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.

Outreach 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. For more information or a grant request form see Outreach Grants.

Organizations - Baltimore-based

40 West Assistance and Referral Center:

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, the Center is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to screen clients and assist with food distribution. Volunteers receive training and mentoring. For more information, please visit our website.

Hope Harbor

Hope Harbor is a 501©3 non-profit organization created as part of Saint Bartholomew’s strategic plan. It is the initial step in the fulfillment of Saint Bartholomew's strategic imperative “To demonstrate Christ’s reconciling presence in the 40 West Communities of Baltimore, we will establish, support and use a faith-centered Community Development Corporation to ensure the economic and social well being of our neighbors." 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. Instead of focusing on solving society-wide problems that create or maintain poverty (such as drug abuse), we focus on the people. Personal goals are established in partnership with a Family Outreach Worker (FOW) employed by Hope Harbor. Short-term and long-term objectives are developed in support of these goals, and the FOW works with the families, local service providers and institutions, and a network of family volunteers to do “whatever it takes” to ensure the objectives and goals are met – both sides are mutually accountable to the other during this multi-year partnership.  Please visit our website to learn more.

Neighborhood 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.

West Baltimore Community Organizations

My Brother's Keeper: Mission is to provide social services and tools to inspire hope and transform the Irvington community.

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.

International Involvement 

KIVA: a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunities around the world. Donors have the ability to choose pre-screened individuals to whom they wish to donate. Repayment of Kiva loans exceeds 90%.

Ongoing once-yearly activities:

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.

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 (from the end of June until the beginning of September). Drop off your donations on Sunday mornings between 9 am and 12 noon or Wednesday evenings from 7-9 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!

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.

Angel Tree:

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