The Social Action Committee provides opportunities for parishioners to learn about, act on and advocate for issues relating to social justice within the context of Catholic Social Teaching.
CRS Rice Bowl Coordinating the education about CRS Rice Bowl Campaign including distribution and collections of Rice Bowls and education about the many people in need throughout our world who benefit from Catholic Relief Services.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets Coordinating collection, sorting, packing and distribution of food for families in need at holidays.
Fair Trade Craft Sale Helping set up and selling items for annual Fair Trade Craft Sale in November.
Habitat for Humanity Coordinating parish sign-up for Habitat of Humanity of Marion County work days. Sharing of skills to build Habitat homes in Marion County.
End-of-Month Meals Baking cakes for meals served to low-income families at the end of the month.
Helping Hands Package donated items on twice-monthly "food days" (St. Anthony Catholic Church's month is January, but help is needed every month). Regular help is also needed sorting donated clothing.
School Supply Drive Collecting, sorting and distributing school supplies to help local students by providing supplies to area schools.
Meals on Wheels Delivering meals to elderly and home bound two weeks in June from 11-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Salvation Army Bell Ringer Volunteer your time to collect change for the Salvation Army during the holiday season.
Please contact Laura Hollinrake at (641) 828-7050 Ext. 2 or email her to be a part of the Social Action Committee.
Each year our parish donates a percentage of its budget to support local charities.
The Social Action Committee distributes the charitable funds through a grant process. The 2017-2018 grant recipients are:
Birthright - $750 for general support
Crisis Intervention Services - $1,500 for playground improvements at crisis shelter
Habitat for Humanity of Marion County - $1,500 towards home construction
Helping Hands - $1,500 for food
Impact Community Action - $1,300 for homeless prevention service
Neighbor Helping Neighbor - $1,500 for emergency services
New Covenant Church - $500 for End of the Month meals program
If you know of other local charities that should be considered for next year, please contact Social Action Committee Chair Laura Hollinrake at the church office.
"We want to thank everyone that either donated money, desserts, or their time helping to get the End of the Month meals delivered. You are all very much appreciated. We couldn't do this without your support. For the 5 weeks that we have done meals for the 2017-2018 season, we have provided a total of 6,695 meals. That's a lot of full tummies that might not have been filled without this program. And, this program can't exist without the help of generous, giving people like you. That being said, we look forward to serving our community with you again in November 2018." Sincerely, Shilah J. Schrader and the End of the Month Meal Group
"I would like to express IMPACT's gratitude for Saint Anthony Catholic Church's support. Your support of our homeless prevention program (rent, deposit, mortgage assistance) in Marion County truly has a big IMPACT on our families and our community at large. Thank you for helping our mission and making our community stronger." Thank you, Amber Wallingford
St. Anthony Catholic Church 1202 Woodland | Knoxville, IA 50138 (641) 828-7050