Battered Women’s Shelter
The mission of the Battered Women’s Shelter is to make the community aware with information on the prevention of domestic abuse by providing emergency shelter, advocacy and education throughout Summit and Medina counties, all in an effort to break the cycle of abuse and help promote peace in every family. You can support the shelter through financial and in-kind donations to the Akron Canton Food Bank, along with donating used cell phones, cleaning supplies, paper products, diapers, undergarments, and more. (A complete list is available at www.scmcbws.org.) The suggested age of children’s participation is 12 and up. Volunteers interacting with clients must complete an application, federal background check and 20 hours of classroom training.
Ministers needed to: donate and/or sort items
Time required: varies; 20 hour-training required to interact with clients
Youth opportunity: Youth age 12 and older are welcome to volunteer
Stephanie Mowrer: 330-635-7513
Birthcare of Medina County
620 E. Smith Road, Unit E–5A, Medina
Birthcare is a volunteer-staffed agency that provides assistance and sympathetic support to families with young children to help assure their safety, warmth and health. Donations of formula, baby food, diapers, gently used baby equipment and clothing up to size 4T as well as financial contributions are gratefully accepted. High school teens and adult volunteers are always needed and are expected to work a two-hour shift every four to eight weeks.
Although Birthcare of Medina County is not a parish ministry, our parishioners have supported this agency for many years. Help Birthcare provide for little ones what love cannot buy.
Ministers needed to: donate and/or sort items
Time required: two-hour shift every four to eight weeks
Youth opportunity: Teens 14 and older are welcome to volunteer
Employment Network Group
The Employment Network Group is a network of individuals from St. Francis Xavier Parish and the community who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge, skills and, where able, contacts with those in career transition seeking employment opportunities. We also offer prayerful support for their search.
Ministers needed to: serve as mentors or contacts for job seekers
Time required: Varies; we meet twice monthly
Jim Mayiras: 330-722-9796
Norm Abookire: 330304-6569
Offer a helping hand to fellow parishioners in their time of grief. The committee serves as host for the luncheon provided by the family of the deceased. The group provides paper products, beverages, desserts, set up before and clean up after the event. Hosts and hostesses usually arrive for set up an hour before for preparation. Food is served by the members. Members are invited to join the family for lunch, also. It is a group that does not have a set schedule and it is understood that members may not be available for all luncheons. The committee hosts 12 to 15 luncheons per year.
If one chooses to be a baker, it is a wonderful ministry that can be done from home. The baked goods would need to be delivered to the Xavier Room the day of the luncheon. It is a ministry that provides a grieving family with food, fellowship and time to exchange fond memories, It is a tangible way for our faith community to love a grieving family when they need it most.
Ministers needed to: bake desserts and/or host receptions
Time required: 2½ to 3 hours, as available
Youth opportunity: Older children and teens are welcome to prepare food and/or help serve.
The Giving Tree program is active during the Advent season. Parishioners have an opportunity to help people with financial need in our community by providing them with Christmas gifts. Parishioners are asked to take cards with suggested requests and return the purchased, wrapped gifts, placing them under the evergreen “Giving Tree” located in the sanctuary. Volunteer drivers will then deliver the gifts by agency deadlines before Christmas. Please watch the bulletin for dates and times.
Ministers needed to: Donate and/or help deliver gifts to agencies
Time required: Varies, but 1-2 hours on a day before Christmas
Youth opportunity: Donate wrapped gifts
Denise Buchtinec: 330-725-9999
The St. Francis Xavier Parish Hospice Ministry serves Catholic patients and their families at the Hospice of Medina County Inpatient Care Center on Windfall Road. We visit the patients at the care center to offer prayer and Eucharist. The time commitment for our volunteers is between one and two hours per week, two times per month. Training is provided. This ministry has a waiting list for volunteers.
Ministers needed to: visit and bring the Eucharist
Time required: 1-2 hours/week, twice a month
Diane Kagel: 330-722-1677
Begun in 1998, the ministry includes members of Our Lady Help of Christians, Holy Martyrs, St. Francis Xavier and Sacred Heart parishes. Volunteers are God’s instruments, listening, demonstrating concern for each inmate, and verifying God’s never-ending loves for us. Alternating teams visit the Medina County Jail on Tuesday nights, where they hold prayer, scripture and Blessed Sacrament services which sometimes include music (if a musician volunteers). The ministry assists in preparing inmates for their GED (General Equivalency Degree). Jail officials require ministers to undergo a federal background check, fingerprinting, and to take 16 hours of training before they begin, plus four more hours of training each year. This ministry has a waiting list for volunteers.
Ministers needed to: Join a team to lead prayer services with inmates
Time required: Several hours one night a month after 16 hours of training, plus four hours of continuing education training each year
Connie Ebaugh: 330-648-2602
Operation HOMES consists of 12 churches of all denominations and community groups working together on a rotating basis to provide food, shelter and friendship for the homeless in our county.
Each church is responsible for providing the homeless with safe shelter and meals in a compassionate and friendly environment so they might regain self-esteem, pursue employment and educational opportunities and become self-sufficient.
Ministers needed to: Provide meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or serve as hosts
Time required: Two-hour time slots at evening and on weekends during the day. Chaperones/hosts stay overnight from 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Tom & Donna Bica: 330-723-3226
The SFX Respect Life group is committed to building a culture of life by working to protect innocent human life from conception to natural death. Some of our activities include participating in Life Chain in October, a Mother’s Day flower sale to raise funds for pro-life causes, a trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January and setting up the Graveyard of the Innocents in October. We also pray at area abortion clinics.
Ministers needed to: Pray and work for an end to abortion
Time required: Varies
Youth opportunity: Children and teens are welcome at most events, accompanied by an adult
Renea & Lou LaGuardia
Rosary Leaders at Nursing Homes
Come join us as we pray the rosary with residents of our local nursing and assisted living homes. Individuals involved in this ministry have a great amount of flexibility choosing the day and time. Substitute leaders are always needed and very much appreciated.
Ministers needed to: lead the rosary with residents. Families and small children welcome!
Time required: 45 minutes to an hour once or twice a month
Youth opportunity: All ages make great rosary leaders! Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Anna Haverdill, 330-591-0831
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent de Paul Society exists to help people in our community with food, utility bills, rent or mortgage payments, medical bills and other special needs. Many of our church members and neighbors are facing unemployment and find it difficult to pay their bills. The St. Vincent de Paul Society’s work is to provide that help while maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The key to our work is the person-to-person involvement of its volunteers. They see the face of Christ in the person they serve. Although St. Vincent de Paul Society is not a parish ministry, our parishioners have volunteered and assisted this organization for many years.
Ministers needed to: Help in our food pantry, conduct client interviews, pick up donated furniture, assemble and deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, and provide other help as needed.
Time required: Members commit 4-5 hours per month assisting our clients.
Youth opportunity: Teens 16 and older are welcome to help pick up furniture, stock our pantry, participate in our Thanksgiving food drive, and assemble and deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.
SVDP voicemail: 330-764-8952
Rick Niese: 330-421-2963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lou Cavanaugh: 330-722-5152