Serve

Here at Good Sam, we have discovered that our faith grows as we walk with those who are in need.  We are involved in a variety of programs and  activities that seek to make a difference in our community.  Below you will find some of our ongoing opportunities to make a difference in our community.

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry (learn more)

Our Daily Bread food pantry is an important way for us to be Good Samaritans in our neighborhood. The food pantry provides non perishable food along with a frozen meat product twice weekly to local neighbors who are in need of food assistance. At times we have some fresh produce and bread products to offer as well. It is staffed by 3 or 4 volunteers each Wednesday and Friday to help in the food distribution and administrative work. On Mondays, a trip is required to go to the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Waldorf to pick up food/meat supplies for the week’s distribution. Volunteers who would like to assist in the food pantry or help with the food pickup may contact the church office at 301-863-4740 or email foodpantry@goodsamlutheran.com.

 St. Mary’s Caring

The Soup Kitchen at St. Mary’s Caring is a community based non- profit ministry serving breakfast and lunch to hungry people in St. Mary’s Co six days a week. This organization is housed on our campus and a close partnership has also evolved through the sharing of food and clients between the soup kitchen and our food pantry. St. Mary’s Caring is staffed by a part time director but about 60 regular volunteers are needed to keep the operation functioning. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals, pick up food donations, help with fund-raising, and help maintain the building and equipment. For further information about the Soup Kitchen you can check out their website at www.stmaryscaring.org.

 W.A.R.M.

WARM (Wrapping Arms aRound Many), is a ministry that serves the homeless community in the local area.  Good Samaritan and many other local churches offer overflow shelter and meals during the colder winter months of November through early April.  It takes over 100 volunteers during our host week so there are lots of opportunities to serve. Volunteer service opportunities include: preparing and serving meals, doing laundry, acting as a monitor, cleaning the facility, organizing donations and serving on the WARM leadership team.

God’s Work.  Our Hands.  (GWOH)

During the year we offer multiple activities and opportunities to build relationships, partnership, friendships and connections with our community.  We do this through service and we call it “God’s Work. Our Hands.”  So you will see us reaching out through these kinds of activities:

  • Red Cross Blood Drives
  • Backpacks and School Supplies for a local elementary school children
  • Holiday Meal and Christmas Support to families at Carvery Elementary
  • St. Mary’s Caring (soup kitchen) programs and activities
  • Harvesting and gleaning at Farming 4 Hunger
  • Reading Tutors for Carver Elementary
  • Visiting with residents of Chesapeake Shores Care Facility
  • Sacks of Supplies for our homeless neighbors
  • Angel Tree (Christmas gifts for local children)
  • (New ideas coming all the time)

You can read more about GWOH Here.  We invite you to pick up at GWOH T-Shirt (at Good Sam) and join with us in caring for our community.