Our Local mission work includes both financial and hands-on support. Below are a list of organizations we support.

Our efforts are carried out by the dedicated members of PPC and organized by the Mission Committee, an action committee always in need of enthusiastic participants. Please join us! We meet at 7:30 P.M. in the church library on the second Monday of each month. To get involved email admin@potomacpresbyterian.org. Opportunities are available for one-time or ongoing involvement to meet your interests and available time.

Interfaith Works

Interfaith Works is a non-profit interfaith coalition founded in 1972 that is comprised of over 165 member congregations in Montgomery County. What they do: Provide shelter, food, and clothing to low-income and homeless neighbors.

For over 20 years PPC has supported this organization via monetary donations, serving on their Board of Directors as well as volunteering in numerous ways including Friends in Action, Empowering Center, Carroll House Men’s Shelter, and the Women’s Center.

Women’s Center (formerly Wilkens Avenue Women’s Assessment Center)

Church volunteers provide and serve a dinner one evening a month (first Sunday of each month) and leave breakfast food at this Rockville, Maryland women’s shelter.

This 70-bed emergency shelter is for homeless women who struggle with issues related to mental illness, substance abuse, trauma and long-term disabilities. Case managers provide a clinical assessment and help the women connect appropriately with housing, medical, mental health, job training, and other social services that enable them to work towards recovery and self-sufficiency. Over 300 women are served here each year.

PPC members also provide meals and fellowship for an entire week, usually in late winter/early spring.

Click here for sample menus and comments from past volunteers.

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Friends in Action

Through a network of community volunteers and donors, Friends in Action (FIA) offers mentoring and related services to help families identify their strengths and attain goals of stable independence. Many of these families find permanent housing with the Interfaith Housing Coalition. Each Christmas, PPC furnishes over 75 gifts for children and more than 30 food gift cards for families to FIA.

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Empowerment Center (formerly Community Vision Shelter), Silver Spring, Maryland

During the Christmas season, our congregation has provided more than 100 Christmas boxes filled with toiletries for our neighbors at the Empowerment Center in Silver Spring. The Center, supported by Interfaith Works, is one of Montgomery County’s winter weather shelters providing a safe and warm bed to sleep in for 70 people each night from November 1 through April 1. The Center also runs a day program providing services critical to the safety and well-being of homeless men and women in the county.

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Stepping Stones Shelter

Stepping Stones Shelter provides support to homeless families with children in order to move them from crisis to a stable home environment by providing temporary shelter and services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Located in Rockville, Maryland.

Our congregation donates:

  • Needed supplies, clothing and furniture (monthly Shelter Needs drop box in the Fellowship Hall)
  • School supplies during the annual School Supply Drive
  • Christmas gifts and gift cards

Our church was awarded a gold donor certificate in recognition of congregational support to the shelter in 2010.

Rainbow Place

Rainbow Place is a winter emergency overnight shelter for homeless women located at Rockville Presbyterian Church. It’s mission is to provide homeless women a safe, caring environment by supportive staff that treats all guests with dignity and compassion. Over the past 32 years Rainbow Place has provided shelter for 70 to 90 women each season, giving shelter up to 26 women per night. Besides providing a warm safe place to sleep it also provides a hot dinner, breakfast and bag lunch, shower and laundry facilities, case management and counseling, and information and referrals to community resources

PPC has supported Rainbow Place both monetarily and by volunteering at the shelter for many years.

Lord’s Table

The Lord’s Table is located in the basement of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, MD and is supported by 300 volunteers who share a common concern for disadvantaged people and pledged to feed the needy a free, hot, nutritious meal; offer referral services; coordinate public and private county resources; and promote county and state services to prevent hunger and homelessness. In addition to monetary support, PPC members volunteer one Tuesday afternoon each month to work at the Lord’s Table preparing and serving meals.