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January 21, 2019

This January, the community of churches along N. Charles Street in Baltimore are coming together 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.

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Service Options

Manna House

435 East 25th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
8 am to 10:30 am
Contact: TBA

Manna House, a ministry located in Charles Village, provides breakfast to impoverished and homeless men, women and children 365 days a year. Volunteers will have the opportunity to serve breakfast and to help organize the clothing closet located on the premises.

WoodBerry Crossing

925 Stablersville Road
Parkton, MD 21120
9am – 1pm
Family Friendly
Contact: Bob Horner, 410-788-8152

Come enjoy the morning in the country while you work on some building projects indoors. If you have tools bring them, but supplies and tools will be provided. Lunch will be served and there will be plenty of time to get out and see the animals. All projects will help enhance the grounds for the summer camp and make the winter more enjoyable for the animals.

Art with a Heart

Mill No. 1, 3000 Falls Rd,
Baltimore, MD 21211

Volunteers will have the opportunity to help with all branches of the organization in the following ways: Art with a Heart is currently engaged in many large-scale mosaic murals and multimedia public art projects. All of these projects will be completed in HeARTwares (located at 3000 Falls Road in Mill #1) through a collaboration of multiple community partners and hundreds of volunteers. No experience is necessary! The finished products will be awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind public art pieces that will not only beautify and enhance the neighborhood in which they will be installed, but will reinforce a sense of positivity, hope and community commitment. In the process of creating and grouting these large-scale public art projects, volunteers will come together for the opportunity to create something bigger than themselves, to help take ownership of blighted areas, and engage in something that will have a lasting and resonating presence.

In addition to helping with the public art projects, Art with a Heart is always in need of help to prepare for future projects i.e., coloring pop art for merchandise, cutting mirror, breaking tiles, making samples for classes, and completing projects for our community partners. Stations will be available so that volunteers have a variety of fun and engaging options to choose from.

Wear comfortable shoes. An apron will be provided. Ages 8 and up welcome.

Abbottston Elementary/Middle

1300 Gorsuch Ave,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Cathleen Miles, Principal, 443-984-2685

Reading is important at Abbottston. The school works hard at making sure kids have access to books on their level. Help is this needed organize the books by level. Your help is greatly appreciated by the kids and teachers who utilize these resources.

Gallons of Love Bags

First English Lutheran Church
3807 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218
10:30am-11:30am in the Fellowship Hall
Family Friendly

First English Lutheran will be hosting the making of Gallons of Love bags to pass out to people in our neighborhoods 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.

We will be working from 10:30 am-11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall of First English Lutheran Church (at the corner of Charles and 39th Streets, enter at the glass doors on the 39th Street side).

Volunteering with Scrap B-more

925 S Charles St,
Baltimore, MD 21230
1pm-4pm at Scrap Bmore
Contact: TBA

SCRAP B-more is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. With donations always coming in, they need folks to come in and help organize the donations. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers to learn about this nonprofit and see what goodies are available.

Baltimore Station and Project PLASE Cooking

Second Presbyterian Church
4200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
1pm-4pm in the Church Kitchen (enter through Charles St entrance)
Family Friendly
Contact: Jenn DiFrancesco,

Come help prepare a warming and nourishing meal for those in need! Bring yourself and join other members and volunteers from the Churches of Charles to prepare a hearty meal for Baltimore Station and for the residents of Project PLASE. A meal for 40 will be brought to feed the hungry at Baltimore Station and meals for others will be brought to the two Project PLASE locations where additional volunteers will serve our brothers and sisters. Children, youth and adults are welcome.

Bingo at Stadium Place

Ednor 1 Community Room,
1040 E.33rd Street,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Family Friendly
Contact: Georgia Smith,

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. Meet a few new faces at Stadium Place while enjoying refreshments and a few rounds of Bingo. This is a great first mission experience for elementary aged children.

Make Sandwiches for Manna House

First English Lutheran Church
3807 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218
Family Friendly

Project PLASE

1814 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact: James Woods,, 443-717-4226

Baltimore Station Serving Dinner

1611 Baker St.
Baltimore, MD 21217
Family Friendly
Contact: Tom Harrington,

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 in their West Baltimore City location.

Greeting Card Making for GEDCO’s CARES

Second Presbyterian Church
4200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
7pm-9pm in the Westcott Room
Contact: Jenn DiFrancesco,

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. We will be meeting in the Westcott Room at Second Presbyterian Church (enter through the white door on Charles St.) to make greeting cards to benefit the CARES food pantry.


All donations are being collected at the five churches located along N. 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 20th 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 14 or with you on January 15th.

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

Art with a Heart Donations

crayola modeling clay,
vinyl tablecloths,
Michaels and Home Depot gift cards

Have questions? Want more details? Please contact Georgia Smith, from University Baptist, at 410-366-0686 or Jenn DiFrancesco, from Second Presbyterian, at 410-467-4210