Our Lady of Mount Carmel supports a variety of charitable programs, and our Parishioners are active participants in our community. As you volunteer in our Parish Ministries to build Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, you may also be inspired to volunteer in the following programs.
The Community of Churches in Montecito – M4, is the name given to the four churches of Montecito's joint worship and outreach. This group consists of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, All Saints by the Sea, El Montecito Presbyterian Church, and Montecito Covenant.
Together we participate in joint ecumenical projects collectively chosen to benefit various local community and global needs. We have raised money to provide clean water wells in Ethiopia, fill backpacks with school supplies for local, economically disadvantaged children, assembled AIDS caregiver kits, which were sent to Africa, helped to “spruce up” Cleveland School, and most recently participated in the "Hike for Haiti" which set out to raise money for Destined for Grace, a local non-profit organization with the mission to bring educational opportunities to children in Haiti.
Corazón, a non-profit organization, hosts programs to bring neighbors together into a larger community, inspiring relationships across physical, linguistic, economic and cultural borders, thus making both communities better.
Building a spirit of teamwork and confidence among the volunteers from both sides of the border. We learn to work together, rely on each other, learn and use new skills, while also understanding the true spirit of service and the satisfaction of accomplishing work that is beneficial to others. The shared experience and adventure provides a strong sense of accomplishment for our Church community and of the self-reliance and empowerment in the Mexican families and communities.
Each year Parishioners from Our Lady of Mount Carmel travel to Mexico under the guidance of Corazon to build a home for a family. You must be 18 years old to participate. We also collect food and supplies for the family.
El Campo Del Sol
El Campo Del Sol is a fun-filled day of games, art, food, raffles and music for 150 economically disadvantages children & teens who live in the Carpinteria and Santa Barbara area.
During this event the students will receive backpacks filled with school supplies. Students are also able to choose a school outfit from our gently used clothing.
For more information about El Campo Del Sol, please contact Sister Kathleen at (805) 969-4868 or email@example.com.
St. Vincent’s is dedicated to strengthening low-income families and seniors through programs rooted in the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church. Faithful to the charism of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, we serve our sisters and brothers by providing affordable housing, early childhood education, and family enrichment opportunities. LIVING OUR MISSION
St. Vincent’s has provided continuous services to the Santa Barbara community for over 154 years. St. Vincent’s lives out its mission through programs that address homelessness, abuse, childcare, and basic needs with an emphasis on education, counseling, and family strengthening. These vital programs serve almost 600 residents and clients each day.
Christmas at St. Vincent's
Transition House is dedicated to the solution of family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered respectful, non-sectarian residential services and the life skills needed to alleviate their poverty, and to restore self-sufficiency and dignity.
On average, 60% of clients return to permanent housing with the economic means to sustain it. Since its beginnings, over 10,000 parents and their children have been directly helped by Transition House.
The success of Transition House is also achieved because of two groups—the residents of our community who provide over 70% of our annual operating expenses, and volunteers who provide in-kind services valued at over $350,000 each year. Collectively, 1,200 community members support the work of staff at Transition House.
For over 25 years Transition House has worked with numerous groups and community members who have volunteered their resources, time, and skills. Check out our current 35 dinner groups who provide warm meals for our clients 365 days a year. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish provides one dinner a month for residents, organized by Alvin and Rina Bentajado. Please contact the Rectory for details.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Giving Tree
We all learn through example, and our hope is that you will join with your children in participating in the Giving Tree. Since Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, we are inviting our parishioners, including children, to join us in helping some of the less fortunate families in the Santa Barbara and Carpinteria communities experience the joyful love of Christmas.
The Giving Tree is a ministry where we, with the assistance of parishioners provide newly purchased gifts for youth who are economically disadvantaged in the Santa Barbara & Carpinteria areas. We coordinate this project with various services including Santa Barbara Catholic Charities and People’s Self Help Housing to ensure that the needy are fairly represented in receiving gifts. .
Hundreds of children and entire families experience the joy of receiving gifts, and our parishioners participate every year as they experience the joy of giving gifts to local residents.
In addition to our individual children, we are looking for parishioners to sponsor a family. We have many different size families available. Remember that there is a 2 gift limit per child. This helps us to ensure that all the family gifts are delivered together.
El Campo del Sol