The Community Ministries Commission is concerned with promoting outreach programs aimed at community improvement and co-operating with other churches and civic organizations in such programs. Chairperson: Rita Gallagher at email@example.com
Listed below are some of the programs and organizations in our community where parishioners share their time, talent and treasures. Volunteers are always needed for these and other programs throughout the area.
Burke United Christian Ministry (BUCM) Soup Kitchen – St. Charles volunteers assist at the Soup Kitchen on the first Sunday and the second Thursday of every month. Please contact Ed Konarski or Steve Schoeberle if you are interested in participating.
ESL Program – Sponsored by the Burke County Literacy Council and is open to the public. Classes meet at church every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 PM. If you are interested in participating or volunteering, please contact the Literacy Council at 828-437-7477.
St. Charles Food Pantry –
St. Charles is a partner agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – SHFBM. Currently 99% of the essential grocery items we distribute come from SHFBM. The balance comes from donations from our parishioners. We distribute food to approximately 65 families per month. Without the support of SHFBM we would be unable to feed the hungry in our community. Thanks Second Harvest – we appreciate all that you do for us and many others!
The Food Pantry is open from 10 AM – 12 Noon on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Volunteers and contributions are always appreciated. Please contact Theresa Phillips if you are interested in volunteering.
Good Samaritan Clinic – Volunteers assist with everything from clerical duties to providing medical care (licensure required) for members of the community who cannot afford care. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Debbie Faduke, Volunteer Coordinator, at 828-439-9945 for more information.
Habitat for Humanity and ReStore – Clean, used goods are resold at ReStore to help fund Habitat for Humanity home-building. Volunteers are of all ages help with everything from construction to working at the ReStore.
Home-bound or Nursing Home Visitor – Provide company for parishioners who are home-bound or in a nursing home who might otherwise not have any visitors. Contact: Deacon John Martino at the Parish Office or 828-437-6207 if you would like to volunteer.
Helping Our Parishioners Emergency (HOPE) Fund – Offers emergency assistance to our parishioners in need. We all have difficult times in our lives, so what better place to turn than our church family. If you would like to support this fund, mark your gift “HOPE FUND” and place it in the offertory basket.
Knights of Columbus – National organization of Catholic men organized to promote the welfare of the community. Meet the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Contact Grand Knight Mike Buff for more information.
Praying Hands Knitting Group – Meets in the Library from 2 to 4 PM on the second and the fourth Sundays of each month. Hand-made prayer shawls are distributed to parishioners in need. Contact Donna Davis for more information
Prison Ministry – Bring the Gospel of Jesus to men who are incarcerated. Contact Deacon Ed or Don Hemstreet if you are interested.
Scouting Program – Boy Scouts meet at church on Mondays at 6:45 PM. The troops are looking for new members and leaders. If you are interested in participating, please contact George Waddell or Clint Beilke.