OUTREACH

The Outreach Mission is to nurture multi-generational relationships with our neighbors – locally and globally. Partnering with families and communities, our ministry is focused on helping children and youth to discern, develop, and use their God-given gifts. The Outreach Committee is pleased to offer a variety of opportunities to demonstrate Christ’s love to our community at large. Some offerings are ongoing ministries, some are seasonal, and various ways of becoming involved are available for the programs listed. We hope that you will find one (or more) areas to which you feel called.

Please feel free to contact any Outreach Committee member to ask questions, become involved, or offer suggestions.

ONCE YEARLY ONGOING ACTIVITIES

FLEA MARKET

St. B’s largest Outreach fundraiser, the Flea Market takes place every year on the Saturday following Labor Day. We accept donations of gently used furniture, electronics, books, housewares, toys, collectibles, clothing, and other treasures over the summer (July through August). Drop off your donations on Sunday mornings between 8:00 and 11:00 am or Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Sorting and pricing of donations takes place every Wednesday in July and August, and this time provides an opportunity for getting to know one another, too. Then we get to sell the items we have collected on Market Day!

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

Every year we celebrate the life, ministry, and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking a day on instead of a day off, when our members and friends assist on a project to help an organization in our community. In previous years, we have worked on the Great Kids Farm, cleaned and organized the classrooms for the MLK After-School Program, prepared and served meals at My Brother’s Keeper, and worked with The Samaritan Women house and farm.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

BACKPACKS

Provide a backpack and/or school supplies for children at Rainbow Camp and 40 West A&R (late July/August).

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Donate items for an entire Thanksgiving Dinner for families in the community. You may donate the items needed on your own or collaborate with others to provide the meal. A shopping list for Thanksgiving Baskets may be found here.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

ANGEL TREE

Participate in providing and/or collecting and distributing Christmas gifts and clothing for children in the neighboring communities.

ANGEL TREE

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

40 WEST

40 West Assistance and Referral Center: A collaborative effort of the 40 West Community of Churches, 40 West A&R provides financial assistance, food and program referrals to residents of Baltimore City in zip codes 21207 and 21229—and those referred from participating churches. Located on our premises

HOPE HARBOR

Hope Harbor creates long-term partnerships with individuals and families, helping them achieve their goals, rise out of poverty and create a thriving community in West Baltimore.

BROTHER'S KEEPER

My Brother’s Keeper’s mission is to provide social services and tools to inspire hope and transform the Irvington community.

CEASEFIRE

The Baltimore Ceasefire Movement’s vision for Baltimore is to commit to zero murders. We are manifesting this vision by calling quarterly ceasefire weekends.

KIVA

Kiva is a micro-lender that provides entrepreneurs in the US with access to 0% interest capital. Kiva Baltimore endeavors to empower small businesses through capital and community support.

STRONG SCHOOLS

Strong Schools Maryland is an initiative that empowers local citizens to advocate for Maryland schools so that graduates will be prepared for college or gainful employment, and ready to be effective citizens of their world. St. B’s supports a team of parishioners that meets monthly to review advocacy positions from Strong Schools Maryland, and to follow-up with letter-writing to legislators and participation in prayer vigils and in-person advocacy.

LOCAL SCHOOLS

Green Street Academy: a 6th-12th grade public school focusing on sustainability and the green economy. Students come primarily from nearby neighborhoods in West Baltimore.

Edmondson-West High School: a 9th-12th grade public high school.

PEACE PARK

Irvington Peace Park
A recovered vacant lot on the 500 block of Collins Avenue which is now a space for community activities, gardening, and informal play.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.   St B’s supports AA through the use of our facilities..

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.  St. B’s supports NA through the use of our facilities.

GRANTS

Grants are given to a variety of local, national and international human services agencies that fall within the guidelines of our Mission from money raised throughout the year by various Outreach activities. Suggestions for grant recipients are always welcome.