example through a Kindness Campaign. You may know a person who is homebound, ill or low-spirited, or you may wish to be kind to a local or government official. For $50, we will send one custom card a month for the next year to the person of your choice with words of inspiration and encouragement. You are both spreading kindness and helping the Ursuline Sisters continue their ministry.
"When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you? And the king will reply, Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." These words from Matthew 25:39-40, remind us that we need to bring the hope of Jesus to jail inmates. Each Sunday afternoon, teams of at least two people visit the men and women inmates at the Daviess County Detention Center, sharing Scripture, prayer and encouragement that God has not forgotten them. New members are needed to make one visit per month.
Please prayerfully consider participating in this wonderful ministry. Men can contact Fr. Ray Clark at (270) 231-1705. Women can contact Joy Bach at (270) 685-3743 r (270) 993-6195
Help St. Vincent de Paul in Owensboro...
recycle your stained, torn, outdated clothing!
When you help St. Vincent de Paul by recycling unwanted clothing and textiles, you provide three main benefits: fund local St. Vincent de Paul programs, reduce solid waste, and provide economic stimulus and employment.
Drop off your unwanted clothing: St. Vincent - Thrift Store, 200 East 18th Street!
Help Us Help Others!
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS & GENEROUS PARISHIONERS!
Mary Ottenberg from JS Paluch will be working on setting up the advertising sponsorships for our bulletin. Advertisements can be purchased for a business, family or a sponsor ad.
Please support our sponsors! Their generosity helps us to enjoy our FREE bulletin publication every week throughout the year!
If you would like to have your business card handed out on a weekly basis and can help this effort, please call Mary Ottenberg at (314) 757-7598, or email email@example.com
ST VINCENT DE PAUL NEEDS YOUR HELP
Members of Precious Blood Parish have always been generous in helping the poor in our community by donating to our parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society. With the rising number of people in our area in need of utility assistance, our St. Vincent de Paul is struggling financially to assist those in need. Please prayerfully consider donating to this cause. Donations can be placed in the collection basket or bring by the Parish Office during office hours.
SVDP is in need of the following items: diapers, wipes, toilet paper, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, peas, corn, dried beans, baked beans, canned fruit, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, tuna, cereal, dried milk, macaroni & cheese, soups, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, Spaghetti O's, Ravioli. They do not need green beans at this time. Items can be brought to church or dropped off at the Parish Office.
CARMEL HOME EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
The Lord is waiting for you! Come and spend an hour with Him. The Carmel Home, located at 2501 Old Hartford Road, invites everyone to be one of their Adorers (full-time or a sub).
If interested, please call Marti Castlen at (270) 929-5839
BIRTHRIGHT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Birthright (512 W 7th St.) is a non-profit, nonpolitical, interdenominational organization offering an alternative to abortion and services to those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Services are free and confidential. Caring, non-judgmental office volunteers are needed to answer calls and greet clients Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 12:00 Noon.
Hospice of Western Kentucky welcome dedicated, compassionate volunteers to provide support to patients and their families in Daviess, Hancock, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team. For more information on becoming a Hospice Volunteer give us a call at (270) 926-7565
CONSIDERING BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT? MAYBE THINKING ABOUT ADOPTING A CHILD?
Now is the time to learn how you can help! Informational Meeting coming up! First Monday of the month at 6:00pm. Owensboro DCBS Office, 3649 Wathens Crossing. (Enter through back of building) Call R&C at (270) 687-7492 to RSVP
Parents who lose a child before birth often mourn the ability to physically embrace that child. If you have experienced such a loss, know that you are not alone. The Catholic family of western Kentucky embraces you as a supportive community during this time of grief, whether you experienced your loss many years ago or very recently. We encourage families to find ways to remember the children they have lost through miscarriage or stillbirth.
Embrace Ministry is a community of parents who have gone through the process already and are here to help. It is our hope and prayer that this brochure brings you the comfort of knowing you are not alone. Whether you experienced a miscarriage early in your pregnancy or full term; whether if was recently or years ago; whether it was you or someone in your family; we are here for you. To speak to someone who knows the pain you are going through contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (270) 683-1545 or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD PANTRY SUPPLIES NEEDED
The Help Office of Owensboro is asking for our help. Their Food Pantry is running short of items needed to help those in need. Donations can be taken to the Help Office (1316 W. 4th St) or placed in the baskets here at Church. Questions contact (270) 685-4971. Items needed: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, Spaghetti O's, Ravioli, all canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups, crackers, macaroni & cheese, hamburger or tuna helper, instant potatoes, dry milk, rice, canned tomato sauce & paste. All hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toilet paper, paper towels, Q-tips, etc.) Money or gift card donations will also be accepted in order to purchase refrigerated and fresh items as needed.
WANT TO HELP?
St. Benedict Homeless Shelter (A temporary refuge for the homeless men in our community) needs many items including towels, wash cloths, cleaning supplies, 13 and 55 gallon garbarge bags, paper plates, paper towels, 8 ounce foam cups, cereal, sugar, razors, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
Donations may be dropped off before noon on weekdays or any day after 6:00pm at 1001 W. 7th Street.
CROSSROADS SHELTER FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN
Volunteers needed -- Please consider helping!! If you are available even once a month, please call or text Angela Settle, at (270) 316-2328. Angela will provide training and allow you to shadow another volunteer as needed: shifts are 6:00 - 10:00pm, 10:00pm - 2:00am, 2:00-6:00am, 6:00-8:00am. Occupancy never exceeds 20 and currently ranges from 9-12 women, sometimes accompanied by children. You will find it a rewarding use of your time to serve the poor.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL TRASH FOR CASH FUNDRAISER
We are starting a new Fundraiser to run indefinitely -- for our St. Vincent de Paul Council here at Precious Blood. If you purchase any of the Entenmanns Little Bites, we ask that you bring your empty packages and place them in the marked totes at the entrances of church. SVDP members will collect them and send them to raise funds for our Non-Profit Organization. We will earn .02 cents per package. Your assistance in this Fundraiser will be greatly appreciated. Questions, please contact Jeanette Ebelhar at (270) 684-0932
MEAL TRAIN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Meal Train is a way to give support to anyone in our parish who is recovering from surgery, has had a baby or has an illness in the family and could us a nice home cooked meal brought to them. If you are interested in signing up to particpate in Precious Blood's Meal Train, please contact Jeannie Howard at (270) 570-1384
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE
A girl facing a difficult decision regarding the life of her unborn baby needs YOU. A baby whose mom is thinking about abortion needs YOU. You can help her and her baby. OFL is a ministry of the Kentucky Catholic Bishops serving abortion vulnerable women and men. Volunteers offer hope, compassion, options, counseling and resources to callers who find the courage to seek help. Volunteers are needed to staff the 24 hour helpline from their homes. If you have a heart for life affirming ministry, please call 1-888-496-3638 to learn more about this ministry and a training workshop in the diocese.