There are many ways to LOVE OTHERS at Our Lady of the Lake. By serving those in our community, we LOVE OTHERS where they are at by addressing their daily needs. Click on one of the links below to explore the many Community Outreach opportunities.

Mercy Teams

"Help one another. That is what Jesus teaches us. That is what I do. And I do it with my heart." - Pope Francis

Mercy Teams has helped connect well over 200 parishioners to over 315 individual volunteer encounters this year. Mercy Teams has been focused on helping the disadvantaged, disenfranchised, throughout the greater Portland area. So far our mission has been focused on the homeless, various recovery centers, food banks, food pantries and dining halls. In addition, we have been extensively involved in Compassion Connect Free Medical, dental and vision clinic, Habitat for Humanity and UGH Life Change for Women.

We are planning to launch a new outreach for our own parishioners in need. Starting in mid August and September we hope to match parish volunteers with parishioners that are in need of service in and around their homes or apartments. We will be building a list of potential volunteers with skills in painting, plumbing, electrical and general cleaning and yard work. We will also be building a list of parishioners in need of these services. We hope to launch our first outreach in mid August.


Mercy Teams Coordinator: Michael Backus | 503-708-9503

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The Father's Heart Street Ministry Van


Mercy Teams operates this outreach on the 4th Saturday of every month. We meet in the morning to cook a hot breakfast for about 50 homeless. We load the food into the van and drive to the primary location in Oregon City where we set up and serve a hot meal, coffee and hot chocolate. We hand out blankets, gloves, caps, hygiene kits and hand warmers. We need more of these! Click on the dates below to volunteer!

Giving Tree


Volunteer to help relocate Giving Tree Packages from the church vestibule to the parish hall downstairs. Sign up to assist after any Mass duing the weekends for Sat/Sun 12/1-2, 12/8-9, 12/15-16.


Click here to sign up.

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Box Delivery, December 22

Volunteer as an individual or family to help deliver 150 Christmas Boxes to individuals and families in need. We are looking for up to 60 parish families to assist with the delivery. Arrive at the parish hall between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on December 22 to receive your delivery instructions and packages to be delivered that day.

Click here to sign up.

Point in Time Homeless Survey


Training sessions to be held on January 3 at 1:30 PM and January 7 at 5:30 PM. Mercy Teams will recruit volunteers for the annual homeless survey to be takes at all food serving and distribution locations in Clackamas County. Volunteers will attend one of the two training sessions. The training location will be announced. Actual survey counts will be conducted between January 11 and January 31.


Click here to sign up.

Parishioners in Need - Interested Volunteers


Please add you name and any special skills you may have to the sign up document. We will reach out to you as we develop leads and schedule work events. View the sign-up here.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Vocation of the Society’s members is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. Join us in this humbling and rewarding ministry. Donations are always welcome. There are donation barrels located in the church narthex and in the parish hall entryway. Please contact us for more information.

Meetings: First Tuesday of the Month 4:30 PM | Nazareth Room, Parish Center

Need Rent, Utility, of Food Box Assistance? Call the downtown office at 503-235-8431. 

For information on the Fall Food Drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Chrstimas Food Baskets, click here!

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Anthony's Community Kitchen Sunday Dinner - Every 9 Weeks


Join a team of OLL Parishioners to help prepare and serve a warm dinner at St. Anthony's in Tigard to 60 to 100, including families and individuals whose challenges include poverty and homelessness. We serve every nine weeks. 

If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact Lynn Strand here to sign up or learn more about St. Anthony's Community Kitchen Sunday Dinners. 

Respect Life

The Respect Life Ministry promotes the Dignity of the Human Person and creates an open dialogue with all parishioners. When capital punishment, abortion, racism, euthanasia, hunger and poverty are accepted in society, members of our church have a responsibility to stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable.


Contact: Sharon Mlinar

Traveling Crib - Every May at OLL

The Traveling Crib collects baby items and maternity supplies for Pregnancy Support Services at Catholic Charities. This is a practical way we can assist women facing difficult situations, who have said "YES" to new life. Last year, Pregnancy Support Services supported more than 200 women and their babies with diapers, clothes, counseling, parenting and relationship education classes, rent, and utility assistance. 

Abortion (Rachel's Vineyard)

Healing the pain of abortion - one weekend at a time. Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. For more information, visit Project Rachel.

Assisted Suicide

Outreach Fund

Our Pastoral Council established a Parish Outreach Fund in keeping with the mission of our parish to have a positive impact beyond our own needs. Three percent of the Parish’s general collection create the fund that is used to pay for charitable outreach activities, volunteer programs, grants to local charities, and emergency requests for assistance.  

The Parish Outreach Fund provides grants to organizations and projects that live out the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and work for justice, peace and charity. Primarily funded by the parishioner’s Sunday giving, the Outreach Fund supports local, national, and international organizations that share our mission.

General Funding Guidelines


While a recipient project or agency need not be specifically Catholic, its purpose and activities must be consistent with Catholic Social Teaching. The parish receives many outside requests for help, but our first priority will go to projects which have some connection to the parish; having one or more parishioners as champions for a cause is important. 

Application for Funding


The application process is simple. The agency is invited to complete an interactive online application. Requests greater than $1000 will need to provide additional information on the application. Our parish Outreach Fund Committee will review every application at its quarterly meetings and either approve, postpone, request more information or reject the grant request. 

Exceptions to this process will be funds allocated at the discretion of the pastor and when the need arises for creating a parish-wide response to natural disaster or other emergency.

Contact Ann Geller, Outreach Fund Coordinator, with questions.

Other Ministries Supported by OLL

Catholic Charities


With your generous support, Catholic Charities assists the poor and vulnerable Oregonians each year. The goal is to promote self-sufficiency, help people regain their God-given dignity and provide people with the opportunity for a better and fuller life. 

L'Arche Portland


L'Arche transforms the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities by working together to create home, share life, and build community. People with intellectual disabilities form the heart of community and invite others into mutual relationships.Together, we provide and receive compassionate care and friendship and foster a deeper understanding of what it means to be human

Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter


The Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry (LOTSM) is a consortium of six churches in LO which operate 2 apartments for otherwise homeless families. The shelter provides temporary housing while people start a new jobs, secure funds for an apartment of their own.

Saint Andre Bessette

St. Andre Bessette is a Roman Catholic parish in the heart of Old Town whose mission is to provide hope and healing to the most marginalized members of society. 
New volunteers are especially welcome, so if you haven’t done this before, consider joining us.

Refugee Resettlement Ministry


Our mission is "to give a warm welcome to refugees, God's children by offering guidance, providing assistance, and lending comfort and support throughout their journey toward self-sufficiency in a respectful, dignified, and compassionate manner." If you are interested in volunteering, contact Erika Pena for more info. 

Our Lady Queen of Africa


The "Friends" of the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa have a simple, but robust mission: to walk humbly with the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa, in their mission to serve Christ by assisting the most vulnerable with encouragement, prayer and financial support.


Contact Kevin and Susan Welch for more information.