Mission and Outreach: Community Outreach

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church provides support for a variety of organizations focused on Community Outreach.

Community Emergency Service

1900 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Interview clients
  • Stock shelves
  • Make deliveries and pick-ups
  • Help in the office
  • Maintenance
  • Fund raising
  • Provide a meal

To volunteer, contact Melanie LaPointe, CES Volunteer Coordinator at 612.870.1125 extension 128 or mlapointe@cesmn.org.  Additional volunteer contacts are listed on CES’ website.

Volunteer Reviews:

We didn’t know that so many poor people in neighborhood need our help until today.  CES is doing a great job to help those people, and create many opportunity to volunteers.

Amazing organization, everyone at CES is so friendly and helpful!  They deeply care and help fill the needs of our neighborhood.


Saint Mary’s Missions and Outreach Ministry supports Community Emergency Service.  They are one of the organizations participating in St. Mary’s Share YourShelf, where parishioners make monetary and food donations to support local food shelves.

Community Emergency Service (CES) is a non-profit crisis relief and empowerment ministry founded by Augustana Lutheran Church located in the Phillips Neighborhood. Up to 20% of food shelf clients are veterans and 25% of Meals on Wheels clients are veterans. CES provides food to their hungry neighbors, striving to provide hope, encouragement, and a caring human presence.  CES seeks to serve in a Christ-like manner all that come in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual sustenance.

They provide prayer support, direct aid relief, advocacy, referral, and counseling to low-income people in the neighborhood. Their projects include: rental and mortgage assistance, Kids Care Program, Meals on Wheels, and a new program called “Ani-Meals”, a pet food supplement program primarily for the homebound.

CES’s Objectives include:

  • Foster a faith-based environment throughout the entire organization
  • Assist in meeting the basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of clients in a loving and personal manner
  • Maintain positive relationships with neighborhood residents, community organizations, partner congregations, businesses, and local units of government
  • Position CES for the future by ongoing evaluation to ensure quality and efficiency in addressing the most critical needs of the community

Simpson Housing Services

Simpson Housing Services Logo2740 1st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN  55408
(612) 874-0306

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • St. Mary’s prepares and serves dinners 3 – 4 times per year from 6 – 8 PM, usually during the following months:
    • May
    • June
    • October
  • Make sandwiches for guests to bring with them for lunch during the day:
    • Call 612.455.0872 to ensure they have room in their freezer for the sandwiches
  • Additional volunteer opportunities available on their website

Contact Hope Kennedy or stop by the Welcome & Information table after Sunday Liturgy for more information on volunteering.


I loved everyone I worked with at Simpson.  I’m so thankful to the Family Housing program for helping us get to where we are at.


Volunteers from St. Mary’s preparing to serve a meal at Simpson

Simpson Housing Services (Simpson House or Simpson for short) helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support, and shelter they need in a time of personal crisis.  They are a non-profit started in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church with a mission to “house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness”.

Simpson has an emergency shelter with the capacity for 22 women and 44 men every night.  They provide guests with access to showers, laundry, mail, hot meals, and more.  In addition to the emergency shelter, Simpson also provides long term stable housing for both individuals and families alike.

St. Mary’s offers two main volunteer opportunities with Simpson House.  The first is preparing and serving a hot dinner for around 110 shelter guests.  A small hard working group cooks a hot meal at St. Mary’s and then drives it over to Simpson, where volunteers from our church setup the hall for dinner, serve the meal and dessert, and cleanup afterwards.  The second opportunity is making sandwiches, which at St. Mary’s has been traditionally done by GOYA, but could be done by any ministry.  These sandwiches are given to the overnight guests when they leave the facility so that they have a lunch before returning for the evening meal and shelter.  When St. Mary’s makes sandwiches for them, we usually try and make 100.  If you are interested in making sandwiches, this can be done at any time after calling to ensure they have room in their freezer.