Outreach Ministries

Backpacks of Love

Parishioners at St. Aidan’s established Backpacks of Love in 2012.

The Backpacks of Love ministry delivers backpacks full of non-perishable food and other needed items to homeless and at risk children and their families in Forsyth and North Fulton counties. Backpacks of Love serves 17 schools, Jesse’s House and an emergency shelter for adolescent women in Forsyth County.

Delivering food to families in an innocent-looking backpack is a way for children to retain their dignity. When the kids pick up their backpack on Friday afternoon on the way home from school, no one knows there’s food inside. It’s just a book bag. The social workers at the school make every effort to maintain confidentiality and anonymity.

Backpacks of Love volunteers commit to filling a backpack every other week and dropping it off at the church throughout the school year. The focus is to deliver non-perishable food that is nutritional and packed with protein — such as peanut butter, canned meats, stews, rice and beans, etc. Single-serving items that a child could open and heat in the microwave without an adult are also very important items. Single servings of macaroni and cheese, beefaroni, and chicken and rice are favorites. Cookies and candy are not encouraged.

For more information or to become involved in Backpacks of Love please contact John Ray at [email protected]

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Path To Shine is a unique after-school program that provides small-ratio tutoring and mentorship to under-served elementary school children in 13 different locations across middle and north Georgia.

St. Aidan’s is privileged to support Path to Shine at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell, GA. St. Aidan’s, along with volunteers from 3 other Episcopal parishes and 1 Catholic parish, provide one-on-one support for the children who have been chosen by the school to participate in Path To Shine. Additionally there are 5 volunteers who provide snacks on a rotating basis, and another 2 volunteers who act as coordinators and story-tellers. St. Aidan’s also supports Path To Shine financially with donations and sponsorship of a hole at the “Ugly Pants” golf tournament.

For more information or to become involved in Path to Shine please contact Deacon Lesley-Ann Drake at [email protected] or visit www.pathtoshine.org.

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The Hunger Walk benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which has helped more than 775,000 children, seniors and families in crisis with food in the past year. The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) procures and distributes over 60 million pounds of food and grocery products to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies with food assistance programs across 29 metropolitan Atlanta and north Georgia counties.

St. Aidan’s supports Atlanta Community Food Bank through our team of adults and youth who participate in the Hunger Walk/Run, and through donations by individual donors and the Loose Plate Offering. Details about registration/donation and joining the St. Aidan’s Hunger Warriors can be found by visiting the Atlanta Food Bank website. The team has grown every year and we would love for you to join us!

For more information or to become involved in the Hunger Walk please contact Carol Nolan via the church office at [email protected] or 770-521-0207.

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LifeSouth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community blood supplier for more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, committed to meeting the blood supply needs of these hospitals by providing the highest quality blood components and services.

LifeSouth is a community blood center, meaning the blood supply collected from donors directly serves the needs of patients in the local community. The blood donated here will stay here for local patient transfusions.

St. Aidan’s partners with LifeSouth twice a year. The mobile donation van makes Sunday morning donations convenient for parishioners, and supplies this life-saving resource to local hospitals.

For more information or to become involved in the Blood Drive please contact David Freeman or Becky Fricton via the church office at [email protected] or 770-521-0207.

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In many developing countries, patients and individuals lack the most basic way to transport life-saving medications. The Pill Bottle Ministry collects empty pill bottles from parishioners and mails them to a firm who processes them and forwards them to countries where people do not have access to pill bottles.

Please donate your discarded pill bottles in the collection basket to the left of the glass doors, upon entering the parish building. This simple step can help deliver desperately needed medical care around the world!

For more information or to become involved in the Pill Bottle Ministry please contact Cathy Biondi via the church office at [email protected] or 770-521-0207.

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Crossroads Community Ministries mission is “Empowering people who are homeless to progress on the road toward economic and personal self-sufficiency.” This organization serves over 4,000 homeless men, women, and children annually. Their services include providing a hot lunch meal Monday through Friday and a hot breakfast on Saturday, helping source Birth Certificate and State ID’s, Marta assistance for employment related needs, a special program for Guests with disabilities, mailing service, housing placement for women/children, and health care provided by Mercy Care. Volunteers enable CCM to keep the doors open year-round.

St. Aidan’s serves this ministry through its fantastically fun Sandwich Saturdays, contributing almost 5,560 sandwiches made by many dedicated and cheerful volunteers! In addition, St. Aidan’s supports CCM through financial donations, loose plate offerings, and donations of socks.

For more information or to become involved in Sandwich Saturdays please contact Mike Nolan via the church office at [email protected] or 770-521-0207.

