1. The American Red Cross: Blood donations are urgently needed at this
time. Donation sites have careful safety protocols in place for
donors. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment at
a nearby site. There is a special need for plasma donations from those
who have recovered from COVID-19.
2. ** Assist with weekend bags for children that go to local schools who are serving weekday
meals to children and supplement food needs for these children over the
weekend. Women Who Care Ministries, our partner for this project, is looking
for donations of the following items for bags in order of most needed: tuna
meal kits, mini cereal boxes, fruit cups, and apple sauce pouches. These items
can be dropped off at Keeley Connelly’s home. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women Who Care Ministries is also seeking
volunteers to pack bags at their facility (19642 Club House Rd. Suite 620) for
a two hour window Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 9am-5pm or Thursdays between
9am-2pm. Please bring your own mask and clean gloves for packing. Contact email@example.com for more info. Visit www.womenwhocareministries.org to learn more about this organization.
3. The NPC Call a Member, Call a Neighbor Challenge. Let's keep our church family and our neighbors
encouraged during this time of social distancing. Will you commit to
making two phone calls a day for the next four weeks? Take the time every
day to call one church member and one neighbor to say hello and ask how they
are doing. For an added challenge, try calling someone you have not
spoken to in a long time or someone you have only seen at church but never
met. Imagine the impact we can have in extending love and friendship to
those around us, showing God’s kindness and compassion. If you need a church
directory, please email Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is for 50 church members to participate in this
challenge. If you are participating, please email Courtney to say you're
in on the challenge, and even to share an encouraging story from your calling
time. We'll keep you posted on our path to 50 callers reaching out in
assistance to your neighbors who are isolating using this Bless Our City flier (click here to download
and print). You can help with various things like picking up
groceries and needed supplies. This flier also informs your neighbor about how
our church can support them too.
5. **Utilize the
Montgomery County Volunteer Center website to search for ongoing volunteer opportunities to serve our
6. Making cards
and mailing them to Asbury Methodist Village residents since they cannot have visitors at this time.
You can mail to “Resident” at 201 Russell Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or email
7. Making cards
and/or video messages for homebound members of our congregation and others who are experiencing a difficult
time. Email Jamie Swope for names and addresses email@example.com
8. **Assisting our
deacons in supporting church members with meals and grocery shopping for those who may need it during this
unprecedented season, like people at risk to be in public because of age or
medical conditions or our first responders and medical professionals who are
affected by this. Sign-up here.
pantry items to Germantown Help. Non-perishable needs include: breakfast cereals; spaghetti
sauce; mac and cheese; peanut butter & jelly; tuna fish and other canned
meats; canned fruits, vegetables, and soups; rice (2lbs or less); and pasta.
Germantown Help is an organization NPC supports through local missions. To
learn more visit https://germantownhelp.org/. Please coordinate with our local missions
liaison Courtney Midlam for drop-off location firstname.lastname@example.org
10. **Drivers for
Germantown HELP to deliver food packages to clients or to make bulk shopping
runs. Need roomy vehicle and ability to lift packages/boxes. This is a strong need as this service is
expected to become in high demand. To learn more, contact Courtney Midlam at email@example.com or the program director Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org (301)482-1320.
**For projects that involve leaving your home, please follow
government guidance to stay at home except for essential functions (such as
getting groceries or medicine), keeping appropriate social distance and good
hygiene practices. Do not go out if you are showing illness symptoms, have
traveled recently, or have been exposed to someone with COVID19. If you are
medically vulnerable or at higher risk to due to your age, we encourage you to
bring others the love of Christ from your home rather than going out.
Stay tuned for other
ways you can bless our city! These projects are evolving and growing. If you
have an idea of a way to help, contact our Local Missions leaders Courtney
Midlam email@example.com and Jim Hensley firstname.lastname@example.org.