Hands & Hearts of Mercy
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
Teresa of Avila
What We Do:
Let’s put our Hands and Hearts to work at Mercy, come serve with us! Parents and children are invited to serve those most in need throughout our community. See below for volunteer opportunities. If your team, club, or organization would like to serve together, please contact us and we will help schedule that experience for you!
Open Air Ministries:
Offered the 3rd Sunday of every month through May
Every Sunday at 12:00pm-1:00pm homeless men, women and children gather for worship in the parking lot of SVDP next to the SVDP Soup Kitchen. While the men and women listen to bible stories and a sermon to strengthen their faith, their children are given time to gather in small group to enhance their own. We are looking for volunteers to help with the children’s ministry the third Sunday of each month from 12:00-12:45pm. We would love to have you one weekend!
SVDP Sweet Dreams Women and Children’s Shelter:
Offered once a month throughout the year: December 6th, January 17th, February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd.
Love to cook? We are looking for volunteers (and their children) to cook and serve at the SVDP Women and Children’s Homeless Shelter on select nights throughout the year. Volunteers help cook an entrée, vegetable, bread or dessert from home and bring it to the shelter to serve from 5:40pm-7:00pm. Children can help by setting the tables, pouring the drinks, passing out the food and simply having fellowship and fun with the families and kids!
Mercy Shoe and Glove Drive:
Monday, December 2nd-Saturday, December 7th
All week December 2nd-7th we are collecting new and gently used pairs of shoes and gloves for the poor during morning carpool and at Merry Mercy. The gloves will be donated to SVDP Men and Women’s Homeless Shelters to assist those during the winter season. The shoes will be donated to Cameron’s Shoes Foundation, a local non-profit, which collects and distributes shoes to the poor and underprivileged children in Colombia, South America.
Saturday, December 7th from4:00pm-7:00pm
Merry Mercy needs you! Please help us celebrate the beginning of Advent with our annual Merry Mercy parade, alongside fabulous food, music and fun! Volunteers are need for 30 minute time slots throughout the night.
Live to Serve Christmas Toy Drive and Carnival:
Saturday, December 21st from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at The LSU Parker Coliseum
Live to Serve is an organization whose mission is to serve students and those living in poverty in Baton Rouge. We are looking for parent and children volunteers to help with their Toy Drive Giveaway at the Parker Coliseum on December 21st from 2:00-5:00pm. Volunteers are invited to help pass out toys to the children, clothing to the families and assist families with the games, food and fun!
Recommended age of children helpers: 3rd grade and up
No limit on volunteers. To help us get a head count please sign up.