Friends of Clay Street
Since 2000, St. Anne’s has had a presence in, and friendship with, the Clay Street Community and the Stanton Center built first and foremost on prayer and relationships. We participate in a homework club, support and help to run a teen camp, and provide Christmas gifts for over 100 children.
Christmas Gift Giving
At Christmas we provide over 100 children with at least 3 gifts each and we give food gift cards to families in Clay Street, and Hilltop Elementary School in the northern part of the county. To volunteer, please contact: Katie Harris and Sylvia Lohr at 410-224-2036.
St. Anne’s Stanton Center Teen Camp
This camp for teenagers living in this high-risk neighborhood meets daily for six weeks in the summer. Activities include: swimming, kayaking, photography, inspirational speakers, workshops, visits in homes, field trips to museums, and relationships built on honesty, trust, respect, loving and caring for each other. Funding comes from gifts of parish members, friends and grants. You can get involved by donating funds, providing bag lunches, opening your home for a day, chaperoning field trips, sharing a skill, or giving a talk. We provide scholarships to the Stanton Center summer camp for elementary children through funds donated by parishioners. Contact: Deede Rivers at 410-268-8279.
A six- to eight-week Head Start Preschool Summer Camp for 4-5 year olds from the Clay Street neighborhood provides a safe, nurturing and educational environment with an emphasis on readiness for kindergarten. Volunteers are needed each of the six Fridays to read and help with activities for two hours.
Homework Club at the Stanton Center
St. Anne’s members volunteer time each weekday, providing 4-8 hours a week of homework help for an average of 20 children and a few teens. The children also have the chance to use computers, interactively learn from a Smart Board, do arts and crafts, and be encouraged by caring adults who remind them they are precious to God who loves them and has dreams for their lives. New volunteers are always welcome to help with homework, computer learning, arts and crafts, cooking or to share a particular talent or skill. Contact: Sharon McElfish at 410-990-0294.
Joining the Friends of Clay Street Committee is another way to get involved. The committee meets two or three times a year to plan and dream of new ways to partner with our Clay Street neighbors. Please call Sharon McElfish at 410-990-0294 if you would like to join us.