Social Justice & Charity

Affordable Housing and Nonprofit COVID-19 Relief Now!

Urge Congress to pass another relief bill before going on August recess. Use the link below to contact your lawmakers and tell them to include nonprofits in the next federal stimulus package.

Link to the Catholic Charities page

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.

Respect Life

Do you have a heart of compassion for women and couples who think that abortion is their only option? Caring, pro-life people are needed to pray and sidewalk counsel outside Twin Cities abortion clinics to save babies and women from abortion. If you would like more information visit:

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.

VEGGIES 4 VEAP

This summer our “Giving Garden” will again be filled with fresh, healthy food for the hungry! Although we are still practicing social distancing, our VEGGIES 4 VEAP Garden has been planted.

Throughout the summer we will tend the garden including weeding and harvesting.  If you would like to spend some time in the garden, join the Wine & Weeding group on Wednesday evenings, between 5 and 7pm. Please bring your own gardening tools, beverages and snacks, and a lawn chair for relaxing after our work is done.

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 two bins in the chapel foyer for your 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.

Loaves & Fishes

Loaves and Fishes continues to serve at both St. Stephens and Creekside locations. While St. Edward is not coordinating volunteers for these locations during the pandemic, if you are interested in volunteering for them, you can access their sign-up genius sites below:
St. Stephens: Sign Up Here
Creekside:  Sign Up Here

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

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.