OUTREACH - Local
Saint Anne's takes to heart the commandment to love one another and our mission to be Christ's loving arms in the world. We look outward with joy and hope and the knowledge that there are deeds of compassion and courage that will not be done unless WE do them. WE hope to include YOU, too! We always welcome new members, new hands on deck, and, most importantly, new ideas.
Harvest Pack is a local organization that fights hunger. It's mission is "Bringing nutritious food to the tables of those in need, with the help of people who care." Saint Anne's hosts events where volunteers of all ages make food packs to distribute to local food shelves and school backpack programs.
Saint Anne's teams up with local organizations, though second Sunday collections, food drives, and service. Here are a few of the groups we partner with: Neighbors, Inc., DARTS, Youth Farm, Mission to Children.
Care Kits for the Homeless
The Saint Anne's community collects and assembles kits with small essentials like socks, shampoo, granola bars, and toothpaste. These kits, which are easily stowed in the car, can be given out to people in need. The kits also contain locations for services and notes of encouragement. Saint Anne's Sunday Club kids helped to assemble the kits.
The Angel Tree
Each year at Christmas Saint Anne's teams up with the child care center at St. Paul College. Saint Annians buy gifts of clothing, toys and books for the children at the center. This is a way to support children of parents who are working hard towards their education.
Our former priest, Lydia Huttar Brown, and her husband Mark helped to build a bond between Saint Anne's and several communities in Belize. In 2003, Lydia and Mark's son, Daniel, survived a non-fatal drowning at Vaca Falls in Belize. A series of "coincidences" and miracles led to his survival and full recovery. The Brown family came to see Vaca Falls not as the scene of a terrible accident, but a place of divine intervention. As a way to give back to the people of Belize who played a key role in their son's survival, they have sought opportunities to make a difference for good in this tiny, beautiful country. Lydia and Mark have founded BRIDGEs in Belize and are continuing their work. There are still strong ties between Saint Anne's and Belize - several members participate in mission trips.