Sacred Heart Church Volunteer Opportunities
East Valley Outreach Program
Sacred Heart's East Valley Outreach program works to distribute food to Coachella Valley families in need by connecting volunteers and parishioners with its four subsidiary programs: the Galilee Center, Catholic Charities, Martha's Village and Kitchen, and Oasis Elementary School. The food is purchased through the FIND* organization.
For more information about the work of East Valley Outreach, contact Jay Mueller at 760-773-4825.
Our 4 Outreach Programs:
We need volunteers for distribution every Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Thermal location.
Volunteers are also needed in the mornings to help load the van on Thursdays from 10:00a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information, please call the main office at 760-398-2100.
Distribution Site Address:
San Felipe De Jesus Mission
Thermal, CA 92274
Main Office Address:
1030 Sixth Street
Coachella, CA 92236
The Mobile Home Park Food Distribution Program offers direct food assistance to residents of 4 rural, mobile-home park communities. These areas have limited access to food pantries, and the supply of emergency food is often low. The distribution is twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, between 9a.m. and 11a.m.
Volunteers are requested to meet at the Catholic Charities warehouse in Indio at 8:00 a.m. (address: 45435 Van Buren #7 Indio, CA 92201). Packing will be done by volunteers in Mecca, and delivery will be done by volunteers starting at 8:30 a.m., leaving from the warehouse. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sherry Grana at 760-568-5101.
Martha's Village and Kitchen
Martha's Village and Kitchen uses the East Valley Outreach funding to purchase food at FIND food bank for our Emergency Services food pantry. We provide a 3-day supply of food for our low income neighbors in need. We offer this service Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A client is allowed to come and receive emergency food once every 2 months. If you are interested in volunteering at Martha's, please contact Isabel at 760-347-4741 ext 301. or visit their website here .
Oasis Elementary School
Oasis School distribution has been an agency of FIND for 6 years and has always served the community that surrounds the Oasis School site. They use the school's parent telephone system to announce their distributions, which take place on the 2nd and last Friday of each month. The first distribution is for shared maintenance products, and the second distribution is USDA emergency food. Information on getting involved is forthcoming.
*About FIND: This program enables East Valley Outreach to buy food on a bulk basis. Learn more about the work FIND does, as well as volunteer information, at their website by clicking here.
The information below is a recap of the First Quarter 2013 activities of the East Valley Outreach program sponsored by Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Once again, Galilee Center is especially in need of volunteers. See Galilee Center contact information below.
Here are the results from our 4 Outreach program participants, Galilee Center, Catholic Charities, Martha's Village and Kitchen and Oasis Elementary School. Remember, all food was purchased through FIND.
We bought 399,535 pounds of Purchase and Shared Maintenance products which is slightly down from the 430,845 from the fourth quarter 2013.
In the first quarter we continued to have a fine selection of as evidenced by the following list. From the shared maintenance side we had various fruits and produce. On the purchased product side we had elbow macaroni, spaghetti, long grain rice, chunk white chicken, Hunts Diced Rosemary oregano sauce and Tyson smoked ham.
Thanks to FIND for acquiring a larger selection of food in Q1.
The price per pound was $.046. AGAIN DOUBLE WOW!!! WE CONTINUE TO LOWER THE COST PER POUND EACH QUARTER.
The average poundage per person was 10.51.
Total pound purchased, 399,535
The 4 Outreach Program agencies were able to reach 37,984 people in January, February and March.
Recap of First year 2012 Results:
Total people served, 106,881.
Total pound purchased, 1,283,181
Average price per pound, $.08
Average poundage per person, 12.01
Great job by all the outreach programs coordinators!!!!
NEWS FLASH GALILEE CENTER NEEDS ASSISTANCE!!!!!
Galilee Centers needs volunteer assistance.
Please call the Galilee main number for volunteers times. 760 398 2100.
The distribution center is located at San Felipe De Jesus Mission, 65-395 Harrison, Thermal, CA )92274.