OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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Local Outreach Programs
Community Action Council - 301.797.4161
Villa Maria, 229 N. Potomac Street - 301.733.5858
REACH Caregivers - Food/Shelter/Crisis Counsel - 301.733.2371
Lions Club - Medical Equipment/Supply Loans - 301.797.7939




On-Going Outreach Programs

South Washington County Food Bank - The Food Pantry helps to provide for the area's food emergency needs and is housed at Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street in Boonsboro. The Food Pantry is supported by several of the local community churches of South Washington County. It is open to serve those in need on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9am-12N. St. James collects non-perishable food and a team of 6 volunteers rotates first Sunday of the month deliveries of the food to Trinity Lutheran to help supply food needs. St. James is sending two parishioners to serve on a new board of directors meeting in October to establish new By-Laws and Policies for Operation. In addition to food donations, St. James dedicates the January Share Box donation to the Food Pantry.

Contact Team leader Larry Milihram at 301-582-4307 if you are interested in joining the rotation for transporting donated food to the food pantry. If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry, please contact Doreen at 301-432-5385.

Share Box - Donation designations are made with a focus on serving local community needs or for providing financial support for St. James' outreach projects. Separate designations are made for each month and parishioner donations received are tabulated . At the end of each month, a check in the amount received is sent to the designated community organization, or funds are designated for the specific outreach project or emergency fund of the month. A volunteer posts the monthly designations on the share boxes in the church, the bulletin and lectors announce the share box designations, and the St. James Bookkeeper keeps a record of amounts and allocates them as designated.

Seasonal Outreach Programs

October-November: Giving Thanks Project - This project usually runs from the second week in October to the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. In 2009, 14 families were served through this community program, with St. James helping 5 families for a total of 21 people. We had approximately 16 volunteers on this project which included 6 adults and 10 YFF students in the Edge Program.

For this project, what do we have and what do we need?
HAVE:  family team to organize the food on a weekly basis
HAVE:  family team to deliver the food to the school
NEED:  TEAM LEADER, plus others as time draws near

Overall team responsibility:  get out the word , organize the food and pack the food for each family, coordinate youth efforts with adult participation, shop for turkeys and any dry goods that are needed, deliver the "baskets" to the school. Watch for bulletin information.

Contact the church office if you interested in serving on this project.

November-December: Family to Family Project - This project usually runs from the second week in November to the second week in December, allowing time to receive gifts, pack gifts, and get them to the designated families. St. James participates in a Community Christmas Outreach Project with Mt. Nebo UM church, which started the program 11 years ago. Two other churches and the Nora Roberts Foundation are part of the group as well. In 2009, St. James initially served 5 families then assumed a shared family with Mt. Nebo which meant we helped 16 children by providing much needed winter clothing and some EXTRAS for gift giving from their families.

For this project, what do we have and what do we need?
HAVE:  Team Leader needed
NEED:  Team of at least 6-8. As the time draws closer, watch for bulletin items, volunteer sign-up sheets provided by Suzie, and organizational plans.

Overall team responsibility:  involves getting out the word, putting together family information, and tying that to Christmas tree ornaments, getting families to sponsor a child through choosing ornaments with needs listed, gathering and sorting gifts as they are returned to the church, packing gifts, notifying families for gift pick-up or delivering gifts when needed.

Team leader needed - please contact the church office if you are interested in helping with this project.

December-January: REACH Christmas Week Dinner - Next scheduled date is in 2012
This is St. James' second year to participate in this project. In 2010, we joined forces with several other South Washington County Churches to provide evening meals the week starting December 26 and ending January 1 for the winter residents of the Cold Weather Shelter in Hagerstown. A team of 9 volunteers made and served lasagna, garden salad, garlic bread and cake for dessert for approximately 60 people. Extra food was delivered to Holly Place for their elderly residents to enjoy.

For this project, what do we have and what do we need?
NEED:  Team of at least 8-10 volunteers
NEED:  Team Leader
Overall team responsibility:  to plan, cook, and serve a nutritional meal and clean up afterwards. The facility shelters about 70 people per night. A nutritional meal can be hotdogs and baked beans or a very elaborate feast - depends on the team decision. The facility has a fully functioning kitchen with all needed utensils for cooking there or food can be prepared outside and brought in - or pizza delivery is OK. Training is provided prior to the designated serving nights for kitchen use and desk operations.

Contact the church office if interested in serving on this project.

May Birthday Party - The May Birthday Party at Reeders Nursing Home is scheduled for Saturday May 7th at 2:00 pm. At this time we have received a list of 9 residents celebrating birthdays in May. We are looking for volunteers for this special Outreach Project to shop for presents, to shop for party items, to wrap presents and/or to attend the party to help serve refreshments. Children are welcome. Sign up on the BIRTHDAY sign-up sheet in the church hall or call Wilma at 301-432-8919 if you can help in some way on this project.

For this project, what do we have and what do we need?
NEED:  Team of 5-6
NEED:  Team leader

Overall team responsibility:  to plan the party, shop for food and drinks, provide plates, etc., shop for gifts, wrap gifts, coordinate with YFF group to assist in some way, and spend about 2 hours throwing the party and cleaning up after.

Contact the church office if interested in serving on this project.