Lent is upon us, asking us to set aside 40 days to reflect on being good stewards of what we’ve been given.  For some, observing Lent means personal sacrifice.  For others, it means contributing to meaningful goals, be them causes or reflection.

A while ago, Father Tom Lilly encouraged us to think about Lent in terms of time, talent, and treasure – three unique ways to serve our neighbors.  What can we do and what can we give over Lent?

Supporters, like you, change the lives of our neighbors who are in-need.  Because of you, Brother Francis Shelter can offer safe, warm shelter to 240 guests every night, St. Francis House Food Pantry can provide food to more than 85 families every day, and Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services can prepare and connect clients with good jobs.

During this season of Lent, will you join with other supporters over these 40 days to donate your time, talent, and treasure?  We’re encouraging you to do at least one of four things.

Volunteer: Commit to a 40-Minute Shift

We are asking you to commit to at least a 40-minute shift in one of our seven programs.  A little time makes a huge difference.  You can do things like make meals for those experiencing homelessness, work on a team to clean one of our facilities, or guide someone through the food pantry.  Just fill out the form below and our staff will follow up with you to schedule a day, time, and project that works for you.

Contribute In-Kind Gifts: Bring 40 Cans of Food

Having shelf stable food readily available is essential for hungry families.  Canned goods help them immensely.  Whether you bring 40 cans of fruit, vegetables, soups, or sauces, someone here can use them.  Will you please fill out the form below to let us know you’re committed to bring canned food?

Host a Donation Drive: Collect 40 Blankets

With the severely cold weather Alaskans face, those experiencing homelessness need extra help staying warm.  Brother Francis Shelter provides blankets to its guests and desperately needs more.  Will you host a blanket-drive at your school, work, or place of worship with a goal of getting 40 blankets?  Please fill out the form below to let us know you’re committing to this project and to receive more information.

Donate: Make a $40 Online Donation

A gift of $40 helps Catholic Social Services’ clients achieve permanent stability, but each of us has different means.  We are grateful for any amount you choose to donate.  If you fill out the form below, your donation will be marked as contributing during the season of Lent and go to meet the greatest needs in our clients’ lives.


If you have questions or need to make other arrangements, please fill out the form below and someone will follow-up with you.

Catholic Social Services is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID# 92-0037322. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.