Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

Founded in 1956, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas provides a wide range of programs and services to those in need in our 21 county service area. We believe in offering our neighbors in need a hand up, not a hand out by giving them the help and resources needed for long-term change.

CLICK HERE for a current list of volunteer opportunities.

Contact George Dirnberger, Holy Cross Liaison
Time Commitment Varies

Catholic Career Roundtable (CCR)

The mission of CCR is to introduce business owners to qualified job seekers.  CCR meets each Saturday at Good Shepherd parish (12800 West 75th Street in Shawnee) and welcomes business owners and hiring managers to attend and share career opportunities.  Click here to post or search job openings or for meeting information.  If you have questions or want additional information, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (913) 645-5294.  CCR ... People Finding People Jobs!

Contact Dave McClain
(913)-645-5294
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Time Commitment Weekly Meeting and Follow Up

Food Kitchen (St. Mary's)

Approximately 300 people from our parish are involved in preparing and/or serving a hot lunch to 300-400 people on the third Friday of each month at St. Mary’s Food Kitchen in Kansas City, Kansas. Volunteers who sign up to help prepare the food are called every other month. They may bring a casserole, canned vegetables or fresh fruit to Holy Cross.

Contact Wayne Guelbert
492-1857
Time Commitment 1-4 hours/month

Food for the Hungry

The Catholic Charities North Johnson County Emergency Assistance Center at 9720 W. 87th St. in Overland Park depends primarily on the Catholic parishes of Johnson County to keep its pantry stocked. The Center gives assistance to the many needy in Johnson County. Please donate canned goods or other non-perishables on the last Sunday of each month unless changed in Sunday bulletin.

Contact Church Office
381-2755
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Time Commitment Varies by participation in monthly food collection

Blood Donation

Please donate blood at the Overland Park Community Blood Center located in our parish at 10528 Metcalf Ave. It is open Mondays through Thursdays 8am-6pm, Fridays 8am-3pm, and Saturdays 8am-12noon. Donors are always needed.

Contact Community Blood Center
339-9267
Time Commitment At your convenience

Bereavement Ministry

Losing a loved one through death can leave us feeling alone and confused. The parish’s Bereavement Ministry team offers the prayers and compassion of the entire church to parishioners during their time of mourning. Information about the grieving process, area support groups, and resources is also made available.

Contact Kay Spaniol or Priscilla Obert
383-1157       451-3374
Time Commitment Approximately one hour/month

Homebound Visitors

Besides the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, who bring the Eucharist to the homebound, these volunteers visit members of the parish to provide them companionship. If you are homebound or have a loved one or acquaintance who is homebound, please let the church office know.

Contact Vacant
Time Commitment Varies by need

Hospital Visitors

Volunteers from Holy Cross visit Catholic patients at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Special training is required. (Call for requirements.) This is a very rewarding ministry for both the patient and the Hospital Visitor.

Contact Mary Ann Meert
642-3954
Time Commitment Monthly visits to hospital

Nursing Home Visitors

Volunteers from Holy Cross visit Indian Creek and Indian Meadows Nursing Centers. Sometimes Mass is celebrated and the rosary said. Volunteers host Bingo every fourth Thursday evening and assist the Centers with activities such as games, music and birthday parties. There is a great need for one-on-one visits. At Christmas, we adopt residents without families. The goal of the nursing home ministry is to show the residents that Holy Cross parishioners care.

Contact Carol Reardon
244-6443
Time Commitment Varies by task as listed above

Respect Life

The Respect Life Committee at Holy Cross works to educate the parish members on respect-life issues, providing information on abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, etc.

Contact Becky Dixon
961-5538
Time Commitment Monthly meetings + projects

Social Justice Ministry

Social Justice Ministry at Holy Cross provides parishioners with opportunities to practice justice through service, education, prayer and advocacy, using Catholic Social Teaching as our inspiration and guide.

Contact Vacant
381-2755
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Time Commitment Varies with needs

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Join other Holy Cross parishioners in partnering with area churches to provide meals and/or visits with homeless families as they regain independence. Training required.

Contact Shirley Maxwell
897-2127
Time Commitment A few hours or more, once a quarter
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