Missions & Social Justice

Glade Church is committed to reaching out to our local and worldwide community. Here are some regular ministries that we support. Please contact Katie Morris if you’d like to suggest an additional ministry!

Ongoing Projects

Recycling Collection

We collect CFL light bulbs and alkaline batteries at church for drop-off at local recycling stations.

Food Drives

giving treeGlade Church is reaching beyond Blacksburg to support food pantries throughout the New River Valley in addition to our local Interfaith Food Pantry. We rotate the recipients for our donations on a seasonal basis. They include the Giving Tree at Fieldstone UMC, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP), Pulaski County Emergency Assistance, Giles County Emergency Assistance, the Montgomery County Christmas Store, and the 209 Manna pantry for VT students.

Blacksburg Refugee Partnership

A coalition of local individuals as well as faith and community organizations has formed a partnership to host a family of Syrian refugees in Blacksburg. We believe that our open, generous community could welcome at least one refugee family. We are working with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Roanoke who are one of a small number of organizations that works with the US state department to resettle refugees. The refugee family will have undergone thorough vetting processes from both the US government and the UN. At this point, just about 100 people from Blacksburg and surrounding regions are participating, but it’s a big job and we could use more help. It is hoped to have the family in Blacksburg by year’s end. Glade plays several critical roles in the project. Learn more at Blacksburgrefugeepartnership.org or email blacksburgrefugeepartnership@gmail.org.

New River Valley Glean Team

This initiative is an ecumenical and student partnership in search of leftover food that can be gleaned from fields and donated to those in need. One of its unique events is a "potato drop" that distributes an entire tractor trailer of potatoes from Maine.

Laundry Love

We partner with the EZ Clean Laundromat in Christiansburg on the first Thursday evening and third Saturday morning every month. Anyone in need can do laundry for free! Our committee meets on the first Monday of the month to plan and raise funds.

Annual Projects

To Our House

Glade Church is a host church for To Our House homeless men's shelter in the New River Valley. We work intensely to welcome these men into our church for a week: preparing meals, driving the van, hanging out, and sleeping overnight at the church with them.

Bloomin’ and Broomin’ Earth Day Cleanup

Glade Church participates in the countywide Earth Day cleanup. We usually walk along the Shenandoah Trail behind the Main Street Food Lion and along Patrick Henry Drive.

Micah’s Backpack

micahsIn addition to our financial support for Micah’s Backpack, we help pack weekend food for students on one Thursday per year.

Pride in the Park

What a fun way to show our support for the LGBTQ community! We have a tent and carnival game at the Roanoke Pride in the Park festival in September.

Turnip Gleaning

society of st andrewEvery fall we help to glean turnips from a farm in Riner. Each weekend the turnips go to a different food pantry in Southwest Virginia. One two hour session of turnip picking feeds thousands of people!

Beyond Borders Giving Tree

heiferAt Christmas, Glade attendees support those in need throughout the world by giving to organizations that develop communities and provide disaster relief. These include Heifer International, Church World Service, CEDEPCA in Guatemala, and the One Acre Project.

Bread for the World Offering of Letters

BFW color CMYKWe support Bread for the World, a national ecumenical group which fights hunger throughout the US and worldwide. In addition to financial support, our congregation participates in Bread for the World Sunday and lobbying Congress.

Financial Support

Glade Church supports a number of local and national groups through lines in our annual budget. Here are some of the organizations.

community health centerThe Community Health Center of the New River Valley, formerly called the Free Clinic, provides free and low-cost health services in Christiansburg.

Interfaith_food_pantry_logo_031The Interfaith Food Pantry of Blacksburg provides meals for more than seven hundred individuals each month.

mceapThe Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP) assists families in immediate, temporary, and emergency situations. This program is administered by New River Community Action.

OneGreatHourLogoOne Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical offering to support worldwide relief projects. The UCC combines our offerings with those of other churches and denominations.

We also support the national missions of the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists through our budget.


A job well done! Katie, Janet, Morgan, Thomas, Bruce, and Brett show off the trash that no longer lines the Shenandoah Trail.


Our younger helpers show off their muscles on Earth Day 2016.


Bari joins the Floyd Pride parade.


Allen and the mayor of Blacksburg join in the discussion at the 2016 Dialogue on Race Summit.


Gleaning thousands of turnips in an afternoon is a beautiful way to spend a fall day.


We stocked the Little Library at NRV Social Services. Families can take the books home free of charge.