"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
The people of St. Mary’s are passionate about helping those in need – whether it be in our local community, our diocese, our nation or our world. This is evidenced not only by the generous financial contributions to our Outreach Program, but, more importantly, by the commitment and dedication of the parishioners who serve in these ministries.
Please see more information below about the people we help and how to get involved. No matter your faith (including those who profess no faith in particular), you are most welcome to join us and do good in the world!
Helping Tuxedo Families
We directly help Tuxedo and Sloatsburg families in need or crisis with:
- Food support, including Thanksgiving baskets
- Angel Tree gifts at Christmas
- Financial support for academic advancement
- Financial support for summer camp
Helping Our Region
We are actively involved with numerous organizations in our region:
- Sloatsburg Food Pantry
- EpiscoBuild/Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
- Helping Hands of Rockland County (assistance for the homeless)
- Christ Church, Suffern (soup kitchen and feeding program)
- Oasis, Paterson, NJ (assistance programs for women and children)
- ESL classes at local libraries and Oasis, Paterson
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Rockland County
- Warwick Animal Shelter
- Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York
Helping Our World
We support various organizations throughout the world:
- Carryou Ministry (assistance for HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa)
- Episcopal Diocesan Schools in Liberia
- Episcopal Relief & Development (US Disaster Relief)
- Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church
How We Help
We encourage our parishioners to become involved in specific charitable ventures and then allocate funds and activate resources to support those efforts via an Outreach Committee. Funding for our outreach programs is derived from our Cutting Endowment Fund for Outreach, directed contributions from our parishioners and the greater community, grants St. Mary’s secures on behalf of specific programs as well as fundraising initiatives undertaken by the committee and parishioners, such as our annual yard sale. Specific appeals occur seasonally, on Outreach Sundays or whenever a crisis arises. Our Outreach Committee is open to anyone who would like to participate and is currently composed of approximately 15 members who meet once a month, typically after the 10 am service. Please contact Sue Heywood, chairperson of the committee, for more information.