When we invest in relationships, we love our neighbors well
Sometimes loving well is helping a neighbor move. Sometimes it’s building a relationship with someone in prison or at a homeless shelter. Sometimes it’s as simple as picking vegetables or painting a mug. Investing in others can be risky and inconvenient, but it’s also incredibly worthwhile.
We want to help you love your neighbor by connecting you with our amazing ministry partners in our community. When you financially partner with LifePoint, you partner with all the local non-profits listed below.
You can also give generously of your time and resources to be part of what these organizations do right here in our local area. Whatever you are passionate about, we can help you actively love your neighbors.
Local Community Partners
Alpha Pregnancy Center
Alpha Pregnancy Center walks with women step by step. We’re not here to judge or tell them what they should decide. We are here to listen to their needs. All our services are confidential and at no cost to the recipient.
Believe Big is a non-profit Christian organization founded by Ivelisse and Jimmy Page after her battle with Stage IV colon cancer. Established in 2011, Believe Big is bridging the gap between conventional and complementary medicine for fighting cancer. Believe Big provides patients with hope, help, and healing.
One of the ways individuals and groups can partner with Believe Big is by painting Believe mugs. These mugs are given to cancer patients as a source of encouragement and hope.
Community Crisis Center
The Community Crisis Center, Inc. (CCC), dedicated to the prevention of homelessness, works to guide individuals and families out of poverty and onto the path of self-sufficiency. We support those living in need in Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon with emergency food items, personal hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, financial literacy as well as information and referrals to other area services.
Volunteers can help organize the food pantry or to donate basic needs like food, school supplies, toiletries and clothing.
First Fruits Farm
First Fruits Farm is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious produce to those experiencing hunger in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 2004, thousands of area volunteers have helped harvest over 13.4 million pounds of fruits and vegetables to share with local food banks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other food providers.
First Fruits Farm welcomes individuals, families and groups to come and help harvest fruits and vegetables during the harvest season (July – November). You can even become a regular farm hand!
Foster the Family Baltimore
Abuse, neglect and foster care are a reality for about 2,700 vulnerable children in the Baltimore area. The first week–specifically the first 24 hours — of a new foster placement is the most trying for a foster child and family.
Foster the Family Baltimore brings practical support to the doorstep of a foster family at its most vulnerable time. Within 2-24 hours of a new foster placement, the Foster the Family Baltimore team will deliver practical necessities and comforting support to the doorstep of a foster family. Each family will receive a Foster Care Package that includes a meal, a note of encouragement, age-appropriate hygiene items, clothing, comfort items and more.
Volunteers can help by shopping for care package items, writing notes, making meals and more.
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry places Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff. Good News has developed several practical, life-giving programs that introduce inmates and staff to Christ and help them grow in their knowledge of Him and His Word. At the same time, the chaplains facilitate other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.
Helping Up Mission
Helping Up Mission is a community of hope. We help men fighting addiction and homelessness get their lives back. Our comprehensive recovery programs address root issues of substance abuse and poverty. As one man is healed, Greater Baltimore is raised up.
Volunteers at Helping Up Mission (HUM) can help with meal service, education tutoring, or by providing professional services pro bono. LifePoint has a regular team that serves at HUM once per month.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. More than just a roof over their heads, it’s a nurturing community that helps patients access the care they need. Each Hope Lodge community offers a supportive, homelike environment where guests can share a meal, join in the evening’s activities, or unwind in their own private room.
LifePoint sends a team to the Baltimore Hope Lodge monthly to prepare dinner for the residents and spend time visiting with them.
Human Services Program of Carroll County
Human Services Programs (HSP) give hope, inspire change, and provide opportunity by mobilizing our community in the fight against poverty. Over the past 30 years, HSP developed programming to meet the unique needs of Carroll County residents struggling with poverty. Each of our eighteen current programs was created in response to an unmet need in our community.
Multiple LifePoint small groups and individuals volunteer at various shelters run by HSP of Carroll County. Volunteers can get involved in many ways. Whether you want to work hands-on with clients or are more comfortable in a behind-the-scenes role, we can match you with a rewarding volunteer experience that will give you an opportunity to make an impact right here in our community.
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. Kairos operates three different programs, one for inmates, one for women who have been impacted by incarceration and one for incarcerated youth.
