It is the vision of the Social Action Committee that the principles of Catholic social teaching be integrated into every aspect of our parish. This vision includes providing opportunities for parishioners to serve in the areas of charity and outreach, advocacy, community organizing, and solidarity.
We meet the first Thursday of every month, except for July and August. Contact Gene Hartman for more information.
What We Do
Lenten Almsgiving Project
Each year, we are responsible for the Lenten Almsgiving Project. In 2018, we selected two local charities for item collection: Brigid’s Path and Homefull.
- Brigid’s Path helps babies born with drug dependency.
- Homefull helps people find and keep jobs and homes.
During Lent, a display is set up in the Gathering Space with bins for parishioners to donate items from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday.
Kettering Summer Lunch Program
At the Oak Creek apartments in Kettering, lunches are served during the summer to children who normally participate in their school’s free lunch program during the school year. Our Social Action Committee and the Youth Group are responsible for providing and serving lunches for one week each summer. Around 65 to 70 lunches are served each day.
A subcommittee was formed to provide awareness of sustainability opportunities to our parishioners through articles in the SPUR and LIGHT, and by educational events such as Sustainability Day, which was held on the church Plaza on October 1, 2017.
In early 2018, there was a drive to have parishioners take the “Household Green Assessment.” Along with the facilities assessment and Sustainability Day, St. Charles has now met the criteria to be recognized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a “Laudato Si’ Parish,” living out Pope Francis’ message of caring for God’s creation.
The Giving Tree is an annual Advent project to collect Christmas gifts for several charities.
Fair Trade Sale
Fair Trade helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Every December, there is a local Fair Trade Sale, recently at the University of Dayton’s River Campus. In 2017, we were responsible for the set-up and sale of household items.
We are responsible for the food barrels at the doors of our church. One of our members coordinates the volunteers who deliver the donated items to the Catholic Social Services food pantry on a weekly basis.
Weavers of Justice
We are members of the Weavers of Justice, a group of Dayton-area parishes and Catholic organizations who work together on social justice issues, receiving staff support from the Archdiocese Social Action Office. Weaver’s activities that we recently supported include the 10,000 letters for Dreamers, Fair Trade Sale and Distinguished Speaker program.
SPUR and LIGHT
We provide articles in the St. Charles weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter to educate and engage parishioners on our activities and social justice issues in general.
Transportation for Ignation Retreats
We transport people who have experienced homelessness to and from retreats at Bergamo. We take them from a shelter Saturday morning to Bergamo and back again Sunday afternoon.
Our committee may also pursue other opportunities. A recent example is Seeds of Peace. They were founded and operated by one man with the goal of offering safe activities to Dayton youth. We were instrumental in their obtaining 501(c)3 charitable status and improving their visibility in the community, especially by having them publicized in the Dayton Daily News.
We meet monthly with other Outreach Ministries at St. Charles to keep informed and look for opportunities to collaborate.