Community Outreach: “We are called to serve”
Volunteering not only builds stronger communities, but it also strengthens the faith of those who act as Christ to others in need. The starting point of being of service is to realize that you have things to contribute and so you should contribute them to the greater good. On the other hand, we have to realize that we’re not going to change the world with the service we do…. but we’ll change our small part of it.
We are fortunate to have many organizations in which Parishioners are involved, and welcome the addition of suggestions for ways in which we as a Parish may serve together.
“Everyone must think of others… and how we can serve others better.”
St. Vincent De Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of it’s founder. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. Active organizations at both St. Rita’s and St. Anthony’s serve our local communities. You can support through volunteer efforts, donations of food, clothing and/or monetary donations.
Catholic Charities/Catholic Social Services
A member of Catholic Charities, Catholic Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life for those in need by providing comprehensive social and human services including basic and emergency needs, homelessness, immigration, housing and residential services, disabilities, elder services and much more. With offices in New Bedford, CSS works with persons of all faiths and cultures in the spirit of God’s universal love to advance human dignity and promote social justice, truth and solidarity in our community. Visit cssdioc.org for more information.
Knights of Columbus
In 1882, the Knights were officially chartered and is today the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The Knights of Columbus has a local assembly, the Damien Council 4190 in Mattapoisett. For more information, contact Jim Alfres at 508-863-3496
Gifts To Give
GiftsToGive is building a community to tackle child poverty- and a new currency for philanthropy. Their primary mission is to give all SouthCoast young people- the privileged and those in need- an opportunity to practice “Big Citizenship” and Tangible Philanthropy through their gifts of time and treasure. Children come to understand, through their “doing” the power of giving and service and that we all have gifts to give. Located in New Bedford, there are ample service opportunities for individuals, groups and families. Visit giftstogive.org/volunteer for more information.
My Brothers Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper is a vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry in Easton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts which delivers furniture and food to local families in need. Our mission is “To bring the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ to those we serve.” As a gift at each furniture delivery we offer a crucifix with the message, “We’re just the delivery people… this is the man who sent you the furniture.”
Anyone living in our service area is eligible to receive our help, regardless of religion. All services are provided free of charge and without judgment. Visit mybrotherskeeper.org for more information.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Mobile Loaves & Fishes is an organization that provides food and clothing, and promotes dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. Every 2nd Saturday, members of the parish volunteer as a parish community in New Bedford, MA. If you would like to get involved, please contact Renee Pothier at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Mobile Loaves & Fishes, visit their website at mlf.org.
Mattapoisett Lions Club
The Lions Club International is the World’s largest service club organization with over 46,000 clubs and 1.35million members. Members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. The Lion’s Club vision is to be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. The mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. Locally, the Lions support people in need, upkeep local parks and buildings and raise funds for the blind. Harbor Days is a long-recognized event that brings the community to life and raises funds for Lion’s Club charities. For more information, contact Paul Levine at 508-758-6942.