Outreach – May 2022

May is the month St. Martin’s helps the Somerset County Food Bank distribute food in Somerville. This Saturday, May 14th, volunteers will be meeting at 8:25 at Shiloh Pentecostal Church on Davenport Street. Beginning Saturday, May 21st, the location will change to First Reformed Church at 100 W. Main Street in Somerville. Volunteers are still needed for May 28th

There is a signup sheet on the Bulletin Board in the Narthex. You may also call Marlene at 908-507-7406 or email her at mficzko@optonline.net if you wish to volunteer. Based on our experience last summer, we believe we will need about 4 volunteers each Saturday.

Outreach – April 2022

St. Martin’s Outreach Committee had determined earlier this year to do a shoe collection to aid Soles4Souls. However, due to the Bishop’s request that we participate in this Global Ministry, Outreach has decided to collect new and used shoes from now until June 19th for this Ministry. 

Shoes, of all sizes, male and female, are one of the requested items by the Global Ministry. They can be dress or casual, flip-flops, tennis shoes, etc. In addition, they are collecting new socks. If shoes have laces, please tie the pair together with the laces. If there are buckles, please buckle the two shoes together. All other pairs can be placed in bags (1, 2, or 3 pairs per bag). There is a bin at the back of the narthex.

 If you have many pairs, please contact Kathy Shanklin or Marlene Ficzko and they will make arrangements to pick up your shoes.

SHIP Food Truck

SHIP is still experiencing difficulties and the truck is not serving meals in the evenings. 

They hope to resume this in April but there will be a new schedule with new locations. As soon as they notify us that the truck is serving hot meals once again, we will let everyone know.

Outreach – March 2022

Outreach will continue to collect Easter basket goodies until Sunday, April 3rd. We are in need of baskets, individually wrapped candies, grass, and small toys/books/gifts. We have an abundance of plastic eggs.  The children in the school will be assisting us with baskets for children up to age 6. We will be assembling baskets for children ages 7 to 12 so please provide age-appropriate gifts/toys for children 7 – 12. 

In addition to collecting items in the narthex, we will be doing a collection in the church parking lot on Sunday, March 27th from 11:30 to 1:30.

Lend a Hand at HOME

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We received a request for help from HOME. The Presbyterian Church in Pluckemin will not be hosting families in 2022 so we will not be providing coverage at that church. However, we will deliver meals to the agency on three Mondays this year. Below is an email we received directly from HOME. If you volunteer to help HOME, please contact them directly but let Marlene know you have done so. Thank you. 

HOME of Somerset County (Formerly IHN) is looking for volunteers to help with our Emergency Shelter program.

Due to the pandemic, the congregational rotation hosting schedule has been closed and our families have been staying at a local hotel. We are planning to re-open the shelter component of the program the first week of April 2022 and we are in need of volunteers. Dinner shift hosts are needed at 5:00 pm (until 7:00 pm) to set up for the meal and to welcome our families. Our evening (hospitality) shift is generally from 7:00-10:00pm and the overnight hours are 10:00pm-6:00am (8:00am on Sat. & Sun). For more information please contact Director of Volunteer Services, Karen Donohue, 908-704-1920 / karen@homescnj.orghttps://homescnj.org