St. Anne Outreach
Serving the Needs of Our Community for 35 Years
Outreach to Provide Food for Federal Employees
St. Anne Community Outreach, in partnership with Feeding the Valley Food Bank, will continue to offer grocery assistance to federal employees affected by the government shutdown. The Outreach Center, located at 1820 Box Road, will open again on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Employees will be required to show a Federal Employee ID to receive assistance. The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley will also be present to help provide resources for anyone needing any other type of assistance.
Community members wanting to donate nonperishable food, hygiene items or cleaning supplies may do so by dropping them off at St. Anne Community Outreach between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and Noon, Monday-Thursday. A Federal Employee Emergency Assistance Fund has also been set up and donations can be made online. When making an online donation, please reference the box in the bottom right corner called Quick Give; click on the link; on the next page, click Continue Quick Give on the bottom right; the final page is where you will enter your donation information. This fund will be used to help with utility or rental assistance.
How We Help
Our primary mission is to provide food and clothing to those in great need or in emergency situations. Very limited financial assistance for utilities, rent and prescription costs may also be provided, dependent upon the availability of funds. Our secondary mission is to provide the following items when donated: items for the care of infants, linens and blankets, fans, items for elderly care, toiletries, small household items and school supplies.
Your donations are very much appreciated! In 2017, we had 4,943 visits to our Outreach Center – nearly 4,400 of those visits were to receive groceries. This past year, St. Anne Community Outreach was able to give food to 11,709 of our neighbors, providing just under 250,000 meals. Our financial assistance programs have helped to prevent 219 utility shutoffs, 116 evictions and provided life-saving medicines to 42 families.
In 2017, St. Anne Community Outreach also helped 300 families restore household items after family crisis, fire or other tragedies. Over 900 families received much-needed hygiene products. In addition, financial contributions helped Outreach supply families with Ensure, adult depends, air mattresses, work boots and nonslip shoes.
Who We Help
We serve families residing in Muscogee County, including single parents, the elderly, displaced families, recovering drug or alcohol addicts, victims of crime/abuse, the medically ill and the mentally or physically disabled.
How You Can Help
-Answer phone calls
-File and organize paperwork
-Stock, inventory or bag groceries
-Sort and label donated clothing
-Assist clients in picking out clothing
-Pick up donated groceries from local businesses
We have volunteers from many of the Catholic Churches in the Columbus Deanery. Our volunteers range from youth ages 12 and up to retired couples – there are plenty of opportunities to get involved! No special training is needed to volunteer; we will work with you to find what role will be rewarding for you. Youth must review and sign our Youth Volunteer Guidelines before volunteering at Outreach. Most of our volunteers work one or two days Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. However, we have opportunities on afternoons, weekends and evenings – just let us know when you are available!
FY2017 ANNUAL REPORT
St. Anne Community Outreach
Katie Byers, Director
Katrina Oliver, Assistant Director
1820 Box Road
Columbus, GA 31907
St. Anne Community Outreach is located directly behind St. Anne Catholic Church. From I-185, take exit 6 and head east on Macon Road. Then, turn right on Box Road. The Center is located at 1820 Box Road.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Outreach Center is open for clients by appointment only Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until Noon, with extra hours on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. for rental assistance. To request an appointment, please email your name, phone number and date of birth to firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can also be made by phone. Our appointment line is 706-568-1592 and is open for groceries/clothing requests Monday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and open for rental assistance requests the third Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to Noon.
St. Anne Community Outreach will accept donations Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and after Masses on the 3rd weekend of the month.
2019 COMMUNITY ITEMS OF THE MONTH
January: Toilet Paper
October: Yams or Stuffing