St. James’ Outreach program provides assistance to those in need throughout the year. Several outreach sub-committees are described in detail below. In addition, Shepherd’s Staff, a crisis center in Westminster, MD, also receives aid from our Outreach Ministry. Working closely with Mt. Airy elementary schools in the fall, backpacks, school supplies and clothing are donated for local children in need. Each year, our members provide three adopted Mt. Airy families with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and Christmas presents from the Angel Tree. New committee members are always welcome.  Please contact the Outreach Ministry chair, Patty Bullington, 410-635-6383 or outreach@stjamesmtairy.org, for more information.

MOUNT AIRY NET
Mount Airy NET is a non-profit organization serving the needs of the people in and around Mount Airy. Support is provided and emergency assistance available for things such as food, housing, clothing, heating oil, prescriptions, electric bills and school supplies. The office for NET is in Calvary Methodist Church at 403 S. Main St. (301-829-0472). Mount Airy NET relies on the support of the community and is staffed by a Director and volunteers.

OUTREACH CARD FRONT MINISTRY
Stop! Please don’t throw away your Christmas cards, birthday cards, Valentine’s cards, and other greeting cards. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children accepts all types of greeting card fronts (fronts only, and only those without writing on the back). The children at the three ranch locations trim the recycled fronts to fit a 5×7 inch card and attach them to a new blank card. The cards are then sold with all proceeds going directly back to the abused, abandoned, and neglected children who are residents of the ranches. St. James has a basket in the entryway where you may deposit your card fronts or you may drop them off when visiting our Thrift Shop. Periodically we will box them and ship them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Please join in this ministry, which not only keeps your card fronts out of a landfill but also supports children in need; all at no cost to you. Please contact Marilyn Hancock (301-788-0136) if additional information is needed.

PLEASANT VIEW VISITOR MINISTRY
This ministry involves being matched with a resident at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy.  The activities director will speak with you and match you with a resident who would benefit from a visitor every week or two and with whom you might share some interests.   Visiting times and days are flexible and can fit in with most schedules.  Residents benefit from companionship and contact from the community.  Residents love having visitors, conversation, or perhaps a card game!  I personally have a lovely lady to visit who has become a friend and enriches my life.  If you have any questions about this ministry please let me know.  If you have questions about this ministry, please contact Beverly Williams at tb3jwill@comcast.net.