Community Service Ministry

Community Service Ministry has as its mission to foster community service activities by providing opportunities for direct service and education concerning human needs of the community to members of Holy Cross Parish. Formed in 1999, there are currently 300 active parishioners serving in a volunteer capacity.

The Sneaker Exchange provides shoes and socks to the most needy school children in our community. Sneaker Exchange projects have Holy Cross Community Service volunteers meet school children at various local footwear outlets to assist them in purchasing new shoes and socks. In many instances, our volunteers see the child receive the first pair of new shoes that they have owned in their lifetime. No financial commitment is involved from our volunteers; the individuals in charge of the Sneaker Exchange have raised all funding necessary for the project.

St. Francis Manor provides efficiency apartments for low-income seniors. Holy Cross Volunteers coordinate social events throughout the year such as an Easter dinner with Easter baskets for each resident, Mother’s /Father’s Day Tea/Picnic, Christmas Dinner with gifts from the Giving Tree, Valentine’s Dance, Octoberfest among others. Volunteers are needed to provide and serve food, entertainment, support and friendship to those elders who may feel forgotten.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters utilizes volunteers in a school based mentoring program. Holy Cross Parishioners work one-on-one with a child in grade Kindergarten through Grade 2, one hour a week at the child’s school. Training is provided. Any caring adult is eligible.

Meals on Wheels/Council on Aging needs regular drivers (once a week or more) and substitute drivers (“on call” the day of your choice) to deliver hot meals to the homebound. Volunteers are also needed to do some shopping on a weekly or monthly basis for those unable to leave their homes. In addition, the Retired Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) has many interesting and varied volunteer opportunities for community wide service at our 85 sites in Indian River County.

Youth Project Leaders (Mentors) needed to work with youth in our parish cleaning and repairing homes of local residents who are unable or cannot afford to do the repairs themselves. Project days are three Saturdays a year (August, December, March) from 8:00 – 1:00.

Winter Blanket Drive usually held in December to benefit the migrant workers living in substandard housing in Fellsmere. New and “like new” blankets and sleeping bags are collected at all masses on the designated weekend.

Kids Closet Charities provides gently used clothing, books, toys and bedding to the neediest children in our area.  Our volunteers regularly sort clothing and other donations which are then distributed to local schools.

Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG) – each year the parishioners of Holy Cross prepare Thanksgiving Dinner for the parishioners of OLG Mission in Fellsmere.  The Holy Cross Youth Group is involved in serving the meal and playing games with the younger parishioners.  Over 1000 are served in this annual event.

Harvest Outreach provides much needed services to those in need in Indian River County.  Volunteer opportunities exist in running the Thrift Store, the Cost-share Grocery Store Program, office help and at the Crisis Center.

Habitat for Humanity is an internationally known organization, which provides housing assistance to needy families by constructing and giving a home to families who have undergone extensive financial training. Moreover, these families have contributed substantial amounts of sweat equity to the construction of their new home. Our Community Service Ministry volunteers assist in various phases of mentoring and construction of the numerous residences presently underway in Indian River County.

For more information contact Pat Kroger (231-0671).