CHARITY WALK MINISTRY Team members recruit volunteers for this ministry who sponsor and/or participate as walkers in the annual Charity Walk on behalf of Catholic Charities Hawai ’i. Contact: Karen Unger

DIAPER MINISTRY Diapers and supplies are provided to mothers through the agencies that act as resources to families with difficulties. Volunteers pack the diapers and supplies for distribution at St. Michael Food Pantry and the agencies. Contact: Thelma Bacxa

FOOD PANTRY MINISTRY This ministry distributes food at the Immaculate Conception parking lot from 9-9:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Fresh produce from our Sharing Garden and non-perishables are offered to all who come/ask. In addition to the twice-a-month set-up and distributions, volunteers rotate stock, sort, and prepackage, on Thursday morning before each event. Two to five hours of service per month are requested of volunteers. Contact: Bill Culhane

GLOBAL SOLIDARITY MINISTRY This ministry maintains longstanding relationships and sponsors projects in the developing world. Projects are selected based on need and may change over time depending on the circumstances. Projects throughout the developing world are considered an expression of Catholic solidarity and social justice, with careful and thorough oversight. Contact: Deacon Sándor Hernández Morales, [email protected] or Sharmayne Naone

HOMELESSNESS TO HOUSING MINISTRY Ministry members advocate for and encourage those who are awaiting the housing opportunity. Members participate in drives to assist families that are newly housed through sources like The Homes at Ulu Wini and other family-strengthening non-profits that support families transitioning out of homelessness. We share our knowledge learned from Community Alliance Partners and the Vibrant Hawai ’i Housing Coalition. We advocate for legislation to improve housing opportunities for those in need. We participate in activities sponsored by the West Hawai ’i Faith-Based Hui to End Family Homelessness. Contact: Shirley David

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MINISTRY Catholic Social Teaching establishes that everyone has the right to human dignity. Ministry members learn how to identify human trafficking and domestic violence and learn what they can do to support survivors. Members share their knowledge, participate in community human trafficking and domestic violence coalitions and community awareness events, and they also advocate for legislators to pass laws that support survivors and help prevent human trafficking and domestic violence. Contact: Shirley David

KUPUNA MINISTRY This is a weekly gathering of interested kupuna to share friendship and prayer.  Activities, discussion topics and talks for several weeks will be programed by group meetings. All seniors are welcome! Contact: Cathy Sugiyama

MĀLAMA NĀ KEIKI MINISTRY This ministry (to supply supplemental healthy meals to school children) is done in collaboration with Hōlualoa Elementary School for children acknowledged by the school as food insecure because of financial need. Volunteers shop for and pack the food that is distributed at the Immaculate Conception parking lot every other week. This enables children to have food for weekends when free school lunches are unavailable to them. Contact: Jo Ann Dunn

MEALS THAT HEAL MINISTRY Volunteers prepare and deliver a meal to those who need a little extra help during times of illness, during chemotherapy, after surgery, or after the birth of a new baby, etcetera. Contact: Cheryl Roderer

RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY Helping parishioners recognize the issues and realize the importance of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable from conception to natural death. This ministry especially supports pregnant mothers and their unborn children; the seriously ill or dying; and their families. We also coordinate and promote parish participation in the annual Respect Life Program from the USCCB, as well as specific intentions through education, pastoral care, public policy, prayer, and worship. Contact: Ed Smialek

SHARING GARDEN Volunteers tend to a large garden of fresh vegetables and fruit. We plant, remove weeds, water, and harvest. The harvests are distributed at the St. Michael Food Pantry, Mālama Nā Keiki, and The Homes at Ulu Wini. Contact: Beth Bartell

SHINING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST MINISTRY For families with children and teens, this ministry provides opportunities for community outreach. Arrangements are made with parents who are willing to have their children involved. Contact: Thelma Bacxa

THE FRIENDLY PLACE LUNCHES MINISTRY Volunteers sign up to prepare a hot meal once a month (on a Monday) for people facing homelessness at The Friendly Place. Contact: Parish Office

TUTOR MINISTRY Tutors work with students to ignite their love of learning and improve their reading and math skills. Tutors volunteer at Ulu Wini Transitional Housing. Contact:  Shirley David

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