River City Food Bank

During the pandemic, River City Food Bank (RCFB) is committed to providing healthy food to our community when they need it most. In 2020 the numbers of people served by RCFB increased by 30%. Thank you to all of you who volunteer!

Interested in getting involved?

River City Food Bank at the Center at St. Matthew’s has many volunteer opportunities in preparing for and serving during food distribution.   These opportunities at the Center are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Covid safety measures are observed. If you have problems signing up, you can call the church office 916.488.3550 for assistance with the volunteer sign up.

As longtime community partners with River City Food Bank, St. Michael’s people actively support their operations with monthly donations of money, our home grown produce and volunteering at the RCFB site at the Center at St. Matthew’s.  If those days don’t work for you, RCFB has other opportunities to serve at their midtown site as well.

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Starr King K-8
Shaping Futures Together

Starr King K-8 is our community elementary school.  Many of the children come from immigrant and refugee families.  It is a school that is filled with challenges and opportunities.  Within just a few years, St. Michael’s started our own school, believing in the power of education.  This belief is in our DNA, which is why we are so passionate about our relationship with Starr King K-8.  We know there are so many opportunities to partner with their administration to make a positive impact on the students.  This partnership is always expanding in new and different ways.

Most recently we collected hygiene products to augment the 5th graders Hygiene Unit.  Our backpack and school supplies collection is coming up in this month.  More details to follow.  The school is also embarking on a reading system that uses decodable readers that is very successful and backed by research.  St. Michael’s contributed generously to this with books for teachers and for the library to support the learning.  For the past two years, we created Halloween Bags for the students to keep this fun holiday safe.  We also gave Starr King K-8 an ice-machine for the staff to use to put ice on the many cuts and bumps that occur in normal outside activities.

And finally, we supported the teachers and staff with lunch the last day before winter break.  It was a big thank you from the greater community to those that shepherd the children through early education.

Thank you Sue Davis, Mary Ellen Ferguson and Mercy and Social Justice for your leadership in this partnership.  It is appreciated greatly by both Starr King K-8 and St. Michael’s.

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger enables churches and organizations to gather large (or small) groups people to pack meals that are then shipped out to hungry people around the globe.  Their mission focus is to send meals to schools who serve hungry children so they can better focus on learning.

This is an opportunity to reach out globally to those in need.  We believe all humans are interconnected because God created all of us, therefore making us all children of God.  Even though the majority of our outreach work is done locally, we offer this specific opportunity once a year to help those who are hungry around the world.  This year our meals were sent to Nicaragua.  We are grateful to all who joined in the effort April 9th.  We are especially grateful to Sr. Tina Francesca Ferriot, Mary Mussel and Mercy & Social Justice for their leadership.

Episcopal Relief & Development

(ERD) is an Episcopal organization that was created from the Presiding Bishop’s fund years ago to offer aid in disaster around the world and help developing countries care for their people.  ERD works in places that they are assured our aid will not be diverted from its intent.

Support Episcopal Relief & Development in providing humanitarian aid in response to the crisis in Ukraine. By donating to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, you will help meet critical needs for people fleeing the violence including food, cash, blankets and hygiene supplies.

PDF for mailing checks attached HERE.

Additional Links and sites for providing assistance and/or getting involved to help those in Ukraine.

@RazomForUkraine and Center for International Disaster Information.

Habitat for Humanity - Unity Rebuild

The History of Build for Unity

From January 2016- June 2017 in Sacramento, various Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh, and other interfaith communities came together to fund and build Habitat homes as a permanent representation of unity within our community.  These homes were made possible through the generosity of 180 different faith communities and individuals who raised the needed resources for the seed funding for the homes and worked side by side to build the homes as a symbol of unity.  St. Michael’s was one of these partners.

Since the pilot Sacramento Build for Unity Project, over 30 cities across the US have started their own Build for Unity projects in their own communities.

2022 Habitat for Humanity: Build for Unity Faith Week
Photos from the event can be viewed hereHere is a recap.

Mark your calendars for Build for Unity 2023 February 1st – February 5th, during Interfaith Harmony Week.

Thank you Dancy Dobrenick for your leadership and dedication to the ministry of Mercy & Social Justice and this opportunity.
Habitat Volunteer Opportunities and Upcoming Projects

Habitat for Humanity building bigger impact than ever before. Check out these exciting upcoming projects and ways to get involved!

Mandolin Estates Development is in its final stages with 8 homes complete and 5 more under construction to be completed this fall. Click here to create an account on VolunteerHub and register for the upcoming HabiTour to volunteer on the final phases.

Rock the Block Bryte/Broderick is taking place on October 7th-8th and will bring together hundreds of volunteers to complete multiple neighborhood-uplifting projects. Visit HabitatGreaterSac.org/RockBryteBroderick to get involved.

