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Advocacy and Service Opportunities

There are countless service opportunities at St. Francis Xavier. Here are a few:

Jesuit Refugee Service:

Pope Francis stood in solidarity with refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, reminding them “you are not alone.” The Pope followed his words with action. On his return to the Vatican, he brought with him a dozen Syrian Muslim refugees — including six children, personally demonstrating the values of welcome and accompaniment.

Jesuit Refugee Service offers a “advocate” button on their website.

To learn more about the Jesuit sponsored Kino Border Initiative’s programming and its work toward a more humane immigration policy, click HERE. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops website provides a place to advocate for issues important to the Church and the world.  You can also sign up to receive updates when new advocacy opportunities arise HERE

Jubilee USA:

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee is building an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief for the world’s poorest people – See more at: http://www.jubileeusa.org/ourwork#sthash.j51uTGPk.dpuf

The three countries most impacted by Ebola spend nearly $200 million per year paying off debt. Guinea spends more on debt than on public health.

Remember that as a Jubilee Parish, we have committed to advocate for debt reduction.

Our advocacy promotes responsible lending and borrowing, increasing debt relief for poor countries, curbing illicit financial flows and corporate tax avoidance, moving forward an international debt resolution process, pushing reforms in international financial institutions and protecting poor people from predatory financial behavior.

For more information please visit: jubileeusa.org/action

Family Promise of Missoula:

We are a host church for Family Promise of Missoula, which is an ecumenical program that helps homeless families.  Each of 13 churches in the Missoula area will take turns housing up to three families for a week at a time.  We host four weeks out of each year at our Parish. Volunteer opportunities include setting up and taking down sleeping spaces, laundry, providing meals and or activities for the families and overnight hosting. For more information, click Family Promise.

The Poverello Center:

There are two groups from our parish that volunteer monthly at the Poverello Center – one group actually cooks meals and the Just Faith group serves an already prepared meal one Friday and one Saturday per month.

The Missoula Food Bank Network:

Our Just Faith group also volunteers at the Missoula Food Bank Network once per month, sorting or re-packaging food into containers that are taken by the Food Bank Network to nearly 200 participating agencies throughout the state of Montana.

Ministry of Hands:

Each spring and fall we have the Ministry of Hands in which groups of volunteers go out to the homes of disabled or elderly members of the community to offer assistance with yard work, window cleaning, etc.

Christmas Giving Tree:

Our largest project of the year is the Christmas Giving Tree. Just before Thanksgiving, we put up Christmas trees in the church on which hang tags for children and adults who are in need and we provide them with items such as clothing, gifts, toiletries and food boxes.  The names are gathered from agencies around Missoula, such as Head Start, Backpacks for Kids, Council Groves Low Income Apartments, and the Blackfeet Reservation.  Gifts are collected and distributed the week before Christmas. This project requires lots of help and is very rewarding.

Watch for sign ups during the Ministry Fair this fall or call Pam in the Parish office at 406.542.0321