Serve Locally Now

Looking for ways to help your community during the COVID-19 crisis? We are conducting the following activities while doing our best to comply with safe practices and social distancing guidelines. Please only participate in these activities if you feel comfortable doing so. If you feel unwell or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not participate. If desired, ministry leads and volunteers may request a Maryland State Travel Authorization Letter or a copy of our Mission Activity Health Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis by emailing missions@glenmarumc.org.

Food Collection for Local Organizations

Fridays through June 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Glen Mar Parking Lot

Glen Mar will be collecting non-perishable food items for the following organizations in Howard County and Baltimore City: Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Day Resource Center, Howard County Food Bank, HEHHC (Help End Homelessness Howard County), ARC of Howard County, Manna House, My Sister's Place, Our Daily Bread and Ames UMC. Please drop off the food to the trailer in the Glen Mar parking lot during designated days and times only.

Requested Items

  • Canned Chicken, Tuna, Salmon, Vienna Sausages, Spam
  • 16 oz. containers of Pork and Beans
  • Canned Soup (low salt)
  • Prepared Meals (i.e. Dinty Moore, Spaghettios with Meatballs)
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Large containers of Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Bread
  • Lunch snacks and Granola Bars
  • Canned Fruit and individual Snack Packs of Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables (all types)
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Kidney Beans
  • Baby Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent Pods and Cleaning Supplies
  • Deodorant and Body Wash
  • Toilet Paper
  • New Games and Puzzles

 

Mask-Making Efforts for Essential Workers

Collection on Fridays through June 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Glen Mar Parking Lot

Johns Hopkins Medical, other area medical facilities, and various community service organizations are asking for donations of cloth masks. We are coordinating a mask-making effort. There are jobs for those who sew as well as those who don't. Those who sew can make masks. Those who don't sew can donate fabric, and/or prepare fabric for sewing by laundering, ironing, folding, and cutting the fabric according to the directions. See Mask Making Directions below, including directions for the mask making assembly line, the Hopkins directions (you will need both), mask labels to print out, and a pleat-pinning guide. Questions? Contact Adrienne.

If you feel unwell or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not handle the mask materials. While we are not delivering a sterile product, we want to do all we can to protect the volunteers working with the masks and the recipients of them.

Collection Information

A drop-off and pick-up assembly line for fabric in various states of preparation, as well as finished masks, is located at the porch of one of our volunteers. Bins are labeled and no contact is required. Hand sanitizer or wipes are provided.
  • Pick Up Items: Contact Adrienne to get her address and let her know which job you would like to do: wash, iron, cut, or sew. She will make up a bag for you to pick up.
  • Return Items: Place in a bag and attach a Mask Type Label to indicate whether it is Hopkins or Other (see below for differences). You may put multiple items in a bag as long as they are the same type. Download the Mask Type Labels.
OR: Drop off Finished Masks at Glen Mar Church on Fridays through June 12 from 3 - 5 p.m. Only
A table with collection bins for finished masks will be located outside of the church, near the trailer where non-perishable foods are being collected, during these hours only. Please place masks in a new sandwich bag with the appropriate Mask Type Label, and place the bag(s) in the designated bin. Download the Mask Type Labels. You can also drop off materials in process and donations of needed materials (listed below). NOTE: We will not be handing out materials to make masks Fridays at church unless you have contacted Adrienne in advance (before noon on Friday) to make arrangements.

Materials and Masks are for Area Medical Facilities and Community Service Organizations Only - Not Personal Use
All donated materials and masks are designated for the medical groups with whom we are working. If you pick up donated materials from us for mask-making, please return them all to this project. PLEASE do not ask us for materials for individual masks for you, your family, your friends, your employees, etc. At this time we are prioritizing masks for healthcare workers and a few community service organization workers who serve those in need.

If you need masks for your family but don't have a sewing machine, try one of these easy-to-make options using a T-shirt or cotton fabric you have at home (cotton sheets and pillowcases, bandanas, tea towels, tablecloths or other cotton fabrics work well too):

Types of Masks Needed & Mask Making Directions

Two types of masks are needed: those for Johns Hopkins, and those for other medical facilities or community service organizations. The difference is the color of the fabric and the length of the ties. All masks must have this type of fabric:
  • Use 100% pre-washed woven cotton
  • Use non-shiny ribbon/fabric head ties
  • The wire for the nose strip will be added by the receiving facility
Specifications for Hopkins Masks:
  • MUST be made with patterned fabric
  • no blue/white prints
  • Ties must be 48" in length
Specifications for Masks for Other Medical Facilities and Community Service Organizations:
  • solid or patterned fabric
  • any color
  • may have shorter ties (44" or longer rather than 48")
Mask-Making Directions:

