Is a summer program which invites students and permanent residents to spend a Monday or Tuesday evening each week at a local migrant camp, playing with the children and visiting with the women and men who have worked all day in the fields.
The group leaders plan and organize games and activities for the children. Speaking Spanish is helpful but not required.
Children playing during a camp visit
Camp visits run from mid-June through mid-August. Volunteers gather to carpool at St. Tom's for a 6:15 p.m. departure and return about 10 p.m.
Children's clothing and work clothes and shoes and practical household items (towels, bedding, etc) collected at St. Tom's office garage (1333 Lovell Street) during the summer months, are shared with migrant families through the Aleman Center in Hartford. Working at the Center and sorting the donations at St. Tom's are other ways to participate in this ministry.
Each May an orientation session is offered for first time volunteers and a Migrant Ministry brochure is published, describing the various aspects of this ministry and inviting volunteers to sign up.