Community Bulletin

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The Center for Social Concern’s Community Bulletin is a place where we will be sharing individual volunteer opportunities and community related events. The purpose of this page is to:

  • provide individual volunteer opportunities for those looking to get involved.
  • share community related events.
  • remind you of important deadlines that may be of interest to you.

We are working with our community partners and local organizations to create this page that we hope can become a valuable resource for the Hopkins and local communities. The Community Bulletin will constantly be changing and updated as we learn of new opportunities.

Check out the opportunities below and please contact volunteer@jhu.edu or (410) 516-4777 if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can make this page better.

Students looking to get involved or volunteer on a more consistent schedule, can always get involved with a CSC program instead. Otherwise, check out other other engagement opportunities and ways to strengthen our communities.

How to Post Events/Opportunities

If you are a community partner or a local organization who needs help promoting an event, have a resource that you think may benefit our community, or perhaps you are looking for some volunteers to lend a helping hand at your organization, please complete our Volunteer Opportunity and Event Form. A staff member will follow up with you within approximately 2-3 business days to help you post your opportunity on this page. During longer term partnerships, the Center for Social Concern may ask you to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and submit a Certificate of Insurance (PDF Document: PDF Document: view sample Memorandum of Understanding).

If you have any questions, please email volunteer@jhu.edu. We look forward to your partnership and thank you for your work with our community!

Community Resources

Don’t see what you need here? Check out other Baltimore events and resources through Johns Hopkins’ Government and Community Affairs.

Y in Central Maryland – Work with youth? Check out the Y on the Fly Program

The YMCA of Central Maryland, PNC Financial Services, and McCormick & Company have partnered to launch “Y On The Fly” – an innovative mobile Y program delivering games, activities and healthy food options to children in Baltimore’s surrounding neighborhoods. Each visit is expected to last 90 minutes and will incorporate 60 minutes of active/physical play as well as, a 30-minute in-depth demonstration focused on creating healthy snacks. Activities can include innovative games, obstacle courses and relay races incorporating water for those hot days. Following programming, children are provided a nutritious snack, which they will assist in creating, and finally, are given the recipe to replicate at home.

“Y On The Fly” will deliver this dual programming to two locations per day for a total of 10 site visits per week during the summer months (10 weeks total). Moreover, their mobile Y van will be staffed by two professionally trained YMCA counselors and equipped with a variety of sporting equipment, toys, and an audio system!

That said, with the summer months less than days away, requesting “Y On The Fly” to visit your location ensures a summer children will never forget. Their ideal time slots are between 10-11:30am, or 1-2:30pm and dates include June 26th – August 25th excluding Saturday and Sundays. Additionally, their programming age demographic falls between five to fourteen. Be advised that visit dates and times are currently being booked and filling up fast. Learn more about Y on the Fly now.

How do I book a van? Contact Jordan Brown at jordanbrown@ymaryland.org or at (910) 778-3479.

Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations – Are you a non-profit seeking seeking pro bono consulting services?

Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations provides pro bono consulting services for nonprofits in the local Baltimore community. Their teams of students are able to aid nonprofits to address issues in the following areas:

  • sustainability
  • finance & accounting
  • fundraising & capital
  • business operations
  • marketing strategy
  • organizational strategy

Based at Johns Hopkins, their mission is to help their clients achieve their goals and objectives while offering professional development opportunities for their consultants. PDF Document: To learn more, view .pdf flyer now. .

Application Process:

  • Client Application Period: August 15th – September 7th (The application has been extended to Thursday, September 7th)
  • Second Round Interview Period (if applied before Sept. 1st): September 5th – September 8th
  • Second Round Interview Period (if applied after Sept. 1st): September 11th – September 15th

Projects can be expected to begin at the end of September and last through mid-December.

Apply Now

Have questions?: Email jhuscno@gmail.com.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Empowerment Through Integration – volunteers needed for September 28th

Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), a nonprofit that is committed to the development of an inclusive society by transforming the social stigma against disabilities across the globe. One way that we achieve our mission is through facilitated, blindfolded dinner discussions with organizations and corporations. We have one coming up at Exelon in Baltimore on September 28th and would love to have some of your students help us out! We are looking to recruit 15 volunteers to help out us guide the attendees into the dining area from 3-6 PM. We will give them the necessary training to be sighted guides, and so prior experience is not needed!

