Our Food Pantry has joined forces with All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakewood, and St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brick. Individuals that contact Saint Raphael’s are referred to All Saints or St. Thomas first, and other active food pantries in the community. We continue to collect food and take it over to help supplement the food pantries in these two churches. If you would like to donate any non-perishable grocery items please bring them with you to church on Sundays and leave them in the Narthex (entryway to the church)..
We also participate in KIVA, 501 non-profit organization that allows individuals and organizations to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs and students in 82 countries in an effort to alleviate poverty. We have made 115 loans to date for a total of $6,225.
We will be once again took part in our interfaith community's Rise Against Hunger event to be held on Sunday, March 24, at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church here in Brick.
We have a strong call to animal welfare and conduct an annual pet adoption day, hosting several animal rescue groups in the hope that forever homes will be found. We collect food, cleaning supplies and pet supplies for distribution to our local shelter and rescue groups.
We are participants in Soles 4 Souls, a drive to collect gently used and new shoes for world wide distribution.
We adorn our altar at Christmas time with a "virtual creche" using donations made by our parish toward the purchase of animals through the Heifer Project and Episcopal Relief and Development. in 2018 we collected enough to donate several animals, a hive of bees, and a donation to three new mothers and their infants.
We donate Christmas gifts to local families who are experiencing financial challenges. Fill backpaks for elementary school-aged children of The Osbornville School, and will be sending toys to a mission group in Texas for children seeking asylum in the U.S.A.
If you would like more information, please call the church office at: 732-458-5711.