Community Partners: Service & Outreach

Active Partners in our Community

With a core mission of building bridges and connecting with our neighbors, St. John’s actively supports many education, food and housing programs in the Greater Hartford community.

For more information about St. John’s local community partnerships and how you can get involved, contact the Community Service chairperson, Lisa Mahoney, or the parish office.  Specific volunteer opportunities are publicized through the Sunday bulletin and weekly e-mail newsletter.

LOAVES & FISHES serves a hot meal five days a week at Immanuel Congregational Church (Farmington Avenue and Woodland Street). St. John’s volunteers shop for food, prepare and serve meals every second Wednesday of the month. Volunteers rotate responsibilities for preparing and serving.

THE GRACE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST FOOD PANTRY, located on Prospect Avenue near the entrance to Elizabeth Park, provides nonperishable groceries every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to anyone in need. St. John’s collects nonperishable food to donate to the food pantry, and also donates produce from our community garden.

GRACE ACADEMY is a school for girls from underserved communities in Hartford. St. John’s sponsors a student (covering her tuition, fees, uniform, etc.), and parish volunteers also participate in many activities with the students, including a Girl Scout troop, craft workshops, and community service activities.

COVENANT PREP is a school for boys from underserved communities in Hartford. St. John’s provides financial and other support.

TRINITY ACADEMY is a co-educational elementary school housed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford. St. John’s provides financial and other support.

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION (FLE) aims to build a stronger community by fostering partnerships that engage families in a participatory process leading to self-efficacy. St. John’s volunteers support by helping with projects, such as grounds clean-up and planting.

CHRISTMAS GIFT BAGS FOR KIDS are given to children participating in the Stronger Families, Stronger Future program, which offers case management, developmental screening and parenting education for parents/caregivers of children ages birth to 5 years. Each Christmas, St. John’s parishioners provide Christmas gifts and necessities to 60 families participating in this program.

ESOL AND CITIZENSHIP CLASSES, run by the Town of West Hartford, take place at St. John’s four days a week during the school year. New immigrants and refugees from all over the world come to St. John’s to learn English and study for their citizenship tests. Besides providing space for these programs in our building, St. John’s provides significant financial support.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND JOURNEY HOME provide stable, safe housing for low-income individuals and families. St. John’s volunteers help build Habitat houses, and clean and furnish apartments for people transitioning out of homelessness via Journey Home.

THE REFUGEE MINISTRY supports a recently arrived refugee family as they establish a new life in Connecticut. St. John’s works in partnership with IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) and St. James’s Church, West Hartford. Most recently, the two churches supported a Syrian family during their first years as West Hartford residents.

ST. JOHN’S COMMUNITY GARDEN was established in 2018 to grow a variety of vegetables that are distributed to neighbors in need and our local food pantry during the growing season.