St. Mary of the Hills has an active outreach committee that mobilizes funds and volunteer efforts to impact our community and the world. For more information about Outreach activities, please contact Gary Gloster.
Tour of Homes
Coming back in 2021 and sponsored by the parish, this highly successful, all-volunteer community event annually raises more $50,000 for as many as 25 local non-profit organization Each July, more than a thousand people partipate in touring Blowing Rock homes, as well as a variety of other fund raising activities on the church grounds. Visit the Tour of Homes page to learn more.
St. Mary’s volunteers prepare and serve meals for this local facility which offers three daily meals and emergency shelter for individuals and families experiencing food or housing insecurity in Boone. The church also provides the "Back-on-your-feet" Boxes program, supplying household items for individuals and families transitioning into permanent housing. For more information on these programs, please contact the church office at (828) 295-7323 or email to: office @stmaryofthehills.org.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Members recover food from the Food Lion in Blowing Rock and Woodland’s Barbeque for use in preparing meals at Hospitality House.
Bags of Hope
Concerted food drives are made through "Bags of Hope" - once a month, parishioners take grocery bags home, fill them with suggested items, and return them the following Sunday for delivery to one of our local food pantries (Blowing Rock CARES, Casting Bread Ministries, Hunger and Health Coalition, or Hospitality House).
Habitat for Humanity
St. Mary's was one of the original Covenant Churches that began Habitat for Humanity in Watauga County. Volunteers participate in Habitat’s “Building on Faith” program, a joint program of area churches working together to help low-income families. ReStore, Habitat’s store is in need of volunteers to help keep the store operating. They will also happily accept donations of gently used items (furniture, building supplies, electric fixtures, etc.). The ReStore is next to the Deep Gap Food Lion on 421, east of Boone.
The annual Heifer Fair held in November and hosted by St. Mary’s is an important contribution from the church to Heifer International, an organization that provides animals, trees, and training for recipients all over the world to help people grow their own food and become self-sufficient. The goal of this event is to have enough animals sponsored to buy an Ark ($5000 providing includes two water buffalos, two cows, two sheep and two goats, along with bees, chicks, rabbits and more) for the program each year.
Recycle Your Eye Glasses
Parishioners provide their discarded prescription glasses to be distributed to those who need them. A collection bin is located in the Foyer.
Recycle Your Cell Phone
The program helps the clients of the Watauga County OASIS (battered women’s shelter). Phones are re-programmed for contact to 911 and provided to women at risk. A collection bin is located in the Foyer.
For more information, please contact Lynn Coulthard at (828) 964-6072 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.