Missions and Outreach

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Events | Between Cultures | Blood Drives | Damascus HELP | Earth Stewards | Faith Connections | Habitat for Humanity | Harwood House Thrift Shop | Hopi VIM | Meals on Wheels | Prayer Shawl Ministry |  Volunteers in Mission 

Missions Chair: Carol Yocum


Between Cultures

Between Cultures is a mission and ministry shared with the people of  Nicaragua. There are opportunities to travel to the La Danta community, become a prayer partner, support ongoing mission work and more! Contact Kathy Jones, 301-253-4591, for more information and to become involved. Join the Between Cultures email group to receive regular updates.

One Sunday a month, usually the first, Between Cultures sells Nicaraguan coffee from the Twin Engine Coffee Company (twinenginecoffee.com) and Krispy Kreme Donuts - be sure to support them!

Nicaragua FAQ's - Learn more about the travel experience!
Next trip TBD!

Contact Kathy Jones ( ) or Mike Wahl ( ) for more information!

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Blood Drives (American Red Cross)

Damascus UMC hosts semi-annual blood drives each year! Volunteer to give blood and change the life of a person you may never know.  Contact Cathy Heinbaugh, 301-253-0742 or , for more information and to become involved.

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Damascus HELP

Damascus UMC supports this local community organization which provides assistance to needy persons and families in the upper portion of Montgomery County in the form of emergency food, holiday food baskets and gifts, transportation, furniture, and emergency financial assistance. To learn more or to volunteer, visit their website: damascushelp.org, call 301-253-4100, or email

Our church serves as a drop-off location for non-perishable food items. Drop them off anytime via the garage entrance of the Annex at 9700 New Church Street.

Current needs:

  • transportation drivers
  • furniture moving teams
  • food donations (epecially grape jelly, peanut butter, tea)

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Earth Stewards

We are a caring, faithful Christian group of friends committed to educating our community and increasing community consciousness about environmental preservation. We are called to lead our church and community by our actions and deeds to serve, preserve and conserve the earth's resources. We encourage people to discover, value and celebrate nature and its restorative benefits for our minds and spirits. We recognize and affirm that even the smallest step toward conservation is acceptable in God's sight.

We have completed projects in the past that include reducing energy use at our church, increasing recycled materials, sponsoring nature walks, hiking trips, and bicycling trips, participated in the Adopt-a-Road program, assembled and given away rain barrels, and regularly publish "green tips" in the church newsletter. To get involved contact Jeff Heinbaugh, 301-253-0742.

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Faith Connections

Damascus UMC supports this local Christian community organization that works in collaboration with churches, government agencies and various organizations in the Damascus-Clarksburg area. Faith Connections provides emergency service to families in crisis situations and works in advocacy to support efforts to empower clients towards self-reliance. To learn more visit their website: www.Faith-Connections.org or email

Current needs:

  • Service on Faith Connections Helpline (approximately one hour a month)
  • Service with Faith Connections After-School Program for elementary children (4 pm - 5:39 pm Tues/Thurs during school year)

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Habitat for Humanity

Damascus UMC sends a yearly team to Western Maryland to build homes for low income families each July. The team stays in local churches and includes both adults and youth. To get involved contact Anita Duvall, 240-485-7650. Anyone 14 or older is welcome (14/15 year olds limited participation)

2020 Habitat Volunteer Application

2020 DUMC Required Reading

2020 Habitat Required Reading

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Hopi VIM

Members from Damascus UMC join together with other people from the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference to travel to the Hopi reservation in North East Arizona. Teams perform a multitude of tasks from ground maintenance to building construction. Teams are housed at the volunteer center at the Hopi Mission School. This mission is a wonderful opportunity to complete transforming work while being transformed by the Hopi Culture. To get involved contact Cheryl Minekime, .

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Meals on Wheels

Volunteer to be a driver for this wonderful community program that delivers meals to homebound persons in our community. To learn more or to volunteer contact Pam Rust,

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a creative way to combine the love of knitting and/or crocheting with ministry to people in need of comfort. The shawls we make offer tangible evidence of God's love to each recipient.

This is an great opportunity to learn how to knit or crochet--the basic shawl pattern is very simple to learn. The gift of a prayer shawl can make such a difference in the life of a person who is healing, suffering, grieving, or just needs to know they are loved.

Want to know more or volunteer? Contact Cathy Heinbaugh, 301-253-0742 or .

We are expanding the prayer shawl ministry to include Prayer Squares! They are smaller and easier to make! We are happy to teach you how to make them!

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the 3rd Mondays at 12:30pm in the Annex!

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Volunteers in Mission

Join other United Methodists or start your own mission project. Volunteer in Mission projects are national/international relief and rebuilding projects with worship and children's Bible school experiences. To get involved contact Carol Yocum,  or 301-829-4822 (home) or 301-788-6446 (cell), or visit the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conferences VIM page or the United Methodist Church's VIM page.

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