St. Andrew’s mission, core values and Episcopal identity are central to our efforts to help those in need. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic downturn, our school lauched the One Pride initiative. The goal of One Pride is to connect community members with each other in service and support, and to provide the necessary resources to keep our community together. 

Keeping Our Pride Together

The school understands that the current crisis has created concern for many current and incoming families about their current finances and/or this year’s tuition obligations. St. Andrew’s will revise our financial and fundraising plans for this year to increase funding for need-based financial aid. If your family has concerns about your tuition obligations for this year due to hardship or uncertainty caused by COVID-19, please reach out directly to our Chief Financial Officer Mark McKnight to discuss your situation. The school will work with you to restructure tuition payments and/or reconsider financial assistance to make it possible for your child to stay at St. Andrew’s. We will do everything we can to support each of you and to keep our community together.

Healthcare and Hospitality Workers
If you work in the healthcare field, or if you work at or own a hospitality-related business that would benefit from our support, please email OnePride@saes.org. Your St. Andrew’s community wants to be there for you. 

Supporting our Community Restaurants
On this page, you will find a list of restaurants that are owned, operated, and/or staffed by members of the St. Andrew's community. Please consider placing an order with one of these restaurants to help support our local community of Lions. If you work at or know of a restaurant to add to our list, please email OnePride@saes.org.

Emergency Food Access
If you or a family you know is food insecure, click here to find a list food pantries close to you. The DC Food Project provides free meals to all DC youth. DC Central Kitchen offers a list of to-go meal sites, and is also distributing fresh produce grocery bags at each site. For information on food access for Montgomery County residents, click here.

If you feel comfortable doing so, you can reach out directly and confidentially to Chaplain Isaacs or Chaplain Slater for further assistance. 

We are Here for You!

Even though we are physically apart, our chaplains, counselors, nurses, and administrators are here for you. Please reach out for support or advice.
If you have a different need, please email OnePride@saes.org and we will direct you to the appropriate staff member.

Support our Community Restaurants

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Coming Together in Service

The One Pride initiative seeks to address our shared desire and opportunity to help our fellow St. Andrew’s families and alumni. The spread of COVID-19 has begun to touch the lives of our friends and loved ones. 

Many families in the St. Andrew’s community have reached out in response to the One Pride Initiative and we are hearing about specific needs in our community and around the Washington, D.C. area. We are looking to mobilize volunteers who can donate or deliver meals, purchase gift cards, offer up prayers, and write letters and cards to support these individuals and families. If you’d like to become a One Pride volunteer, click here to express your interest.

You can also find a list of service opportunities and suggestions below compiled with the assistance of Charles James, Co-Director of Service Learning at St. Andrew’s. This list will continue to be updated.
St. Andrew’s will get through this time of uncertainty and adversity together. 

Service Opportunities and Suggestions

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  • Create and Donate Masks and Other PPE

    1. If you have masks or other forms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you can donate them to healthcare workers and hospitals in need. Local stores have provided instructions on how to make and donate cloth face masks. Click here for more information.

    2. Suburban Hospital is asking for donations of cleaning wipes, sewn head coverings, safety goggles, disposable gowns, shoe covers, and tyvek coveralls. Email SHFoundation@jhmi.edu to learn more.

    3. Three St. Andrew's Upper School students have put together a fundraiser to purchase medical equipment, including surgical masks and N95 masks for local hospitals. Donate to the Masks for You fundraiser.
  • Create and Donate Face Shields

    1. Here are files and instructions for printing face shields. Once completed, the shields are sent to a network of healthcare providers. Please be in touch with Chuck James at cjames@saes.org  if you have a 3D printer you can use and you want to be part of the network of printers. 

    2. We are 3D printing face shields to donate to local and national hospitals. We have one desktop CNC, but we have recently increased our 3D printing capacity and we need more plastic sheets cut to match the amount of head bands for the shield we are able to produce. We are happy to pay for material usage (we can send material your way or can reimburse you for materials if you submit the invoice). If people out there also have 3D printers and want to help with our endeavor let me know as well, and we can provide filament. Contact: Jacob Blumberg 301-310-1813 or Jacobturowblumberg@gmail.com.
  • Donate and Deliver Food

    1. Many restaurants are providing food for health care workers. The meals need to be delivered. Hospitals and agencies are set up to receive meals on a NO CONTACT basis, so everyone’s health is protected. For example, Feed the Fight works to coordinate donations and food deliveries to hospitals and medical centers. 

    2. Our Campus Kitchen partner Bethesda Cares is accepting $25 grocery gift cards to Safeway and Giant. Contact justin@bethesdacares.org, or current families may drop-off gift cards on campus during their time slot from June 1-5 during our Year-End Item Claim/Return.

    3. Montgomery Housing Partnership, which provides affordable housing to those in need, has a great need for food, especially for seniors and those that have recently lost their jobs. Contact Robert Goldman at rgoldman@mhpartners.org to help with this effort.
  • Donate Blood

    Blood banks are running low on blood and platelets. Typically, you must be 17 years old to donate blood, but in cases of rare and limited blood types, donations can be taken with a guardian’s permission. Click here for more information.
  • Elder Care

    1. Isolation is most intense for the elderly at this time. Create craft packs and magazine packs for senior citizen residences. Items should be placed in plastic bags that can be wiped down before distribution. At this time, many assisted living residences are in quarantine and have limited activities. Items that can be distributed to individuals will brighten a person’s day. It's also a good idea to call to check in with elderly neighbors and friends. Contact a local assisted living community to arrange for donations.

    2. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is an organization that provides meals, companionship, and related services to seniors and other homebound individuals in order to enable them to continue living independently. St. Andrew's student Hannah Newman '22 is making and selling homemade candles with the goal of raising $1,000 for Meals on Wheels. The 4oz candles are $10, and all profits will go to Meals on Wheels.
  • Help People Experiencing Homelessness

    Street Sense Media is looking for volunteers for their office (long-term committments preferable) to help with general administrative tasks, vendor relations, app payouts, and record keeping. Email Raven Neely.
  • Volunteer for Reading and Literacy Projects

    1. Volunteer to donate instructional time or virtual reading time with families that have young children. Contact a local public or charter school to provide services to families. Email Chuck James at cjames@saes.org if interested.

    2. 
    Tom Dillon leads The Literacy Lab, a literacy nonprofit based in Washington, DC.  He is working to build a technology tool that will allow young students (kindergarten/first graders) to practice their letter sound skills at home, a critically important foundational reading skill that many low-income children miss and that atrophies without the exposure they get at school. A component of the project is collecting audio recordings from volunteers using a simple-to-use app to make recordings of themselves saying the 26 letter sounds out loud.  Intermediate and high school students can participate. The process takes approximately 15 minutes and requires access to a Chromebook or Android phone or device.  If this opportunity is of interest to your community, please reach out to Tom at tdillon@theliteracylab.org.
  • Foster an Animal

    While animal shelters are closed, they look for foster families to take animals for a month to six weeks. Contact your local animal shelter to learn more.
  • Connect with Family and Friends

    Remember that optimism is viral too! Connect with family and friends. One phone call, video on Marco Polo, or Zoom gathering can build community and hope.
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Sign Up to Help

Sign up to be a One Pride volunteer! We are looking to mobilize volunteers who can deliver meals, purchase gift cards, offer up prayers, and/or write letters to support individuals and families.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.