Hopefully, you spent some time offering a bit of service (cutting pieces for shoes, writing a letter, decorating place-mats, etc.) and finding out about amazing service organizations around our diocese. Want to know more? Check out this additional information:
CATHOLIC CHARITIES of the Diocese of Youngstown
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown serves the six northeastern counties of Ohio: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull. Within this region, Catholic Charities has three social service agencies and a housing organization, all of which sponsor numerous locations. Faithful to many of the priorities established decades ago, Catholic Charities remains devoted to helping meet basic human needs, strengthening families, building communities and empowering low-income people. Although advances in technology and science have transformed society, individuals and families still find themselves in desperate situations that require the basic necessities for living. Catholic Charities continues to provide the traditional services, such as emergency assistance with food, clothing and shelter, while developing new programs and services to meet emerging needs. Comprehensive senior support programming, a domestic violence shelter, outreach and ministry to immigrant and migrant populations and pregnancy and family support services are some of the more recent programs Catholic Charities has developed. As communities expand and change, the needs of its residents also transform. Since every community is unique, our locations offer a different combination of services and programs to meet local needs. All of Catholic Charities’ services and programs are provided to qualifying persons regardless of faith, age, sex, race or ability to pay. You do not have to be Catholic to receive assistance at Catholic Charities. http://ccdoy.org/
Offering HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief. Sole Hope helps create jobs to shoemakers and tailors, while providing shoes to help prevent jiggers.
Thanks to each of you who took the time to cut out pieces of denim that will become shoes (with onsite help from the ladies of our local Council of Catholic Women).
The Catholic Student Association (CSA) is the university sponsored student group which is dedicated to worship, social justice, faith development, and community for Kent State students, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Our office is housed at the University Parish Newman Center. Website: http://kentnewmancenterparish.org/
Youngstown State University Catholic Student Association
The Catholic Newman Center, home of the Catholic Student Association provides Catholic campus ministry with and for the students, faculty and staff of Youngstown State University. We offer spiritual, service, social and leadership opportunities for you to grow in faith.
Campus Ministry addresses the personal, spiritual, and religious needs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni by offering a variety of services. Learn more on their Website: http://www.walsh.edu/campus-ministry
CTNY -- Catholic Television Network of Youngstown
The Catholic Television Network of Youngstown uses the mass media with an ecumenical attitude and an evangelizing concern to proclaim the story of a loving God, revealed in Jesus and living in a believing, celebrating and ministering community.Through the Ecumenical Television Channel ETC-TV this story is proclaimed throughout the six counties of Northeast Ohio and beyond for the sake of a greater awareness, better understanding, deeper discipleship and sustained support.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society from St. Joseph parish in Massillon, has a soup kitchen from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the school building. For more information, call 330-833-4907. While they do not have a website, there was an article written a couple years ago about their service: http://www.indeonline.com/article/20110823/News/308239932
Hammer & Nails, Inc., is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit outreach organization based in Canton, Ohio dedicated to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged area homeowners through home and property improvements.
Your parish/school group (or even your family) can still donate much needed items AND can volunteer to cook, serve, clean up and eat with the guests there. Contact them for details and times on volunteering. Here is the list of most needed items for donation:
Trash Bags (13, 30/33, 55/60 gallon) Napkins Paper towels Foil Freezer bags Dish sponges Tooth Brushes Toothpaste Deodorant Toilet paper Dispenser Hand Soap Bars of soap Dish Soap Murphy’s Oil Soap Bleach Eco-friendly cleaning products Scrubbing Bubbles
Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OY&YAM)
Your DYC'16 event sponsor Mission: Guided by the United States Bishop’s documents Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (1997) and Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults (1997), The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OY&YAM) exists to serve as a resource for faith communities in the diocese in providing comprehensive outreach to high school teens as well as to young adults. The OY&YAM assists with including the ‘Church of Tomorrow’ into the ‘Church of Today.’ + FOR TEENS: The OY&YAM sponsors periodic gathered events such as today’s Diocesan Youth Convention (DYC), diocesan excursion/pilgrimage to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), Eagle of the Cross annual awards Mass and Banquet, and other occasional one-day events. We also work with the adults in the parishes and Catholic schools to help evaluate, plan and improve youth ministry programming. Your ideas are welcomed! + FOR YOUNG ADULTS: The OY&YAM sponsors occasional programs like the YAMS (Young Adult Mass and Socials), periodic trainings, and administers the Facebook group “DOY-YAM” for those post-high school and in their twenties and thirties to network. So, don’t forget about us after you graduate! + FOR ADULTS: The OY&YAM supports those serving in ministries to, by, with, and for teens and young adults with trainings, consultations, and resources. Contact me for more information:
And a few you loved at DYC'14 that were unable to join us in 2016
Project S.O.A.P. “S.O.A.P. = Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution
THANK YOU for helping to label 1200 bars of soap at DYC'14 (with 300 more done at the parish level). The soap labels have a toll-free number, 1-888-373-7888, a hot line for trafficking victims run by the nonprofit Polaris Project. The group distributes pamphlets and posters with information about how to spot signs of human trafficking, especially involving minors.
Greater Ohio Area Superkids Classic, Inc. is a not for profit, non-political and non-sectarian organization who’s sole purpose is to ensure a safe and organized race for children with disabilities. Our board is composed of family and friends who believe that all children deserve the opportunity to feel the thrill of racing down the hill at Akron’s Derby Downs. Website: http://www.superkidsohio.org/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/greaterohioareasuperkids
**** They need volunteers for the June 3rd event in Akron..... if you are available that morning/afternoon/day, please visit the website! ****
Capes for Kids Project
Originated by NFL superstar Peyton Manning, The Hero Project is committed to turning ordinary kids into SUPERHEROES! Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent and The Hero Project have teamed up to start building heroes... one cape at a time. Our powerful trio of community service, volunteer efforts and fundraising opportunities work together to provide our own "something special" for each child who spends the night at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital - a super cape! Whether you have the ability to dodge booby traps, leap tall buildings or simply the ability to believe in ALL kinds of heroes, we hope you will join The Hero Project.
Inspired by this project in Indianapolis, the Diocese of Youngstown DYC Planning Team received permission to make capes at DYC to donate to Akron Children's Hospital. The will be delivered by teens from St. Barbara and St. Joseph youth ministries!
Matthew 8:20 (with Little Flower Parish in Canton)
Two Friday evenings each month, parishioners from Little Flower Catholic Parish in Plain Township haul a trailer filled with toiletries and gently used clothing to downtown Canton. Following in cars are volunteers who transport enough food to feed approximately 100 people. They are volunteers with Matthew 8:20, a parish-run ministry charged with caring for the homeless and impoverished in the Canton area. Extra help is always appreciated.