Throughout the year, the Human Concerns Committee provides a variety of services and support to people in need. Those who are active on this committee serve as God's helpers. Members can choose to participate in one or more of the sponsored activities. Each Fall, this committee works with St. Ben's in Milwaukee to collect items for the homeless. During Advent, gifts are collected through our Angel Giving Tree for needy organizations in the Milwaukee area. Twice a year, the Human Concerns Committee sponsors a blood drive. In Spring, a letter writing campaign to congressional leaders is held to advocate on behalf of hungry people everywhere. The Human Concerns Committee also works with Southwest Interfaith, which provides services for the elderly. General meetings are held 4 times a year. New members are always welcome
AIDS Walk Wisconsin
This charitable walk is held each year in the Fall. The Human Concerns Committee encourages walkers and financial sponsorship of walkers. Funds raised by this event help support the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin Medical Center which provides quality medical, dental, and mental health care, as well as social services, for people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the state.
St. Martin of Tours, in cooperation with the Blood Center of Wisconsin, sponsors two blood drives at the church each year (February and August). Blood donors are solicited though pulpit announcements, posters, newspaper articles, and post cards sent in the U.S. mail. Volunteers are needed to provide treats for the blood donors and to work in the canteen area the day of the blood drive.
Bread for the World Offering of Letters
Bread for the World is a non-partisan, Christian citizens' movement in the United States whose mission is to end hunger worldwide. Once a year, parishioners at St. Martin of Tours parish are offered the opportunity to write and send letters to their elected senators and representatives in Washington, D. C. in support of legislation which aids the poor and hungry everywhere.
Christmas Angel Giving Tree
Each year during Advent, parishioners are invited to choose an angel or envelope from the Giving Tree. Each of these angels or envelopes lists an item needed by local organizations. It is requested that gifts be returned to the church in time for holiday distribution. Past recipients have included Franciscan Peacemakers, Milwaukee Center for Independence, S.E.T. Ministry, the Franklin Indian School, the Christ Child Society, Fr. Genes’ Help Center and the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin.
Common Ground is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens in Southeastern Wisconsin, dedicated to identifying pressing social problems facing our community and to bringing about creative solutions.
Lenten Rice Bowls
On Ash Wednesday, small cardboard containers are distributed to all students enrolled in St. Martin of Tours Parish School and Monday Evening Religious Education Classes. As these students deny themselves during Lent, they put the money that they save into these containers. The containers are then returned to the church at the end of Lent. Donated monies are used towards supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts locally, as well as in communities throughout the world.
St. Martin of Tours Food Pantry
The food pantry is available to any parish members, friends, or neighbors who need assistance with providing enough to eat for themselves and their families. The food pantry has regularly scheduled hours of operation. Donations of nonperishable food items are accepted at any time. Pantry hours - 10am-noon every Tuesday, 6-7pm second and fourth Thursday's of the month. The areas we service are 53215, 53129, 53130, 53132, 53150, and 53154.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Parishioners knit and/or crochet prayer shawls for distribution to parish members who are ill or hospitalized. Prayers have been said for the recipients during the process of making the shawls as well as after they have been received.
Southside Meal Program
This program was organized by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. St. Martin of Tours Parish has four teams, each composed of a captain, a co-captain, and about 15 people. Each team is asked to work three times a year, on the second Sunday of the month. The Southside Meal Program provides and serves meals to about 200-350 people. The meal program site is located at 931 W. Madison St., Milwaukee.
Southwest Interfaith (Elder Outreach)
Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. was incorporated in 1975. It has established many programs focusing on quality services, social opportunities, and valuable resources to enhance the welfare of older adults and the family caregivers who support them. The Human Concerns Committee has a representative who attends the Southwest Interfaith group meetings. On Grandparents Day each September, mums are sold, with proceeds supporting the work of Southwest Interfaith.