Human Concerns Committee

Human Concerns Committee fosters outreach to the parish community and beyond through a variety of projects and programs. 

Chairperson: Richard Buntzen

  1. Helping Hearts

Program Leader: Richard Buntzen

       Monthly collection of frozen casseroles for individuals and families in need

  1. Blessing Bag Brigade

Program Leader: Karen Kelly

Three scheduled collections during the calendar year support The Blessing Bag Brigade NJ, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to showing compassion and humanitarianism towards the homeless.

  1. Family Promise

Program Leader: TBD

Family promise’s MISSION IS TO HELP HOMELESS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE INDEPENDENCE THROUGH A COMMUNITY-BASED RESPONSE. Church of the Precious Blood hosts families five times a year. Parishioners volunteer giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality.

  1. Diaper Drive

Program Leader: Simone Cooney

Diapers and baby supplies are collected twice a year for agencies that support mothers and babies in need of assistance. Baptismal Gifts received at each scheduled Baptism are also donated to the agencies.

  1. Rainbows for All Children

Program Leader: Mike Meriton

Rainbows for All Children (Rainbows) is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. There are three sessions per year: Autumn, Winter/Spring, and Summer.

  1. St. Dorothea Food Pantry

Program Leader:  Karen Kelly

Bimonthly food collection that helps support St. Dorothea Food Pantry in Eatontown, NJ






7. Stamp Out Despair/First Friends of NJ and NY

Program Leader: Sr. Pat Jelly

First Friends of NJ and NY upholds the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. They provide compassion and hope through volunteer visitation, resettlement assistance and advocacy.  Stamp Out Despair is a donation program of stationery and stamps that assists detained immigrants and asylum seekers commute with the outside world.

8. Holy Thursday Collection

Program Leader: Richard Buntzen

Personal hygiene products are collected at mass during the offertory for individuals and families in need.

9. Eagles Up!

Program Leader: Richard Buntzen

Eagles Up! Contact person: Toni Seinfeld

Memorial Day Weekend Care Package Collection to help support our active military members at home and abroad

10. Backpack & School Supplies Drive

Program Leader: Richard Buntzen

Charity Kings Contact person: Sherrice Lyles

Annual collection of backpacks and school supplies to help support Charity Kings, a local outreach agency that helps prepare students in need that are returning to school

11. Blood Drive 

Program Leader:  TBD

COHORT Blood Drives in Parish Center.  Supports organizations that save lives by providing safe, high-quality blood products and services to patients in need.

12. Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

Program Leader: Religious Ed Director

Annual walking event held in Red Bank, NJ each fall. Sponsored CROP Hunger Walkers walk to help end hunger.

13. Jesse Tree

Program Leader: Kitty French

Annual Advent/Christmas program that helps local agencies serve individuals and families in need of Christmas gifts.

14.  Haiti Project

Program Leader: Ellen Conrad

Seasonal events and fund raisers that help support our sister parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lasserre, Haiti.

15.  Groupo Manhattan

Program Leader: TBD

Bi-annual presentation and collection to support Grupo Manhattan,

A NYC based DDA group. Drug Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have recovered from addiction and are committed to helping those who still suffer. 


Role of the Chairperson:

The chairperson is responsible for overseeing the coordination of calendar dates for each project and program. The chairperson helps support project and program leaders when needed. The chairperson communicates with parish Pastor and office staff and reports to the parish council and shares current and updated information.  During COVID-19 most programs were modified or canceled based on CDC and Diocesan/Parish directives.


Parish Council Human Concerns: Richard Buntzen
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