MLK Day of Service 2016

MLK Day of Service 2016

This January, the community of churches along North Charles Street are coming together on the Martin Luther King holiday to serve our community. This is a great way for us learn about local mission programs, meet new people, and be the presence of Christ in someone else’s life.

Please review the following volunteer opportunities to consider where you might participate. Some options are open to children too. If you are not available to volunteer, see the list of needed donations.

For additional details and to sign-up:
Download MLK Day of Service 2016 (pdf) brochure

Morning Programs

Manna House
10:30 am—2:00 pm
435 East 25th Street
Baltimore, MD  21218
We invite you to join us in serving at Manna House. Opportunities include helping in the clothing room, cleaning the kitchen, and straightening the pantry.
Contact: Nancy Boyer,

 Woodberry Crossing (child-friendly)
9 am – 1 pm
925 Stablersville Road
Parkton, MD 21120
Various projects indoors and outdoors, so dress appropriately. Children are welcome to come, see the animals, play on their playground and enjoy the natural setting. Lunch will be provided.
Contact: Dee Dee Clark,

Abbottston Elementary/Middle
9 am—12 pm
1300 Gorsuch Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Help transform a storage room into a classroom by freeing up valuable space. It will involve carrying and moving supplies, so dress appropriately. Supplies will be moved to shelves in a basement storage room.
Contact: Cathleen Miles, Principal, 443-984-2685

Cathedral Art Program (child-friendly)
Cathedral of the Incarnation
9am – 1pm
4 E. University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218
Please join us to help underserved children in the Baltimore community express themselves through the visual arts. Adults and children are welcome to join us at the Cathedral! Come work with the students of Waverly Elementary-Middle school, who participate in the Cathedral’s after school and hearing impaired art programs. Please wear clothing appropriate for painting. Snacks and lunch will be served.
Contact: Anne Stick,

Gallons of Love Bags (child-friendly)
11:30 am-1:30 pm
First English Lutheran Fellowship Hall
3807 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218
First English Lutheran will be hosting the making of Gallons of Love bags to pass out to people in our communities out on the streets asking for help.  These bags will contain hand warmers, water, food, band aids, shampoo and other necessities that can provide a compassionate gesture to those in very difficult situations this winter.
Contact: Laurel Burggraf,

Cooking for the Baltimore Station (child-friendly)
2 pm—4 pm
Philip and James Church
2801 N Charles St ( in the Parish Hall Kitchen)
Baltimore, MD 21218
Come help prepare a warming and nourishing meal for those in need!  Bring yourself and join others to prepare a hearty meal to feed the hungry at Baltimore Station, where additional volunteers will serve our brothers and sisters. Children, youth and adults are welcome.
Contact: DeeDee Clark

Afternoon Programs

Bingo with Seniors at Gallagher Mansion
2 pm—4 pm
(10 people needed—child friendly)
431 Notre Dame Lane
Baltimore, MD 21212
Come enjoy some competitive play with older adults! Games like Bingo help stimulate the brain and provide fellowship for those who often find themselves alone in their apartments on cold afternoons. Come meet a few new faces at Gallagher Mansion in Govans, enjoy refreshments and a few rounds of bingo. This is a great first mission experience for elementary-aged children.
Contacts: Georgia Smith or Jenn DiFrancesco,

Greeting Card Making for GEDCO’s CARES (up to 15 people)
7 pm—9 pm at Second Presbyterian
4200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218 (in the Westcott Room)
You don’t need to be an expert or even all that artsy to help this worthy cause.  A volunteer will be present with all the supplies needed, giving directions, suggestions, and help when needed to make greeting cards to benefit the CARES food pantry.
Contact: Jenn DiFrancesco,

Evening Programs

Serve Dinner at Baltimore Station
(8 people– child-friendly)
5 pm—7 pm
1611 Baker St.
Baltimore, MD 21217
We will be serving what the afternoon cooking group made for Baltimore Station. Children, youth, and adults are welcome to come share in the serving and sharing over a homemade meal with men transitioning to self-sufficiency. Please note, we are serving dinner at their West Baltimore City location. Contact: TBA

Worship, Dinner, and Beanie Hat Making
6 pm—8 pm
The Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in the Peabody and Chapter Rooms
E University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218
The Slate Project is hosting dinner worship and hat making this evening focused on MLK Jr. and his biblical witness. This winter we are collecting old sweaters to make hats for those who need them. Ability to cut a straight line and/or work a sewing machine is helpful; we’ll show you how to do the rest.  Open to all ages.
Contacts: Georgia Smith, or
Jenn DiFrancesco,


All donations are being collected at the five churches located along North Charles Street in North Central Baltimore City: Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church, University Baptist, The Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, First English Lutheran Church and Second Presbyterian Church. Items are being collected until Sunday, January 17th unless otherwise noted.

Bingo Prizes
Perhaps you are in Target, Macy’s, the Dollar Tree or maybe even your basement when you spot a great potential Bingo prize. Gifts don’t have to be new and don’t need to be expensive. Some prizes for these independent seniors might be greeting cards, hand lotions, dishwashing soap, small picture frames, knick-knacks. Please bring the prizes to your church by January 17 or with you on January 18th.

Scrapbooking supplies
The CARES cards are made using scrapbook paper and other supplies. This is a great way to recycle half used sheets of paper or embellishments.

Gallons of Love Supplies Needed
We are also accepting the following donations at any of the Churches of Charles towards this effort:

  • travel sized shampoo/conditioner
  • travel sized deodorant
  • 8 oz bottles of water
  • food: granola bars/individually packaged snacks (peanut butter crackers, etc)
  • wet wipes
  • bandaids

Clothing Donations for International Rescue Committee

  • Boots
  • Long Pants
  • Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts
  • Hats/Ear Muffs
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Closed-toed Shoes
  • Socks
  • Winter Pajamas/Long Underwear

**In addition, we are seeking sweaters, jeans, and professional clothing, particularly in men’s and women’s small sizes. We also need children’s clothing, ages 2-12.**

Old Sweaters Needed
Recently discovered that moths really liked your favorite sweater, too?  Can’t get the cranberry sauce stain out?  No worries, we can repurpose them to keep someone a little warmer this winter.  Your old sweater will be transformed into a fashionable and functional hat as one of the activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  Wool, cotton or acrylic, adult and big kid sweaters all work for this project. We are collecting sweaters now through Jan 10th.