CEC Outreach

CEC Grassroots DRC (Dorsey Center) - Food & Volunteer Sign Up

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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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EST) Available Slot
12/12/2022 (Mon.) Christ Episcopal Church parking lot, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd. Columbia, MD 21045  12:45pm - 1:00pm  

Main Course

Fried Chicken from Weis

Christ Church
Nancy Winchester will buy at Weis

Hearty sides: Comfort food the diners love! (3)

Please note what you will bring. Examples: Mac N Cheese, potato dish, baked beans

1 of 3 slots filled
Shahra Toth
Baked Beans

Salad/vegetable sides (5)

Please note what you will bring. Examples: cole slaw, cooked mixed veggies, broiled cauliflower, broccoli, green bean casserole

1 of 5 slots filled
Cathy Gold
Cole slaw

Desserts (5)

Please note what you will bring. Examples include: Brownies, cake, cooked custard, cookies.

2 of 5 slots filled
Christ Church
Xmas cookies (decorated on 12/7)
Shahra Toth
coconut custrard

Supplementals (5)

Please note what you will bring. Examples: fruit (bananas, oranges, apples), granola bars, bottled water, boxed snacks such as raisins.

All slots filled
Shahra Toth (4)
Emily Aubin
10390 Guilford Rd., Jessup MD 20794  1:00pm - 4:15pm  

Volunteer No. 1- Head server

Obtains entree by 1 p.m., takes directly to DRC, & serves until 4 p.m.

Christ Church
Nancy Winchester

Volunteer No. 2 - Server

Pickup side dishes at Christ Church by 1:15 p.m. & serve food at DRC until 4 p.m.

Shahra Toth

Volunteer No. 3 - Server

Pickup side dishes at Christ Church by 1:15 p.m. & serve food at DRC until 4 p.m.

Emily Aubin

Volunteer No. 4 - Rover

Pickup side dishes at Christ Church by 1:15 p.m. & act as rover at DRC until 4 p.m...


Volunteer No. 5 - Server

Fill roles as needed


Volunteer No. 6-Server

Fill roles as needed


Driver. Role begins at Christ Church at 3:15 p.m., then to DRC in Jessup by 3:40 p.m.

Depart by 3:50 p.m. to take leftover sides & purchased entree in your vehicle to Grassroots' Live-In Facility on Freetown Rd. in Columbia, MD..

Patricia Fanning
Will take DRC leftovers to Freetown Rd.
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