Mission Partnerships, Programs, and Projects

Mission Partnerships, Programs, and Projects

Christ calls on us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Through our Mission and Community Outreach Council, Second Presbyterian offers members of our congregation many opportunities to personally connect Christ and community through hands-on mission projects locally and occasionally internationally to address needs in the area of hunger, homelessness, healthcare, unemployment, education, disaster relief and more.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are supporting organizations that provide vital assistance to the most vulnerable people in Baltimore. Please help if you are able.

Make Casseroles for the Homeless

casseroleManna House is feeding over 800 individuals each week. Help by preparing a breakfast casserole for Manna House.

Deliver your frozen casserole in a covered 13×9 disposable pan to the church office door between 12 pm-2 pm on Friday, May 29.

We are collecting 50 pans of casseroles. You are welcome to use the recipe below or make your favorite dinner casserole.

Please sign up here so we have an idea what is coming.

Have too much on your plate with working from home and the kids’ online learning schedule? Our Manna House also welcomes large, family-sized trays of frozen macaroni and cheese or lasagna that can be purchased in most grocery stores.

We ask that whatever casserole you make: YOU and EVERYONE in your HOUSEHOLD be/feel HEALTHY

  • You bring it in a disposable 13×9 pan
  • It is covered with aluminum foil
  • It arrives fully frozen
  • The type of casserole is labeled on it.
  • You bring it to Second Presbyterian Church. (4201 Charlcote Rd. Baltimore, MD 21218) on Friday, May 8th between 12 pm-2 pm

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
1 1/4lb ground beef
1/2 of a green pepper (diced)
1/2 of an onion (diced)
16-18oz canned mixed veggies (drained)
8oz tomato sauce
4 cups of your favorite mashed potatoes.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add beef. When beef begins to brown, add the peppers and onions until fully cooked. Drain excess fat. Spread the browned meat with onions and peppers in the 13×9 deep disposable pan.

Mix the canned mixed vegetable together with tomato sauce and then spread them in a layer over the meat. Prepare the mashed potatoes and spread them on top of the vegetable layer. Pro tip: moving potatoes over the other food is easiest done using a dinner fork. Cover with aluminum foil, labeled, and fully freeze.

Questions? Contact Jenn DiFrancesco.

Make Sandwiches for Manna House

PB&J SandwichesMake peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Manna House: Drop off sandwiches in bread bag at church office door at 4201 Charlcote Road on Friday, June 5, between 12 pm – 2 pm. We are also collecting individual snacks such as chips, bottled water, fruit cups, apple sauce cups, granola bars and raisins being collected on an ongoing basis.

Sign Up Here.

Volunteer at Manna House

Manna House has been providing meals for 53 years. Through donations from grocers, churches, and community-based organizations, Manna House is able to continue its breakfast program to community members and have added home-bound residents of The Brentwood. Each weekday, Manna House serves 200 grab and go meals.

This is where we need your help. Manna House cannot serve the community alone. We need your help. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday, 8 AM-10 AM, to help with their breakfast distribution. Manna House is located at 435 E 25th St, Baltimore, MD 21218. There is plenty of available parking, including a parking lot, available. (Only volunteer if you and everyone in your family is healthy, and you do not have underlying health conditions.)

Sign Up Here.

Donate Food or Volunteer for GEDCO CARES Food Pantry

Donating food to GEDCO CaresDonate food to GEDCO CARES

• Produce
• Tuna
• Baked Beans
• Canned Vegetables
• Hearty Soup (not tomato)
• Pasta & Pasta Sauce
• Cereal
• Macaroni & Cheese
• Baby Supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.)

You may drop off food donations at the church office door (4201 Charlcote Road) on Fridays from 12 pm – 2 pm. CARES accepts donations on Mondays & Thursdays from 9 AM – 11 AM & Saturday mornings from 10 AM – 12 PM behind St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church at 5502 York Road.

Volunteers Needed at CARES

CARES still needs volunteers–generally on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM – 12 PM (one hour slots available)— to help pack and distribute bags of food for clients and families. Volunteers should be in good health and have no underlying health issues. GEDCO has put safety precautions in place.

Dates currently available through May 8th, and are being added in two week chunks. No prior experience of volunteering with GEDCO is required.

Please sign up here if you can volunteer just one or many hours.

Make Reusable T-Shirt Bags

Reusuable t-shirt bagsMaking t-shirt bags for reusable grocery bags is a simple project for kids and adults alike to keep busy and help with our CARES mission food collection. Here are YouTube instructions to complete the bags.

Drop off t-shirt bags in the plastic bin by the church office door at 4201 Charlcote Road.

Donate reusable bags

reusable bagsWith the great demand for food, CARES needs more reusable bags. Bags can be ordered from Amazon.

Ship the bags to your home and deliver them to the church any Friday between 12 PM or 2 PM, or ship them directly to the church. The church office manse address is better for deliveries:

Second Presbyterian Church
4201 Charlcote Road
Baltimore, MD 21218

Organizations We Support

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Baltimore Youth Alliance (BYA)
Board of Lady Managers
The Center
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland (The Ark Preschool)
Glenwood Life Counseling Center
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO)
Guilford Elementary/Middle School
Habitat for Humanity
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Helping Up Mission
Manna House
Orch Kids

The Peace Study Center (Peace Camp)
Sister’s Circle
Strong City Baltimore
TurnAround Inc.
Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School
Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood Association
Women for Afghan Women

If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in one of the organizations supported by our mission dollars and time, but have just not had a chance to find the best fit for your time and talents, contact The Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco for more information.