During this time of pandemic, the Avalon Hotel has served as an overflow shelter for the homeless in the city. Although they were well-supplied in April, supplies are running very short as we turn the corner into May. They are in need of very particular items:

  • bars of soap

  • tube socks

  • shelf-stable, individually wrapped snacks


If you are already out shopping or if you happen to have any of these items at home, we invite you to consider donating. You can drop items at the Cathedral the next two Wednesday afternoons (May 6 and 13) between 3 pm and 5 pm or Thursday mornings (May 7 and 14) between 10 am and noon.  Just ring the bell at the 7th street entrance and leave your donation. Once you are back in your car, we will retrieve your donation. If you have items to donate but can’t get them to us, please call the Cathedral office at 814.452.3779 or email and we will make arrangements for pick up. Thank you so much- this will really help our most vulnerable neighbors.

In partnership with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Cathedral is working with local businesses - buying from them and giving to others, creating a circle of compassion. 

Here are some examples:

  • Working with Icing on the Lake to deliver cupcakes to Brevillier Village, Perseus House, and LORD Corporation (whose workers are making pieces for masks and ventilators)

  • Working with Art’s Bakery to provide cookies to Emmaus Soup Kitchen, per their request

  • Working with Jersey Mike’s to get sandwiches to hungry families at Harding Elementary

  • Working with Sue Kuebler to provide meals to fire and rescue workers

  • Working with Make it Fabulous to deliver meals to SafeNet


This endeavor supports our local businesses and enables us to reach out to other groups around the city who are in need- redefining “need” beyond the material. In order to continue doing this, and to expand which businesses with which we partner, we ask for your financial support.

To give to this enterprise, we invite you to visit the diocesan website and use the designation Easter offering.

Volunteer opportunities for healthy individuals can be found at 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers kindly ask that high-risk volunteers stay home to reduce the spread of disease and protect their own health as well as the health of our community.

Donate to the Rapid Response Fund at

Donate to the St. Martin Center, which provides immediate assistance and food at

Give blood. The Community Blood Bank currently has a critical need for several types of blood. For more information, visit

ReStore at Habitat for Humanity

ReStore has begun accepting items once again and the store has resumed hours: Friday 9am-12pm & Saturday 8am-4pm. Download a brochure and a flyer. For more information, visit

Erie Meals on Wheels is in need of drivers to deliver food to people's doorsteps.  If you are able to help, please call (814) 452-6930 or visit


If you need assistance, please call 211 or visit United Way at to be connected to a full list of available resources.

Information for small businesses, guidance for businesses and employers from the CDC, resources for remote work, and much more can be found at the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership website:


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Contact us​

(814) 452-3779

*In times of pastoral crisis or emergency,

call (814) 314.9439 when the office is closed.

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul  134 West 7th Street   Erie, Pennsylvania 16501