Listed below you will find a list of programs that are ongoing throughout the year. This is your central place for service projects and hours, for volunteering with the church as a family, and for responding to the needs of the community directly.
Visit the Volunteer/Service Hours page under the Social Concerns tab for the exact dates that volunteers are needed.
Handmade projects (jewelry, greeting cards, picture frames, etc.) to be donated to the Gracious Gifts gift shop at the Mamie George Community Center. No skills required. Come enjoy the fun and fellowship. We meet one Friday a month to make our project. For more information, contact Glory Hopkins at email@example.com
CHILD ADVOCATES SNACK BAGS
COUPONS FOR A CAUSE
FRESH FOOD DELIVERY
MILITARYOur soldiers in Afghanistan are out on long missions and running through socks like crazy! You can help them out by donating new BLACK BOOT (crew length) socks and 2 oz. or 4 oz. Gold Bond Powder that will be shipped to them.
Other items that the troops are requesting: protein powder & drinks, hot cocoa mix, powder drink mixes like Gatorade, tuna fish & chicken salad, ready-to-eat meals (pop-top) like Chef-Boy-R-Dee, soups, stews, beef jerky, Slim Jims, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, pretzels, Cheetos, Fritos, Chex Mix, Ritz Crackers, granola bars, Oreo & other cookies, dried fruit, trail mix, peanuts, mixed nuts, Rice Krispie Treats, cereal, condiments, candy. Hygiene items are also needed including: lip balm, Chap Stick, Carmex, Blistex, body wash, soap, hair gel, combs, brushes, deodorant, shaving cream [no aerosol cans], hand & body lotion, sunblock, aloe vera gel, bug spray, mouthwash, breath mints, cough drops, nail files, feminine hygiene products, Tylenol, Aspirin, eye drops, nasal spray.
Additionally, we are accepting donations of recent magazines (less than 3 months old, such as sports, news & outdoors) and paperback game & puzzle books (such as Sudoku, word search & crossword puzzles). Donations can be dropped at the parish or Social Concerns offices, marked “Military”. For additional information on how you can assist our troops serving overseas, please contact our Military Ministry Chairperson, Lisa D'Oliver, at firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR DAILY BREAD
Help us re-package baked goods (bread, bagels, pastries, etc.) from local businesses to be donated to Trini’s Market, the self-serve food pantry at the Mamie George Community Center, St. Theresa's food pantry & Parks Youth Ranch, Ft. Bend homeless shelter for teens. We meet Mondays at 9:30am (mid-May, June, July & August) / 10:45am (September-April) in the SCM workroom.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENTSt. Laurence provides material and emotional support for refugee families sponsored through Associated Catholic Charities who are facing the challenge of adapting to American society. Families come from several different locations and cultures: Africa, Burma, Cuba, Colombia, Vietnam, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan just to name a few. For volunteer information, please contact Mary Kelly at email@example.com
THE TOOLBOX (HANDYMAN PROGRAM)Volunteers from around the Fort Bend community gather together once a month on Saturdays to serve the elderly and disabled homeowners in Fort Bend County by offering clean up, home repairs or maintenance. Contact John Gilbert with questions or to volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org
THE VILLAGE PROGRAMOur Village Program matches parish families with families that struggle each month to make ends meet. Car tags, a sick child and no insurance, a birthday, car repairs… all these sorts of events tend to keep struggling families on the edge of financial ruin. Matched families are a wonderful way to offer direct assistance, see the fruits of your labor and make a real difference in the lives of those in need.
Consider adopting a Village family, hear their story, embrace their struggle and help them monthly with either a gift card (for food, Wal-Mart, gas, etc.) or a physical gift like a child’s winter coat, birthday gift and balloons, a pair of work boots, a new tire… Monthly donations are communicated via a Village Tracker* and monetary values cannot exceed $75.00 per month. If you are interested in becoming a Village adopting family, please contact Pennie in the Social Concerns office email@example.com
*TRACKERS (liaisons between the adopted family and the adopting family) are currently needed! For more information, please contact Michelle Broussard in the Social Concerns office at 281-980-9812 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAMS FOR THE ELDERLYOur ministry currently supports two programs at Sugar Land Health Care Center (in "old" Sugar Land): bi-monthly birthday/holiday celebrations and weekend Bingo games.
St. Laurence Senior Ministry - meets once per month, typically on the first Monday of the month. Meetings are held in the Large or Small Gathering Room in the R.E. building. Visit the Senior Ministry webpage under the Parish Life tab for information on the next meeting.