How can I help the OKC Catholic Workers?

OKC Catholic Worker HOME

We provide assistance to the poor by delivering emergency groceries to people in need who do not have transportation to get to a regular food bank. We also provide other assistance as we are able, in particular to help people cope with the loss of utility service, although we do not have funding to help people pay utility bills or rent. Each week we prepare and deliver 20 to 40 bags of groceries. We can always use donations of food and other items listed below. They may be delivered to 1524 NW 21st in Oklahoma City (if nobody is home, simply leave them on the porch).

Based on our statement of mission, the "Works of Justice and Peace," we believe that we should model the reign of Christ that we wish to see victorious over all the earth, & that this begins with how we personally live & how we spend our money. Thus, we also have several urban sustainable living projects, promote justice and solidarity, & have an active internet apostolate of websites and discussion groups, which are visited by more than 500 people every day, from 86 different countries.

Food items needed:

rice, beans, cornbread mix, pasta, oatmeal, potatoes, onions, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, ramen noodles, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meat, tuna, spaghetti sauce, bread, eggs, canned fruit, fresh fruit, hard candies, cookies, crackers, flour, cooking oil, powdered milk.

Non-food items:

propane heaters and propane tanks, kerosene heaters and kerosene, hot plates, crock pots, electric frying pans, toaster ovens, solar cookers, camp stoves that run on bottled propane, wood stoves & fire wood, propane & kerosene refrigerators, blankets; bed sheets, towels, rolls of plastic & lathe to cover people's windows, garden tools, seeds, fabric, sewing notions, patterns.

Volunteer opportunities:

on Saturday mornings, we bag groceries and deliver them, starting at 9 AM. As winter approaches, we would like to organize some teams to go out and put plastic over the windows of poor people we know. We also need people with wood working skills for our window box solar heater project.

Other ways you can help:

Pray for the poor, come to our prayer meetings. Live in a more sustainable way that shows proper stewardship of God's creation: start a compost pile for your yard trimmings and food waste, declare your independence from mindless consumerism by reducing your consumption, watch less TV, drive a fuel-efficient car, shop at locally owned independent businesses.

The Works of Justice and Peace

A little way of non-cooperation with evil

+Live simply and justly in solidarity with the poor and marginalized and be a good neighbor. Make no war on them, rather, be one with them in spirit, truth, and love.

+Hear the truth when it is spoken to you. Discern the signs of the times and speak truth -- to power, to the people, and to the Church.

+Make injustice visible -- witness, remember, teach, proclaim, tell. Light candles, do not curse the darkness.

+Protect the poor and powerless-- listen, learn, educate, organize, empower participation, and respect life from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.

+Work for reconciliation with truth, evangelism, catechesis, orthopraxis.

+Celebrate life, goodness, beauty, virtue, responsibility, and joy. Practice peace, non-violence, servant leadership, harmony, community, voluntary cooperation, and the proper stewardship of God's creation. Pray without ceasing.

+ Ensure fair distribution, subsidiarity, economic opportunity, justice, and food security for everyone everywhere.