Serve - Our Community
St. Mary's participates in local and statewide outreach programs. They are:
F.I.S.H. ("Fellowship in Serving Humanity") is a volunteer group of Anchorage residents who provide and deliver emergency food to people and families in need.
F.I.S.H. has no paid staff, but 70 community volunteers answer phones, buy and collect, repackage, and deliver food. They are a partner agency of the Food Bank of Alaska, which helps to supply the pantry and are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Community Garden comprises 24 raised-bed plots on the St. Mary's campus. We welcome gardeners with all levels of experience to sign up to care for a garden plot over the summer. We work together to tend the earth, share potlucks, and learn from each other in safe, healthy outdoor social time whether we're weeding or eating - our motto is "90% community, 10% garden". There is no charge to claim a plot, but we do ask that you donate around 50% of your harvest to a local food bank or similar organization.
Christians for Equality
Christians for Equality is a coalition of Christian leaders, clergy and laity, who come together to:
- offer mutual aid and support for one another
- be a vehicle collaborative action and shared witness
- provide a platform for continuing education.
The Interfaith Council of Anchorage is composed of diverse faith communities whose mission is to respond to human need through cooperative effort, dialogue and education.
Mat-Su P.L.U.M.E. Outreach
The Mat-Su P.L.U.M.E. Outreach Association gathers together Mat-Su Borough residents interested in missional Christian communities and assists them within their town or neighborhood to organize around spiritual practice and service.
P.L.U.M.E. is an acronym for Presbyterian, Lutheran (ELCA), United Methodist, and Episcopal churches working together for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness is to advocate for and implement strategies to prevent homelessness and provide housing and work opportunities for all.
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) is a statewide organization working to develop strategies to increase the availability of affordable housing and eliminate homelessness in Alaska.