As Christians,we receive abundant blessings from God and it is from this abundance that we share our abilities, our time and our financial resources with the poor, the sick, the lonely and the desperate. At Christ Church, we believe that God calls us into the particular ministries detailed below. We support these local, regional and international efforts both financially and personally. In fact, most of these ministries involve direct volunteer assistance, because we strongly believe that Holy Scripture demands the giving of our time and talents as well as our money.The needs of the world may often seem overwhelming, but because we are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and because we seek Christ in all persons, our task is a joyous one. Please decide where your time and talents fit into the outreach picture at Christ Church. Your efforts, no matter how small, will make a huge impact. The annual auction is our main source of fundraising and helps support these wonderful programs.
Big Star Ranch Big Star provides equine assisted therapies to emotionally fragile children and adults. We use horses as mentors to help children thrive through therapeutic riding, body strengthening and exercise. CCP provides volunteers and financial assistance.
Volunteers: Help with barn cleaning and maintenance, office work, building/construction.
Contact: Julie Daniels
Bridges of Compassion (BOC) is a local and holistic youth development organization aimed at bridging the church and the community to providing weekly ‘adventure club’ activities and monthly field trips/special events for for children in Portland and Vancouver. As a surrogate father/mother to the community, we provide financial and volunteer assistance, and we also transport kids to and from an annual ‘FREE’ tennis camp each Summer along with other trips taking kids camping/fishing.
Volunteers: Assist with the various activities by serving as a mentor or helping to drive/transport for special events.
Contact: Stewart Bartlett
Bridgetown Inc. Night Strike is a community gathering under the Burnside Bridge on the park side of Naito Parkway every Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Volunteers share in the experience by helping serve the needs of the homeless in our community, and more importantly, invest in lives and build relationships. BTown Kids program helps children and families develop community through encouragement, relationship and fun. The BTown Kids sites happen on Saturdays during the summer, from late morning until 3pm.
Volunteers: Volunteers for Night Strike and BTKids programs and donation deliveries.
Contact: Siobhan Passmore
Christ Church Parish Community Food Bank Assists the hungry in our area. We collect non-perishable food items for distribution by clergy and staff. Open during office hours. Additional food items are distributed to local food banks.
Volunteers: Donate food.
Contact: Steve Whittaker
Diocesan Commission on Prison Ministries Members of the Diocese are currently engaged in direct ministry to inmates of Multnomah County Jail, Lane County Jail, Coffee Creek Correctional Institution, Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, and McClaren Youth Correctional Facility. They join with members of other churches to serve families of inmates through Kairos Outside. The Prison Ministry Commission is working with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Partnership for Safety and Justice to address needed reforms to the criminal justice system.
Volunteers: Instructors, and chaplains.
Contact: Shelly Simonyi
Dress for Success Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional clothing and the tools to help women thrive in work and life. Assists persons seeking job interviews to be appropriately dressed. We collect and provide clothing and provide funds for purchase of shoes and accessories.
Volunteers: Donate/deliver clothing and/or volunteer at the organization assisting clients or providing administrative work.
Contact: Jill Mertens
Good Samaritan Ministries & Sam’s Attic is a resale store that is run totally by volunteers. The store sells gently used clothing, household, and sports equipment. All items are donated and all monies go to help pay teacher’s salaries in Uganda.
Volunteers: Donate items for the store or volunteer hours.
Contact: Barbara Davis
Habitat for Humanity Building decent, affordable housing for qualifying individuals. We provide labor and financial assistance.
Volunteers: Construct, furnish and landscape homes and feed work crews.
Contact: Terry Crawford
Health Bridges International (Peru) Supports Union Biblica, which provides abandoned youth in Peru with education, medical care and housing; also supports the Alta Cayma Mission, which works to break the cycle of poverty in the settlements outside of the city of Arequipa through nutrition, education, job training and health programs; and support also goes to the Anglican mission in Lima. We provide financial and volunteer assistance.
Volunteers: Join team Peru and provide on-site help.
Contact: Augusta Shipsey
Holiday Sharing Provides Christmas gifts for various local programs like Outside-In, the NW Pilot Project and the Children’s Relief Nursery. At Easter, we provide baskets for children in need throughout Metropolitan area, with donations taken from the Giving Tree in the Narthex.
Volunteers: Decorate Giving Tree and donate and deliver gifts.
Contact: Augusta Shipsey
Knitting Ministry We provide knitted or crocheted items for the homeless, newborns and the handicapped using donated yarn.
Volunteers: Knit and/or provide material.
Contact: Mary Spence
Lake Oswego Meal Network This program is sponsored through the Lake Oswego Senior Center and is focused on providing nutritious and affordable meals to seniors living in Lake Oswego.
Volunteers: Volunteers needed to transport meals and/or serve at the Senior Center.
Contact: Diana Fisher
Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry (LOTSM) Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry (LOTSM) runs two shelters in Lake Oswego that help needy families transition to independent living. We provide volunteer and financial assistance in conjunction with several Lake Oswego-area churches.
Volunteers: Assist residents with a variety of needs
Contact: Vicki Cena, Marcy Shaw
Masaka School (Uganda) is a school for both day students and boarders that provides primary and secondary classes for hundreds in rural Uganda. We provide volunteer and financial assistance and have helped build the school, support teacher salaries, provided a van to assist with supplies and medical emergencies.
Volunteers: Travel to Uganda to provide on-site assistance.
Contact: Mary Sullivan
Potluck in the Park Potluck in the Park (PITP) feeds 500+ hungry guests in downtown Portland every Sunday. This is our largest Outreach program in terms of volunteer numbers (60+ people), and age (age 7 to 90). Each Saturday for 1 ½ hours teams sort donated food that has been picked up from food institutes (i.e. Trader Joe’s). Teams use the Parish kitchen to prepare casseroles, salads and beverages and serve them downtown.
Volunteers: Weekly rotating teams pick up, sort, prepare, deliver and serve food.
Contact: John Bacialli
TLC/TnT is based in North Portland and run by retired school teacher Faye Palmerton, is an organization that offers support for families in keeping kids in school and away from gangs. We provide financial assistance for summer camps and volunteers for events throughout the year.
Volunteers: Speak on meaningful topics of interest to teens and college students. Help with camps.
Contact: Susan Mansfield
William Temple House (WTH) Provides emergency social services, mental health counseling and pastoral care to the working poor in the greater metropolitan area for over 40 years. We provide financial assistance for the ’Movies and More’ program that helps children raise their self-esteem in their school.
Volunteers: Donate and/or deliver clothing to the William Temple House thrift store.
Contacts: Andrea Seibt