Service To The Community

Backpacks – Giving Children Hope

Giving Children Hope, through whom we have sent international aid many times, also do wonderful work locally. Their “We’ve Got Your Back” Program provides 1,300 homeless school children and their families a backpack of nutritious food, enough for four people, every weekend of the year. They have been doing this for several years, and currently feed over 5,000 people every weekend! Giving Children Hope needs more backpacks, and can get them for $4.00 each. They hope to raise $4,000, for 1,000 backpacks during August, and invite partners like St Mary’s to join them in this worthwhile cause. Read more →

Age Well Senior Services

Age Well Senior Services is looking for Volunteers in the Community to help serve Lunch for the Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susie Q Senior Center. Age Well provides a Hot nutritious meal Monday thru Friday from 11:30 am. Until 12:30 pm. We need Volunteers to help set up the kitchen, serve the meals, and easy cleanup from 10:30 am. Until 1:00 pm. We only ask volunteers to commit one or two days a week if Possible. We are a non-profit Organization and lunch is on a donation basis, which is why Volunteers are so important to our success. Read more →

Nets for Life

Nets For Life Final Report 2014 Thank you to everyone at St. Mary's and beyond who contributed so generously to the 2014 Nets For Life Lenten Program. This is a small church with a big heart, as it has demonstrated so many times before. I have the deepest repect and gratitude for your constant willingness to give so much of yourselves, financially and spiritually, to those whom you will never meet, but whose lives you have saved. My heartfelt thanks to all who donated funds, and all who were so enthusiastic in their response. Thank you to Gary Mangiofico and Kathleen Dapper for their kind assistance. Read more →

ECW Outreach

The ECW would like to thank everyone for your contributions to our various 2013 events that helped us raise funds for our worthy charitable recipients. Through our membership, Palm Sunday Bake Sale, White Elephant Sale, and our Soup & Salad Luncheons, we were able to distribute a total of $2,600. A committee of ECW members determined to whom we would donate, and how much money to allocate to each charity. We chose causes affiliated with the Episcopal Church, our community and globally deserving project. Read more →

OC AIDSWalk 2014

We have a long legacy of helping people with HIV/AIDS. Fifteen years ago, Laguna Beach was at the epicenter of the epidemic. Today, even with medications to help manage the disease, there is still a great need 4,000 have died and 7,000 more in the OC struggle with HIV/AIDS every day. For 28 years, OC AIDSWalk has raised awareness and much-needed funds to help the OC in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Organizations benefiting from AIDSWalk provide food, housing, transportation, counseling, case management, legal assistance, as well as education and prevention programs. Read more →

ECW Bake Sale

Thanks to all you "BAKERS AND BUYERS". Our ECW Palm Sunday Bake Sale was a huge success. With the funds we raised last year, we were able to support these Ministries : St. Mary's Church, Nets for Life, Diocesan ECW, Laguna Food Pantry, Laguna Beach Friendship Shelter, IRS Ministries (Mozambique), Church in Uganda etc. Read more →

Supportive Housing, Laguna Beach

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church is in support of the Supportive Housing initiative in Laguna Beach, California. Supportive Housing is a widely-accepted national best-practice in homeless services that greatly reduces the harm homeless people experience through their lives on the street, and significantly reduces the cost of homelessness for our community. We believe that Permanent Supportive Housing is a logical extension of our current work and a way to expand our services to meet our community’s growing need. Read more →

Feeding the Homeless with Saint Mary’s in Laguna Beach

In the year the temporary shelter has been open in Laguna Canyon, volunteers have taken the modular building provided by the city and worked to turn it into more than a roof and four walls. Churches and community groups provide meals, case workers periodically come in to connect people with services, and Laguna Relief and Resource Center's executive director Donna Valenti is constantly working to update her job board. Since she began at the shelter two months ago, she's found work for about 20 people, from temporary construction jobs to retail to positions in downtown restaurants. Read more →