By Ginny Barnicoat, Senior Warden
Summer of Service: Aside from the cool alliteration, what does this mean for us? Let’s add “Soul Strengthening” and “Stimulating!” There are a number of opportunities for us to work together across generations, to share in the experience of community building, and to demonstrate what service looks like to our kids. I would like to highlight one such opportunity that I am especially excited about, the Summer Food Service Program. In a cooperative mission involving 7 different faith communities, St. Paul’s will assist in providing an evening meal to children in the Carnegie area who might otherwise not receive a nutritious dinner for 10 weeks over the summer.
80% of students in this service area qualify for “Free and Reduced Lunch” during the school year. And, many of these children who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. That’s where the SFSP comes in. A free meal will be served to any child under the age of 18, Monday - Friday from June 10-August 16 from 4:00-5:00PM at Saint John Carnegie. (Literally 1 minute away from Old St. Luke’s, making it an easy drive).
We, at St. Paul’s, are responsible for supplying 3-4 volunteers (or many more!) every Tuesday and Friday evening. These volunteers would arrive at Saint John Carnegie at 3:30PM and help to pass out the bagged meals to children walking across the street from the Carnegie Boys and Girls Club or other local youth who come on their own from 4-5PM...then stay to ensure that trash is placed in receptacles and to wipe down tables for the next night. Volunteers will sit at the tables with the children, share highs and lows for the week, play simple games, read riddles or corny jokes, etc. So, more than just giving food, we are sharing love, and bringing joy and laughter to kids who may need it. (Things that St. Paul’s people are GREAT at.)
Ready to sign up? Click here! (Or, you can just tell me, Ginny Barnicoat, and I will sign you up.)
The other faith communities who are providing volunteers for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are: Saint John Carnegie, Carnegie Presbyterian, Chartiers Valley Presbyterian, Good Shepherd, Attawheed Islamic Center, Carnegie Methodist. What a wonderful demonstration of unity!