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Volunteers give other parishioners a ride to mass on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule.  Do you have an empty space in your car on the way to mass?  There are always a number of people in our parish looking for a ride to mass.  These people are mobile but do not drive.  They need to gather with their community for Eucharist on a regular basis.  Rides are needed for all masses at both churches.  Coordinator is Lisa Lenard.

The Rainbow Table, which is located at St. John’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Columbia and Wittenberg, offers a hot meal each Friday to those in need.  Volunteers prepare and serve meals and are needed between 9:00am - 2:00pm.  St. Joseph and St. Raphael have a regular rotation throughout the year.  Contact the parish office for more information.

Social Action members work to promote justice in the community.  The Springfield Catholic Social Action Committee is composed of representatives from each of the Springfield parishes and Catholic Institutions, along with others who are committed to Gospel values and the great gift of Catholic Social Teaching.  They meet once a month at St. Teresa Church.  Our parish contact is Lisa Lenard.

IHN is an organization of faith communities committed to providing temporary housing for people who are homeless.  Volunteers, either individually or in groups, prepare and deliver meals for homeless families to the shelter located on the corner of W. High St. and S. Yellow Springs St. on a rotating basis. Responsibilities include preparing dinner for the number of guests in the program and assisting with clean-up afterwards.  Meals do not have to be elaborate, but are encouraged to be healthy.  Dinner is served around 6:00 so hosts arrive around 5:30 to set-up.  Hosts are welcome to eat with the guests and encouraged to interact with the guests. Guests help with cleaning up after the meal.  Anyone wanting to provide a meal or a portion of a meal on either an occasional or regular basis can contact Ann Duvall, who coordinates the evenings St. Joseph/St. Raphael parish is in charge of the meal.

Volunteers assist the coordinators in food and activity preparation for gatherings throughout the year.  Annual gatherings include: Epiphany, Mardi Gras, Sr. Dorothy Stang Luncheon, Graduation Brunch, Anniversary Reception, Parish Picnic, Card Party, and the St. Martin’s Day Luncheon.  Volunteers are not required to help at all functions.  Many people head up each social.  Coordinators vary depending upon the occasion.  Call the parish office to volunteer.

St. Vincent de Paul is always looking for volunteers to perform a variety of ministries on both an occasional and ongoing basis.  Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering.  Vincentians are united in an international society of charity, organized locally.  St. Joseph/St. Raphael parish is host to Holy Trinity Conference.  Membership is not required to volunteer at the store or food pantry or to put together food baskets or provide emergency assistance. Contact Casey Rollins at the Springfield District Council 937-323-4277 or any member of the society for more information.

This ministry helps the parish celebrate our growing diversity by sponsoring events such as St. Martin’s Day. We are open to new ideas and new members. Coordinator is Lisa Lenard.

Volunteers make new rosaries and repair old rosaries for distribution to various places.  The Rosary Makers meet in Hoban Hall on the 1st Thursday of each month.  They turn in completed rosaries at that time and pick up supplies for new projects.  Coordinator is Dan Herider.