Monday, January 15, 2018
(MLK Jr. Day)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Glen Mar Church

Our fourth annual Day of Service will be hosted by Glen Mar Church, Ames Memorial UMC and St. John Baptist Church. Join us for a day of family-oriented, short-term service opportunities. This event will be conducted at Glen Mar Church and several off-site locations. Volunteering only requires compassion, a willingness to help, and a caring attitude. We are expecting a good turnout. All ages are welcome. Volunteering with family and friends sets positive examples by helping other people and serving the world. So, come for one hour or come for the day!

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018 (MLK Jr. Day)

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Orientation: 8:30 to 9 a.m., Activities: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closing: 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: The event is FREE and open to the public

What: Family friendly short-term service activities for ages 5 to 105 years old

Free Childcare: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 1 to 4-year olds

Where: Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043; Phone: 410.465.4995. Get Directions

Community Service Hours: Available upon request at the sign-in table

Lunch: Pizza and bottled water can be ordered at the sign-in table for $5.00

Download the flyer.

Activities for Ages 5 Years and Up
  • Packaging meals for the hungry (Goal: 90,000 meals)
  • Decorating cookies for inner city school teachers (Goal: 36 dozen cookies)
  • Writing letters and drawing pictures for military service members and others (Goal: 500 letters)
  • Making spiritual bracelets for those in need of love and grace (Goal: 3,000 bracelets)
  • Making no-sew blankets for students at The Board of Child Care (Goal: 30 blankets)
Activities for Ages 8 Years and Up
  • Sewing pillowcases for people during a hospital stay (Goal: 60 pillowcases)
  • Making jump ropes for school children out of clean old T shirts (Goal: 60 jump ropes)
  • Making fishing kits for children (Goal: 200 fishing kits)
  • Assembling health care kits for children (Goal: 60 health kits)
  • Knitting for those recovering from an illness
  • Making Tic-Tac-Toe kits and flannel Teddy Bears for school children
Other On-Site Activities
  • Food collection for the Sandtown community in Baltimore: List of Requested Food Items
  • Clothes collection for homeless (Sandtown area): coats, hats, socks, gloves, and blankets
  • Gently used shoe collection (any size)
  • Health screening for 16 years old and up (BMI and blood pressure screening, and pre-diabetes risk assessment)
Off-site Activities for 8th Grade and Up

Meet at Glen Mar Church at 8:30 a.m. for a short orientation. At 9 a.m., participants will divide into work crews and caravan together to the local off-site locations. Work crews will return when the job is complete (or by 4 p.m. at the latest). Those not staying the entire time should drive separately or arrange to be picked up at the work site. Bring a bag lunch and two bottles of water.

Off-site activities will include food collection at grocery stores, general home repairs, and sorting of donations.

More Information

Our partnership with Ames Memorial United Methodist Church


Frequently Asked Questions
Is Glen Mar’s Day of Service held in all types of weather?
If there is inclement weather on the Day of Service, please check our website before coming to Glen Mar. A pop-up announcement will appear on our website by 6 a.m. with details of any closings and delayed openings for the church. A delayed opening means that the church will open at 10 a.m. If a delayed opening is in effect and conditions worsen, we will post a revised announcement by 8:30 a.m. One or more planned activities may be canceled due to inclement weather if activity leaders are unable to attend.
Do I have to come at the beginning of the day or can I arrive later?
You can come any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you want to be part of activities on-site at Glen Mar Church, but if you want to participate in off-site activities it is best to be at Glen Mar Church at 8:30 a.m. so you can select an off-site activity and drive to the site with your work crew at 9 a.m.
What do I need to bring to the Day of Service?
Wear appropriate clothes, and bring along a drink or two and a bag lunch. If you are staying at Glen Mar Church, you can order lunch for $5.00. Lunch is a couple slices of pizza and a bottle of water. We will be collecting non-perishable food items, as well as coats, hats, socks, gloves, blankets, and gently used shoes (all ages/sizes).
Will I have to wait in line?
Some activities will be filled from time to time, so just select another activity and check back in 20 minutes.
How long does it take to complete a Day of Service workshop?
Workshops vary in length, some lasting one hour and others longer. We will assist you in joining a workshop whenever you arrive.
What should I wear to the Day of Service?
You should wear appropriate clothes for the type of workshops you will be participating in. For off-site activities such as painting rooms and small inside home repairs, wear old blue jeans, a long sleeved shirt, and closed toed shoes. For on-site activities at Glen Mar Church, just comfortable casual clothes will be fine.