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Sacred Heart Church Volunteer Opportunities

East Valley Outreach Program

Sacred Heart's East Valley Outreach program works to distribute food to Coachella Valley families in need by connecting volunteers and parishioners with its four subsidiary programs: the Galilee Center, Catholic Charities, Martha's Village and Kitchen, and Oasis Elementary School.  The food is purchased through the FIND* organization.

For more information about the work of East Valley Outreach, contact Jay Mueller at 760-773-4825.


Our 3 Outreach Programs:
 
Catholic Charities

The Mobile Home Park Food Distribution Program offers direct food assistance to residents of 4 rural, mobile-home park communities.  These areas have limited access to food pantries, and the supply of emergency food is often low.  The distribution is twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, between 9a.m. and 11a.m.

Volunteers are requested to meet at the Catholic Charities warehouse in Indio at 8:00 a.m. (address: 45435 Van Buren #7 Indio, CA 92201).  Packing will be done by volunteers in Mecca, and delivery will be done by volunteers starting at 8:30 a.m., leaving from the warehouse.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sherry Grana at 760-568-5101.

Martha's Village and Kitchen

Martha's Village and Kitchen uses the East Valley Outreach funding to purchase food at FIND food bank for our Emergency Services food pantry. We provide a 3-day supply of food for our low income neighbors in need. We offer this service Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A client is allowed to come and receive emergency food once every 2 months.  If you are interested in volunteering at Martha's, please contact Isabel at 760-347-4741 ext 301. or visit their website here .

Oasis Elementary School

Oasis School distribution has been an agency of FIND for 6 years and has always served the community that surrounds the Oasis School site.  They use the school's parent telephone system to announce their distributions, which take place on the 2nd and last Friday of each month.   The first distribution is for shared maintenance products, and the second distribution is USDA emergency food.  Information on getting involved is forthcoming.


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*About FIND:  This program enables East Valley Outreach to buy food on a bulk basis.  Learn more about the work FIND does, as well as volunteer information, at their website by clicking here.

 


For new and old Homebound packing volunteers here are the results of another program we coordinate with FIND.
The information below is a recap of the First Quarter 2014 activities of the East Valley Outreach program sponsored by Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This is a separate program from the monthly Homebound packing program. Check out the overall results of the program outlined below.  Our agencies are making a difference!!!!!!!


Here are the results from our 3 Outreach program participants, Catholic Charities, Martha's Village and Kitchen and Oasis Elementary School. Remember, all food was purchased through FIND.
We bought 337,750 pounds of Purchase and Shared Maintenance products. In the First quarter we continued to have a fine selection of as evidenced by the following list.
From the shared maintenance side we had multiple varieties of canned goods, fruits and fresh produce.


On the purchased product side we had a larger but limited selection of food. The selection included Roast Beef, Pinto Beans, Elbow Macaroni, Spaghetti Noodles, Long Grain Rice, Peanut Butter, Hunts Diced Tomatoes and Canned Chicken.


Q1 RESULTS:
The price per pound was $.063.  
The average poundage per person was 16.61. We reached out to more people in Q1 and were able to give them as much food as we did in Q4..
Total pound purchased, 337.750
The 3 Outreach Program agencies were able to reach an estimated 20,333 people in January, February and March.
Recap of First year 2012 Results with Four Agencies:
Total people served, 106,881
Total pound purchased, 1,283,181
Average price per pound, $.08
Average poundage per person, 12.01

Recap of Second year to date 2013 with Three Agencies:

Total people served, 91,707
Total pound purchased, 1,522,598
Average price per pound, $.042
Average poundage per person, 20.60
Great job by all the outreach programs coordinators!!!!

Recap of Third year to date 2014 with Three Agencies:
Total people served, 20,333
Total pound purchased, 337,750
Average price per pound, $.063
Average poundage per person, 16.61
Great job by all the outreach programs coordinators!!!!

Program Recap (9 quarters) of for life of the program to date with Three Agencies:

Total people served, 218,921
Total pound purchased, 3,143,529
Average price per pound, $.061
Average poundage per person, 14.36
Thanks to everyone's efforts, we continue to have great success in assisting the agencies meet their needs in serving those in need in the East Valley.

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