He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
MICAH Service is an opportunity where youth in grades 7-12 are encouraged to serve once a month with an agency and/or organization that promotes Catholic Social Teaching. Youth sign up for a service site online after the program year orientation meeting. They are mentored and supervised by Service lead volunteers. MICAH typically happens on the first Sunday of the month. Please indicate your first, second and third choice. Youth will have the opportunity to serve at one site per year.
REGISTER FOR YOUR SITE: Link has been disabled until service sites are confirmed for 2017-2018
MICAH 2016-2017 Service Sites
Alliance Housing is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide housing stability for very low-income individuals and families. Through presentations and discussions, SJA youth will learn about the cycle of poverty, barriers to housing, stresses faced by low income families, and what we as compassionate people can do to help. Activities throughout the year may include: visiting a homeless shelter, participating in stress reduction groups, cooking healthy meals with tenants, creating a monthly budget using rent and budget calculators, participating in a poverty/homelessness simulation, and engaging in meaningful conversations with people living on the margins of our society.
Meet in the Arc, 9.30 am – Noon, First Sunday of the Month
Open to 8 youth (9-12 grade)
Walker Methodist provides care for senior members in our community. Staff and seniors at Walker Methodist welcome SJA youth to assist residents in wheelchairs or with walkers to their Sunday worship service in the building. We participate in worship with them; hold a book, turn the pages, whatever they need. After the service is over, we assist the residents back to their floors.
Parents provide transportation to and from WM
3737 Bryant Ave South, Minneapolis
9 am – Noon
Open to 10 youth
Ronald McDonald House Cooks for Kids meal program creates a home away from home for families whose children have life-threatening illness and need to stay near the hospital. Volunteers provide the food, prepare the meal and serve the meal with lots of smiles and humor for the families. You must be at least 14 years old to serve and be accompanied by one or both parents who will serve with you. Include the name of the adult(s) who will be accompanying you.
Ronald McDonald House
10 am – 3 pm
Meet at the church to drive together
Open to 4 youth and adults
SJA Nursery provides care for children ranging from birth to age 4, while their parents attend liturgy. You will be asked to interact, comfort and remain in the room during the mass. The nursery expects a time commitment of 1.5 hours, which includes 15 minutes before and after each mass. Besides Sunday liturgies, you are invited to provide care for special events throughout the year.
Parish Center lower level
8:45 – 10:15 am or 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
1st or 4th Sunday of the month
Catholic Charities Branch III provides meals and basic necessities for homeless and near-homeless individuals in the metro area. We serve breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. We gather from 6:30-6:45 am to prep and serve two seatings, 7 and 7:30 am.
Parents drop off and pick up
6:30-8:30 am first SATURDAY of the month
Open to 6 youth
Dragonfly Project is a non-profit that sends hopeful message packets to families who have recently had a family member die. Projects for this include making packets (putting keychain, story and card in an envelope), make key chains, color dragonfly cards, sign the cars, find addresses of the families for the recently deceased members in your congregations so they could receive a packet.
SJA School Library
Open to 15 youth
Baptism- creating a welcome atmosphere for families receiving the sacrament of baptism. Help set up, serve, and provide hospitality for all families. Learn about the sacrament of baptism and why it is an important tradition in our faith. Attendance at 1 baptism session highly encouraged (times vary).
SJA Church; 1st Sunday of the month, 12:30PM-1:30PM
Calvery Church Meal is a program to work with other SJA parishioners to prepare a meal for those in need. Purchase the food and prepare a meal for 12, with a designated menu, on Saturday. On Sunday, bring the meal to Calvary Church, stay to heat the meal, help serve, and then clean up.
1:15-3:30 PM on the 3rd Sunday of the month (Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr)
Open to 3 youth
Crisis Nursery: The Crisis Nursery works in partnership with parents in crisis and the community to strengthen the families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Teams of 4-6 volunteers agree in coordination with the lead volunteer to plan a menu, purchase ingredients, cook, serve and eat lunch with the children and staff. They clean up after everyone is fed.
Parents drive to the facility in Minneapolis (4544 4th Ave S) for drop off (11:00 am) and pick up (1:15 pm).
There is a financial obligation with this Micah site (purchasing groceries with the group each month).
11am-1:15pm, first Sunday of the Month
Open to 4-6 youth
Mobile Loaves and Fishes: Prepare, package and organize food for the Mobile Loaves and Fishes truck to distribute. Sort toiletries and socks. Clean up kitchen. Restock storage area. Load truck before 5:00 departure time.
Parent/guardian is responsible for youth transportation to/from this site. Address: Knox Presbyterian Church 4747 Lyndale Avenue South.
Time/Dates: 3:30-5:00 pm; First Sunday of the month, October 2016 - September 2017
NOTE: LONGER COMMITMENT! THROUGH THE SUMMER!
SJA Preschool Program – Lead Volunteer
Work with Pre-K staff to set-up classrooms, work on ongoing projects, and provide assistance to teachers.
1st & 4th Sunday of every month
8:45-10:30am - Hospitality Hall