Here at Home
We don’t have to travel out of our community to find those in need of life’s most basic necessities.
St John’s Town Street Episcopal Church
Saint Mark’s provides hands-on help working with Saint John’s Town Street to feed the homeless of central Columbus as well as their “Street Church” ministry each Sunday afternoon. We provide nutritious dinners for 80 at St. John’s 4 to 5 times per year and a lunch five times a year for 60 to 80 at Street Church (Broad and Central empty lot) after a short Episcopal service.
The Franklin County Municipal Court has an inspiring program to rehabilitate women involved in human trafficking, prostitution, and drugs. During the two year probation, women work to resolve traumas, complete education, and learn job skills. St. Mark’s takes lunches to Court once a month. We socialize, mentor, and admire! The nonprofit umbrella organization Freedom al a Carte provides support for the participants and runs a catering company where participants can learn job skills. Outreach makes financial contributions to these programs. The proceeds from one of the Outreach fundraisers goes to support Freedom . Outreach members also participate in other aspects of the program such as volunteering in Freedom al a Carte kitchen, mentoring participants and scheduling activities for the group.
NNEMAP (Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program).
NNEMAP is a local food pantry sponsored by a coalition of 25 churches. St. Mark’s has an ongoing collection station for non-perishable foods and grooming items in the lobby of the church and holds regular special collections for high demand items such as soap or dental items. We also donate money from the designated budget. In the late summer, the congregation fills back to school backpacks that are given to children in Columbus Public Schools. In the fall, the congregation is asked to fill a bag of grooming items. At Christmas, the congregation gladly gives gifts to the Christmas Store for children of NNEMAP clients.
To learn more about NNEMAP click here.
Labor Neighbor Day Bake Sale
The entire parish comes together to host this activity on Labor Day. Outreach coordinates the event on behalf of the parish. Everyone donates baked goods which are sold to raise money for a hunger related project. Members of the congregation staff the tables, and hand out free popcorn and water to those passing by the Church on the way to the art festival in Northam Park. In addition to raising funds for hunger, Saint Mark’s gives back to the community.
Habitat for Humanity
NW Columbus churches join to build 1 to 2 houses per year in vulnerable neighborhoods. In addition to a small funding contribution, St. Mark’s regularly provides lunches to workers on the job. We sometimes have a volunteer helping with the building of the house by framing or painting.
In partnership with other churches we provide a 2-day nurturing weekend for women who may never even have celebrated a birthday. The women are identified by local social workers as having a need for a little assistance.
My Brother’s Closet
St. Mark’s collects men’s suits, sport coats, shirts, ties, and shoes for the Columbus Urban League to tailor for men just out of prison, who will be trained in job skills and will be interviewing for jobs.
The Outreach Committee gives numerous grants in support of ministries such as Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF), and for parishioners to work in areas of special need.