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Newman Parish Community Outreach


These volunteer activities are aligned with Catholic Social Teaching and need Newman group and/or individual help. Most of these organizations also qualify for UWEC service learning hours. If you are a college student interested in volunteering please email 

Stationary members interested in volunteering can contact

Sojourner House 


Address: 618 S. Barstow Street, Eau Claire, WI


Sojourner House, a homeless shelter for men and women, needs help for the 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. shift and the 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. shift. Join a Newman team or volunteer individually in serving a prepared meal, registering guets, handing out bedding and securing guests' belongings. 

Newman Contact: Ken Ripp 

The Community Table (TCT)

Address: 320 Putnam Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701


TCT provides a daily meal for those in need of nourishment for body and for soul. Join a Newman team or volunteer individually to prepare/serve a meal and help with clean up.


Newman Contact: Laurie Hittman 

Beacon House (Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley)

Address: 309 E. Lake Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701


Beacon House is a shelter for homeless families and pregnant women. Join a Newman team or volunteer individually in making and serving meals, visiting with clients, helping children with home work, and staying overnight.


Newman Contact: Lou Hoeschen 

Bolton Refuge House


Address: 807 S. Farwell Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701


Bolton Refuge House addresses needs of victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Volunteers are needed to help with cleaning, answering phones and clerical/reception work, yard work, maintenance, children’s services, fundraising, language assistance, and/or special skills. Volunteers of all ages are welcome although volunteers who are under the age of 13 must be volunteering with an adult and with the permission of their guardian/parent. Volunteers 13-17 must have guardian/parent permission. Visit their website and click on Volunteer to learn more about volunteer opportunities.


Newman Contact: Kay Magadance 

Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

Address: 816 Porter Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701



The CV Free Clinic provides health care to and advocacy for Chippewa Valley residents who have no reasonable health care alternative. Medical professional volunteers are needed during clinic hours such as pharmacists, pharm techs, doctors/NP’s, and dentists. During non-clinic hours 15-20 volunteers are needed. These include administrative assistants (filing, mailings, data entry, general office help), office receptionists, social media specialists, meal preparers, technical writers, special project workers (fundraising/grant writing/ work projects), public relations assistants, and special events photographers.


Newman Contact: Sue Tienor 

Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity


Address: 2233 Golf Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701


Habitat for Humanity builds homes so everyone has a decent place to live. Volunteer activities available:  help organize the warehouse, help at the resale store, build homes, landscape, minor house repairs, special projects, and office staff support.

Family Respite Care

Home Health Hospice (Mayo Clinic)
715.838.3045 or 715.831-0100


St. Joseph’s Hospice, 800.726.3485
Provide a variety of care activities (e.g. grocery shopping) for families with a member in Hospice Care. Requires some training.

Feed My People Food Bank

Address: 2610 Alpine Road, Eau Claire, WI 54703


Feed My People provides food to hunger-relief agencies in West Central Wisconsin. Teams and individual volunteers are needed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and occasionally in the evening to repack bulk food, sort food donations, label cans, fill food orders, and drive truck to make deliveries. Volunteers must be 16 or older.

IM Church: Inclusive Ministry of Eau Claire 

Address: 337 Lake St, Eau Claire, WI 54703

IM Church offers a monthly, ecumenical worship and fellowship for people with cognitive and other disabilities, friends and families. Services, followed by a meal are held at Lake Street Methodist Church. Volunteers help with lessons, music meal preparation, serving and clean-up. 


Newman Contact: Kathie Schneider 

JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)


JONAH brings people of various faith traditions together to work on local social justice issues to create positive living conditions for all and to strengthen our local communities. JONAH organizes its work through specific task forces. Here are examples of the kind of task forces JONAH promotes.

The Criminal Justice Reform Task Force addresses the negative effects of solitary confinement and mental health issues. It works closely with EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing) to reduce recidivism and to help people re-enter the community successfully.

With the goal of safety for all, the Immigration Task Force is working to restore driving privileges to non-documented immigrants, to provide rides for non-drivers, and to establish a positive relationship between immigrants and local police.


A new task force, Affordable Housing, works to provide ways to increase affordable housing in the area.


The End Childhood Poverty Task Force strives to reduce the number of local children living in poverty.

Members are free to join any of the task forces, create a new task force or simply be a supporting member.

Newman Contact: Betty Hurst 

Literacy - Chippewa Valley 

Address: 510 S. Farwell St. Eau Claire, WI 54701


Literacy - Chippewa Valley helps adults and their families move ahead by developing stronger literacy skills. Volunteers work 1:1 or in small groups for either English language learners or native English speakers. Tutor training is enjoyable and required. Other volunteer opportunities may include office work or helping with fundraisers. 


Newman Contact: Donna Raleigh 

St. Francis Food Pantry 

Address: 1221 Truax Blvd, Eau Claire, WI 54703


St. Francis Food Pantry distributes food to the needy. Volunteers are needed to package bulk food, stock shelves, help with food distribution, and clean. 

Tutoring for Regis Middle and High School Students (UWEC Students)

Address: 2100 Fenwick Ave, Eau Claire, WI, 54701

Regis Catholic High School and Middle School is looking for UWEC students to serve as tutors for students who require extra academic supports. Specifically, RMS and RHS are looking for UWEC students with the following qualifications/skills:

·         Emotional maturity

·         Patience, positive, dependable, flexible, and cooperative

·         Ability to respond to supervision and correction constructively

·         Passion for working with adolescents in a school setting

·         Sincere interest in working with adolescents who require extra learning supports

·        Ability to commit to volunteering 2-4 hours per week at RMS/RHS, Monday-Thursday between 7:45 am and 4:00 pm

Regis Contact: Ellen Killian

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