Virtual Outreach and Partnerships

03.17.20 | Wellness and Missions
    Microgrants for Coronavirus Response

    In the wake of COVID-19, faith communities that are feeding, clothing, and caring for persons in crisis are invited to apply to COVID-19 Peace with Justice micro-grants.  These micro-grants are available for amounts up to $500. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than seven days after applications are received. To apply, click here.  Only Baltimore-Washington Conference churches may apply.

    Double the Impact of Your Giving and support our churches’ outreach to the most vulnerable by making a donation to the BWC’s  Peace with Justice fund.

    Other Outreach

    For churches who host 12-Step meetings, please share information about the following recovery meetings which are available virtually:

    The coronavirus offers numerous opportunities for churches to reach out to those in their communities and beyond.

    Support Global Ministries: The General Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit supports healthcare options for the poor.

    Meals sites for children:  A listing of locations where D.C., Maryland, and Virginia children and youth can get free meals during the COVID-19 shutdown

    Regional medical resources:  Up-to-date information about testing centers, health benefits and other medical-related resources related to Covid-19 

    10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Christian Century offers 10 brief guidelines for how ministers, chaplains, counselors, and educators can accompany people pastorally through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death.

    American Red Cross: Severe blood shortages reported, donors needed   

    Maryland Responds: Medical Reserve Corps:  An online registration system for medical and public health volunteers willing to provide services during times of disaster in Maryland. 

    Aunt Bertha - Help in Need

    Aunt Bertha is an online database individuals can search by zip code and type of need (ex. food pantry, childcare subsidy, low-cost healthcare, etc.)  Here is the public page: Anyone can search Aunt Bertha for free.  Aunt Bertha can eliminate the need for people to create lists of community resources. It is very comprehensive and lists a number of resources local to me.

    Programs that aren't listed can be suggested to Aunt Bertha here:

    - Provided by Kerry Revel, Abundant Health Network