St. Patrick's Outreach ministry is dedicated to serving people who are in need in the Five Cities and Nipomo areas. We are nondiscriminatory, and give assistance regardless of race, religion, or national origin. The Outreach
Program was started by Sr. Eva over 20 years ago, and continues to thrive because of the spirit of service she inspired in St. Patrick's Parish community. Each month the Outreach Pantry distributes groceries to approximately 400 families. Christmas baskets, including food items and toys for children, are distributed to 400 families. In addition, last year over 350 families were given emergency financial assistance due to a crisis in their lives. Outreach also supports People's Kitchen with monthly funds and teams of volunteers.
The budget for Outreach depends entirely on monetary and food donations from members of St. Patrick's Parish Community, as well as donations from individuals and organizations in South San Luis Obispo County, and from our annual GALA fundraiser. The four coordinators of Outreach, Katie Hilton, Anita James, Margot Ochoa and Lynnette Borgman, oversee the daily operation of the Food Pantry and meet with individuals who seek financial assistance. They are assisted by a large group of volunteers who help in a variety of ways.
Monetary donations supporting outreach can be sent to the Church Office or placed in the collection baskets. Please make checks out to St. Patrick's Outreach. Food items can be brought to weekend masses or dropped off at the Church office.
St. Patrick's Food Pantry is open from 4:00 - 5:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The pantry provides food for those in need living in the Five Cities and
Volunteers help in the following areas:
• Drivers in the morning to the Santa Maria Food Bank and Trader Joe's in Arroyo Grande
• Workers who unload deliveries and stock the shelves and refrigerators/freezers in the morning (Mon.- Thurs.)
• Workers who bag and distribute food items 3:30 5:00 in the afternoon (Tues. - Thurs.)
• Cleaning of pantry (once a week)
Volunteers are assigned days and times that fit with their personal schedules. Some volunteers just drop in whenever they are able. All are welcome. Christmas Baskets
Volunteers work with chairpersons in preparing and distributing 400 Christmas Baskets with food items for a Christmas dinner. This project begins the weekend of Thanksgiving and continues until the distribution date a week or so before Christmas.
Volunteers help by sorting donated food items and fill and distribute boxes.
The Giving Tree
This project provides Christmas gifts for children up to the age of twelve who are members of families receiving Christmas Baskets.
Chairperson(s) directs volunteers who:
-Set up the Giving Tree in the entryway of the church or the First Sunday of Advent.
-Place gift tags on tree and keep it replenished for several weekends.
-Sort and organize gifts as they are brought to the church Bag gifts so that they are ready for distribution along with Christmas Baskets.
Volunteers work during the first three weeks of December.
The GALA Fundraising Committee plans, organizes, and hosts an annual fundraising event that provides half of the funds needed to keep Outreach running at St. Patrick's. This committee meets periodically throughout the year with a major push from January through April. Volunteers help in the following areas:
• Seek and obtain auction items
• Create large raffle "baskets"
• Sell dinner and raffle tickets
• Organize the event
Run the event - auctions, entertainment, dinner, etc.