Social Justice & Charity

Many of our ministries have been affected by the COVID-19 quarantine. Below are some of the ways to keep involved with the ministries and organizations supported by our Social Justice Commission.

Dudley Emergency Fund

St. Edward has an emergency assistance fund called the Dudley Fund. It is funded by parishioners and is available for both parishioners and community members that find themselves in financial need. During this pandemic you may find yourself in unprecedented financial need. You are not alone. There is no shame in asking your parish for help, especially when there is an emergency fund created especially for this purpose. If you would like more information about receiving help please call Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at (952) 835-7101.

If you would like to donate to the Dudley Fund, please visit our Donate/Give page for options on how to give your gift. If giving by check make sure to include “Dudley Fund” on the memo line.

Loaves & Fishes

4pm to 7pm, Third Thursday of each month
Have you been looking for a rewarding, local, volunteer opportunity with fellow parishioners? Join our St. Ed’s team to prepare and distribute meals at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, located at 2200 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington. Please contact Therese Cassidy, the parish site coordinator, at 612-875-9602 if you are interested.

Note: Due to COVID-19, service is drive-thru only. All volunteers are required to wear masks at all times and anyone not feeling well or having been exposed needs to stay home. 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is continuing to deliver meals to the homebound during the pandemic. While St. Edward is not coordinating drivers during the pandemic, if you are interested in volunteering as a driver for them, you can contact them directly to sign up via this link: Bloomington Meals on Wheels

Respect Life

Do you have a heart of compassion for women and couples who think that abortion is their only option?
Pregnancy care centers offer  pregnancy tests, counseling, diapers, baby clothes, pregnancy information, Earn While You Learn programs and referrals to community resources. All their services are free and confidential.

Sister Community

This year our annual trip down to our sister community in the Dominican Republic did not happen in the traditional sense. But Campamento still happened, thanks to the Carmelite Sisters who run the Teresa Toda Home, and the older girls who live in the home.  Read about it by checking out the Campamento blog.

Sister Parish

In the midst of the political unrest, economic insecurity and COVID-19, St. Edward has continued to support our sister parish; Our Lady of the Angels in Jinotega Nicaragua. Our deliveries of FMSC MannaPack Rice are helping nourish the poor in that region. For more information about our sister parish click here.

VEAP

St. Edward is continuing to collect non-perishable food for VEAP, as well as toiletries and paper products, but are also now collecting home made masks for both the volunteers and the patrons of VEAP. There are bins in the chapel vestibule and in the church foyer for you to put your donations in, and volunteers deliver it to VEAP once or twice a week.

If you are interested in volunteering to pick up the donations at church and deliver them to VEAP, please call Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at (952) 835-7101.

VEGGIES 4 VEAP

Each summer our “Giving Garden” grows fresh, healthy food for the hungry! Throughout the spring, summer and early fall, volunteers tend the garden; including planting, weeding and harvesting. The produce we harvest is donated to the VEAP food pantry each week. If you would like to spend some time in the garden, join the Wine & Weeding group starting each spring.