An Involved Community Partner

First Baptist Church of Cleveland is an involved community partner. We provide hands-on opportunities with Family Promise, the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church, Greater Cleveland Congregations, East Side Ministries for adults with Developmental Disabilities, the men’s shelter at 2100 Lakeside Ave., Martin Luther King  Jr. Day of Service, and The Hunger Walk.

Planting the hunger garden

Serving meals to the homeless

We provide hands-on opportunities in a variety of programs.  We invite you to get involved in serving others, perhaps in one of these opportunities:

Mobile Pantry with the Cleveland Food Bank

Several Saturdays throughout the summer we distribute fresh produce to those in our community with food insecurity. You can help by saving grocery bags or by signing up to help pack and hand out food on the day of the event.  For more information, use the contact Karen Gill through the form on the Mobile Pantry page.

Run/Walk for Hunger

Each summer FBC and the Children’s Center participate in this event as we take steps towards a world without hunger. Those who join us at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be able to enjoy refreshments, entertainment as well as a day at the Zoo! For more information, contact Karen Gill. You may join us or donate through the link on the Walk/Run for Hunger page.

Serve a Meal to the Homeless

On the fourth Friday of each month, volunteers from FBC prepare and serve a meal at Calvary Presbyterian Church to Cleveland’s homeless population. You can help by preparing food in advance, or joining the team as they cook and serve.  For more information, use the contact form on the Serve a Meal page.

Participate in Faith in Action Sunday

Join others on the first Sunday in June for a day of service projects both at FBC and in our community.  For more information, please use the contact form on the  Faith in Action page.

Assist in the East Side Ministry program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This group meets at FBC each Sunday from September – May.  You can volunteer in the Sunday morning classroom where students participate in lessons that include stories, music and crafts. For more information, use the contact form on the East Side Ministry page.

Join Others Gardening in the FBC Hunger Garden

Our vegetable garden, located on the Shelburne side of our building, was started in 1992. In 2010, we opened the gardens up to our local community. Each gardener is responsible for their own plot and a portion of the weekly pickings will be delivered to the Hunger Center located at Bethany Baptist Church. Tobili Sam-Yellowe, garden chair, can be contacted through the form on the Hunger Garden page if you are interested in being a part of our garden team.

Support P.A.D.S. (Pride Among Daughters & Sisters)

This newly non-profit organization was started by our own FBC member, Delesia Robinson. The mission of PADS is to provide hygiene products to underprivileged teens & women and to promote pride, dignity and confidence. To learn more about this ministry and to help with any contributions, please contact Delesia Robinson. For more info visit

Help Assemble Thanksgiving Food Baskets

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving we ask for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, fruits, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, jello, cake mix etc. Come join the fun on the Monday before Thanksgiving in sorting donations and assembling food baskets for families in need. Please contact Carol Broadbent for more information.

Christmas Mitten Tree

Through the FBC Giving Tree, you can participate in our Christmas Angel Program by buying a personal gift for a young child living in transitional housing or in shelters sponsored by the Family Promise Organization. For further information please contact Annette Szala.

There are literally dozens of other opportunities for people to serve. If you have a desire to be actively involved in the work of the church, please contact the church office at (216) 932-7480 or by email.