St. Mary’s outreach supports organizations with systematic, positive programs that help people striving to rise above a disadvantaged background find work.

How You Can Get Involved

Together We Bake – Together We Bake is a comprehensive, workforce training and personal development program for formerly incarcerated women looking for an opportunity in the food industry, from bakers and chefs to marketing and business.

  • Sign up for a Together We Bake volunteer nights (one-off opportunities) on a quarterly basis; the activity generally involves stickering packages, which is a fun activity that can include kids ages 12 and up.  Additional opportunities such as volunteering as a job counselor are needed.
  • Purchase Together We Bake cookies, granola, and other foodstuffs at Whole Foods.

Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC) – SEEC provides assistance to Latino and Latina day laborers using an orderly process for hiring opportunities, assisting with job referrals, and collection of unpaid wages from unscrupulous employers. SEEC provides vocational education, teaches green cleaning techniques, and skills related to construction while teaching English as a second language.

  • Watch for St. Mary’s call for adult work gloves (Dollar Store gloves appropriate for outdoor yard and construction work) and scarfs during Advent. A “Mitten/Workgove” tree will be placed in St. Mary’s Glebe Road lobby from which you can hang your glove donations.

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington – Founded by 12 Episcopal churches in 1986, the ministry is a community partnership between homeless people and others in need, with support and volunteers from churches, including St. Mary’s, to improve the lives of all. Goals include: promoting awareness of community needs, fostering partnerships at all levels, breaking down barriers imposed by poverty and developing participants’ abilities to help themselves to better lives.

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) – OAR is a community-based, restorative, justice organization, blending compassion and accountability to assist offenders in leading productive and responsible lives, to the benefit of all.

Friends of Guest House – Founded in 1974, Guest House provides female ex-offenders with comprehensive support for a successful transition, including housing – the only program of its kind for women in Northern Virginia.