Once a year in August we cancel a worship service and go out into the community to serve instead. Past service projects have included Steele County Food Shelf, Steele County Clothesline, Habitat for Humanity of Steele/Waseca Area, Senior Center, The Sandwich Project, and the Owatonna Park System.
Help hungry Owatonna school children have enough to eat on the weekends. We pack a backpack for grade school and preschool children identified by school officials as having chronic needs. We pack the backpacks during the week here at church, then deliver them to the schools. We also give more complete meals in boxes to families in need, including fresh and frozen foods.
Our quilters have made hundreds of quilts! Half of what they create is sent overseas with Lutheran World Relief. The rest are divided between various non-profit ministries in Steele County and Minneapolis. Quilts are also given to each child baptized at Good Shepherd. Quilters meet once a week at church during the school year, and always welcome new volunteers. Walk-ins welcome!
Provides clothing for our neighbors in need. This organization can use individual volunteers any day. Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days for groups of 4 to 6 to volunteer. Call Mary at 507-451-2550, or go to their website.
Provides decent, affordable housing for families which otherwise would not be able to own their own home. Often these families have endured some form of hardship.
There is usually an opportunity for individuals or groups to work together on some form of the building process (it may be siding, drywall mudding, painting or landscaping) on Saturdays in the summer, fall, and late fall.
On a Saturday in September volunteers wade into the Straight River to clean debris and litter from Steele County’s main waterway, fishing out old tires, plastic, furniture, and other items you won’t believe from the river bottom, and getting dirty for a good cause.
Individuals, families or groups can join in getting wet together. Visit their website for the latest information.
Feed My Starving Children is an organization based in the Twin Cities that packs and ships food to the poorest people in the world, supplying aid stations and Christian relief efforts in Haiti, Eastern Africa, and elsewhere. This food is specially designed to supply the physical needs of malnourished people. About half goes to children. Volunteers pack this food in large-scale, energetic, joyful events that even the very young can be part of. Groups can travel to Eagan to be part of ongoing packs.
Owatonna has held a community packing event in the fall since 2011.