Glen Mar participates in a variety of local outreach ministries here in Howard County. Most of these opportunities allow whole families can participate and only require a few hours of your time. Check out the list below to see how you can get involved.

For information on ministries in downtown Baltimore, check out our Urban Ministries.

Angels for a Cure Relay for Life Team

"Angels for a Cure" is Glen Mar's Relay for Life team. The team will participate in the Relay for Life of Catonsville to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and to support cancer survivors. Learn more.

Bridges to Housing Stability (prevention of homelessness)

Bridges to Housing Stability consists of a transitional housing program, along with programs that focus on the prevention of family homelessness. It is located in Columbia, MD. Glen Mar supports Bridges to Housing Stability as a Community Partner through direct monetary contributions and by participating in the annual Chili Cook-Off. In addition, individuals from Glen Mar serve on the Board and provide volunteer support.

Volunteer or Learn More: Bridges is always in need of volunteer support to help maintain Bridges housing units, move families in or out of the program, coordinate special events, or assist in the office. Contact our ministry coordinator, Jennifer Broderick at 410.312.5760 ext. 117 or bridges@glenmarumc.org, or visit the Bridges to Housing Stability website.

Food Collection Ministry

Glen Mar organizes quarterly food collections for various food pantries (separate from our ongoing collection for Grassroots). Organizations served thus far include:

  • The Eva Johnson Foundation (EJF): a non-profit foundation that assists the residents of Hilltop and Ellicott Terrace in Ellicott City by providing food during emergency situations.
  • Salvation Army in Ellicott City (formerly Christian Services of Howard County)
  • Ames Memorial United Methodist Church's food pantry and soup kitchen in Baltimore city, available to residents by referral from Department of Social Services (DSS).
  • Hurley Community Development, Inc., a non-profit that operates a monthly food distribution program in Hurley, VA, site of our annual youth mission trips
  • Howard County Food Bank, operated by the Howard County Community Action Council (CAC).
Volunteer or Learn More: The tasks associated with this ministry are simple, and the time required is very small. Contact our ministry coordinator, Ron Stevens at 410.744.4246 or foodcollection@glenmarumc.org.

Grassroots Homeless Shelter Ministries

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center is Howard County's homeless shelter and 24-hour crisis intervention center. Glen Mar provides direct monetary contributions to Grassroots, and provides a coordinator and support to volunteers for several ministries involving Grassroots. These include the Cold Weather Shelter, the Grassroots Donations Ministry, Meals for Grassroots Ministry, the Day Resource Center Ministry, the annual Soup 'r Sundae Event, and the annual Glen Mar Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. Volunteers are needed for each of these ministries. Learn more here.

HEHHC (Help End Homelessness in Howard County)

HEHHC, Inc. provides below-market-rate housing for families who are either homeless or face the prospect of homelessness with market-rate housing. They accomplish this by purchasing suitable dwellings and leasing them as permanent housing at 30% of household income. Glen Mar is one of several churches that has partnered with HEHHC to help them with their mission, and to provide skills and resources to residents. For more information on HEHHC, visit the HEHHC website. Contact D.C. Veale, Minister for Missions Coordination, at 410.465.4995 ext. 205, dc.veale@glenmarumc.org to find out how Glen Mar is involved.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Howard County (SHP)

As part of the 2019 Glen Mar Day of Service, we partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace to build bunk beds for needy children in Howard County. This was the beginning of an ongoing ministry with SHP. Our initial plan is to have 3 additional builds this year. Details will be posted on this page and on Current Happenings. Contact Dan Kagey, shp@glemarumc.org, for more information on our partnership with SHP. To find out more about SHP, check out their Facebook page, or download their flyer.

Upcoming Events: June 14-15 Bunks Across America Build

Volunteers from Glen Mar Church will help build 50 beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace on Fri., June 14 and Sat., June 15. Time-flexible people like retirees and college students will be needed on June 14. Volunteer service is open to everyone on June 15. It’s Father’s Day weekend so grab your Dad or Dads, your 12-year-old child and older to help kids in Howard County sleep in comfortable beds rather than on the floor.

Sign Up: There will probably be a signup for 4-hour shifts. Email your name to SHP@glenmarumc.org or sign up in The Gathering Place during services on May 25 and 26 and June 1 and 2. Download the flyer.

Donate: Donation envelopes are also available on the literature rack located on the wall outside the Chapel. Place your donated money in the envelope and put in the collection plate during services or in the dropbox in The Gathering Place.

Thrift Shop

410.740.8129. Adult volunteers can show up at the front entrance between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and tell the cashier you are there to work. You will be directed to the back to see what help is needed. There will be a short on-the-job training. Volunteers are also needed to make furniture deliveries on the second Saturday of the month. Contact our liaison, Beth Kagey at 410.740.8129 or thriftshop@glenmarumc.org.

Wish Upon a Star (Christmas gift drive)

Glen Mar organizes an annual drive for Christmas gifts, clothing and food for local families in need. Learn more.