Serve Others

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.

Upcoming Volunteer 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 of Our Lady of the Lake

Parishioners, their families, and friends, reaching out in Service to Others.


Learn more about simple ways to share your love, and serve others through outreach. Click on any volunteer link to learn details.


Contact Mercy Teams Coordinator, Michael Backus, at or 503-708-9503, for more information or to share your ideas fof Mercy Teams outreach. 

Mercy Teams Adopt a Mission

Your Small Acts of Mercy have provided 122,500 sack lunches, family meals or hot breakfasts to our most vulnerable since April of 2020 and the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The needs of the unsheltered and the missions we serve have not decreased, in fact, they have increased!

Mercy Teams supporters have adopted five missions on a weekly basis, providing between 125 to 250 sack lunches to each one. We support two missions monthly.

Number of sack lunches delivered every week = 850

Total number of sacks we deliver once a month = 600

Total sack lunches in a 4-week month = 4,000

Currently most of this cost is being picked up the volunteers.

To receive a weekly Mercy Teams email Update, please sign up using this link:

Please HELP us meet our weekly Meals of Mercy sack lunch or sandwich goals.

You can drop off your sacks Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Please hand carry your sacks into the parish hall and place them on a designated rack or table. We should have someone to assist Sunday between 8:30 and 9:15 am.


Contact Michael Backus to make other arrangements

Do not place sandwiches in these sacks. If you plan to bring sandwiches, contact Michael to arrange for proper storage.

503 708 9503

Missions we now serve every week through Adopt a Mission:

We can use team leaders, sack lunch contributors, and delivery drivers. Consider adopting one week a month.

  1. Martha Mercado's ministry to the Latino Working Poor - Beaverton
  2. The Father's Heart Day Shelter - Oregon City 
  3. Rose Haven Shelter for Women and Children 
  4. Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter - Portland 
  5. First Christian / Home PDX Portland

Missions we now serve once a month through Street Ministry or Knights of Columbus:


  1. Street Ministry guests at 4th Saturday Breakfast under the Bridge
  2. Portland City Teams 4th Saturday "Love Fest" for Portland Unsheltered
  3. Union Gospel Mission Sacks only for Search & Rescue

How can you help our Adopt a Mission Teams?

  • Donate sack lunches that we will distribute to Adopt a Mission teams
  • Donate homemade PB & J sandwiches to distribute to the teams
  • Join an existing Adopt a Mission team and help them directly

To donate and assemble sack lunches, please provide:

  • Paper lunch sack, apple sauce cup, granola bar, bag of chips, 16 oz. bottle of water, plastic spoon, and napkin.

Pledge to donate sack lunches using the link below

Help make PB & J sandwiches using the link below

Join an existing Adopt a Mission Team, pledging support directly to that team. Click the links below to sign up:

Street Ministry to the unsheltered every 4th Saturday morning

Meet in the parish hall at 7:15 am. Help prep a hot breakfast, make sack lunches, and prep and serve a hot breakfast to unsheltered guests on the streets. Contact Michael with questions.

St Vincent de Paul

 The Vocation of the Society’s members is to follow Christ through service to those in need and thus 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. Canned food 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.

Contact: Jerry Foley at

Meetings: First Tuesday of the Month | 4:00-5:00 PM | On Zoom

Need Rent, Utility, or Food Box Assistance? Call the Portland Council office hotline at 503-235-8431. 

Volunteer Opportunity

St. Anthony's Community Cafe 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 for 60 to 100 individuals, including their families , whose challenges include poverty and homelessness. We serve every nine weeks. 

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

Vehicle Donation - Help a Neighbor in Need


Did you know that the Portland Council of St. Vincent DePaul has a car donation program? Do you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space in your driveway? The Council’s newly formed Marketing Committee is ramping up its efforts to promote this charitable tax deductible event for parishioners that will also benefit the Portland Council and your OLL SVdP Conference with the proceeds earmarked to support emergency food, rent and utilities assistance programs. 


Read the flyer for more information.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a global Catholic fraternal service order. Membership in the Knights of Columbus embodies first and foremost the presence of God and the principles of Christianity. God's presence enriches the bond that exists between Catholic men of the Knights. He is with us at every meeting, every sponsored event, every casual encounter with a Knight on the street, in a grocery store, at Mass. That connection is unspoken, strong, shared. The Knights sponsor and are involved in numerous church and community events. Examples: monthly breakfasts after Mass, crab feeds, assistance at Christmas Mass, moving furniture for shut-ins, and so on. While participation in such activities is encouraged of the members, there are no minimums. You can be as active as befits your comfort zone.


Contact: Phil Barr 503-484-3861

Respect Life

Pregnant? Scared? We are here to help.

Upcoming Events

Outreach Fund

Our Pastoral Council established a Parish Outreach Fund in keeping with the mission of our parish to “Love Others” by helping those in need. Three percent of the Parish’s general collection creates the fund that is used to pay for charitable outreach projects, 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


Priority is given to requests that reflect the Corporal Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:31-46) and where parishioners are actively involved. 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 at

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 information. 

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.