Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD)

BUILDPhotoBUILD is a broad-based, non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial community power organization dedicated to making Baltimore a better place for all to live and thrive. Rooted in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and congregations, BUILD builds relationships that help to heal our city. For more than 35 years, BUILD has worked to improve housing, increase job opportunities, and rebuild schools and neighborhoods, among other issues.


Contact: David Ware 

Boots for Baltimore

Boots LogoStaffed by Redeemer volunteers, the BOOTS program solicits funds from private individuals, foundations, corporations and the church community for the purchase of sturdy boots that are then distributed through a network of 30 agencies serving the homeless, the jobless and the working poor during the Christmas holiday season.

Opportunities to serve: Individuals are needed who are willing to solicit their personal and corporate contacts on behalf of the BOOTS program; individuals with computer expertise willing to help with the annual update of lists are also needed. Other committee duties: administration, publicity, agency liaison, computer records, mailings and distribution. The committee meets, as needed, on a year-round basis.

Contact: Debbie CoddLucy Sarris 

Caring for Creation (C4C)

Redeemer is committed to continuing to be better stewards of our environment, as part of what it means to put our faith into action. Led by our Caring for Creation Committee and in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore and the Baltimore Orchard Project, a rain garden was installed on our day school playground last year, and a couple of fruit trees have been planted and are growing on our grounds.  Our church also uses a geothermal system that became fully operational in 2012.

Opportunities to serve: People committed to caring for our environment are needed to serve on our C4C Committee and to support its ongoing work, projects and leadership of our parish in this area.

Contact: Laurel Peltier

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO)/CARES

img_4832GEDCO, of which Redeemer is a member, is a nonprofit, community and church-based developer and operator of affordable, service-linked housing and social service programs. CARES , 5502 York Road, is a network of local churches and social service groups that have pooled their resources to serve the critical needs of local residents. Services include a food pantry, pharmacy vouchers, and financial assistance, along with job search skills and job placement.

Opportunities to serve: Volunteers are needed to help stock shelves on Wednesdays, to help escort clients through the pantry, to interview clients and to administer financial aid.

Contact: Kathy Dickinson

Govans Elementary School

Gpierce and studentovans Elementary is a public charter school, operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project, and participating school in Baltimore’s 21st Century School Program. About 2 miles from Redeemer, Govans Elementary serves the children and families of the Govans neighborhood and has partnered with Redeemer since November 2011 to support its students and families in a variety of ways. About 90% of its students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. 

Opportunities to serve: Tutors, classroom aides, mentors, and support for after-school programming are needed throughout the school year. In addition, volunteers are needed to coordinate our winter coat drive and to support our fall school supply coordinator. Other volunteer opportunities include occasional painting of classrooms and support for special events.

Contact: Cristina Paglinauan

Grants Committee

Each year the Church of the Redeemer invites community nonprofit agencies in the city of Baltimore who are in need of financial support to apply for a grant.  The most significant contributions go to organizations and programs providing life-sustaining services – food, fuel, shelter, jobs and education. The committee reviews requests, evaluates through site visits when possible, and funds grants based on the following priorities: support of life-sustaining services; focus on the needs of the Baltimore community; connection with Redeemer or The Episcopal Church; and direct involvement by members of the parish.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please use our Online Form.

Opportunities to serve: Volunteers are needed to assist with the grant process by reviewing requests for funds and making site visits with other committee members.

Contact: Margaret Daley

Habitat for Humanity

hhfhHabitat for Humanity puts God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.  Through Habitat Chesapeake, Redeemer is currently partnering with The Church of the Good Shepherd, Ruxton and The Churches of the Nativity and Holy Comforter on the McCabe Street project, to create affordable housing for our neighbors in the Govans community.

Opportunities to serve: Volunteers are needed for our upcoming workdays on October 21, October 22, November 18, December 10 and December 16, 2016. Workdays are generally from 8:30am-3:00pm.

Contact: Barbara Fegley 

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is an interdenominational group founded by St Ignatius Parish in Baltimore city. Volunteers operate a special van which regularly delivers food to the homeless at specific designated drop off points. Area churches rotate the responsibility for food preparation one weekend each month in the winter from November through March. Redeemer parishioners make seven gallons of soup, seminarians at St Mary’s provide the coffee, and students from Friends School prepare the sandwiches for 250 people. Redeemer parishioners also make Christmas Box Dinners as part of the Loaves and Fishes feeding program. The delivery date for the festive gift-wrapped boxes is usually the evening of Redeemer’s Service of Lessons and Carols. These boxes and gifts are then delivered to the homeless by the Loaves and Fishes van.

Opportunities to serve: Volunteers are needed to help prepare soup for 250 for one of the Redeemer Saturdays. Participants are also needed to help distribute the food on one of the Saturday nights.

Contact: Lynn Plack 410-340-2939 (soup & sandwich preparation) or Lucy Sarris (for Christmas Boxed Suppers)

Medicine for the Greater Good (MGG)

screen-shot-2015-11-22-at-12-18-35-amMGG, established in 2013 at Johns Hopkins Bayview, is an initiative and formal curriculum that seeks to train and educate medical residents in bridging the gap in health disparities between the hospital and the community. Volunteers work with schools, churches and community centers to promote good health practices and overall wellness. Redeemer is currently exploring ways to effectively partner with MGG.

Contact: Cristina Paglinauan

Paul’s Place

DLC_0793_01_01_01_01Opened in 1982 and located on Ward Street in Washington Village, Paul’s Place provides twenty-two different programs for the community in the 21230 and 21223 zip codes through their dedicated staff of case workers, outreach workers and volunteers. Redeemer volunteers have been involved with Paul’s Place since it opened. Every month volunteers cook and serve a hot meal to residents of Washington Village and the homeless. In addition they sort clothing and help in the store. Each week a volunteer picks up groceries donated by Graul’s market and delivers them to the kitchen at Paul’s Place. In the summer, volunteers organize a camp for school age children from Washington Village. Then each year during Advent, a Giving Tree is decorated with gift ideas for the children of Washington Village. Redeemer parishioners bring in wrapped gifts which are taken to Paul’s Place for joyful distribution.

Opportunities to serve: Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve meals once a month; assist at our one-week summer camp; assist at the Holiday Shop; and to drop-off clothing.

Contact: Patty McLean  (Holy Casserole), Cristina Paglinauan  (other)

Recovery Ministries

Daisy9x..cropRedeemer hosts a number of 12-step support groups for individuals struggling with various mental, substance-use and behavior disorders, as well as their family and friends. For a complete list of meetings regularly held at Redeemer please visit our Recovery page

Contact: Cristina Paglinauan 

St. James’ on the Square

St. James’ Church is a vibrant and inclusive urban congregation located in Lafayette Square. Redeemer and St. James are currently partnering on two initiatives to strengthen and support residents and families in west Baltimore: The ARK Preschool Leadership Team (The ARK Preschool serves and educates homeless children; Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Hill are also part of this collaborative effort) and the Hope & Healing Initiative.

Contact: David Ware  

THREAD

ConversationTHREADThread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. Redeemer recently hosted “Conversation THREAD” which brought together 700+ Baltimoreans over a course of 10 evenings to engage in difficult conversations around racism and social justice in our city. Redeemer continues to explore ways we can collaborate with Thread in the ongoing healing of our city.

Opportunities to serve: Mentors are needed at a variety of different levels of commitment.

Contact: Kim Tortolani