Backpacks of Love
Contact: Marty McPherson
Homelessness and poverty have become much more visible and prominent problems in areas of north metro Atlanta. Backpacks of Love works through social workers in the school systems of Fulton and Forsyth counties to provide weekend meals for food-insecure and homeless children.
In 2018, 18 backpack drops donated 2074 backpacks of food supporting ~250 children per drop. Each backpack supports ~2.1 children per family. There are 18 schools (elementary, middle and high) served by BOL. St. Aidan’s is joined by 4 sister churches (Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta First United Methodist, and Zion Missionary Baptist) with food and monetary donations to the program. 15 St. Aidan’s parishioners provide the ‘hands and feet on the ground’ to make this program run. Backpacks of Love was conceived at St. Aidan’s 8 years ago.
Contact: David Freeman & Becky Fricton
St. Aidan’s sponsors two LifeSouth blood drives each year. LifeSouth is a community blood center, meaning the blood supply collected from our donors directly serves the needs of patients in over 30 local hospitals and Children’s Healthcare facilities. To give blood, you must be in good health, 17 years-old or older or 16 years-old with parental permission and weigh at least 110 pounds. A valid photo I.D. is required. Our next scheduled blood drive is Sunday, October 6th. LifeSouth provides each donor with an emailed cholesterol screening results. And each donor also gets a commemorative tee shirt in appreciation of their donation. For more information regarding our Blood Drives, please contact one of our two Co-Chairpersons.
Crossroads Community Ministries
Contact: Mike Nolan
Crossroads Community Ministries mission is “Empowering people who are homeless to progress on the road toward economic and personal self-sufficiency.” This organization serves over 4,000 homeless men, women, and children annually. Their services include providing a hot lunch meal Monday through Friday and a hot breakfast on Saturday, helping source Birth Certificate and State ID’s, Marta assistance for employment related needs, a special program for Guests with disabilities, mailing service, housing placement for women/children, and health care provided by Mercy Care. Volunteers enable CCM to keep the doors open year-round.
St. Aidan’s serves this ministry through its fantastically fun Sandwich Saturdays, contributing almost 5,560 sandwiches made by many dedicated and cheerful volunteers! In addition, St. Aidan’s supports CCM through financial donations, loose plate offerings, and donations of socks.
The Drake House
Contact: Susan Basile & Katie Thielens
The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless, single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta, designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency.
We help maintain the property by volunteering to help clean empty apartments and tackling any landscaping tasks needed.
Our Parishioners also proudly volunteer at the annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Cranking every August making gallons of homemade ice cream and serving it on the Roswell Square.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Contact: Mary Kathryn Nix
Episopal Relief and Development facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with poverty, hunger, disasters and disease. In addition, they offer resources and training to help communities prepare for disaster and provide emergency support so that they can make a full and sustained recovery.
Contact: Kathy Bump
Family Haven provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families by providing a crisis hotline, emergency shelter, food and clothing and abuse prevention education programs. St. Aidan’s supplies a Christmas dinner for moms and their children at the Family Haven. Their volunteer program is currently on hold, but hopefully will open up in the near future.
Foster Care Support Foundation
Contact: Betsy Jones
This is an all volunteer resource center dedicated to enabling foster families to sustain and promote the development and care of foster children in their care. St. Aidan’s volunteers assist by sorting clothes, cleaning and repairing infant equipment, and shopping for foster children who live outside the Atlanta area.
Contact: Carol Nolan
An outreach ministry associated with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which raises funds and awareness for hunger relief through a sponsored 5K event every spring. This year the Hunger Walk will take place Saturday, March 15th, 2020 at the Home Dept Backyard which is adjacent to the Mercedes Benz Stadium!
North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC)
Contact: Chris Libbey & Andrea Manos
North Fulton Community Charities works to prevent homelessness in the North Fulton area by assisting families with needs for rent, utilities, transportation, food, clothing and medicine and by coordinating special assistance to families during the holidays.
St. Aidan’s hosts food drives during the summer months to support NFCC when their food pantry runs low.
Path to Shine
Contact: Lesley-Ann Drake
Founded in 2010 by Deacon Lesley-Ann, Path To Shine now has 14 locations around Georgia. St. Aidan's volunteers support the Roswell program where 12 children from Mimosa Elementary gather each Wednesday during the school year at St. David's for free mentoring and tutoring support. Contact Deacon Lesley-Ann for more information.
Pill Bottle Ministry
Contact: David Freeman
St. Aidan’s is proud to donate our parishioners used pill bottles. We have partnered with the Matthew 25: Ministries located in Cincinnati, Ohio to provide pill bottles that are used for the medical care in developing countries. This is also a great way to care for our environment by recycling pill bottles. Accepted items include: Prescription (large and small) bottles, bottles with or without child resistant caps, and vitamin bottles of any color. Please remove the labels. If you can’t remove the label without leaving a sticky residue, just mark through the personal information on the bottles and drop them in the donation boxes located in Burtenshaw Hall.
Rise Against Hunger
Contact: Betsy Jones
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. St. Aidan’s packaged 25,000+ meals on August 24 in support of ending hunger. Check back here for updates about next year’s event.