Materials Needed - Please Donate

Donations gratefully accepted on our volunteer's porch any time (contact mask@glenmarumc.org for the address), or on Fridays through June 12 at Glen Mar Church from 3 - 5 p.m. only.
  • 100% cotton fabric or 100% cotton sheets(not jersey/stretchy), fitted or flat. If possible, please wash it first. If it isn't washed, please mark it "needs washed".
  • Grosgrain ribbon (not satin or shiny). Width: 3/8" (6mm) to 1/4" preferred, but we can make any width work. Length: 88" long or longer (to make a pair of ties)
  • bias tape, twill tape, seam binding, flat braided cord, length of 88" or longer (to make 2 ties per mask)
  • Pair of 44"+ shoe laces
  • thread - any color
  • zipper sandwich bags

 

Pop-Up Food Pantries

Volunteers are needed to help with Pop-Up Food Pantry opportunities at a senior resident apartment complex in Columbia. Glen Mar's Pop-Up Food Pantries are usually held on Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. We usually meet at the Howard County Food Bank at 9:30 a.m. to pick-up food and then take the food to the front door of each residence. We also have been sharing letters and pictures created by Glen Mar’s Sunday School kids.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and layoffs, the number of families with food insecurity is growing in Howard County and Baltimore. A Pop-Up Food Pantry is the distribution of food and the sharing of God’s love on a designated date and time and at a place for a specific group of people (such as low-rent apartments or health care workers) or for a broad community (such as Ames Memorial United Methodist Church or the Sandtown community of Baltimore).

If interested in assisting, please email missions@glenmarumc.org.
 

Additional Opportunities to Serve

Help Feed the Five Thousand
If you would like to help feed five thousand people in Howard County by July 4, 2020, please visit www.feedhowardcounty.org, email Feed Howard County or call Pat Curran of First Presbyterian Church at 443.695.0756 to volunteer. Volunteers are needed to distribute hot meals prepared by local restaurants to people in need.

The time commitment is one hour. Feed Howard County will be holding hot meal distributions each week until July 4. This week there are opportunities on Wed., June 3 at 4 p.m.; Thu., June 4 at 4:30 p.m.; and Sat., June 6 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Drop off Food and Supplies at Day Resource Center at Set Times
Help the most vulnerable in the our community by dropping off food and supplies at the Day Resource Center, 10390 Guilford Road, Suite A, Jessup. Items must be dropped off from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only. Please do not leave donations at the door when no one is there. The staff will put together packages and deliver them to guests.

Needed Items are:

  • 16oz Canned Baked Beans
  • Canned Meats-Tuna, Chicken, Salmon, Vienna Sausage, Spam
  • Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups/Applesauce Cups
  • Canned Vegetables-All Kinds
  • Men's Underwear-Any type, all sizes (they are not able to accept other types of clothing at this time)
Go to www.daycenter.org for more information about the Day Resource Center.
Shop for Meatloaf Ingredients and Milk for Grassroots Meals
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center's Freetown Road location continues to provide shelter for homeless guests and is serving 3 meals/day to about 50 people.

Glen Mar's Current Contribution: As we have been doing for many years, a small team of Glen Mar members provides meat loaves and milk on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

What you can do: Many of Glen Mar’s team are in the 60+ age category which is considered an “at risk” group. While they want to continue to help, they are limited in their ability to shop. We need volunteers under age 60 to help with this ministry by shopping for supplies prior to the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Who to contact: Linda Hunt at grassroots@glenmarumc.org.

Donate Food, Supplies, and Grocery Gift Cards to HEHHC Families
All of the Help End Homelessness Howard County families would be grateful for donations of food and household supplies. When you live on a low income, you do not have the money to stockpile for emergencies, and that is the situation our families currently are in. If you are interested in donating food, household supplies, or grocery gift cards to these families, one of our volunteers is willing to deliver them to the families we serve. Limited pick-up is available, or you may order online and have the items delivered to our volunteer's house. Please email us to make arrangements.
American Red Cross Needs Blood
Donors are urgently needed right now. Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Please give now. See their website for details and to make an appointment.

 

Make an Online Donation to our Partner Organizations

Contact our Mission Board

Do you have questions, or know of another opportunity? Contact missions@glenmarumc.org.

Youth & Mission Trip participants: Please find our Volunteer Forms here.

The Glen Mar Church building is currently closed to the public. We will have worship online Sundays at 10 AM. Click for more information