Interfaith Works history
Interfaith Works was established in 1972 by ten congregations who wanted to create a mechanism to address the growing social needs in Montgomery County, Maryland. Known for compassion in caring for the community’s growing vulnerable population and as a way for faith communities from a broad array of denominations to work together in support of their neighbors, the organization continues to partner with faith groups, area nonprofits, elected officials, government agencies, foundations and business groups to fulfill its mission.
How faith groups can make a difference
Volunteer for a day of service
- Sort and organize donated clothes and household goods at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center. This group activity is perfect for large groups of up to 40, Tuesday through Saturday.
- Provide breakfast, lunch, or dinner for up to 35 formerly homeless women now living in Montgomery County’s only 365-days-per-year shelter for women, the Interfaith Works Women’s Center. After the meals are prepared or purchased, 4-6 volunteers per night can serve the dinner.
- Provide bagged lunches, host a weekend cookout, or prepare dinner/weekend brunch for eight women who formerly experienced homelessness. Interfaith Works has houses in Rockville and Gaithersburg and this activity can involve 2-3 volunteers at one time.
- Lead classes or workshops for those currently experiencing homelessness or assist staff by organizing donations at the Interfaith Works Empowerment Center and Residences in Silver Spring.
- Bring Some Fun: Organize and lead activities at one of our residences such as bingo, board games, or arts and crafts with our residents. 2-3 volunteers at one time. Minimum age 14, not appropriate for young children.
Sponsor a drive
Interfaith Works relies on the generous donations from our community members. A great way to involve your faith community is by hosting a drive for the items Interfaith Works programs need most.
Collect clothes and home good
Interfaith Works Clothing Center collects new and gently used items and provides them to our neighbors free of charge, allowing them to use more of their resources on essential needs.
Items needed: clothing, sheets, towels, small home goods, gloves, hats, scarves, pajamas, sports bras (S to XL), shoes, umbrellas, ponchos (link to Clothing Center page)
Collect other items
- Backpacks and school supplies
- Laundry basket of essential items for an apartment: new pillows, twin sheet sets, fleece blankets, paper napkins and plates, bath towels, washcloths.
- Supplies: liquid laundry detergent (high-efficiency/HE), dish and hand soap, locks for lockers.
- Travel-sized toiletries: toothpaste and toothbrushes, lotion, shampoo, bar soaps, alcohol-free mouthwash, deodorant, hand sanitizer.
Organize a fundraiser
Plan a walk, run, yoga class, bike ride, gym activity or swim to raise awareness, educate about homelessness and raise funds for Interfaith Works.
Gardening, and occasional yardwork and maintenance at our houses for formerly homeless women.
Support our Holiday Giving Campaign
Mentor a family for a year
Organize a group to mentor a Montgomery County family for one year. As a mentor through the Friends in Action program, you will be able to help build crucial life skills, provide services like tutoring, and advocate for the family. Mentoring teams should consist of 3-10 adults.
Provide vocational help
Assist participants with resumes, cover letters, online applications, and preparation for entering the workforce. Work with Interfaith Works Vocational Services to help one or more participants in the computer lab to improve computer skills or become a mentor to a newly employed client. We have opportunities for adults in Silver Spring, Rockville and Gaithersburg and have a particular interest in bilingual English/Spanish volunteers.