Community Outreach and Social Justice

Student CrossThe organizations and initiatives on this page were chosen because they offer both team and individual volunteer opportunities.


The Community Table (TCT)

Address: 320 Putnam Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701

TCT provides one meal daily 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: 715.839.9123

Beacon House

Website:   Address: 309 E. Lake Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Beacon House is a shelter for homeless families and pregnant women. Twenty-five local churches and organizations take turns hosting a week with each organization hosting 4-5 weeks a year. Join a Newman team or volunteer individually in making and serving meals, visiting with clients, helping children with home-work, and staying overnight. All of these are individual shifts.
Newman Contact: Lou Hoeschen
Phone: 715.726.1936

Sojourner House

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

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

St. Francis Food Pantry

Address: 1221 Truax Blvd, Eau Claire, WI 54703  Website:
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:

Bolton Refuge House

Address: 807 S. Farwell Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701  Website:
Bolton Refuge House addresses needs of victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Volunteers are needed to help with clerical and reception work, yard work, maintenance, and children’s services. Volunteers under 16 need adult supervision.
Newman Contact: Kay Magadance
Phone: 715.832.1507 Email:

Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Address: 2233 Golf Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701  Website:
Habitat for Humanity builds homes so everyone has a decent place to live. Volunteer activities available:  help organize the warehouse, build homes, landscape, minor house repairs, special projects, and office staff support.
Newman Contact: Peter Raleigh
Phone: 715.308.7896

Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

Address: 836 Richard Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54701  Website:
The CV Free Clinic provides health care to and advocacy for Chippewa Valley residents who have no reasonable health care alternative. Volunteers needed during clinic hours include physicians/physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, clinic receptionist, social workers/ patient advocate. During non-clinic hours volunteers needed include administrative assistants (filing, mailings, data entry, general office help), office receptionists, web site manager, social media specialist, meal preparers for 6-10 volunteers during clinic, technical writers, special project workers (fundraising/grant writing/work projects), public relations assistant, and special events photographer.
Newman Contact: Sue Tienor
Phone: 715.832.5983

Literacy Volunteers – Chippewa Valley

Address: Building D02, Suite 301, 800 Wisconsin Street #70, Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715.834.0222
Literacy Volunteers – Chippewa Valley helps adults and their families move ahead by developing stronger literacy skills. Literacy improvement impacts running a home, handling a job, and engaging in the community. Volunteers work in pairs, small groups, or open lab tutoring for either English language learners or native English speakers. Enjoy helping where your time makes a tangible difference! Tutor training is enjoyable and required. Other volunteer opportunities may include office work or helping with fundraisers, such as the Scrabble Bee.
Newman Contact: Donna Raleigh
Phone: 715.308.7884

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

Feed My People Food Bank

Address: 2610 Alpine Road, Eau Claire, WI 54703 Website:
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: Kris Kempf
Phone: 715.287.3358

JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)

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

  • The Treatment Instead of Prison Task Force helped create the model alternative court system for which Eau Claire is known.
  • The Environmental Task Force works with others in the community to promote green practices.
  • The Economic Justice Task Force is developing a prototype for a community fund which would provide an alternative to payday loans.

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