Winter Relief

Youth prepare dessert for Winter Relief guests.

Each winter, First Presbyterian house the homeless as part of Winter Relief, one of Arundel House of Hope’s programs. During our host week, guests stay in Fellowship Hall where rows of sleeping cots and folding tables are arranged. Delicious meals, hot showers, clean linens, haircuts and even a Bingo night are only part of the experience. Warm and nurturing volunteers dispense a week’s worth of God’s love. In return the volunteers receive back heartfelt appreciation and valuable insights into lives that many times are wrought with difficulties. Read more: 2017 Winter Relief Daily Blog.

Over 70 volunteers take part in our hosting week. Night monitors, meal preparers, help desk coordinators, set-up and break-down crews, are just some of the volunteer opportunities available. In many years, we are joined by memberse of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church which helps wtih volunteers and funding. We have been grateful for their help. Planning for each new year begins at the close of the prior year. It takes a full 12 months to be completely prepared for this important service. For more information on this outreach ministry, contact Steve Hays, Bill Hatchl, or Cathy Starnes.

Backpack Buddies

On Thursday afternoons during the school year, church volunteers stuff backpacks with nourishing food for select students to ensure their families will have food for the weekend.

The Center

The Center, a mission project of Baltimore Presbytery, hosts groups for week long and weekend urban mission projects.

Coats for Kids

The program provides a new coat to any child in need at Georgetown East Elementary, Tyler Heights Elementary and in the community of Robinwood.

Food Link

Church volunteers meet regularly with Food Link volunteers to collect surplus food donated by area grocers, restaurants and caterers, which are given to agencies and clients who assist those in need. FPC members also participate in food donation drives to add to Food Link pantries.

Habitat for Humanity

First Presbyterian Church is part of the Anne Arundel County Interfaith Coalition that builds homes for select clients following the founding conviction that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. The coalition began working in fall 2015 on a house on Clay Street in Annapolis. The home was dedicated in January 2016 and work will continue until it is ready for the new homeowner later this year.  The church continues support in between house commitments. 

Light House Shelter

The Light House Shelter provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for area homeless. First Presbyterian volunteers prepare meals, assist in the career counseling, teach GED classes, collect food from members of the congregation and deliver it to the shelter each Sunday in August and participate in fundraisers.

Maintenance Intern

Job-seeking men or women working to overcome the stigma of homelessness, incarceration or substance abuse, are given a second chance and a viable way to get their feet back on the ground through the church’s maintenance intern program.

To apply for the internship, please use this application form.

STAIR - Start the Adventure in Reading

STAIR is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring to public school second grade students who are reading below grade level. Dedicated church volunteers tutor children from several Annapolis schools andd community centers, two hours weekly from 4 to 5 p.m. during the school year. This summer, STAIR will introduce a one-week Summer Readers Theater pilot program at Robinwood Center off of Forest Drive. Volunteer tutors are always needed!

Sweat Equity

Sweat Equity has been a remarkable tradition at First Presbyterian Church since 1997. Numerous volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain, restore and enhance our church campus. They have upgraded and refurbished the main building; rebuilt and merged three houses to create the Kinhart Center; created the bricked courtyard and connecting walkways; renovated the Manse; restored the exterior of the historic Zimmerman-Wilson House; and constructed the Winslow Shaw Chapel. This work totals nearly 40,000 square feet of worship, gathering, meeting, office, and living spaces, and was accomplished by volunteers of all ages, skill levels and specialties. Sweat Equity welcomes all members to participate. The most recent project was the renovation of the church kitchen. Contact John Jamieson, Director of Facilities (facilities@annapolis-presbyterian.com), for more information.