To help our fellow children of God, near and far, through compassionate service and thoughtful financial support
We invite you to browse the calendar below to see how you can get involved with St. John’s Outreach initiatives! Click on an event for more details and to sign up online to help!
What We Do
The Outreach Committee coordinates and promotes parish activities that offer care to those in need outside of the St. John’s community. The committee’s responsibilities include the distribution and stewardship of financial contributions in line with the vestry-allocated annual budget, and the search, coordination and promotion of impactful volunteer activities for all age parishioners. The Outreach Committee supports existing outreach ministries and assists in the creation of new ministries.
The committee meets around five times a year and new members are always welcome.
For more information, to share an Outreach idea, volunteer for one of the initiatives below, or join the Outreach Committee, contact Outreach Chair Chrissy Roberts.
• Blue Hills Healthy Families – Angel Tree gift recipient
• Epiphany School - After school dinner prep & serving
• Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)
• Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
• Hingham Interfaith Pantry – Food donations and delivery
• Hingham Elder Services
• Interfaith Social Services
• St. Stephen’s Youth Programs – Angel Tree gift recipient, mentoring, tutoring
• Wellspring – Food donation and delivery, Angel Tree recipient, Laundry Love partner
• Wellspring – Diane Edson Fund
• Appalachia Service Project – Summertime service trip
• B-Safe St. Stephen’s Summer Program – Hosting week onsite at St. John’s of inter-city students
• Mother’s Day Tea at Hingham Elder Services – Springtime tea
• Laundry Love – Assisting less fortunate in the process of cleaning their clothes
• So Africa Donation– Provided financial support & clothing to churches in So Africa
• Quincy Family Resource Center – Angel Tree gift recipient
Bold indicates organizations and efforts that provide the opportunity for personal involvement by parishioners over the course of the year. Most require only 4-5 committed hours of effort during the course of a year.
Ongoing Volunteer Initiatives
In January 2017, St. John’s started a local Laundry Love in partnership with SuperWash, a laundromat in Hull, and Wellspring Multiservice Center. In 2019, we expanded our reach with a second location in Weymouth. Volunteers from St. John’s are needed to be on hand to facilitate payment for the machines and distribution of soap.
Please use the calendar above to sign up to help out. No experience is necessary! Read more about the national Laundry Love program here.
Epiphany School Dinners
Once again this year, St. Johns will prepare and serve dinners at The Epiphany school in Dorchester. This is a great opportunity for members of the Parish to assist in a very meaningful manner.
Carpools are generally organized. If you are interesting in helping on one of these dates please contact Nancy Goldthwait. Occasionally, we also get a call to serve last minute so if you’d like to be on a list of “last-minute” helpers please let Nancy know.
Ongoing Food Pantry Collection
Please remember to bring donations for our Food Pantry baskets, located across from the church office. This ongoing collection helps stock the shelves at several local food pantries. Please place your non-perishables (no glass), cleaning supplies, toiletries and diapers in the baskets outside the church office. Please note...the food pantry is strictly for food donations, not clothing. If you have clothing items, they can be donated directly to Wellspring in Hull, Goodwill or the Salvation Army, who is currently in need of clothing. Also note that the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brockton is regularly in Hingham on Wednesdays to pick up donated items. If you have used furniture and/or clothing in good condition (they are not a repair facility), it's easy to call and schedule a pickup: 508-586-1187. And remember, donations are tax deductible.
Appalachia Service Project Trip
Each year, a group of youth and parents from St. John's travels to rural Appalachia for a week in June/July to participate in this mission trip to improve homes there. Parishioner Dave Clinton is a center leader and can answer any questions you may have.
B-SAFE SUMMER PROGRAM
B-Safe is a summer program for kids run by St. Stephen's in Boston. Every year we help out for a week by bringing in lunches into Boston twice and hosting the kids one day at the church for games and fun.
Each year we pick an Outreach project to coincide with the Lenten education series. Most recently, as the education series focused on learning the bible, we collected money to purchase bibles for areas devastated by natural disasters. In other years we collected money to purchase mosquito nets to prevent malaria deaths, and gift cards to purchase supplies to help combat poverty and hunger.
Backpack and School Supply Drive
St. John’s sponsors a backpack and school supply drive for South Shore youth in need to be distributed by the Quincy Family Resource Center. The collection runs in late August through early September.
Each Christmas we collect over 100 needs from various local organizations and create tags with item descriptions we hang on a tree in the entryway. Parishioners select as many tags as they would like and return the items by the date indicated on the tag. Examples include specific toys for the Quincy Family Resource Center, Dunkin Donuts gift cards for St. Stephens, books for the Sanger Center, socks, hats, mitten and movie gift cards for Wellspring, and Target/Walmart gift cards for Blue Hills Healthy Families.
OTHER ONGOING INITIATIVES
South Africa partnership
MLK meal packing event (open to Hingham community)
Mother’s Day Walk for Peace
Boutique door proceeds - these are traditionally donated to the Cohasset Appalachia Service Project.
Homes for Our Troops