St. Mark’s is committed to service, to our members and to the wider community. Here are some of the community outreach programs that we offer. We are always looking for new volunteers to help.
Association for Rehabilitation with Kindness (ARK) – Collaboration between Temple Emanu-El – Westfield and St. Mark’s. Helps seniors in need, including with home repairs and other needs.– Vernon Anthony
Free Food Pantry: Take what you need, Leave what you can – An outdoor food pantry that offers food to anyone in need 24 hours a day. Members of St. Mark’s and the Plainfield community donate non-perishable food to stock the pantry. Those needing food can take it whenever they need it.
Grace Feeding Program – Volunteers prepare and serve meals to families in need at Grace Church.
Health & Wellness Ministry – Health care professions offer health screenings year round and sponsor an annual health fair for the whole community.– Wendy Blackman
Food and Clothing Drives: The Men of St. Mark’s coordinates annual food and clothing drives to help local families in need.
Christmas Gift Program: Members provide gifts and bring Christmas cheer to people in challenging situations who are affiliated with local community service groups.
Christmas Caroling at local Nursing Homes: Members of the St. Mark’s Senior lead a group of parishioners who join with other organizations to sing carols with residents of local nursing homes leading up to the Christmas holidays.
Outreach Programs offered in conjunction with the Plainfield Grassroots CDC: For more information on the following Plainfield Grassroots CDC programs hosted by St. Mark’s, visit plainfieldgrassroots.org, send email to [email protected].
SAT Prep Program: A high-value low-cost class that offers small group tutoring in Math, English and SAT testing techniques. It is open to high school students in Plainfield and surrounding areas. Graduates of this program have got on to some of Americas top colleges and universities. – Dawn McDonald
The Out of the Box Club – Where Curiosity Lives! An innovative Math & Science Club for elementary and middle school students, the Out of the Box Club taps into the boundless energy and imagination of young children to create an early love for STEM subjects. Exciting challenges and activities push club members to think outside the box and perform beyond their grade level to develop problem solving skills that will last them a lifetime. – Vernon Anthony