Social Justice

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

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"FAIR TRADE SALE" - The STM Social Justice Committee and Green Team will begin selling Fair Trade coffees, teas and other seasonal products the first Sunday of each month beginning in October. Cash and checks will be accepted. Purchasing Fair Trade products helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions while also promoting sustainable farming practices. More information can be found at www.equalexchange.coop/fair-trade"

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK DAY

Because of popular request, St. Thomas More is planning an additional work day with Habitat for Humanity.  

We are trying to help finish a two family home that will give homes to Johnson & Devine who have 4 children and Lena & Rashid who have 5 children.

Date:  Saturday, October 7

Location:  Two Family Home at 221/223 Sierra Park Dr., Hills, IA  52235

Sign up to work by contacting the Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, Cherie Cool-Rudd, at (319)337-8949

or at volunteer@iowavalleyhabitat.org.   Identify yourself as working with the St. Thomas More group.   Habitat will let you know what the work address is when you sign up or at a later date.   Be sure to give them your contact information.  

What you need to know:

 

For more information, contact Peggy Lyon at lyon1013@gmail.com or (319)230-3059  or Mark Ray at (804)243-0562 or markdavray@gmail.com

 

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The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission would like to thank the parish community for its recent support of its Action for Africa Love Beyond Borders fundraiser lunch event.  Everyone enjoyed delicious traditional African fare and helped to contribute $1,200 toward supporting this not-for-profit founded by parishioner Veve N'Duhirahe.  Proceeds will be used to purchase and send medical supplies to the Diocese of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they will be sent to rural areas of need as well as local clinics and hospitals.  Thank you so much for your strong support in helping those in need.

Pictures from the Action for Africa fundraiser lunch: 

           

 

  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK DAY PLANNED FOR SATURDAY, August 5th.

    Help a family realize their dream of a home of their own.

    Sign up to work by contacting the Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, Cherie Cool-Rudd, at (319)337-8949 or at volunteer@iowavalleyhabitat.org.   Identify yourself as working with the St. Thomas More group.   Habitat will let you know what the work address is when you sign up or at a later date.   Be sure to give them your contact information.  

     

    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.

    For flyer, please click here

    For more information, contact Peggy Lyon at lyon1013@gmail.com or (319)230-3059 or Mark Ray at (804)243-0562 or markdavray@gmail.com

 

 

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.

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

https://iowavalleyhabitat.smugmug.com/2016-Habitat-Builds/2016-Interfaith-Build/8272016-St-Thomas-More-Church/ 

 

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: http://jccrisiscenter.org/pages/get-involved/volunteer.php

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 admin@jccrisiscenter.org 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
jay.capron@jccrisiscenter.org
www.jccrisiscenter.org

 

 

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