Community Outreach Opportunities

​​ Christian Services of Howard County (Thrift Shop)
Over the years, Mt. Zion and its members have faithfully supported this local mission which serves those in need in Howard County, working with social services and other groups.  Your donations of clean clothing and undamaged household articles keep it in operation.
Mt. Zion is requested to provide extra volunteers in December, April and August. The following items are always in need for the pantry:  cleaning and laundry supplies, paper towels, toilet tissue, 1 lb. packages of meat for the freezer, peanut butter and jelly, and canned foods and meats. A basket is located in the east narthex for your contributions.
The Thrift Shop is loacted at 3726 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, just north of Rt. 40 and 1 block west of Centennial Lane.

The Thrift Shop is regularly open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Contact for more information
Open Door Food Pantry
We distribute food & staples to individuals and families in need.  This is open to everyone no matter their race, religion, culture or sexual preference. 
Meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month. 
Contact Carol Hill at
Route 1 Day Shelter Meals
Mt. Zion supplies food to feed 50 to 80 homeless persons at the Route 1 Day Shelter each month.  On alternate months we provide the main meal and the desserts.  Typically we serve in two shifts (1:30 to 3:30 and 3:30 to 5:30).   We establish a menu for main meals which is appropriate to the season – for example, in December we serve turkey and ham and suitable vegetables and side dishes. 
Meets on the 3rd Monday of each month
Contact Rod Barr at
Sandwiches for the Homeless
Once a month we make and deliver approximately 1200 sandwiches to Martha’s Table for distribution to the homeless in DC.  Each month 20 to 30 adults and youth participate, but we can always use more help, ESPECIALLY during the summer!  This is a great opportunity for fellowship, and a chance to meet members you don’t know, as well as an opportunity to help feed 1000 to 2000 homeless persons, for whom Martha’s Table typically provides their only healthy meal of the day. 
Meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month 9:40 to 10:40 AM in the Fellowship Hall
Contact : Rick Johnson or Rod Barr