St. Matthew parish gives 10% of our offertory to charity each year. We support vital ecumenical programs such as:

Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS)

ACTS provides emergency financial assistance to Bulloch County residents. ACTS is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-11 am and is located in the Outreach Center, 515 Denmark Street. Volunteers are needed to answer the phones, help interview clients, and to assist with other office work. Contact Beth Kadlec at or Paula Cunningham at 912-764-8568 or via email at

 Backpack Buddies

The parish provides backpacks full of food to help provide weekend meals to local school children who are below the poverty line, currently supporting 28 children. Volunteers meet in the kitchen on Friday to pack the bags and deliver them to the Mill Creek Elementary School. Contact Pattie Beblowski at 912-587-5632.

Funeral Meals

One way that the parish reaches out to the bereaved is by providing a meal for them and their guests after the funeral. Volunteers will be contacted when a funeral takes place and asked to help with food or serving the meal. Contact Melinda Cannady at 912-681-6726 or via email at:

Giving Tree

St. Matthew Parish works with local agencies such as the Department of Family and Children Services to provide Christmas gifts for those who would otherwise have no gifts to open on Christmas morning. Every year before Christmas, names and suggested gifts are pasted to cards and hung from a Christmas tree in the lobby. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, sign-ups, and sorting returned gifts. Contact Melinda Cannady at 912-681-6726 or via email at

Nursing Home Visitation

Volunteers are needed to deliver gift baskets and visit with parishioners who are in nursing homes or are homebound. Please contact the Melinda Cannady at 912-681-6726 or via email at

 Silver Lining Club

This ecumenical outreach is respite care for Alzheimer’s and other elderly patients. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the various activities and to provide a small luncheon. St. Matthew Parish provides volunteers on a rating basis (but weekly volunteers are always welcome). The Silver Lining Club meets every Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, at First Presbyterian Church 1215 Fair Rd. Contact Mark Yocco at 912-481-1067 or via email at:

Soup Kitchen

This ecumenical ministry meets every Saturday at First United Methodist Church from 10:45 am – 1 pm, to prepare and distribute meals to those in need.  All ages are invited to be a part of this ministry. St. Matthew volunteers put together sandwiches, trimmings, and serve the meals. Volunteers also deliver bag lunches to The Summit apartments. We staff the program approximately every six weeks. Contact Jackie Coston at 912-690-1071 or via email at or Paula Cunningham at 912-764-8568 or via email at

Worn Threads

This ecumenical outreach collects good and gently-used clothing and small household items. These are donated or sold to those in need at a low price. Volunteers help sort, price, and sell items. Worn Threads is open M, W, F, from 10 am – 2 pm, Sat., 10 am – noon, and Th from 2-4 pm. Contact Alex Lota at 912-681-6726 or via email at

Open Hearts Community Mission Homeless Shelter.

For information about Open Hearts Community Mission volunteer training and opportunities please contact Jim Lewis via email at: or text: 912-655-5118