Assistance Center of Towson Churches

Join Us!

We welcome the support of thousands of people across our community who answer a call to care. You can participate by joining one of our partner churches or by donating your time, talents, or resources to our neighbors in need. Here's how.


Financial donations can be made securely online:

Right now, donations are being matched up to $50,000 during the Spring Matching Gift Challenge!

Donations can also be made by mail or through the United Way of Central Maryland (ID 6571). Contact ACTC's executive director to discuss other ways to offer financial support.

Food donations: During the COVID-19 emergency, please do not bring food directly to the center. Use these drop-off locations instead:

Ascension Lutheran Church parking lot
7601 York Road 
Mondays, 12 to 2 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot
120 Allegheny Avenue
Thursdays, 12 to 2 p.m.

NEW: Valley Baptist Church parking lot
1401 York Road
Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m.

If these times are not convenient, please email to schedule a different day and time.

Food donations should include nonperishable, nonexpired items in sealed packages. Below are the items that are most needed.

  • Breakfast cereal (box)
  • Canned meals (pork and beans, chili, pasta meals, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables (tomatoes, beans, corn, peas, potatoes, etc.)
  • Canned fruit (oranges, peaches, etc.)
  • Dry pasta, rice, instant potatoes (bag or box)
  • Spaghetti sauce (jar or can)
  • Macaroni and cheese meals (box)
  • Tuna (can)
  • Peanut butter, jelly (jar)
  • Soup (can)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, lotions, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

Donations of perishable and nonperishable food are gratefully accepted from area grocery stores and other food service operations. Please contact ACTC's executive director if your company or organization would like to join this group by providing regular food donations.

In-kind donations are welcome from businesses and organizations in our community. Please contact ACTC's executive director to discuss needs and opportunities.


ACTC is able to operate because of the commitment of volunteers who offer their time and talents.

Interested in being a center volunteer? Please complete this form. (Note that we are currently operating on reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 emergency and will not be training new volunteers at this time. We welcome your letting us know about your interest and will be in touch if special projects are available.)

  • Center volunteers fill different roles. Some work with those who come seeking help, offering food and other resources and services depending on individual circumstances.
  • Other volunteers sort donated food and keep our pantry shelves stocked. They may prepare grocery bags for families, make sandwiches for bagged lunches, pick up donations from our partners, or help out with office and administrative tasks.
  • Volunteers typically work morning or afternoon shifts one or more days per week, during regular opening hours. Schedules are created on a monthly basis.

Organizations and businesses interested in group volunteering as part of a community service project should contact ACTC's executive director to discuss opportunities.

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