Poolesville Baptist Church does a significant amount of outreach. Below are organizations in the local community that we partner with to serve those in need. Each of these organizations have ongoing volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups. Click on the name of the organization to be taken to their website to learn more and set up an opportunity for your family or group of friends to serve.
Frederick Rescue Mission's Bread of Life Resources Center serves breakfast and lunch 365 days a year to anyone in need of a meal, including special extended holiday meal times. We’re currently serving 100 meals for breakfast, and 250 – 300 lunch meals.
The Lord's Table serves hot nutritious meals daily Monday through Saturday, September to June at 3:30 pm in the Church Hall. Between 60 and 100+ hungry, homeless and needy people are fed each day. The Lord's Table is a completely volunteer organizaion and operates solely on donations. Adult volunteers are always needed. If you are over 21 and can make a commitment once a month please phone Mary Canapary at 301-869-7609.
The Friendly Thrift Shop in Poolesville has been in operation since 1972 to meet the clothing needs of Western Upper Montgomery County. Eleven area churches each appoint a representative member to the Thrift Shop Board; these members conduct sales on a rotating basis. The Friendly Thrift Shop is open for donations and shopping Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Wednesdays 7 p.m. -9 p.m.
WUMCO's (Western Upper Montgomery County Help, Inc.) mission is to provide quick and friendly assistance to needy persons in Western Upper Montgomery County (Poolesville, Barnesville, Beallsville, Boyds, Dickerson, and surrounding areas) in times of crisis with rent or mortgage payments, utilities, medical or other current critical expenses; transportation for medical and social service needs; long-term coverage of maintenance medicine not adequately covered by insurance, either government or private; emergency and holiday food and holiday toys.
Hands of Love Mission, a local nonprofit group consisting of a dozen volunteers, loaded and shipped more than a million pounds of supplies last year to people living in the poorest regions of the world. The supplies included everything for the house and home, from baby seats to sofas. Some donations that came from Frederick County ended up in Frederick County. But most were sent to Honduras, Kenya, Haiti, Guatemala, Kosovo and towns in Appalachia where adult illiteracy is 40 percent.
Helping Hands Poolesville, Inc. is a Christian volunteer organization whose members are called to help those in need, by improving lives, homes, and communities. Helping Hands Poolesville provides services to individuals, families, and also to organizations which share our commitment to assisting the less fortunate dwelling in the midst of our society of abundance. Poolesville Baptist Church supports this ministry in their annual partnership with Rebuilding Together to provide home repairs to qualified homeowners, and invite you to contact Helping Hands Poolesville, Inc to see how you can support them, as well.
Since 2003, Restoration Ministries has been building relationships with trafficked women and girls through Bible studies, spiritual retreats, mentoring, and support groups. Only the Lord can heal the wounds these young girls bear. Our hope is that as we respectfully come alongside them, they feel drawn to the love of Jesus. RM searches for the ones who have strayed away - in detention centers, jails, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and on the streets. The average stay at the detention center or psychiatric hospital is about three months, so there is plenty of time to slowly build trusting relationships.
Truth and Hope outreach is a sewing ministry to the poor both nearby (Oklahoma flood victims) and as far away as Uganda, South Africa, Bosnia, Kenya, Jordan and Honduras. In the last year this ladies ministry has supplied over 300 handmade bags, baby blankets, hats, bed comforters, and clothing items for those in need. Some of these places that receive these gifts are ministering under somewhat normal situations but others are ministering to babies with fetal alcohol syndrome, some others have been abandoned in fields to die. Several of the ladies from our church help in this ministry and we are proud to support this outreach in the name of Jesus.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is managed by the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. This disaster response group, in cooperation with our Red Cross partner, provides a hot meal (Southern Baptist Disaster Relief cooks it; Red Cross delivers it) to folks impacted by a storm or displaced by an incident. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief also helps begin the recovery process by cutting up down trees, providing remediation to flooded homes and patching roofs or windows damaged by a storm. While this is underway, trained Chaplains provide a “ministry of presences” to those affected. Behind the scenes, our Maryland Logistics group provides Administration, Assessment, Communications, Laundry, and Showers resources as needed to an event or incident.