Volunteer Opportunities

There is no greater gift than giving of oneself.

The vibrant life of our parish and all of its ministries relies on each of our parishioners sharing their time and their talents in the community. We are all called to live as examples of Christ’s love by offering our unique, God-given gifts in service to others.

With so many groups and ministries, finding the right fit may be challenging. As you explore the list below, you will certainly hear a small voice inside saying, “I have gifts for that” or “I could do that” or “I would find great joy serving in this capacity”. Matching gifts and opportunities is much of what parish ministry is all about. You have many gifts – here are many opportunities!

Current volunteer opportunities:

Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) Mailer Stuffing

St. Joseph Parish Office needs assistance with their Annual Catholic Appeals mailings. Help is needed from 9am-12pm on June 2, 16, and 30. Sign up today!
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

ADORERS NEEDED: We need Substitute Adorers. If you were on our Adoration Substitute List previously and would like to resume, please get in touch with Shirley Buckmier. If you would like to continue as a substitute or be placed on the list, call the parish office for contact information.
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Faith Formation

We are seeking fully-initiated adults with a love of the faith and a desire to minister to young people in Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Sundays during the 9:00 a.m. Mass), RCIA adapted for children and teens, and Vacation Bible School, specifically someone to serve as the director though other positions are also available. If you have a heart and desire to minister in children’s ministry, please contact Tracy Joy on Sundays at the Welcome Center or weekdays at the parish office.
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Funeral Ministry

We are in need of volunteers who would be willing to be on call for funeral receptions. When a funeral is scheduled, a coordinator will send another Sign-up Genius to people on the list to assist with providing hospitality, serving refreshments, and doing some light cleanup. At most, volunteers will be at the church for three hours, usually mid-day on weekdays. You can sign up on a case-by-case basis, depending on your availability.
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Host Team: Ushers

Assist with seating and offertory collection. Ideally, each Mass has a Lead Usher and at least three other team members.
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Host Team: Greeters

Greeters are the first people to welcome those who come for worship during Mass. They help answer any questions a guest or visitor has and can direct them as needed.
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Live Stream Operators

This behind the scenes position is critical for the live stream of the Mass. Technical training is required as well as the ability to be adaptable to changes in the liturgy at a moments notice.
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Life, Justice and Peace: Bertha's Place

Prepare & Serve a Monthly Meal for Bertha’s Place Help prepare and serve meals to residents at Vancouver’s two newest shelters: Bertha’s Place and Bertha’s Too. These shelters, operated by Catholic Community Services, offer shelter and services to about 90 women, couples, and people over 55. Volunteers will prepare, transport, and serve a meal once a month for the people at each shelter. For more information and to sign up, contact Ian Salzman at ians@stjoevan.org

Life, Justice and Peace: PREPARES Volunteer

PREPARES is a parish-based initiative of the Catholic Bishops of Washington state that focuses on serving mothers, fathers, and their children up to the age of 5. About a dozen parishioners have been meeting to discern how our parish can serve the material, emotional, and relational needs of families in our parish and our city. Contact Christine if you're interested in learning more about this ministry.
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Life, Justice and Peace: Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO)

Thank you to our volunteers who continue to support this ministry. If you would like to volunteer during the month of MARCH click here: In partnership with SHARE. We have two volunteer shifts; 6 - 10 pm and again, 6:30 - 9 am. SHARE will provide overnight staffing from 10 pm – 8 am. WHO is following the SHARE Volunteer Protocol, which requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated and have a current background* check. Please bring your proof of vaccine with you on the day you volunteer.
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Life, Justice and Peace: WHO Meal Preparation

Volunteer to prepare a meal during March. We are asking for 2 crock pot size meals per night - except Tuesday nights (leftover night). We will have up to 30 guests. Each sign up slot should feed 10 to 15 guests, if we do that we will have plenty. Please deliver the meal to the front entrance of St Andrew between 6PM and 6:30PM. There is a bell clearly marked WHO to alert staff and volunteers you have arrived. We ask everyone to wear a mask and sign in if you enter the building.
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Parish Garden

Volunteer Opportunity For Gardeners - The Parish Garden consists of 12 raised beds in a fenced-off area, just east of St. Joseph School on Highland Drive. All seeds, plants, tools, and supplies are provided, and the time commitment is flexible. Parish and school families are welcome to participate in the garden. The season runs from spring until late fall. For more information, please contact Adrienne at arizzo41@gmail.com or Anne at amberhillanne@live.com.
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