Social Justice & Community Outreach

Advent Giving Tree

During the Christmas season, this group provides parishioners the opportunity to support four organizations including:

  • Cranks Creek Survival Center – food and toys for the Center in Harlan County, KY
  • Christ Child – newborn layette items to mothers in distress
  • Missionaries of Charity – food items to Mother Theresa’s order in Jenkins, KY
  • St. James the Less Parish and School in Columbus, OH

Calming the Storm
Contacts: Deacon Berg, 614-224-2251; Msgr. Moloney, 614-451-4290, ext. 4

This St. Andrew committee offers victims of domestic violence the right to stay safe by offering complete confidentiality, professional counseling and risk assessment, links to free legal consultation, links to private and public community resources, and assistance with an exit plan.

Cancer Ministry
Contact: or 614-451-4290 (ext. 123 after 4 p.m.)

This dedicated group of parishioners offers help to those battling cancer, their family members, and their friends. Through prayer, a listening ear, and connection with important resources and information, team members guide others in need through the mental anguish, emotional ups and downs, and the physical pain often associated with this disease. Team members draw from their own personal battle with cancer or their experience as a caregiver. If you are battling cancer or you are caring for a loved one with cancer, please consider contacting a team member for assistance.

Heart & Hand Community Outreach Van
Contact: Parish Office, 614-451-4290

St. Andrew Parish, in conjunction with Ashland Performance Materials, provide parishioners an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items and gently used clothing to the Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Items can be dropped at 1840 Lane Road. Deliveries are made to Holy Family on Wednesday mornings. For more than 10 years, this program has been made successful through parishioner generosity.

Open Shelter Lunch
Contact: Parish Office, 614-451-4290

St. Andrew Parishioners take bag lunches (sandwich, drink, dessert and side) to St. John’s Evangelical Church the second Sunday of every month. Parishioners may also donate needed items such as personal hygiene items, blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, and nonperishable food to the Men’s Open Shelter program. Contact the Parish Office for additional details.

Open Shelter Dinner
Contact: Parish Office, 614-451-4290

St. Andrew Parish families provide a well-balanced, warm meal to the homeless people who come to the Open Shelter for assistance. The dinner usually includes baked ham, green bean casserole, potato salad/cheesy potato casserole, tossed salad, bread, milk, bananas and cookies. This lovely dinner is delivered and served to the Open Shelter clients on the fourth Thursday of each month, September through May, at 5:15 p.m., excluding November and December. (Dinner is provided on another evening in those months.) Meals are currently being served at the Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Respect Life Society
Contact: Parish Office, 614-451-4290

The St. Andrew Respect Life Society is committed to promoting the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. We strive to achieve our goal through prayer, education and action. We have a variety of programs throughout the year. The group does not hold regularly scheduled meetings and communicates primarily via email and telephone. Notices of all of our events are posted in the Parish bulletin, the website calendar and e-Post.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Contact: Parish Office, 614-451-4290 ext. 1

Inspired by Gospel values, the St. Andrew Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need or are suffering. Members, called Vincentians, include every ethnic and cultural background, age group and economic level. Funding comes from donations from parishioners during months that include a  "Fifth Sunday" or four times per year. Vincentians visit homebound and nursing home parishioners, collect food for the St. Stephen’s Community Center, make sandwiches for the homeless and needy who come to St. Lawrence Haven at S. Fifth and E. Rich Streets, help other organizations with inner-city needs and have an annual blanket drive, winter apparel drive, hygiene and cleaning products collection, and clothing drive. In addition, Vincentians recycle the children’s school supplies at the end of the school year, taking them to a religious education program and school in need. Some Vincentians assist the needy through the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Center, 578 E. Main St., and St. Lawrence Haven.