MLK Day of Service 2020

MLK Day of Service 2020

January 20, 2020

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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Volunteer Service Options

WoodBerry Crossing (Family Friendly)

9 am – 1 pm
925 Stablersville Road

Parkton, MD 21120
Contact: Bob Horner, 410-788-8152,,410-516-8067 (o)

Woodberry Crossing runs a summer camp to give urban kids an opportunity to explore God in nature. They have both inside and outside projects that need to be done to help with the upkeep at the farm. Farm animals are available for petting and lunch is included.

Abbottston Elementary/Middle

9 am-1 pm
1300 Gorsuch Ave,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Tom Harrington, 414-687-3474

Abbottston serves children K-5th grade in a small school environment. We will be helping both the teachers and the students by sorting books and supplies and painting some walls. 

Gallons of Love Bags (Family Friendly)

10 am – 11 am in the Fellowship Hall
First English Lutheran Church
3807 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Nancy Boyer,  443-850-7086,

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 AM-11 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

10 am- 1 pm at Scrap Bmore
913 W Barre St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact:  Jean Coates, 410-491-2435

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. 

Art with a Heart (Family Friendly- 8 & Up)

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mill No. 1, 3000 Falls Rd,
Baltimore, MD 21211
Contact: Janet Short, 410-256-5097

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

St. Luke’s Thrift Store (Family Friendly)

12 pm – 2 pm
800 W 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Family Friendly
Contact: Rev. Jimmy Muratore, 410-292-3883

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church needs volunteers to help sort donations to keep, trash, and give away. Volunteers will also be stocking the store and removing old merchandise from the shelves.

Bingo at Stadium Place (Family Friendly)

2 pm – 3 pm
Ednor 1 Community Room,
1040 E.33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Alison Raskin, 434-532-5406

Come play Bingo with the residents of Stadium Place.  Bingo helps to keep people’s minds active while having fun.  Prizes and refreshments will be served. This is a great activity for young and old alike. 

Marian House Cooking

3:30 pm -6 pm 
949 Gorsuch Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Martha Clark, 443-831-8300

Marian House provides housing and supportive services for women who are transiting to stability after homelessness.  We will be cooking dinner in their kitchen and getting ready for an evening of fun, good food and laughter. Open to anyone High School and older. 

Marian House Serving and Eating Dinner

Dinner at 6 pm – 7 pm 
949 Gorsuch Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Susan Harrington, 414-378-1030

Marian House provides housing and supportive services for women who are transiting to stability after homelessness.  We will be serving and eating dinner with the residents. Open to anyone High School and older. 

Marian House Bingo and T-Shirt Bags

7 pm – 8:30 pm
949 Gorsuch Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Susan Harrington, 414-378-1030

Everyone loves Bingo and the opportunity to give back.  We will be playing multiple Bingo games and there will also be an opportunity to make reusable bags from t-shirts.  The bag makers will get to keep a bag and the rest will be given to CARES Food Pantry for their shoppers to use when they get food.

Greeting Card Making for GEDCO’s CARES

7 pm – 9 pm in the Westcott Room
Second Presbyterian Church
4200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Jean Coates,

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.

Donations Needed

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 19th 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 19 or with you on January 20th.

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:

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

Art with a Heart Donations

  • crayola modeling clay
  • vinyl tablecloths
  • sharpies
  • 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.