Your stewardship dollars have an incredible impact in providing direct assistance to our neighbors in need. St. Mary’s Outreach works with community organizations and directly with members of our community.

How You Can Get Involved

Lay Assistance Ministry –  Administered by St. Mary’s parishioners in face-to-face meetings, this program provides applicants with up to $150.00 of emergency financial assistance. Seeking to be more than ‘just another social services agency,’ St. Mary’s partners with other parishes and community organizations (including Arlington County’s Department of Human Services) to provide prayerful support and pastoral counseling in our time with those seeking assistance. The program runs twice a month.

  • Contact Ned Leonard, if you are interested in welcoming our neighbors in need of assistance and help the LAM team from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at St. Mary’s. We are especially in need of parishioner volunteers who are fluent in Spanish and other foreign languages.

Arlington Thrive – This is the only organization in the county that provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to Arlington residents experiencing sudden financial crises due to temporary unemployment or illness. Most clients either are considered to be “working poor,” elderly, disabled and living on a fixed income, or homeless (or formerly homeless) people requiring Thrive’s assistance as a safety net until they are able to get back on a firmer financial footing.

  • In your volunteer time, you will take calls from social workers 1-2 weekday afternoons a month. Arlington Thrive provides a cell phone, laptop, training, and on-call support. Time commitment: 1:00-4:00 p.m., one or two weekdays per month. Skills needed: Computer skills to enter client data on Arlington Thrive’s laptop computer. Ability and willingness to drive/ drop off computer bag to the next volunteer. To get started, email