Service sponsored by the parish

Christmas baskets and Giving Tree

Between these two programs, the parish is able to provide each Christmas over 130 families with food for a week, Christmas dinner, toys, shoes, socks, gloves and hats for the children, blankets and towels and a family toiletries gift pack.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

St. Charles Food Bank and Emergency Assistance

St. Charles Borromeo Parish operates and funds it own food bank. The food bank provides a weekly supply of food as well as help with utilities, bus tickets, medicines and community referrals. The food bank is open 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Volunteers are needed to answer the phone and meet with people Tuesdays and Thursdays, pack bags and stock shelves.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Thanksgiving baskets

Every year St. Charles Borromeo Parish provides about 120 families with Thanksgiving dinner and food for a week.

Food is obtained through a parish food drive and volunteers help pack the food boxes as well as deliver the food to families in need.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Service partnered with parish

Blood drives

In conjunction with Cascade Regional Blood Service, St. Charles Borromeo Parish has three on-site drives a year.

For more information, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that builds — in just a week — decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need of housing. The "Blitz Build" is held August–September, but workers are needed throughout the summer on other Habitat for Humanity projects.

For more information or to volunteer with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Habitat for Humanity
253–627–5626

Honduras mission trip

The Honduras Mission Team is open to anyone who wants to join; made up of lay people, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, dentists and engineers. The engineer section predominately works on potable water solutions while the medical portion provides basic medical/dental care and medications to the nearly 2,000 people we see at the same five villages in five days each year, usually the end of January. We also provide school supplies, dental hygiene supplies and maternity bags. When possible we take shoes, clothes  and horse tack (equipment) to the people we serve.

For more information, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
kseevers@stcharlesb.org
253–564–5185, ext. 3013


Nativity House

Nativity House is a day shelter in downtown Tacoma. St. Charles Borromeo Parish supports Nativity House by providing and serving a hot meal on the fourth Thursday of the month to about 250 in addition to providing other food, clothing and personal care items. Food is donated by parishioners and cooked in our parish kitchen. Volunteers both transport the food and serve it at the downtown shelter. Those willing to help in this way are invited to participate.

For more information or to volunteer with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center

This organization helps pregnant women and young families. St. Charles Borromeo Parish provides weekly donations, a parish wide baby shower in the spring and volunteers to help run the center.

For more information or to volunteer with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Paint Tacoma Beautiful

Each summer, paint crews made up of parishioners from St. Charles Borromeo Parish participate in this city-wide project to paint the homes of low-income senior and low-income disabled men and women in Pierce County.

For more information or to volunteer with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Work of Human Hands

Work of Human Hands is a Catholic Relief Services program, in partnership with SERRV International, to aid artisans in developing worlds and in the United States. St. Charles hosts one sale each year of beautiful and unique handcrafted items at our Advent Workshop in late November. Catalogs can also be picked up for private orders.
 
We consider our purchases from the Work of Human Hands sales to be twice blessed — once in their loveliness as Christmas gifts and again in providing dignity and income to low-income artists around the world. These purchases support fair wages, concern for people rather than profit, preservation of the environment and local cultures.

For more information or to assist with sales, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036