Outreach at St. Mary’s takes many forms, from overt efforts like serving meals, repairing housing, and donating to a variety of service organizations to less visible efforts like offering our space for 12-step groups, supporting diocesan outreach projects, and producing community concerts. Below are highlights of outreach endeavors and the many volunteers from St. Mary’s who served the community in many ways.
Faith in Action Bay Area (FIA) is an interfaith community organizing group that worked to “ensure that the dignity of all members of our community is upheld.” FIA guides congregations through a discernment process to explore issues of concern, and then builds connections to other groups doing similar work. Members of St. Mary’s have started a process of congregational discernment wit FIA, and individual parishioners have engaged with FIA around advocacy for and accompaniment of immigrants. You can follow their activities by visiting their facebook page. You can join the group to learn about current activities by contacting Margaret Stafford, email@example.com.
Rebuilding Together (Formerly Christmas in April)
Rebuilding Together San Francisco provides home repair and renovation programs for low-income, elderly and disabled San Franciscans and for nonprofit and community facilities. St. Mary’s partners with St. James’ Episcopal Church to do construction work on a house or agency once a year on the last Saturday of April. Interested? Contact David Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.rebuildingtogethersf.org.
Thorough and extensive preparations for the Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) event culminated in the first event on May 21 in the Great Room, drawing support over 80 parishioners and friends in the community. We aimed to package an astounding 10,000 (!) meals in just two hours for an impoverished community in the Philippines. All parishioners were invited to attend, help package, and thereby help to sustain and heal those suffering from hunger in the world! Our second date was March 4, 2017 where we packaged 15,000 meals with an enthusiastic group of parishioners and friends.
Thirty regular, part-time and alternate volunteers in teams of two currently deliver to 40 pre-registered senior or disabled participants mostly fresh produce transported to our courtyard by our partner, the SF/Marin Food Bank, every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Deliveries are made i neighborhoods easily accessible from the church. It is a ministry between volunteer and participant, each sharing joy and compassion with the other! For more information about volunteering, contact Tim Smith email@example.com or Barbara Addeo firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers provide Spring Wreaths to recipients
Next Door and Sanctuary Shelters
Next Door is a residential shelter managed by Episcopal Community Services on Polk and Geary. Nancy and Tim serve as deacons at these weekly Eucharistic services for the shelter residents. Please come to serve in the worship service, to share the Holy Spirit and to build community with shelter residents who eagerly await permanent housing. Please contact Tim at email@example.com or Nancy Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org to join them at any of the services.
The Episcopal church supports various social justice initiatives as part of God’s calling to us as Christians to create a Beloved Community of peace, justice, reconciliation, and faithful stewardship of God’s creation. Deacon Tim invites parishioners to join him in supporting social justice initiatives in the city including anti-gun violence, reconciliation between the police and the community, and anti-human trafficking. In the future he will post on our website the timing of volunteer training and events supporting these and other initiatives. Please contact him at email@example.com if you’d like to join him in initiatives to help bring social justice to our community!
St. Mary’s Annual Outreach Grant Program Fundraiser
Tidings of Comfort and Joy is an annual St. Mary’s event that raises money for local nonprofits. Each year our congregation raises about $50,000. One-hundred percent of the funds raised goes directly to support grants to community organizations. Components of the fundraiser include sales of greens and baked goods and a benefactors’ celebration.
After a very successful 2016 fundraiser, the Grant Team has awarded the funds to organizations listed below. Thank you to all who supported this event.
2016 Grant Recipients
- Art With Elders
- Brainstorming Program at Janet Pomeroy Center
- The Episcopal School for Deacons
- Family House at UCSF
- Raphael House
- Rebuilding Together San Francisco
- San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates
- San Francisco Night Ministry
- Sojourn Chaplaincy
- St. Dorothy’s Rest Hospital Camps
- The Village Project
Compassion for, and service to others is at the heart of the Hands-On Outreach ministry. This kind of giving to the community comprises gifts of time and talent from our parishioners. Some of the organizations we support with hands-on time and talent also receive funds as line-items in the parish budget and as donations from our Outreach Granting Team.
All parishioners are invited to participate in our hands-on outreach activities. These activities are part of our parish’s long tradition of helping those in need with our volunteer time and talent.
Edward II is permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless youth in San Francisco, ages 18-24. St. Mary’s volunteers prepare and serve a meal to the residents of Edward II on the second Sunday of each month, often with the help of some of the residents. Volunteers organize other special activities for major holidays. A friendly and trusting fellowship has developed because of this cooperative and fun activities. Volunteer leaders take turns planning the dinner. To get involved, please contact Marta Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raphael House provides supportive housing for formerly homeless San Francisco families. St. Mary’s elps prepare tand serve a meal on the first Monday of every monthh. The Raphael House Chef in charge designs the menu and supervises our volunteers. Food prep is done from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and servers and cleanup is done from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. To volunteer, contact Alisa at email@example.com.