There are many opportunities to serve in Kairos Prison Ministry, including visiting inmates, baking cookies, praying or creating artwork for prisoners.
Marriage & Relationship Education Center (MREC)
Founded in 2004 at the encouragement of dozens of local and regional community leaders, MREC is the state’s first nonprofit initiative dedicated to using a proactive approach to strengthening marriages and families. MREC offers experiential programs, events, and resources that educate, equip and inspire students, couples, and families. Additionally, by partnering with area churches to help them build effective marriage ministries, we can reverse the destructive trends of unhealthy relationships and build a stronger community together.
Volunteers can help with events, provide administration and office support, partner with the prayer team and more.
Mission of Mercy
Mission of Mercy, a non-profit, is mobile medical and mobile dental clinic committed to serving the medically uninsured of Reisterstown by providing free, quality medical and dental care to those in desperate need of care.
Since Mission of Mercy opened its doors in 1994, volunteer doctors, nurses and dentists have provided more than 202,000 individual patient visits, 18,400 dental visits and over 408,900 free medications to families who do not qualify for other medical safety net services. Their mission is one of “healing through love and restoration of dignity”.
NESAP (Northeast Social Action Program)
Northeast Social Action Program (NESAP) is a Christian nonprofit organization that has served residents in need in Carroll County and parts of Baltimore County, MD, since 1984. Our services include financial assistance (for rent, fuel, utilities, transportation, and medical bills), as well as food, clothing, school supplies and Christmas assistance.
Volunteers can help in the Thrift Store, loading dock or food pantry. Individuals and groups can also participate in outreach programs such as Easter and Thanksgiving food distributions; sponsoring families for Christmas; or helping with our school supplies program in the fall.
Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children mobilizes a network of compassionate volunteers to wrap around families facing crisis. While some volunteers temporarily provide housing for kids, others step in to mentor parents and help them achieve their goals. These supportive relationships provide the safety net many vulnerable families need to keep children out of the foster care system and achieve long-term stability. In Maryland, Safe Families™ is implemented through a local organization called Building Families for Children.
The Shepherd's Staff
The Shepherd’s Staff is a non-denominational Christian Outreach and Support Center serving those in crisis in Carroll County, Maryland. The Shepherd’s Staff ministry continually strives to effectively respond to people in their time of need. Our focus is to provide temporary assistance to resolve short-term problems and empower people to seek more permanent solutions for social and economic self-sufficiency.
The Shepherd’s Staff has ongoing volunteer opportunities as well as special events.
Westminster Rescue Mission
As a nonprofit Christian organization the Westminster Rescue Mission is a community that provides clinical, physical, and spiritual resources to heal the addicted and to feed the hungry. We take a holistic approach with Christ as the foundation of our work. Our two ministry programs include the Addiction Healing Center and the Mission Food Program.
Volunteers can help out in a variety of ways, including at the men’s Residential Program, the Food Distribution Program, the Mission Store or for special events.
Local Campus Partners
Carroll County Young Lives
Carroll County Young Lives is a ministry in the Carroll County Public Schools to reach teen moms and their babies during a vulnerable and significant time in their lives. Carroll County Young Lives provides teen parents with encouragement, guidance, resources and ongoing support through opportunities to obtain consistent mentors for their experience and knowledge. It is also a group to help connect teen moms to one another with the goal of helping them feel less isolated as young moms. There are camps for moms and babies and other resources available for emotional, spiritual and practical support.
Cru is a place where college students will find real friendships, real community, and real faith lived out by their fellow students. Baltimore Cru is a community where the gospel captures hearts, transforms lives, and launches men and women into a lifelong adventure with Jesus Christ.
Baltimore Cru currently includes movements from Towson University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins University, Howard Community College, Carroll Community College, and Harford Community College.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, middle school and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is initiated and led by student-athletes and coaches on four middle schools, eight high schools and one college campus in Carroll County. The programs of the Campus Ministry include Student Huddles, Character Coaches, Team Bible Studies, Coaches Huddles, and Special Events.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at McDaniel College
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) is a campus ministry found on over 550 college campuses nationwide. We believe that whoever finds God, finds life! Our vision is to see McDaniel students transformed, the campus renewed, and world changers developed.
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
Youth for Christ
Youth for Christ (YFC) reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. Every day at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. We are rural and urban, and we are always about the message of Jesus.