There are several ways to volunteer to help feed the homeless friends who come to the Day Resource Center , or DRC (Dorsey Center). You can prepare a side dish or dessert to be dropped off at Christ Church to help complete the menu for the midday meal. Those who prefer hands-on duty can volunteer as one of at least 4 people who serve food at DRC, which is operated in Jessup, MD, by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Another person volunteers as a driver who transports food from one place to another so that Christ Church can feed the hungry at more than one location on the same day. (SEE SLOTS BELOW).
DRC operations have resumed with strict pandemic protocols such as masking and observing social distance. In-person volunteers must have both flu and full COVID-19 vaccinations.
If you wish to save the date, it's usually the second Monday of each month. Co-coordinator Nancy Winchester, or a backup in the role of head server (Vol. No. 1), will acquire fried chicken at Weis in Laurel, MD, and go directly to the DRC in Jessup, MD. Separately, volunteers gather no later than 1 p.m. for drop-off of menu items in the parking lot near Old Brick, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045.
Those in the role of Volunteers No. 2, 3, and 4 will serve in-person during Christ Church's shift and may wish to carpool from Christ Church to the DRC. Parking is scarce at 10390 Guilford Road, Jessup MD 20794. The team must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to prepare for its 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. shift.
The menu is expected to feed 40 to 60 people, with seconds after all diners go through the line. Examples of a typical menu: Entree, one vegetable serving, one salad serving, one starch (a hearty side such as Mac N Cheese), and one dessert.
Some volunteers (servers) stand at the serving window while another (a rover) moves around to facilitate dining and cleanup among tables so that the area is clear for the next group that begins its shift at 4 p.m.
The off-premises volunteer is a driver who departs Jessup by 3:50 p.m. with leftovers and a second batch of purchased fried chicken to deliver to Grassroots' Live-In Facility, 6700 Freetown Rd., Columbia, MD. Depending on logistics, sometimes the driver must start the shift at 3:15 p.m. at Christ Church, acquire dishes that are destined for an evening meal, make a stop at the DRC to pick up any leftovers and the purchased entree, and deliver all the food to the Freetown Rd. facility.
Both the DRC and the Live-In Facility have other needs for their pantries and welcome in-kind donations to be dropped off for delivery on the second Mondays (SEE MONTHLY NEEDS LIST BELOW).
For questions, email [email protected] so that we can put you in touch with Nancy or co-coordinator Shahra Toth.
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