Boniface Outreach
Having Fun While Doing Good
What can 33 parishioners accomplish in 2 ½ hours?  A lot!  On a hot June morning, St Boniface parishioners gathered at All Faiths Food Bank.  Our challenge was to stuff 3,000 backpacks for the children in the food bank’s Summer Hunger Program.  We met the challenge, and left grinning ear to ear.  Were we smiling because we had a good time, or because the backpacks mean 3,000 fewer hungry children this summer?  Join us next time and see for yourself!  Watch this space for future hunger events.  For more info contact Grants and Outreach Committee member, Helen Francis.
Check out the back counter of our Parish Hall! We’ve made it convenient for you to respond to our outreach drives. You’ll find information about each organization, a bin for your donations and donation receipts for tax purposes. Read on to see how easily you can help. Read More
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Outreach at St. Boniface
Explore and exercise your calling or curiosity through these ministries at St. Boniface!  Check out the list of ministries below.  For personal contact information for listed group leaders, consult your parish directory
 
From one-time only to on-going activities, from local to global projects, from advocacy to financial to hands-on support, our opportunities for service offer something for every parishioner seeking to exercise their ministry as a Christian.  St. Boniface enjoys a long history of service through our community support, grants and emergency relief.
 
 
ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK
Sarasota’s All Faiths Food Bank   provides food for those in need throughout our community – nearly a quarter million meals each month. Year-round St. Boniface supports our community's food pantry by collecting non-perishable food items in special bins provided in the Parish Hall. Click here for a list of most needed items.  So grab an extra can, jar, or box on your next shopping trip to support All Faiths Food Bank!
 
BEST
Boniface Eco-Stewardship Team seeks to include care of our environment in our call to be faithful stewards of God’s bounty. The team explores ways to become more ecologically aware and active, and provides educational opportunities for parishioners and community members. Contact Grace Riker to learn more.  
 
BLOOD DRIVE
What better gift to give than "the gift of life"?  St. Boniface hosts regular drives for the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, providing blood to those in our community facing surgery, chemo therapy and burn recovery.  You need only be over 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds for this (generally) painless lifesaving act. 
            
EL HOGAR
El Hogar, the Home of Love and Hope in Tegucigalpa, Honduras is a mission begun by the Episcopal Church to provide a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned and hopelessly poor children, enabling them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive human beings. The project includes an orphanage, school, an agricultural institute and a technical institute. El Hogar has become a primary focus for our outreach and the site of challenging and life changing mission trips for youth and adults. This follows our parish commitment to overseas ministry, previously in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, and South Africa.  For more information on youth mission trips contact the church office (941 349 5616).   
 
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of The Episcopal Church of the United States. It supports local responses to disasters and unique long-term initiatives that address poverty, hunger, economic development, and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria. As an independent organization (with its own 501(c)3 charitable status) since 1940, ERD takes its mandate from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:37-40.  Together with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies, and local organizations, ERD works toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals by helping to save lives and strengthen communities in the United States and more than 40 countries around the world. For more information contact parishioner Nancy Rafter.  For recent parish updates on ERD’s work, click here.
 
FAMILY PROMISE
Acting as one of many host congregations for Family Promise of Sarasota, St. Boniface provides a rewarding and easy way to help our community’s homeless families in crisis. For one week at a time, four times a year our campus will be “home” for up to four families. They will spend the night here, and heave their dinner and breakfast here. (During the day they will be at the Family Promise Day Center in town, or at their places of work.) Parishioners have may ways to volunteer: preparing and serving meals, socializing with the families, helping school children with homework, playing with the younger children, staying overnight, helping set up the families’ rooms.  See Reg Irvine for info. 
 
FRONT OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
These volunteers perform many duties, including greeting office visitors, answering the telephone and helping the church staff with special projects. Shifts are from 9:00 - 1:00 or from 1:00 - 5:00 one day a week. For more info, contact Leslie McLean at 941-923-9104, or e-mail the church office.
 
G.A.I.N.
St. Bonifce is pleased to be part of the Gulfcoast Affirming Interfaith Network! This affiliation of local congregations is a voice for the LGBT community in Sarasota.  Their primary activities include Sarasota Pride in October and World AIDS Day in December.  To learn more contact parishioner Larry Patton via email or at 405-831-3810.
 
GIVING TREE
It began as an Angel Tree one December, collecting items for a community group. But we realized that this group, and others like it, had needs all year long, not just at Christmas. And so was born our Giving Tree. Throughout the year you can support the work of worthy groups by picking a tag from the Tree. Previous Trees have supported education and mentoring, parenting, hunger, eco-stewardship and our troops in Afghanistan. Watch the newsletter, our web and the leaflet for announcements of future Giving Trees: you can be an angel any month of the year!  For information contact Nancy Rafter.
 
GRANTS FOR OUTREACH
To further the ministry of Christ in the world, the Grants Committee identifies individuals or organizations that are working to improve the lives of those in need. Committee members develop ideas and seek project suggestions from parishioners, as well as research all proposals. Since its inception in 1995, the Committee has recommended nearly a half million dollars in grants for local and global projects. Contact Helen Francis or email the church office.
 
GREETERS
If you enjoy making new friends, this hospitality ministry is for you. Greeters work in rotation, one Sunday a month, by the door of the church before and after the services. They greet and welcome visitors, newcomers and fellow parishioners at St. Boniface, and help them feel comfortable while worshiping with us. They invite people to Coffee Hour or other parish activities. For more information email Connie Mereness or Rooney Mereness or call them at 941-346-1844.
 
RESURRECTION HOUSE
Resurrection House is a day resource center for the local homeless community, centrally located in downtown Sarasota, and offers a variety of basic services, including showers, laundry and breakfast (weekdays). Counselors are also available to assist clients in need of replacement ID's, birth certificates, bus passes, and can help direct them to essential job and government resources, as well as substance abuse programs.  Click here for a list of much-needed items.  Many volunteer opportunities are available, contact Reg Irvine for info.
 
ST. JOSEPH WORKERS
St. Joseph Workers gather Monday mornings at St. Boniface. This crew of parishioners meets to help our Building and Grounds Manager with handyman projects that keep the campus spruced up. For more info, contact Building and Grounds Manager, Dick Walker (941)349-5616 x 312 or via email, or John Calhoun.