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, and the annual Glen Mar Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. Volunteers are needed for each of these ministries. Learn more here.

Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop, now run by Salvation Army, has a long history of helping people in need in Howard County by ministering to them in Christ's name. Donations of lightly used clothing, furniture, appliances and toys are accepted and sold in its Thrift Shop at a nominal charge. The money is used to assist low income persons/families with loans or grants. A food pantry is open during store hours. The Thrift Shop is located at 3267 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, MD, 21043. In addition to providing volunteers, Glen Mar supports the ministry through direct monetary contributions.

Volunteer or Learn More: Glen Mar provides volunteers to work in the Thrift Shop on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Volunteers sort donations, price items, run items to the sales floor, etc. Youth must sign up in advance by contacting our liaison, Beth Kagey at 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.