In the Community

In October and May, St. James’ holds a Month of Community Service where St. James’ provides a list of opportunities to serve or donate to local charities and organizations.   This is also a great time to think about volunteering to serve as part of your walk with faith.  Please take time to review some of the ministries that serve our community.  If you find any of these outreach ministries interesting and would like to learn more, please contact Laura Posecznick at

COmmunity Service Graphic

St. James’ Month of Community Service is happening in May. This is an opportunity to support local charities, our community and your neighbor.  The online sign-up sheet will be posted the first week of May. Simply register what you would like to donate and bring your items to St. James’ on June 1st from 10am to 12 pm or to any service on June 2nd.

Questions? Please contact Beth Quattrociocchi at, Chris Davis at or the Parish Office at 315.685.7600.

This May the focus will be on projects/donations for:

  • Chapel House in Auburn
  • InterFaith Works
  • Samaritan Center
  • Mission of Miracles-El Salvador Trip
  • Skaneateles Outreach
  • SS Peter & John Soup Kitchen
  • Merman Circle-(Rescue Mission)
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Skaneateles Food Pantry
  • Projects to help local parishioners

How do you get involved?

Ready Set Serve! May 2024 Month of Community Service is Ready for YOU to Sign Up and Make A Difference Locally!

Click the button above and you will be directed to the list of projects. Click on a project, enter your name and you will be contacted with specifics by the project coordinator. 

Projects can be done anytime during the month of May. If you have volunteered to donate an item, you can bring that item May 25 10am-12pm drop it off inside the Church. 

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Quattrociocchi at 607.727.9827, Chris Davis at 315.751.5412, Nancy Graham at 315.317.0138 or leave a message on the church voicemail at 315.685.7600.

The Month of Community Service always fills the church with excitement as we share God’s love. Thank you for your generosity in making a difference locally & abroad!

If you have some Time to GIVE this MAY-St. James’ encourages you to Check OUT the Opportunities Below!

Cayuga Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers to participate in building a Habitat Home. Contact Larry Pidgeon at and he will connect you to a local project.

Matthew House: Volunteers to help with Spring garden clean-up. Contact Beth Quattrociocchi at for clean-up dates.

The Thrift Shop: Volunteer Monthly for 2 to 3 hours or when you are able to help Monday and Tuesday – 10 AM to 2PM, help with donations or Wednesday through Saturday – 1 PM to 4 PM, help customers in shop. Please contact Linda Lavery at

Summer Outdoor Worship Set-up: Parishioners to help set up band instruments and chairs for the 10:45 service during the summer. Contact Beth Quattrociocchi at bqfamily4@gmail.

St. Peter and St. John Soup Kitchen: Volunteers needed for food preparation and serving. Two hour shifts on the last Saturday of the month. Contact Corrinne at

Three Sisters Community Garden is a collaboration of the RJRC, St. James Creation Care Ministry and the Rescue Mission at Merriman Circle. Children from St. James and Merriman Circle will get to know each other, and all participants will learn about the Haudenosaunee legacy of caring for this land and how plants interact with each other. The harvest will be used in the children’s cooking classes at Merriman Circle led by Nancy Lee. Planning meetings took place in February and March. The first planting will take place May 9.

Every Day Volunteer Ideas

Auburn Rescue Mission

With the partnership St. James has with the Auburn Rescue Mission, we have an opportunity to engage the tenants of the Merriman Circle neighborhood in Auburn. The tenants are in a situation where they have recently come out of homelessness and are living in the Merriman Circle neighborhood in an attempt to learn life skills and get a chance to start over.  Opportunities to interact with children include reading, game playing, or activity time for doing fun or creative hobbies or crafts.

St. James’ Cooking Classes for Kids.

St. James has provided years of support for the Auburn Rescue Mission at the Merriman Circle location in Auburn. Over the past years, volunteers have been assisting with numerous activities and crafts for kids. This year the St. James Cooking Classes for Kids began in January. This monthly class on the third Thursday of the month is designed to have kids learn how to make simple recipes working in teams of two. We will be helping the “chefs in training” learn about and prepare healthy foods. The cooking classes will help to build self-esteem and improve social skills as the “chefs” have fun as they create a delicious snack or small meal.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with this exciting program, the kids are looking forward to it. Nancy Lee is coordinating the program. Volunteers do not have to do any preparation, just come to Merriman Circle and assist. Do you like to cook? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a fun recipe to share? The classes will be held the third Thursday of the month from 4-5:30pm. We are also looking for cooking supplies for the “chefs” to use such as measuring and mixing tools. Please contact (call, text, or email) Nancy Lee if you would like to volunteer or donate supplies. Maybe you have some helpful ideas to share as well. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nancy Lee (315-256-8196)

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the Auburn Rescue Mission, please contact the Parish Office to be connected with the volunteer team.

Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry

In 2001, seven local churches – First Presbyterian, Grace Chapel, Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Andrews United Methodist, St. James’ Episcopal, St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic, and Skaneateles United Methodist – combined their food programs into one ecumenical food pantry to collect and distribute food to the needy of the Skaneateles area. The Pantry serves approximately 100 households each month, and provides special holiday distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The people of St. James’ provide weekly food donations, as well as volunteers who serve at the Pantry and on its board of directors.

Soup Kitchen at SS Peter and John in Auburn

This soup kitchen feeds as many as 150 of our hungry neighbors every Saturday, 52 weeks a year.  St. James’ sends volunteers on the last Saturday of the month.  Some work from 9:30 am to 11:30 am preparing food while others work from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm serving and cleaning up.  All you need to help is a willingness to work and smile!