Service & Justice
Giving in 2020 looks a little different. We are offering opportunities to donate to the Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Virtual Giving Tree. See more details below or here under the Social Justice Ministry.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Our goal is to provide over 250 meals for Fr. McKenna Center, Hope and a Home and Housing Up. $40 purchases a thanksgiving meal for a family of four. You may make a cash donation through our online site or mail a check to Holy Trinity, Attn: Social Justice, with “Thanksgiving Food Drive #187” in the memo.
Each year Holy Trinity parishioners volunteer on Thanksgiving Day at the Fr. McKenna Center to provide breakfast and the midday meal. There are two 3-hour shifts requiring 10 volunteers. Sign up!
Virtual Giving Tree
At this time, we are working to fulfill the wish lists of the following organizations: Christ House, Fr. McKenna Center, Hope and a Home, Mary House, Spanish Catholic Center, and St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families. We are also collecting items for Georgetown Ministry Center and The Northwest Center through the North Pole website.
How can you participate this year?
- Make a cash donation through our virtual giving site. These donations will be used to purchase gift cards for teens and adults and to fulfill any outstanding items.
- Shop! Our coordinators have created sign up genius lists or Amazon wish lists for our partners. Visit our website to shop for a particular partner.
Shrine of the Sacred Heart Dinner Program
Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mt. Pleasant is a longtime partner to Holy Trinity. Youth from our parish have been serving in the Sacred Heart Dinner Program for several years. During the pandemic, instead of serving in person, families have the opportunity to prepare and deliver bag lunches on Saturday afternoons. If your family is interested in participating in this service effort alongside our homeless brothers and sisters, check out the call for volunteers here and contact Tom Banchoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202 468 0421!
SOME Monthly Collection
Since May 16 , we have now collected over 5,631 snack bags! Due to COVID-19, we anticipate this will be our "pandemic" way of supporting our friends at SOME instead of our monthly RE food collection and service. Each month, we will also collect an item requested by SOME. The upcoming collection schedule is below:
November 21: Snack Bags and Shoes
December 19: Snack Bags and Coats
We will collect snack bags and shoes on November 21 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the corner of O and 36th Streets. Sign up. We also have advance drop off sites in Alexandria, Arlington and Chevy Chase.
Hope and a Home
There are several opportunities at Hope and a Home to address food insecurity and virtual learning. If you have time on on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month to help package and deliver food, please sign up here. Participants must be 12 years old. If you would like to donate breakfast staples, please drop off at Holy Trinity or order through the wish list.
Service with Catholic Charities ADW
High School Student Volunteers
Catholic Charities values the enthusiasm and commitment to their programs exhibited by student volunteers. Volunteer by yourself or with a group of friends! Refer to the volunteer calendar for all scheduled projects.
Please note that some projects may have age restrictions, and that all volunteers younger than 18 must have their parent/guardian sign the Parent/Guardian Waiver for Minors form.
Making Face Coverings for Front-Line Staff and Clients
Catholic Charities needs your help. Do you have these 6 things: a sewing machine, cloth, elastics, a printer, an envelope or box, and a couple dollars to pay for shipping?
Help make sewn cloth face coverings for the onsite staff at shelters and food distribution programs and for our shelter residents. Catholic Charities remains committed to the most marginalized in the community during this public health crisis. We continue to prioritize the safety of everyone while serving people. Learn more and see the instructions!
SHARE Warehouse Food Distribution
Thousands of families count on SHARE each month for affordable, nutritious groceries that are sold through volunteer-run locations throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
Join Catholic Charities on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month to assist with the distribution of food. Volunteers will assist senior citizens, load vehicles with food packages, make sure people get the correct amount of food items, and greet individuals and community groups who come to SHARE to pick up their food packages. Repeatedly lifting 20-30lbs may be required.
COVID-19 Volunteer Precautions:
- Following CDC recommendations, we suggest all volunteers be between the ages of 18 and 65 years of age. High school students can participate if accompanied by an adult and they bring a Parent Guardian Waiver form.
- Volunteers will have their temperature taken upon arrival and sent home if they have a fever.
- Volunteers must bring and wear a mask for the duration of their shift.
Location: 3222 Hubbard Rd. Landover, MD 20785.
CC Food Distribution Team
Catholic Charities is distributing SHARE grocery packages to families in need In response to the economic hardships associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. A team of volunteers will direct cars through a pickup line. Every car gets a box of food from SHARE (containing frozen proteins and fresh produce) and prepared meals to take home. This is a drive-thru no-touch affair: cars pull up, pop the trunk, and a volunteer places the boxes in the trunk.
COVID-19 Volunteer Precautions:
- Following CDC recommendations, we suggest all volunteers under 65 years of age.
- High school students can participate if accompanied by an adult. If the adult is not their parent, they bring a signed Parent Guardian Waiver form.
- Ability to stand for approximately 3 hours.
- Ability to lift and move approximately 15lbs repeatedly.
- Bring and wear a face cover/face mask.
Location: Lot 8 at RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003)