Outreach

St. Peter’s Episcopal supports our community and our neighbors.

Helping Those in Ukraine

Volunteers are welcome to gather at Trinity Church Portland (580 Forest Ave) on Saturday, April 9 at 11 AM to package meals for humanitarian relief in Ukraine. End Hunger Ukraine will provide the materials, and we will provide the hands and hearts to package the food. Donations to support these meals are also welcome. It costs $.40 to provide one packaged meal. You can mail your donation to St. Peter’s or place in the offering plate on Sundays. Checks should be made out to St. Peter’s, with “End Hunger” in the memo line.

Wayside Food Programs

St. Peter’s collected groceries during Advent for the Wayside Food Pantry. Over 300 pounds of food was brought to the pantry at the end of Advent.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church provided community meals for eleven years. Several volunteers from our parish served as cooks, servers, dishwashers, and hosts to provide 15-20 meals every Thursday night. When Covid pandemic happened in March 2020, the meal site was closed due to restrictions. We still provide cash donations and do a food drive once a year to support this organization.

Animals in Need

On October 3, we gave thanks at the Blessing of the Animals for the ways in which our lives are enriched by our animal friends. From then until November 21 we were invited to bring donations for local animal shelters, which are dealing with unusually high caseloads of animals in need of shelter and homes. Thank you to all who made donations for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Project Feed

Project Feed is supported by parishioners who donate loose change each Sunday (while in person) and is sent to this non profit organization. Non-perishable food is also collected and donated each month. Project Feed was started by a group of local clergy and lay people, who were concerned with the number of Portland residents that were without a reliable source of food.

Friends of Payson Park

Friends of Payson Park is a collection of park neighbors and other fans who have come together as a group to advocate for and help preserve the beautiful 48 acres of open space. This 48 acre park sits along the shores of Back Cove and Fall Brook and is home to baseball and softball fields, playground, basketball and tennis courts, the Longfellow Arboretum, and a community garden. In the summer months, it is home to dozens of walk-a-thons and running races that take place along Back Cove. In the winter months, it transforms into a winter recreation  paradise with a skating pond, sledding hills and a ski and snowboard terrain park.

Mount Herman Ministries

The mission of Mount Hermon Ministries is the restoration of the foundation and values of the believer, while obeying the supreme order of all nations. St. Peter’s Episcopal provides a meeting place in the Undercroft (hall) for this group to have their services.

Saint Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center (Essentials Pantry)

St. Elizabeth’s began in 2001 and recognized as a Jubilee Center, the pantry is a joint effort of public schools, the Diocese of Maine and eight area Episcopal churches. The program provides and distributes non-food essentials with include hygiene products, laundry detergent, and basic household items. The center provides these items free of charge to about 200 people each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. We provide hats, mittens, scarves and collect coats that are donated.

Greater Portland Family Promise

Greater Portland Family Promise, and affiliate of the national Family Promise program, aims to address the needs of families facing homelessness in the Greater Portland, Maine area. Through an interfaith network and connections with existing community resources, Family Promise provides housing, meals, case management and community for children and their families experiencing homelessness. We have several members of our parish who support Greater Portland Family Promise.

Preble Street Resource Center

Many of our parish members provide donations of money, coats, socks, and underwear to the center to support the members of our community in need or who are homeless.

Partners for World Health

This organization collects medical supplies that would go to waste and ships tons of such supplies to impoverished Third World nations around the world, and sends teams of medical experts to teach the people how to use what has been sent. We have several parishioners volunteer at the center where goods are collected and a nurse from our parish volunteered to visit a Third World country and volunteer for three weeks to aid in medical treatments.