St. Stephen’s is affiliated with a number of community service groups, both independent and church-affiliated. With help from our Outreach Committee, we provide financial support and volunteers to the following service organizations.


Common Ground Cafe (Allison Hill – Harrisburg)

When is a breakfast more than just a meal? When it is a community center, a kids’ craft session, a book nook for adults, a reading program and book giveaway for children, an opportunity for family members and neighbors to visit in a warm, welcoming place.

Please join the volunteers and community members who make all of this happen on the last Saturday of every month at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg at 1508 Market St. We serve about 250 people at each breakfast, so we need cooks, waiters, greeters, coffee servers, readers, a set up crew, dishwashers, piano players, and anyone who just wants the best breakfast in town!

ArtsFest (Downtown Harrisburg)

Artsfest is always held the weekend of Memorial Day, Saturday through Monday, with St. Stephen’s members serving hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones and beverages, while tours of the Cathedral are offered along with free organ concerts every hour. The profits from our ArtsFest work are all dedicated to a selection of service groups in the city.

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven (Uptown Harrisburg)

Operated by the ecumenical group Christian Churches United, Susquehanna Harbor is a residence for homeless men. St. Stephen’s, along with other churches and service groups, is responsible for staffing the 25-unit overnight shelter several weeks each year.

Downtown Daily Bread (Downtown Harrisburg)

Downtown Daily Bread is a soup kitchen located at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church. Their mission is to provide services for the homeless & feed the hungry (40,000 meals/year) 7 days a week including weekends & holidays. On the first Sunday of every other month from approximately noon until 2 p.m., St. Stephen’s serves the food trays and then helps clean up afterward.

St. Barnabas Children’s Ministry (Uptown Harrisburg)

St. Barnabas was founded by our own Bishop Charlie McNutt and Bishop Guy Edmiston from the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Located in Uptown Harrisburg, St. Barnabas offers children ages 7 – 12 an 8-week summer day camp. A variety of experiences allow spiritual, emotional, physical, educational & social growth. St. Stephen’s provides food for the children, along with volunteers to prepare, serve and clean up.

Other Groups

Contact our Outreach Committee to learn more about opportunities to connect with these groups and ministries.

  • African Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Dress for Success Harrisburg
  • Feed My Sheep, a ministry of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Incarceration Ministry
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Sharing Our Caring dinners
  • The Episcopal Home
  • The Joshua Group
  • YWCA Women’s Shelter