In the late 1960’s, two dear friends, Jane Stearns and Beulah Harper, joined forces to provide food and rides to those in need in the Western Upper Montgomery County. From this humble start a small non-profit, WUMCO Help, grew. Financial assistance services were added, the pantry was housed in a large garage, and the office pre-empted the living room of the home of Jane and her husband Fred. The organization continued to grow, was incorporated and received non-profit status from the IRS. Around the turn of the century a part-time Executive Assistant was hired to assist with the increasing administrative responsibilities. In 2015 the offices and pantry were moved into Poolesville in order to be better placed to serve the community.
WUMCO Help, Inc.
Jane Stearns is a truly remarkable lady with a heart of gold! After the death
of Beulah Harper, Jane continued to serve the community and expand the
services that the organization provided. She also served as secretary of the
local NAACP chapter for quite a few years and volunteered (and continues
to do so) at her church. Jane never accepted any compensation for her
service as Executive Director of WUMCO. Nor did she ask for rent or
reimbursement for the high electric bills that she paid due to the WUMCO
freezers and computers housed in her dwelling. For over 49 years Jane has
been, and continues to be, the heart and the face of WUMCO.