Social Justice

Chairperson of Social Justice:  Mark Ray  email:   phone:  (804) 243-0562. 


An opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity to help a low-income family build their dream of home ownership. 

Put the planned St. Thomas More work days of June 10, July 8 and August 5 on your calendar.   

What you need to know:

  • Days are divided into 4 hour morning and afternoon shifts. You can choose to work either a half or whole day. 
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to be on the construction site.
  • Everyone ages 17 and under must provide a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
  • Everyone must fill out an annual safety waiver. You must be there at the start of your shift to review safety instructions and daily tasks.
  • Everything you need will be at your volunteer location, but you are welcome to bring your own tools &/or materials.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.
  • No prior knowledge or skills in construction is necessary.


If you are interested in working on this project, please sign up by contacting the Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, Cherie Cool-Rudd, at (319)337-8949 or at   Identify yourself as working with the St. Thomas More group.

For more information, contact Peggy Lyon at or (319)230-3059 or Mark Ray at (804)243-0562 or



The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission strives to put Faith into Action.  We are committed to serve all God’s people and His creation In All Seasons by participating in charitable works of Social Action and by fostering a keen awareness of Social Justice.  We share concern for all people and their rights and responsibilities, as individuals and as family, with special regard for the poor and vulnerable.

As noted in our Mission Statement, The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission focuses its activities in accordance with themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  Please click here for more information.



Upcoming Social Justice Events:

CROP Hunger Walk:  Saturday, April 9

CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs.

Join us for this year’s CROP Hunger Walk. We will be starting and ending at

The Crisis Center of Johnson County, 1121 Gilbert Court, Iowa City, IA.  

Click here to download a map of the walk route.
Together, we can help end hunger in our community and around the world!

(meet at the Iowa City Crisis Center, Marti Bradbury, STM Social Justice Rep.)


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk is Sunday May 6th. 

As NAMI Walks celebrates its 15th anniversary, we invite you to take part in NAMI’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country.  When you walk with NAMI, you join the movement to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for our mission to help individuals and families right here in our region.  

Please consider joining us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time.

Location is:  Terry Trueblood Recreation Area   Check in time is 8:30am and Start time is 11:00am. 

(Karla Smith, STM Social Justice Rep.)







Click below to view the full album of our participation in the Habitat Workday. 


Volunteering Opportunities from the Social Justice Commission:


Crisis Center

We are low on volunteers this summer and we would truly appreciate some help.  We have over 250 volunteers who work in the Food Bank, our Emergency Assistance Program, and volunteers who answer the Crisis Line/Chat/Text. Many find it to be a rewarding experience and a way to give their time and talent.

Apply to be a Volunteer at The Crisis Center

Join The Crisis Center Team! Have you ever thought about volunteering in The Crisis Center's Food Bank or answering the 24-Hour Crisis Line/Chat/Text?

Here's your chance! 

Volunteer Applications are due Friday, September 9th in order to be part of the next orientation for new volunteers. Link:

Volunteer shifts/hours cannot be scheduled until the full application process and orientation have been completed. Individuals must be at least 16 years old to work in the Food Bank without the supervision of a parent, grandparent, guardian or other adult companion.

Training to become a Crisis Intervention volunteer prepares you to handle a wide range of issues and those in need. It can be an intense and rigorous process, but volunteers gain extremely valuable experience.

Completion of the entire Crisis Intervention training program is required for both 24-Hour Crisis Line volunteers and Crisis Chat specialists.

Special Needs for Volunteers

  • Volunteers who are fluent in a second language, particularly Spanish, French, and Arabic for all shifts

For More Information

If you have questions about the application process or our volunteer needs

please email at or by phone at (319) 351-2726 ext. 106.

Thank you!


Jay Capron
Communications Coordinator
The Crisis Center
Your first call in Johnson County

Business line (319) 351-2726 ext. 106
Fax line (319) 351-4671



Click here for Social Justice Meeting Minutes for May 2016

 Click here for Social Justice Meeting Minutes for April 2016

Click here for Social Justice Meeting Minutes for February 2016

Click here for Social Justice Meeting Minutes for January 2016


Your Social Justice Commission would like to thank all of those who recently attended the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Kick-off Breakfast hosted at STM.  At this informative event STM joined several other neighboring parish members throughout the Diocese to learn more about the impact that local and international organizations are making to fight hunger due to the generous donations made to the Rice Bowl program.  As a reminder 25% of collected donations remain in the local Diocese.  

 Rice Bowl 1  Rice Bowl 2  Rice Bowl 3

Rice Bowl 4  Rice Bowl 5   Rice Bowl 6

Rice Bowl 7  Rice Bowl 8   Rice Bowl 9


Domestic Help

Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Iowa City Crisis Center
Natural Family Planning
Shelter House
Table to Table


Faith Support

Consultation of Religious Communities
Home Faith
Cyber Faith
Rachel’s Vineyard
Vatican-Holy See
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Diocese of Davenport
Newman Center (Iowa City)
St. Mary’s (Iowa City)
St. Patrick’s (Iowa City)
St. Wenceslaus (Iowa City)


Catholic Schools

Regina Education