Outreach Opportunities


Since the founding, Saint Ambrose has had a strong history of supporting those in need in our community as well as those in other places. The parish has a number of collections for items like food, clothing, Christmas gifts among many other things. There have also been a number of second collections over the years that have provided needed funds for local, national and international programs. As a parish, Saint Ambrose also provides funding to help a number of local, regional and worldwide charities by tithing part of our general collection. In 2004, our then pastor, Fr. Tom Walker with Pastoral Minister Deacon Larry Amell, formed a Financial Outreach Committee to help decide how these funds are to be distributed. This committee meets regularly to help in this process. Every month, we will begin publishing the agencies who are going to receive funding from the parish. We will also be spotlighting one particular charity each month, so that the community can learn more about them. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Larry Amell @ 651.768.3008. Thank you!


The Outreach committee is looking for volunteers on October 12th from 9-11 am to help at the Christian Cupboard Produce Fair. This is a family friendly service opportunity. Contact Deacon Larry Amell to sign up for this event @ 651.768.3008.


Friends In Need Food Shelf

For more than 25 years, Friends in Need Food Shelf has been serving residents of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island with food as well as referrals for other services. Their mission is simply to provide food and resources for those in need with the vision of improving lives by ending hunger. Saint Ambrose gives quarterly budgeted financial support to the food shelf.

Here are the Outreach Recipients for June:

Options for Women East $1,400

NPH - USA $1,500

Theresa Living Center $1,250

Christian Cupboard Food Shelf $2,500

Franciscan Brothers of Peace $1,500

San Lucas Toliman Mission $1,000

Alley Shoppe $1,250

Family Place $750

Friends in Need Food Shelf $2,250

Merrick Family Services $1,500

Hope for the Journey Home $750

Cookie Cart $1,000

St. Mary’s Mission $1,000

Community Thread $250

Urban Roots $500

Total: $18,400

The Outreach committee works with local charities to attempt to meet the immediate needs of the less fortunate mostly by the collection of goods and providing volunteer opportunities. Some of the charities the Outreach committee supports include:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Christian Cupboard
  • Indian Ministries
  • Alley Shoppe



  For more information on our Outreach programs, please contact:
  Deacon Larry Amell