Newman Volunteer Corps

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Newman Volunteer Corps is a program committed to helping both student and resident parishioners grow in compassion through education, action, reflection and prayer on social justice concerns. Each month, NVC offers programming aimed at education, action, reflection and prayer. A Day of Service each semester will bring parishioners together for a prayer service or Mass to then send them out for service in Columbia. Contact NVC at to find out what’s coming up, or about more ways you can get involved!

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Regular Opportunities with NVC:

Mentoring At-Risk Kids (MARK)

The Newman Center organizes groups of volunteers to mentor students in local after school programs here in Columbia. Volunteers assist with educational activities, help the children with their homework, and join in recreation.  The most important mission of the volunteers is to care for the children and serve as good models, encouraging them to take their studies seriously and to make a positive difference in this world. Volunteers commit to 2 hours per week of service on a regular weekday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. All those interested will be required to complete the “Virtus: Protecting God’s Children” training and have an initial meeting with a representative. If you are interested in helping with the mentoring program, please complete the form HERE or contact Megan McCrate at .

Never Alone Ministry to the Elderly (NAME)

Defeat loneliness by helping to brighten the day for our elderly brothers and sisters in Christ.  We have great groups of student and resident parishioners who visit and have befriended our older neighbors.  The groups meet in the Gathering Space at the red couch and return there an hour and half later. We visit on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays  from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  If you’d like to join us or figure out a way to fit this into your schedule, please contact Fr. Joseph Minuth, OP at or Abrea Mizer at


Hear Abrea Mizer speak on standing up for the dignity of the elderly.

Interfaith Garden

Beth Shalom Interfaith Garden is a Garden run by congregation Beth Shalom Jewish house of worship and parishoners of St. Thomas More Newman Center  to raise organically grown produce, which goes to the Central Missouri Food Pantry for distribution to low income members of the Columbia community.

Volunteers meet every Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and/or every Wednesday from 9-11a.m.

The garden site is at Congregation Beth Shalom, 500 W. Green Meadows Rd.

Volunteers can help with nearly every part of the gardening process and people are also needed who can help with chores involving lifting and moving heavy supplies and equipment. Individuals with knowledge of and interest in landscaping with flowers to attract beneficial insects are needed as well!

If interested, contact Lily Chan at

The Food Bank

The Food Bank provides hunger relief through distribution of millions of pounds of donated food annually. It runs largely on volunteers helping to label and repackage food for shipment to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters for the abused and homeless, and a number of other programs.

Newman goes to The Food Bank on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6:00 to 8 p.m.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is a soup kitchen run by Catholic Worker, an organization founded by Dorothy Day during the Great Depression. The Loaves and Fishes in Columbia provides a hot meal to around 100 people 365 days a year.

NVC prepares and serves the dinner every 2nd Wednesday. Cooking begins at 2:30 p.m. and servers are asked to arrive at 4:30 p.m. Clean up will end at approximately 6:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in helping serve, meet us at Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church. If you are interested in car pooling, please contact NVC to orgaize rides.

Links to the Loaves and Fishes sign up can be found in the weekly bulletin or on the Newman Volunteer Corps Facebook page.

Use this link to sign up to help serve dinner or provide desserts on September 13.

Contact Karen Althage at 573-289-2695 or Megan McCrate at for more information!

Hear Yvonne Chamberlain speak about standing up for the dignity of the homeless.


Pro-Life Activities

Annual Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City

Spring 2015 Day of Service Video