Veteran Home Repair Program, last year Habitat completed 72 home repairs and received over 50 applications from Veterans in need of home repairs. For more info please click here or contact Kathy Severson at KSeverson@HabitatGreaterSac.org

Carmichael HART

is a coalition of faith communities, non-profits, businesses, agencies, and individuals, who are committed to finding solutions to homelessness in our local communities. On-going Volunteer

Here are some opportunities available for you to get engaged in this work.

Thursday Meal Prep/Delivery 

Saturday Shower Ministry

Carmichael Hart Programs have great opportunities for members to get involved locally, especially in homeless issues in Carmichael.

Shower sign upMeal sign up
Carmichael HART Mentor Opportunities

First the good news…Charlotte House, Carmichael HART’s transitional house for women, is operating at capacity and currently doesn’t have any vacancies. The not so good news…we’ve had some of our female mentors step down and we’re now short 2 mentors. Our coordinator has stepped up to fill one slot, but this still leaves our newest guest without a mentor. Being a mentor doesn’t require any special education, certifications, or experience. It does require compassion, commitment, and 1-2 hours per week. We can put you in touch with one of our current mentors if you’d like more information on what it entails. If you’re interested or would like to know more, please contact our mentor coordinator:
Joan Evans

What is a mentor? 

    • You are always a guide.
    • Sometimes you are a lifeline.
    • A person that is there to listen.
    • An encourager.
    • Someone who helps them reduce the overwhelm.
    • Breaks down things simpler for them and supports them in getting things done.
    • Helps them stay accountable 

Arden Arcade Carmichael Faith Communities

Arden Arcade Carmichael Faith Communities, a consortium of volunteers from more than a dozen area churches. Volunteers meet each month to review the needs of the community, calendar free meals and find ways to lock arms in order to provide more help for the needy than they could each provide on their own.

Here are some opportunities available for you to get engaged in this work.

God’s Helping Hands Laundry Days – 3rd Saturdays of every month

God's Helping Hands Laundry Days

God's Helping Hands Laundry Days - Re-started Saturday June 18th

We are back in business after a 2 year COVID hiatus. God’s Helping Hands Laundry Days will again be the 3rd Saturday of every month at Launderland, 3100 Fulton Ave. (North of Marconi Ave.) from 9-11AM (last loads in by 11AM).

From 2013-2020, St. Michael’s parishioner, Mary Groesbeck led this wonderful program. Going forward, St. Michael’s will share leadership with Sierra Vista Community Church (Tom Tortora) to help our neighbors who do not have access or means to launder their clothing and other essentials.

Volunteers are needed to assist guests by handling the money (quarters to run the machines, laundry detergent, etc.) Most importantly, our volunteers help to provide a positive Community Environment of supporting our neighbors to meet basic needs. By sharing leadership, St. Michael’s will be able to share operations responsibility in alternate months throughout the year. The dates for St. Michael’s service are:

6/18/22, 8/20/22, 10/15/22, and 12/17/22.  We need at least 3 volunteers (8:45-11:30AM) for each of these Saturdays; with more volunteers we can have 2 teams so that volunteer hours can be as little as 1.5 hours.

The car wash on Memorial Day was very successful in raising funds for Laundry Days to be re-started. As in years past, ongoing donations will be needed to keep it going. A donations jar will again be on the ushers table at the back of the church.

Mercy and Social Justice Grants

St. Michael’s Mercy and Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 Parishioner Guided Grants Recipients. The grants were authored by nine parishioners who are each actively involved in their nominated program- in most cases along with other St. Michael’s members. All grants meet the qualifications of being a program with St. Michael’s parishioner involvement which addresses the basic needs of food, shelter, education or health. Although Covid precautions prevented our usual annual fundraisers, these grants are made possible this year through the use of Outreach funds, as approved by the vestry. Congratulations to the nominators and recipients, who all are an important part of the ways St. Michael’s reaches out to our neighbors in need.

2021 Grant Recipients

  • Auntie Betty’s Books — Children’s book distribution program.
  • River City Food Bank — Food and other operation necessities.
  • Golden Valley Quilt Guild — Quilt batting for homemade giveaway quilts.
  • Sacramento Loaves and Fishes — Weekday meal program food.  
  • International Rescue Committee — “Soft Landing Emergency Fund” for housing.
  • Carmichael HART Winter Services — “Winter Respite Days” supplies and food.
  • Habitat for Humanity — Supplies/team of 20 for 2022 Mandolin Estates Project.
  • The Center at St. Matthew’s — Renovation of office and school classrooms.
  • St. John’s program for Real Change — Supplies for shelter and training classes.

2020 Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

2018 Grant Recipients

Additionally, we were able to use fundraising money for the following urgent requests:

  • N95 Masks for wildfire relief in July and November 2018
  • Sponsorship of Parkinsons
  • Conference September 2018