Community Pantry is a ministry of University Carillon that helps support local food pantries. Once a month, “Community Pantry” bags are handed out at service with the request to fill them with BOGO items (nonperishable) from supermarkets and return them the next weekend at service. The nonperishable food items donated to Community Pantry will be shared with local food pantries in need.
Next time you see one of the navy Community Pantry reusable bags, please participate in a way that gives back to those in need in our community. Thank you!
HOW IT WORKS:
Community Pantry bags will be available for pick up once a month. When you pick up the bag:
1. Take the Community Pantry bag with you and fill it with nonperishable food items.
2. Pray for those who may be receiving the food in the bag.
3. Drop the bag off at service next weekend.
Requested items: mac and cheese, canned raviolis/spaghettios, tuna or canned chicken, canned soup, canned beans, rice, ramen noodles, canned vegetables, peanut butter, cereal and pasta.
In addition to the “in-house” opportunities listed here, we sponsor “Community Launch” days where we tackle a number of activities that benefit our neighbors–yard clean-up, distribution of event information, minor home repairs, food collections and more. Watch for announcements about the next Community Launch day.
Children who aren’t reading proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school* University Carillon is addressing this reality in our community by providing Reading Buddies for children at Bonneville Elementary School. And we know it’s working; University Carillon’s Reading Buddies have helped scores of children increase their reading ability. This year we hope to have two Reading Buddies per classroom (56+ people needed); and there’s a major need for Spanish-speakers as well as a few persons skilled in ASD to work with students with Autism.
*2012, study by America’s Promise Alliance
HOPE Helps, Inc., is a local non-profit with a mission to assist individuals and families in crisis and prevent homelessness in our community, by providing basic needs such as food, clothing, and other assistance through case managements. They are always in need of volunteers and donations to their thrift store and food pantry.
ISO exists to assist and prepare incarcerated men and women, no matter their personal religious beliefs, to make a successful transition from jail back into their communities. The goal is to reduce recidivism by encouraging personal growth, rebuilding families, and strengthening communities.
ISO provides an educational experience inside the jail (addressing criminal and addictive behavior, building trust, setting goals, etc.) and works with residents who request assistance in formulating a plan to keep them on track once they are released. ISO’s overall strategy includes continuing education and spiritual development; training spiritual mentors and “pen pals”; communicating and coordinating with families for support during the transition period; providing clothing to those in need; connecting persons with local resources and recovery programs; and working with public defenders and social workers.