Friday, April 5, 2024

St. John’s Mission Projects

Project 150

Project 150 is a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students.  It is run by volunteers.  Items needed: flip top cans of food, hygiene products and clothing suitable for a teen.  Bins for donations are just inside Martin Hall.

Sierra Manor

Sierra Manor is a two-building apartment complex for low-income seniors.  It is run under the auspices of Volunteers of America.  St. John's collects items throughout the year for the residents of Sierra Manor and each year around Thanksgiving hosts a dinner or desert event with entertainment at Sierra Manor.

Reno Burrito Project

The Reno Burrito Project cooks, rolls and distributes over 400 burritos every other week to the unhoused community in downtown Reno. Rather than distributing the burritos from a central location, volunteers walk the streets in downtown Reno distributing the burritos, along with other supplies such as travel-size toiletries, fresh fruit and easy open non-perishable food items, to the unhoused community. St. John's provides volunteers to help roll and distribute the burritos, and collects items that are given with the burritos. 

Food Bank of Northern Nevada

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada distributes canned food at several locations in Reno. Their mission is to feed the hungry today and solve hunger for tomorrow.  Barrels for canned goods are located on the north wall of Martin Hall.

Kids Café

Kids Café is a Food Bank program which provides free meals for children ages 2-18 at 40 locations throughout the Washoe County School District during summer break.

Community in Schools of Nevada

Community in Schools of Nevada is a national program which works to address students’ basic social-emotional and academic needs.  On-site coordinators work with families in Title One schools or schools with 40 percent of the population near the Federal poverty line.  Services include helping navigate the maze of resources available to students and their families.

Good Shepherd's Clothes Closet

Good Shepherd's Clothes Closet is a volunteer-run organization which provides clothing and toiletries to those in need at no cost.  Clients can shop once a month.  A bin is located just inside Martin Hall.

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada/St. Vincent's

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada helps people, regardless of faith, who are struggling with poverty and complex issues.  Hot meals are served to those in need at the Fourth Street location.  St. Vincent’s provides gently used clothing, housewares and furniture.  Barrels for Catholic Charities/St. Vincent’s are found in Martin Hall on the north wall.

Eddy House

Eddy House is a safe environment for homeless and at-risk youth.  Emphasis is on providing a bed along with helping young people develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independent living.  It offers both the above program as well as drop-in shelter. 

Foreign Missions through PCUSA

St. John’s supports Presbyterian World Mission Co-Workers Jeff and Christi Boyd.  The Boyds have been serving as liaisons in Central Africa since 1990.  Jeff facilitates support for programs and activities of PCUSA partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Christi accompanies global partners as they seek to remedy the marginalization of women and children in three French-speaking provinces.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It responds to both national and international disasters.

Backpacks for School Children

Each summer St. John's provides backpacks stuffed with school supplies for disadvantaged students in Reno.

Crop Hunger Walk

Each fall St. John's participates in the Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk to raise funds to address hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

Souper Bowl of Caring

The Super Bowl of Caring is an annual Tackle Hunger mission to support local food charities. 

Operation Stocking Stuffer

Each Christmas season St. John's stuffs stockings with gifts for children in support of Operation Stocking Stuffer, which is an outreach of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

One Great Hour Of Sharing Offering

Each Easter St. John's collects a special One Great Hour of Sharing offering which supports three programs of  the Presbyterian Church (USA). These programs are Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People. Thus far, St. John's has raised $7,907 for the OGHS offering in 2024.


Pentecost Offering

Each Pentecost  St. John's collects a special Pentecost offering which is used to support youth. St. John's retains 40% of this offering to support youth in the Reno/Sparks area and sends the other 60% to the Presbyterian Church (USA) to support children, youth and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. 

Thanksgiving Offering

Each November St. John's collects a special Thanksgiving offering that is used to support local charities in the Reno/Sparks area. 

Christmas Joy Offering

Each Christmas Season St. John's collects a special Christmas Joy offering which is used by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to support leadership development for communities of color and to provide support for Presbyterian church workers in their time of need.