For more information on the layout and a bit of what it looks like, check out this video and the description below:

ETI’s Dining in the Dark is a unique and unforgettable experience that utilizes blindness as a tool to encourage and enable participants to shed their preconceived notions by challenging their assumptions and changing attitudes about themselves and others. Formatted as a room-wide facilitated discussion surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion, the purpose is not to offer an accurate portrayal of what it is like to be blind, but rather to place our guests into an environment that facilitates reflection and discussion concerning biases and creates opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Shift: September 28th, 3-6 PM.

Number of volunteers needed: 15

Location:
Exelon
1310 Point Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer: Please contact Alexis Smith at asmith@etivision.org.

Soccer Without Borders – volunteers needed the weekend of Sept 29th

The Color Run Baltimore is donating $40 per volunteer shift worked back to Soccer Without Borders. Soccer Without Borders is recruiting multiple volunteers to sign up for a volunteer shift on September 29 or September 30.

Shifts: The dates are September 29 and 30. Students who volunteers on September 29 will get a free entry into the Color Run. To learn more about shift details and to sign up, please refer Shift details can be found at the link below. Learn more about shift details and sign up now.

Number of volunteers needed: 1-50

Location:
Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

How to volunteer: Please contact Stephanie Wolfe at stephanie@soccerwithoutborders.org.

Waverly Improvement Association – Community Resource Connections Program – seeking volunteers for Saturday, October 21st

The Community Resource Connections Program seeks to provide youth and young adults aged 13 – 26 residing in the Waverly and NE communities opportunities to become youth leaders, gain education and guidance to offset juvenile delinquency, and skill development to enhance community living and remove urban blight.

The event being hosted is entitled – “So You Think You Can Dance” Open Mic Block Party, a community celebratory event to galvanize and champion the talents and abilities of the youth in the communities. Youth learn to believe in themselves and understand process of community outreach and personal development. They also learn to overcome societal self fulfilling prophecies of failure and undermine chaotic systems of unfulfilled potential.

Shifts: 3pm-7pm, October 21st

Number of volunteers needed: 25 (additional youth volunteers needed as well, aged 13 – 26)

Location:
800 34th street and Frisby Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

How to volunteer: Please contact Donté Wiley at dwylie3@jhu.edu.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Mann Residential Treatment Center – mentors needed

This opportunity serves Middle and High school students at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Mann Residential Treatment Center. The mentorship program allows our residents to build positive and consistent relationships, and have an opportunity to explore academic interests and leisure opportunities with a mentor from the community. Time spent with a mentee would include activities on Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Towson campus. This may include games, sports, arts/crafts, movies, meals, etc. Mentors will be expected to maintain appropriate boundaries, consistency, and confidentiality. Mentors will receive training in these areas as well as ethics, emergency procedures, cultural sensitivity, and acceptable activities for visits.

Shifts: The opportunity requires an hour a week for a minimum 3-month/semester long commitment with opportunity to return the following semester.

Number of volunteers needed: Varies and depends on the number of students eligible for a mentor.

Location:
Sheppard Pratt Health System
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore , Maryland 21204

How to volunteer: Interested volunteers must complete an application, an interview, a 2-step TB test within 1 year, have 2 references, and complete a background check. The background check is completed at Sheppard Pratt at no cost. The second TB test may be completed at Sheppard Pratt at no cost.

Please email Vaune Kopeck at vkopek@sheppardpratt.org if you are interested in this opportunity!

Living Classrooms Foundation – volunteers, tutors, debate coaches, and more needed

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”

Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation has grown into an educational and economic force that combines one of the city’s most cherished assets – its beautiful and historic harbor – with some of its most overlooked – the thousands of bright, ambitious children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds. What began with one program in one city has grown into dozens of programs across a region that now encompasses Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

The Living Classrooms Foundation currently has the following volunteer opportunities available:

Workforce Development Programming

The Living Classrooms Foundation is seeking volunteers to provide support for our workforce development participants as they improve and refine their computer skills and prepare for employment. We have opportunities for volunteers with both moderate and high levels of computer skills. In addition, all of these opportunities can be a one-time event for the volunteer, or part of a more consistent/regular commitment.

Shifts: View all shifts now.

Number of volunteers needed: several

Location:
The UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms
1100 E. Fayette
Baltimore, MD

How to volunteer: Sign up now or contact Rebekah Meyer at rmeyer@livingclassrooms.org with questions.


Summer Sports Programs

Interested in sports? The Living Classrooms Foundation has the perfect opportunity for you! They are looking to implement more sports into their summer programming and would love for volunteers to assist! Their league will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30AM.

The league will primarily be focused on basketball, flag football, and soccer. Training will be provided in partnership with Coaching Corps – if you bring your enthusiasm and interest, they’ll provide the rest!

Shifts: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10-11:30AM. Dates TBD.

