St. James CARES

St. James CARES, formerly know as St. James P.R.I.D.E., is a civic organization started back in 1997 when several St. James residents responded to a call for help with a statewide program called N.C. Litter Sweep. Litter sweep means picking-up unsightly roadside litter. We are still active in that annual springtime cleanup event. Those early volunteers worked alongside community leaders and volunteers from Southport and Oak Island. Most everyone agrees that keeping your home area clean is important, especially since we live in a tourist area. Clean communities also enjoy higher property values.  

The organization became officially known as St. James P.R.I.D.E. when Steve Cherry was completing a registration form to join the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. In 2019, the name was changed to St. James CARES - Community Action for Recycling and Environmental Services.

St. James CARES. continues its strong growth of volunteer members and earth-friendly community projects such as… 

  • Clean the Highway (Adopt-A-Highway) . . .we do this 4-5 times per year.

  • Clean the Beach (St. James Beach Club on Oak Island) . . .2-3 times each year.

  • Projects to assist St. James groups with recycling and environmental efforts.

St. James CARES welcomes feedback on existing programs since we’re always seeking ways to be more efficient and new projects for consideration.


Need more information? Have something to share?  Please contact . . .

Jim and Claire Lavin, stjcares@gmail.com910-454-8599