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LAMB is a Christ-centered multifaceted ministry based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras that seeks to reach out to the world with the love of Jesus. LAMB operates an elementary school for over 250 children in one of the most violent and poverty stricken areas of Tegucigalpa, a residential home for over 60 abused and neglected children outside of the city and a community assistance program which seeks to minister to the needy with food, medical care, construction help, micro-finance assistance, as well as a new, large outreach program to the youth.

St. Aidan’s sponsors parishioners on mission trips to LAMB and supports Escarlet, a student in LAMB’s school. Fundraising efforts are made through multiple events throughout the year, including Pasta with a Purpose, a Spring Car Wash, a bake sale, and the Links for LAMB gold tournament.

For more information or to become involved in the Honduras Mission Trip please contact Amy Hill via the church office at [email protected] or 770-521-0207.

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Partners In Outreach

Appleton Family Ministries has been an Atlanta Diocesan ministry for more than 140 years with a focus on children. It began in Macon as a home for orphans of Confederate soldiers and changed with the times to become group homes serving various needs and an outdoor therapeutic center. It now operates as an after-school program and a summer program for at- risk children and a mentoring program for their parents.

St. Aidan’s supports Appleton Family Ministries through donations from its Outreach Fund.

Church of the Common Ground seeks to be a pastoral and sacramental presence to those without permanent housing. Church of the Common Ground provides support for the spiritual needs of Atlanta’s unhoused people. They strive to build relationships with those who live on the margins by being a consistent presence on the streets and by creating a worshipful space for housed and unhoused people called by God into Christian community and ministry.

St. Aidan’s supports Church of the Common Ground Ministries through donations from its Outreach Fund.

The Drake House is a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children in North Fulton. They provide immediate residential housing, combined with an empowerment program designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self-sufficiency.

To support the Drake House, St. Aidan’s Youth participate in the Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ fund-raiser every summer.  St. Aidan’s also supports the Drake House through donations of paper products, Christmas meals, the Loose Plate Offering, and through the Outreach Fund

For more information or to become involved in Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ please contact Susan Basile and Katie Thielens.

Episcopal Relief & Development works with Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. They rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, ER&D programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.

St. Aidan’s Sunday School children donate their change and collect donations from the parishioners during the Animals for Advent campaign.  The animals will help families in impoverished countries to supply food and a source of income.

For more information or to become involved in ERD or Animals for Advent please contact Mary Kathryn Nix.

For more information or to become involved in Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ please contact Susan Basile and Katie Thielens.

Family Haven, a Partner in Outreach, provides assistance to victims of violence and their families, by offering a crisis hotline, emergency shelter, food and clothing, as well as a prevention education program. This assistance is free of charge to those in need.

St. Aidan’s supports the Family Haven through donations of paper products, volunteer hours, the Loose Plate Offering, and through the Outreach Fund.

For more information or to become involved in Family Haven outreach efforts please contact Kathy Bump and JoAnne Goione.

Out of thousands of children that will spend time in Georgia’s foster care system this year, 95% of these children will be raised in foster homes on $11.60 to $18.80 per day. The Foster Care Support Foundation is an all-volunteer community resource center dedicated to enabling foster families to sustain and promote the development of their foster children. They collect new and like-new clothing, toys and safe infant care equipment (cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs) and provide these items at no cost to Georgia’s foster children and families.

St. Aidan’s supports FCSF through donations from its Outreach Fund and volunteer time.

For more information or to become involved in FCSF outreach efforts please contact Betsy Jones.

St. Aidan’s has participated in the annual “Building on Faith” ecumenical build for over a decade with this Partner in Outreach.

St. Aidan’s supports Habitat for Humanity through donations from its Outreach Fund and volunteer effort.

For more information or to become involved in FCSF outreach efforts please contact John Foley.

Jesse’s House is a non-profit organization that provides emergency and long-term care to youth who have suffered abuse or delinquency that grew out of the recognized need by the Cumming/Forsyth Council on Youth and Concerned Citizens for an emergency children’s shelter in the North Georgia area.

St. Aidan’s support Jesse’s House through donations of paper products, cosmetic kits, school supplies, the Loose Plate Offering, and through the Outreach Fund.

For more information or to become involved in Jesse’s House outreach efforts please contact John Ray.

NFCC compassionately offers hope and dignity to North Fulton families and individuals in need. Their mission is to build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in our community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs.

St. Aidan’s support NFCC through donations of food, coats, paper products, cosmetic kits, school supplies, the Loose Plate Offering, and through the Outreach Fund.

For more information or to become involved in NFCC outreach efforts please contact Debra Blake and Charles and Amanda Libbey.