Community Outreach and Social Justice

Newman Parish Community Outreach

This flyer describes community volunteer activities that are aligned with Catholic Social Teachings and that need Newman group and/or individual help. All of these organizations qualify for UWEC service learning hours.

Beacon House

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

Phone: 715.726.1936  Email:

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
Phone: 715.832.1507 Email:

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

Phone: 715.832.5983  Email:

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.
Newman Contact: Peter Raleigh

Phone: 715.308.7896  Email:

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

Phone: 715.379.4110  Email:

. . .For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a sojourner and you welcomed me . . .
                                       Matthew 25:35


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.

Newman Contact: Kathy Pinter
Phone: 715.720.6059  Email:

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.

Newman Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Needed *

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.

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   Phone: 715.834.4899

. . . And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.”. . .                                                                                                                   Matthew 25:40


Literacy– Chippewa Valley

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

Phone: 715.834.0222


Literacy – Chippewa Valley helps adults and their families move ahead by developing stronger literacy skills. Volunteers work 1:1, in small groups, or open lab tutoring 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

Phone: 715.308.7884  Email:

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.

Newman Contact: Jane O’Meara

Phone: 715.834.8866  Email:

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 guests, handing out bedding and securing guests’ belongings.
Newman Contact: Ken Ripp

Phone: 715.832.3296  Email:

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: Sue McNally
Phone: 715-832-3711  Email:


Newman Contact: Kathie Schneider Phone: 715-833-0977 Email:

*If you are interested in being the Newman contact for an organization, please contact Mary Richmond at 715.834.3399.