Tri-Parish Outreach


Good Works Calendar:

Food Pantry—at the Church of St. Joseph/Stottville Friday will be open from 3:00 - 5:00 PM on the following dates for the 2022 Calendar year. 


Jan 14 May 13 Sept 9
Feb 11 June 10 Oct 14
March 11 July 8 Nov 11
April 8 Aug 19 Dec 9


Volunteers are needed in the morning to help unload the food trucks and late afternoon when we distribute food. We are not accepting donations of food, clothing, or household items. 


Donations Sought for Our Ministries:

Lenten/Easter Season Donation Drives:          

St. John the Baptist Church parishioners are invited once again to underwrite Easter Baskets given out by the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry, Inc.  Easter envelopes will be available at the church entrances for those who would like to contribute and may be returned in the collection basket or in the church office.  If using a check please write make it out to Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry and Easter Basket on the memo line.  Thank you!

The Annual St. James Easter Food Drive benefits the Chatham and Ghent food pantries.  To contribute, please write a check payable to either the Ghent or Chatham Food Pantry with “St. James Food Drive" on the memo line. You can drop your check in the collection basket or mail to St. James at 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. We will continue to collect non-perishable goods for local pantries in the large wicker basket in our Gathering Space.  Thank you!  

Thursday, June 16, 5:30PM Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany will host the tenth annual signature event “Night at the Museum,” a live event honoring “heroes" and volunteers working to help our neighbors. This live event will take place at the Pruyn House in Latham and via home edition for those wanting to attend virtually. The evening will include live music, cuisine stations, a silent auction, a cash raffle, and tours of the historical Pruyn property including its carriage house and school. Every year thousands of people approach the diocese for program assistance regarding: food insecurity, housing needs, emergency help, domestic violence, or health services. To participate in support of these ongoing services please contact Laurie Beach at (518) 641-6831 or go online www.ccrcda.org 

Ongoing The St. James OutReach “Schedule of Planned Events" for 2022 is posted on the bulletin board near the parish office. Please check it periodically (even seasonally) to gain awareness of activities, special weekends, and community services that OutReach organizes and provides.  

From Catholic Charities of Columbia-Greene:  Catholic Charities is coordinating with the Columbia-Greene Suicide Prevention Coalition to host a poster contest. Area youths have created artwork and now you can vote on the finalists by heading to the Catholic Charities' Facebook page for the link to see all the posters and cast your vote. Please note: only one vote is permitted per day per age category. Voting ends on April 22. - Theresa Lux, Executive Director Calling all gardeners! When planting this spring, please consider sowing an extra row of vegetables to donate to the local pantries at harvest. Your generosity will be received with gratitude.  

Furniture & Clothing Exchange:  If you have clothes or furniture that you no longer need, please call  OutReach and we will try to find a new home for them. Bedroom dressers and any-size diapers are needed in the migrant community. A freezer is needed in Hudson, where parishioner Deb Kelsey volunteers.  All transactions are confidential and at no cost. If you have furnishings or clothes in good condition to give away, please call OutReach at (518) 929-4369 and we will find a home for them.  

Sidewalk Warriors of Troy:  The focus is on canned goods this month.  Please bring donations of tuna fish, canned chicken, ravioli, Spaghetti-O's and Vienna sausage to the CCNCC offices at 1025 Kinderhook Street in Valatie.