Social Justice & Outreach
Our mission is to be a community where Catholic social teaching and ministry are central and integral, not fringe and optional, and where Social Justice is lived by every member of the Body of Christ.
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
EPH is a comprehensive, all-encompassing program to help homeless families transition from a life of turmoil, turbulence and dependency to a life of hope, stability and self-sufficiency. Through a community based collaboration between sixteen area churches and The Salvation Army, homeless families receive shelter, case management, mentorship, education support and budget counseling. St. Matthew Parish entered into a partnership and approved Wayne Micksch to represent our parish on the EPH Board. ephgb.org
Feed My Starving Children
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. Volunteers hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children, which are sent to partners around the world where they are used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. FMSC food has reached nearly 70 countries. St. Matthew is a partner church with Feed My Starving Children. More information.
Mission: Love Life is an ecumenical outreach service supporting low income families with infants and toddlers up to three years of age in the greater Green Bay area. We provide diapers, layettes, recycled baby furniture and toys, gently used clothing, powdered formula and bottled baby food. We also provide help with pack and plays and car seats. More information.
Social Justice & Outreach Stewardship Opportunities
The Justice & Human Concerns Committee of the parish facilitates involvement in many justice and service groups. Listed below are just a few opportunities to get involved.
St. Pat's Food Pantry
Assist at the pantry with food distribution. Volunteers staff the pantry every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. A rotation of staff is maintained so that volunteers work once every 4 to 6 weeks. Promote and assist with monthly parish food drive. Weekly food lists are found at the donation center and food donations are placed in St. Pat’s drawer. Address 505 Clinton Street, Green Bay 54301
St. Vincent de Paul
Join Generation of Faith families volunteering the second Saturday of the month sorting bric-a-brac from 9 to 11 a.m. at SVDP store, 1529 Frigo Way. Volunteer at the store sorting or pricing merchandise, manning a cash register or bagging or working within a department. Hours can be scheduled for your convenience. Join St. Matthew’s SVDP conference. Its mission is to help individuals and families meet emergency needs such as rent, utilities and household necessities.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a world-wide lay organization founded in Paris in 1833 by Fredric Ozanam. The Society offers tangible aid to those in need, plus spiritual services through person-to-person contact and prayer. There are eighteen conferences in various area parishes which serve the needy in their local neighborhoods. Monies for outreach come from the proceeds of the St. Vincent de Paul Store and donations. SVdP is a unique community resource because it provides emergency help to people who fall through the cracks. Some of the services offered include: Food (Parish pantries, Paul's Pantry referral), Shelter (House of Hope, vouchers for rent), Clothing & Household items (Vouchers for SVdP store), Emergency services (utilities, medical assistance, transportation vouchers), Education (vouchers for secondary school tuition) and referrals to Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or government programs. Call the parish center (435-6811) who will put in touch with a SVdP member or go the the Personal Service Center (432-2579) if you are in need of help.
SVdP store offers volunteers many varieties of jobs and is always in need of help. Take a step for the poor and consider sorting / pricing of donated items, computer repairs, cashier / bagging, selling furniture, working in carpenter shop or Personal Service Center. The nice thing about volunteering is you can choose your own hours. Call Store Manager at 435-4040 for more information. To become involved or learn more about the St. Matthew Conference call Claire at 432-3556.
The store welcomes all kinds of unwanted household items to sell in the store. These donations are essential to our existence. Please remember us when "cleaning house". Call 432-2579 for pick-up of donated furniture.
St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter
St. Matthew's will once again provide volunteers on Sunday evenings, November through April from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., for the St. John the Evangelist Homeless program. St. John's plans on providing hospitality to the homeless from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. seven days a week. Professional staff, lead volunteer and a security person will always be on-site. The intent of the program will be to provide a light meal, showers, laundry availability and a safe place to sleep. The following are scheduled for a specific Sunday: Justice & Human Concerns, Grounds & Maintenance, SAC, Parish Council, Worship committee, Finance Council, Men's Club, JustFaith graduates, and St. Vincent de Paul. Parish members will be recruited for twelve of the Sundays on the schedule. Volunteer info is:
- Two people are needed for the 4:30 to 7:00 time frame and one person from 7:00 to 9:30; However, two helpers are welcomed if people are more comfortable working in pairs. If someone wants to they can work both shifts from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- All new volunteers need to fill out a volunteer application form or under "volunteers" at www.StJohnhomelessShelter.org, Paper copies can also be picked up at the Parish Office or Gathering Space. (If you filled the form in the past, an Annual Renewal Volunteer Application needs to be completed.) The form should be mailed directly to St. John's Homeless Shelter, PO Box 1743, Green Bay, Wi 54305. This form must be completed two weeks before you volunteer! Tasks and activities are simple enough that prior training is not necessary. There are paid staff members and a lead volunteer at the homeless shelter at all times. They will provide direction. Should someone be unable to make an evening to which they have committed, they or their committee need to find a substitute. Please let Jackie Thiry know 920-435-5437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- St John's is at 411 St John Street. Entry to the facility is off of Jefferson through the back (north side) of the Gym. St. John and most of the surrounding streets are one way. It is suggested to take Monroe to Crooks, left on Crooks, two blocks to Jefferson; then left on Jefferson (one way). At about 150 ft the Gym building will be the last building on your left. Stop just before the building as entry is on the north side. Ring the doorbell and someone will let you in.
- Click on Duties to view the important instructions for volunteers.
Coming soon - 2018/2019 Volunteer Schedule
This arm of SJEHS ministries is a twelve month daytime resource center located at 700 E. Walnut and serves guests from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Its purpose is to provide programs and services that move the vulnerable to self-sufficiency. stjohnhomelessshelter.org
The resource center is open Monday - Friday (May - October) & 7 days a week (November - April)
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer activities include participating in construction of Habitat homes, working in the Habitat office, working at the Habitat Re-sale Store or serving a meal at the construction site. greenbayhabitat.org
Hands and Hearts with Haiti
Hands and Hearts with Haiti is a united multi-parish partnership rooted in mutual trust and respect. Together we seek beneficial, self-sustainable opportunities that best meet the needs of our brothers and sisters of St. Louis Parish, Mirebalais, its Chapel Communities and all members of this partnership. handsandheartswithhaiti.org
Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action is an interfaith coalition of faith communities joined together to address justice concerns. Task forces address concerns in areas of mental health treatment, prison reform, immigration, transportation, etc.
If you are interested in becoming involved with one or more of the above ministry areas, please complete the contact form below.