St. John the Baptist has a long history of outreach ministry. Our parishioners have a strong volunteer presence among many local agencies, giving their time and talent in a variety of ways. We welcome your participation, if interested please contact Clara Escobar.
Milton Community Food Pantry
St. John the Baptist collects food for this food pantry, which distributes weeky from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays at Goshen Hall, 114 Federal Street, Milton. Drop-off of donations in the basket at the church vestibule or at Goshen Hall is also welcomed on Sundays at noon.
Some Milton-area kids are reliant upon school lunches but do not get them during the summer. To help fill hungry stomachs, the parish distributes free brown-bag lunches on Thursdays in the summer at the lot across Wharton Street from our parking lot. View a recent press release of this program here.
Meals on Wheels
We contribute to this service which brings meals and social support to vulnerable, high-risk seniors and disabled persons in eastern Sussex County.
Clothes for Children
We collect clothes for Milton children in need, under the guidance of parishioner Celeste Babiarz. Those interested in helping are asked to contact her for specific clothing items most needed.
The Way Home
We contribute to this ministry based in Georgetown, Delaware, which assists those who have been released from incarceration and need help assimilating back into the larger community.
Community Resource Center
With monetary support and volunteers the parish helps this organization which assists people primarily in the Cape Henlopen school district who are homeless, jobless and otherwise in need of regaining their financial independence and their self-respect.
Casa San Francisco
We contribute to this ministry, located here in Milton, which provides emergency shelter and is a food cooperative and emergency food pantry.
We contribute to this, our diocesan camp and conference center, located here in Sussex County.
Outreach Yard Sale
St. John the Baptist participates in Milton's Spring Town-wide Yard Sale. In addition to yard sale items, we sell refreshments, including hot dogs, sausages and beverages, as well as bake-sale items. The parish's Outreach Committee then decides what area non-profits and ministries will be supported with the income, and unsold items are given to New Life Thrift Shop. The Spring Town-Wide Yard Sale is held the first Saturday in May. Interested members should contact Jean Skocypec.
Rector's Discretionary Fund
Episcopal Relief & Development
We raise special offerings for ERD when flooding and other disasters are particularly intense and require a compassionate response.
Stockings for Soldiers
St. John the Baptist parishioners sew Christmas stockings and collect specified items to stuff those stockings for members of the military. Thank you letters from the recipients indicate the stockings are greatly appreciated. (Important! For guidance in creating stockings and/or providing the permitted items to fill them, go to www.stockingsforsoldiers.org.) If interested, please contact Sharon Lamando.
Angel Tree Project
Selected local families receive individualized gifts and food items at Christmas from the Parish of St. John the Baptist.
Asylum Seekers Project
The Asylum Seekers Project is a grass roots, ecumenical, non-partisan, humanitarian effort to raise awareness of asylum seekers’ plight in the United States and those in Mexico awaiting entry into the United States and to identify and support other organizations providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers. You can read more about it and find out how you can help with this ministry by clicking here.