The Community Ministries Commission seeks out local outreach programs dedicated to community advancement and helps provide volunteer and/or financial support to these programs.
Chair – Rita Gallagher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
These 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 Recovery – works with community partners to provide education/prevention, treatment and recovery support services to all residents of Burke County regardless of their ability to pay.
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. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ed Konarski at 828-443-3244 (for Sundays) and Steve Schoeberle (for Thursday).
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.
Food Pantry – St. Charles is a partner agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – SHFBM. Currently 99% of the essential grocery items distributed come from SHFBM. The balance comes from donations from our parishioners. We distribute food to about 65 families each month. Without the support of SHFBM we would be unable to feed the hungry in our community. Thanks Second Harvest!
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 – Provides charitable and affordable primary care to Burke County residents who have limited financial resources. Volunteers assist with everything from clerical duties to providing medical care (licensure required).
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 and Nursing Home Visitors – 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 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.
House of Refuge – A nonprofit Christian ministry and men’s shelter that supports individuals with a place to stay while they look for a employment.
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 T.J. Robinson 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 at 828-584-8985 for more information.
Options – Provides emergency shelter and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape.
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.
Seniors in Action – Provides volunteer and financial support to the Morganton-Burke Senior Center.