Christ Church Outreach News: July 14, 2022


Columbia Community Care ReOpens Pantry for Home Deliveries, Asking Supporters to Volunteer and Spread the Word to Those in Need

The Outreach Commission and our Racially Aware Group of Episcopalians (R.A.G.E) ask parishioners to support the all-volunteer organization Columbia Community Care (CCC). One way is to pitch in at a time when CCC has resumed home deliveries at long last.


Leaders wrote on the CCC Group on Facebook on July 6th that all the preparation and sorting had been completed at the organization’s new pantry, saying:


“The new CCC pantry is up and running! We have several shoppers scheduled for today to make the first of our deliveries. Thank you to all the volunteers over these many weeks who helped divvy up bulk foods, diapers, baby wipes, personal hygiene items, etc. to get us ready for this day….”

These helpers include parishioners Melanie (top photo) and Nick Yaksich.


As a reminder, CCC noted that this pantry is not open to the public but, instead, is for volunteers who fulfill orders for people who do not have transportation and cannot get to its three distribution sites at Oakland Mills Middle School, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, and Long Reach Village Center. If you know of someone who needs this service, here is the link. Please spread the word.


CCC adds the following information for would-be volunteers and recipients: Delivery days and hours are limited and are as follows: Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The pantry is located at the former Columbia Flier Building, 10750 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044.


Volunteers “shop” at the CCC pantry rather than at a supermarket to fulfill a recipient’s order of groceries. The next step is to coordinate with a dispatcher to deliver to the individual or family’s home. Shoppers may sign up for a date in July or August on the CCC online form. Or if you wish to sort goods at the pantry, sign up online at the sorters’ online form, which has slots on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through early September.


Another opportunity to support CCC is to continue collecting diapers, baby wipes, sanitary and personal care items as well as adult diapers. Put them in the yellow bin marked “CCC” inside the Parish Hall door. At Christ Church, Violet Smith is our representative and is responsible for taking parishioners’ donated items to a CCC site for distribution on Saturdays.


Please lift up your prayers for the volunteers, who are blessed to help, and for those who are blessed to receive help.


Donate Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies for FISH in its Yellow Bin

Organizers for FISH of Howard County are continuing to ask for cookies, crackers, and snacks to fulfill its shopping lists. The yellow bin is between Old Brick and the Parish Hall. Thanks for your contributions.


In general, if you have suggestions about ways to help the community, if you want to get involved, or if you need assistance, please email Christ Church Outreach at outreach@christchurchcolumbia.org. Your help is greatly welcomed and appreciated. Thank you.