Community Outreach exists for two primary purposes: to allocate funds to local and foreign ministries that share the gospel and help those in need and to foster involvement by parishioners at Ascension with the same ministries it supports. Outreach is funded both through the regular church budget and through generous donations from individual parishioners.
Local supported ministries include:
- Miles Perret Cancer Services, a community center that provides assistance and support for cancer patients and their families.
- CUPS (Communities United in Prayer and Service), an interfaith agency that assists with local needs where normal charitable agencies cannot.
- Faith House, which provides assistance and support for women and children suffering domestic violence.
- United Christian Outreach, an interfaith program that provides food, clothing, and financial assistance for utilities and medical care.
- Bridge Ministry of Acadiana, a revitalization program that services children and adults in the inner city of Lafayette.
- Young Life, a nondenominational Christian fellowship for high school students.
- SOFA (Service, Outreach, Furniture, Acadiana), a program which provides free furniture to those who have suffered significant loss.
- Wesley United Campus Ministry, an interdenominational ministry on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that is financially supported by the Diocese of Western Louisiana.
- Love INC – which serves housing needs, often due to an emergency or disaster.
In addition to its local ministries, Ascension contributes to foreign mission ministries including the following:
- Reaching the Pygmies Ministry, dedicated to the service of displaced Pygmies with housing, medical care, and education for children in Uganda.
- ACTS, a diocesan ministry providing medical relief in Honduras.
- Roots and Fruits, which sponsors children’s education in the Holy Land.