How Can I Serve?

 

Join a Committee or OLPH Ministry

  • SALT – Please send them an email or visit SALT’s page to learn the ways the SALT ministry serves the addicted and homeless of Baltimore city.
  • OLPH St. Vincent de Paul and Respect Life Committee – contact the Parish Office at 410-747-4334 for meeting times and contact info.

Donate

Would you like to learn more about the many OLPH ministries accepting donations?  Please get in touch with the Parish Office at 410-747-4334 to learn more.

  • Back to School Supply Drive– Every August, as advertised in the weekly bulletin, OLPH’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society collects school supplies to distribute to area children whose families cannot afford their school supplies.
  • Families Helping Families at Thanksgiving – Every November, as advertised in the weekly bulletin, OLPH’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society collects boxes of Holiday food items, including Turkeys, so each recipient family-in-need has all of the ingredients and trimming to provide a holiday meal for their loved ones. Volunteer donors are asked to purchase specific items and return them to the church’s Narthex on the designated collection weekend.  Cash donations of $25 are also welcome to cover the cost of food items.
  • Advent Giving Tree – Every December, as advertised in the weekly bulletin, OLPH’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society places Christmas trees in the Church’s Narthex decorated with tags designating a gift for a person or child in need. Donors choose a gift tag, purchase the selected item, and return their wrapped gift to OLPH on the Giving Tree Collection weekend. The 2023 Tage Pick-up weekend is scheduled for November 25 and 26, with gift returns happening on December 2 and 3 and 9 and 10. Please call or email the Parish Office at (410) 747-4334 or olphparish@archbalt.org if you have an hour to help sort this year’s gifts for distribution.
  • Camp St. Vincent Summer Camp Supply Drive – Each June, as advertised in the weekly bulletin, OLPH’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society collects supplies for homeless children attending Camp St. Vincent, an all-day summer camp designed to exclusively serve the summer learning and social-emotional needs of homeless children ages 5-14 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
  • OLPH Food Pantry -OLPH’s food pantry is available for anyone experiencing food insecurity. For those in need, please call the Parish office at 410-747-4334. All inquiries are confidential.  Donations should be non-expired, nonperishable, food items, and donations may be accepted by placing objects directly in the food pantry located at the back of the church building.
  • Donate food for SALT – Every Saturday and Sunday morning, members of the SALT team meet at OLPH brew fresh hot coffee, and prepare a simple hot breakfast. They pack it up and head downtown, setting up tables outdoors, near Our Daily Bread and on S. Broadway, where they serve whoever is hungry.   Visit SALT’s page to learn more!
  • Toiletries – OLPH SALT Teams who serve each weekend, the homeless and addicted in Baltimore City, collect toiletries (travel-sized products are appreciated, such as shampoo, soap, lotion, etc.) for their friends. Please place donated items inside a bag “labeled” SALT and the container inside OLPH’s food pantry in the back of the church building.
  • HAITI – Help feed the children and aid in the teachers’ salaries at OLPH’s sister parish in Verrettes, Haiti. Donations may be accepted in three ways:
    • Send a check to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and write Haiti in the memo of the check.
    • Visit our Giving Page to provide a recurring, electronically transferred donation.
  • West Baltimore Pregnancy Choices – West Baltimore Pregnancy Choices is a new center to help pregnant women. You can learn more or donate directly on their website.

Help from Home

Hectic schedule? OLPH is always looking for individuals to serve directly from their homes.

  • Our Daily Bread Casseroles – OLPH is committed to providing food for Our Daily Bread soup kitchen on the first Monday of each month. Parish members bake casseroles and desserts, drop them off in the Parish kitchen freezer, and deliver them downtown on the Sunday prior to the first Monday of the month. Click for the casserole recipe.
  • Prepare and cook food for the food insecure and homeless – More details are here and signups for meals distributed in Baltimore City through OLPH’s SALT Ministry can be found here.
  • Join Our Meal Team and Spread Love! – Life brings unexpected challenges, and a warm, homemade meal can offer comfort and support. If you have a heart for helping others, join our Meal Team! How it works: 1) Join our Meal Team Group by clicking here. 2) Receive a signup form when a family in need arises. 3) Pick a day/time that suits you to prepare a meal. 4) Deliver your heartwarming creation to the family in need.

Help from Church and Beyond

OLPH is always looking for individuals to serve at OLPH and beyond. Please connect with the Parish Office at 410-747-4334 to learn more.

  • Cook for the less fortunate in the OLPH Kitchen – Details are here, and signup is here.
  • Distribute Baby Bottles as part of OLPH’s Respect Life Committee Fund Drive to aid area Pregnancy Shelters that assist vulnerable pregnant women.
  • Advent Giving Tree – Every December, as advertised in the weekly bulletin, OLPH’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society places Christmas trees in the Church’s Narthex decorated with tags designating a gift for a person or child in need. Donors choose a gift tag, purchase the selected item, and return their wrapped gift to OLPH on the Giving Tree Collection weekend. The 2023 Tage Pick-up weekend is scheduled for November 25 and 26, with gift returns happening on December 2 and 3 and 9 and 10. Please call or email the Parish Office at (410) 747-4334 or olphparish@archbalt.org if you have an hour to help sort this year’s gifts for distribution.
  • Families Helping Families at Thanksgiving Collection and Transportation – Every November, as advertised in the weekly bulletin, OLPH’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society collects Holiday food items, including Turkeys, and distributes enough groceries and trimmings for needy recipients to provide a holiday meal to their loved ones. Volunteers must shop for and organize donations and distribute completed boxed donations.

Families with Young Children

  • Pray with your children about those less fortunate.
  • Make a casserole or dessert for the first Sunday of the month at your home – see Our Daily Bread Casseroles for details.
  • Pack bag lunches and snack kits that are distributed to the homeless and addicts in Baltimore City every weekend. Please email SaltAtOlph@gmail.com to get started.
  • Help collect diapers and wipes with the Respect Life committee.
  • Complete a Spiritual Adoption of a baby together – click here for details.

Kids Love to Sort and Help

Details are advertised in OLPH’s weekly bulletin:

  • Early November – sort the Thanksgiving “Families Helping Families” food donation boxes at the Parish.
  • Early December – help sort donated gifts as part of the “Giving Tree” program.
  • Late November/Early December – Make homemade greeting cards at Christmas and Thanksgiving for donated holiday food items and gifts.
  • Every Saturday morning starting at 6:45 am – Join the Salt kitchen crew to bag donuts and other food items for the addicted and homeless of Baltimore City.

Questions about helping? Contact the Parish Office at 410-747-4334.