Bridges to Community focuses on human concerns. We strive to to be a resource for parish members who wish to volunteer their talents and gifts to the community. We are here to enable individuals to make a positive impact on our community
Bridges to Community’s purpose is to coordinate outreach projects and to accept and deliver donations from St. Nicholas and St. William parishioners to local community organizations. The following is a summary of yearly activities.
Handicapables Event Hosting: We host Mass, lunch, and entertainment for 25 special needs adults.
Warm Coat Drive: 160 coats were donated to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto and to Sacred Heart Community services (SHCS) in San Jose.
Christmas Giving Tree: Over 300 gifts were coordinated and donated to the Support Network women’s shelter, Heritage House new mother’s shelter, Palo Alto Nursing Center; the SHCS Homework Club; and to Help One Child organization.
Winter Blood Drive: Donors for Blood Centers of the Pacific gave 30 whole blood and 2 double red cell units.
Linens Drive for the Homeless: Three full carloads of gently used bed linens, towels, and blankets were donated to InnVision shelters in San Jose.
Hygiene Kits for the Homeless: 32 kits containing personal hygiene items for homeless men and women in our community were donated to Community Services in Mountain View (CSA).
Empty Bowls Soup Supper: The sale of soup supper tickets and handmade bowls netted $1270 for CSA’s programs for the homeless.
Career Clothing Drive: Two full carloads of women’s clothing were collected for the Career Closet in San Jose, and two carloads of men’s clothing were delivered to the Ascent Employment Program at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose.
Care Packages for the Troops: 180 boxes for troop care packages were provided to parishioners, who filled and shipped the boxes to US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Summer Blood Drive: Donors gave 24 whole blood and 1 double red cell units.
Back to School Backpack Drive: We delivered 63 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in the Palo Alto Housing Consortium summer reading program.
Hunger Knows No Season: 250 to 350 pounds of food collected in the Little White Church in the vestibule were delivered to CSA or St. Francis parish in East Palo Alto.
If you would like to participate in these efforts contact Jo Stiene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation can vary from helping after Mass a couple of times a year to spearheading a new project. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm the second Monday of the month in the parish center.