Under the care of point person and deacon the Rev. Nancy Bryan, St. Mary’s volunteer teams make lunches for distribution at the Civic Center Open Cathedral. For more information, contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Basket and Travel Toiletries
Every week, throughout the year, people donate non-perishable food and toiletry items to the box located in the narthex. Items are distributed to a variety of partner agencies in the city. The Rev. Nancy Bryan coordinates this effort. For more information, contact Nancy at email@example.com.
Every year a nationwide event is held called National Rebuilding Day, on the last Saturday of April when teams of volunteers get together at sites throughout the city to provide free repairs for seniors living at home and for non-profit agencies. St. Mary’s has been involved in Rebuilding Together (formerly called Christmas in April) for two decades. This year volunteers from St. Mary’s helped repair and renovate a home and garden in the city, together with volunteers from St. James Church and Treadwell & Rollo Engineering. For more information, contact David Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Giving Tree
This is an activity of Episcopal Community Services that benefits family residents of Canon Barcus House. In December, our parishioners picked up every single one of the more than 300 gift requests hanging as “ornaments” on The Giving Tree—a live tree provided through the SF Guardsmen. Parishioners then selected and purchased gifts for residents based on these requests. Nancy Clark arranged the project and for delivery of the gifts. For more information, contact Nancy at email@example.com.
The Heifer Project
Using “Fill the Ark” calendars, videos, story books and even first-hand accounts, Sunday School children gain an awareness of the underlying causes of poverty and the very significant ripple effects of donations from individuals and parishes like St. Mary’s. A donation of $120, for instance, underwrites the cost of a pig, sheep, or goat. A heifer can be purchased with a $500 donation. St. Mary’s donated $1500 total to the Heifer Project in 2013, with $280.70 being raised by Sunday School children. These funds helped provide animals but equally significantly, underwrote training in sustainable agriculture practices, accounting, and community-building for Heifer families. For more information, contact Nancy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students at the School for Deacons, spearheaded this project during Lent in which over 1200 pairs of clean, new socks were donated and distributed to those in need in the Bay Area.
Compass House Valentine’s Party
For the past several years, St. Mary’s Children’s Choir has connected with Compass Family Services—which provides temporary housing for families in transition. We participated in a Valentine’s Party for the children and families.
Youth Mission Trip
Each year our youth group travels to areas of need, providing physical work, friendship and community. They have visited places near and far, both in the United States and international destinations. They not only learn about other cultures and make new friends, but they learn the importance of helping others and their lives are transformed in the process. For more information, contact Mike Stafford at email@example.com.
Episcopal Senior Communities
Core outreach programs of Episcopal Senior Communities, Senior Resources, Senior Produce Markets, Senior Center Without Walls, and ElderWISE of San Francisco, strive to address unmet needs of elders in providing emergency essential financial assistance, affordable nutritious produce at our markets, and links to critical assistance, affording seniors an improved quality of life, a sense of community, and the joy of knowing they are cared for.ESC holds a weekly produce market at Presidio Gates Apartments. The Rev. Nancy Bryan and Josie McGann are point people. For more information, contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mary’s Holiday Community Caroling
On a Saturday afternoon in December, we gather at St. Mary’s and walk in the neighborhood to serenade vendors, shoppers, and residents along Union Street with holiday carols, gathering participants along the way. To learn more contact Eric Choate, email@example.com.
Kindred Nursing Home
The Rev. Nancy Bryan and Jan Bolles provide communion services monthly at the Kindred Nursing Home on Pine and Divisadero.
The Rev. Nancy Bryan and Anna Sylvester provide communion services at Presidio Gate twice monthly.
Outreach Through our Building and Grounds
Right here at 2325 Union Street, we offer use of our physical plant to a variety of outside groups for a minimal fee or for free. For more information on any of these programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Candlelight Concert Series
Each year we host a series of Candlelight Concerts for our members and guests.
Centrally located in the Cow Hollow/Marina neighborhood, St. Mary’s hosts a number of disaster preparedness workshops for our congregation members and the larger civic community.
12-Step groups and the non-profit Cow Hollow Association
These organizations use our space for meetings for a nominal contribution.
Outreach Through the Diocese of California
Ten percent of our annual diocesan assessment goes directly to diocesan outreach efforts. Recipients of these funds are determined by the diocese. For details of diocesan outreach refer to the narrative budget, found on the Diocese of California website, www.diocal.org.
Working Board Members
A great number of parishioners donate time and talent serving as board members of non-profit organizations in San Francisco. Some of these organizations receive money from our Outreach Granting Team.