Number of volunteers needed: unknown

Location:
The UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms
1100 E. Fayette
Baltimore, MD

How to volunteer: Contact Erin Myers at emyers@livingclassrooms.org with questions.


After-School Chess Club Volunteer

The Living Classrooms Foundation is currently looking for an individual to lead their middle school’s Chess Club during after-school programming (approx. 3:10-4:15)! Sessions will run once a week starting in October for about 20 weeks. Training will be provided.

Shifts: 3:00-4:15pm (starting 20 weeks starting in October)

Number of volunteers needed: 1

Location:
The Crossroads Middle School
802 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer: Please email Erin Myers at emyers@livingclassrooms.org if you are interested in this volunteer position.


*Paid Opportunity* Debate Coach Volunteer

Become a New Debate Team Coach!

As part of our new partnership with the Baltimore Urban Debate League, the Living Classrooms Foundation is looking for a debate coach! The league requires that the team meet at least twice a week. They are looking to run this club during their enrichment period at the end of the school day, 2:35-3:10pm. Tournaments will be held once a month or every other month on Saturdays. The BUDL league provides coach training. This opportunity is paid!

Shifts: TBD (occasional Saturdays needed), 2:30-3:15pm

Number of volunteers needed: 1

Location:
The Crossroads Middle School
802 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer: Contact Erin Myers at emyers@livingclassrooms.org if you are interested in this opportunity!


Tutors Needed

The Crossroads School is a public, tuition-free charter middle school operated by Living Classrooms Foundation on its East Harbor Campus through a contract with the Baltimore City Public School System. The school, which opened its doors in September 2002, draws students from five East Baltimore elementary schools, and currently serves 150 students in 6th through 8th grades. These students come from poverty stricken neighborhoods, where each of the surrounding middle schools is on the “reconstitution eligible” list for schools that are in danger of being reorganized by the Maryland State Department of Education. Of our current student population, more than 90% are Title I students, and are therefore eligible for free or reduced lunches.

The Crossroads School is looking for tutors to work with small groups of students (6th-8th grade).

*Tuesdays are preferred. Subjects that students will focus on during tutoring are Math and Reading. This opportunity is paid.

Shifts: One day per week from approximately 3:10-4:10pm.

Number of volunteers needed: 5

Location:
The Crossroads School
802 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer: Please email Erin, emyers@livingclassrooms.org with a copy of your resume if you are interested.

Maryland New Directions – job search assistant volunteers

Serve as a job search assistant in Maryland New Directions‘ N.O.W. (No One Waits) Computer Lab drop-in hours to provide immediate assistance to individuals who are unemployed. Job Search Assistants help meet the need of individuals who are looking for a job to start an email account, create or update their resume, cover letter, or to search for and apply to jobs.

Training will be provided to better understand our clients’ needs for their job search and resources available.

Requirements:
•Ability to approach clients and offer assistance
•Ability to interact patiently, constructively and cooperatively with clients, other volunteers and staff.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
•Basic computer skills- understanding of Microsoft Office, Email and Internet
•Interest in working with adult learners

Shifts: Tuesdays 12-2pm, 2-4pm. Thursday 12-2pm, 2-4pm. We prefer for volunteers to make a weekly commitment. However if you would like to be trained to serve as a back-up assistant when a regular volunteer is out, that would be helpful as well!

Number of volunteers needed: 2-6

Location:
Ste 200
2700 N. Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

How to volunteer: Please contact Stefanie Hopkins at shopkins@mdnewdirections.org.

People Uniting to Elect Mary Washington – volunteers needed during the weekend

Middle School and High School students ages 13 – 26 can volunteer on the weekend to sign up people who will help Mary Washington get elected in November 2018.

Shifts: Saturdays during these hours: 11 – 2 pm, 3 – 5 pm, 4 – 6 pm.

Number of volunteers: 10-20

Location:
PO Box 2261
Baltimore, MD 21203

How to volunteer: Please contact Jazzmyn Lewis at jazziphe@gmail.com.

Northstar Baltimore – Tutor volunteers needed

Project Northstar is a mentoring and tutoring program for elementary and middle school students. Volunteers are assigned to one student for the school year and serve as their mentor. Each week for 90 minutes, all student and mentor pairs meet after school for one-on-one tutoring. This usually consists of working on homework or playing educational games. Additionally, one weekend per month mentors and their student are encouraged to participate in an activity together.

Shifts: We begin tutoring session in October, and are planning on holding two shifts one that begins at 3:30 PM and one that begins at 5:30 PM. We have not determined which weeknight(s) we will be holding tutoring. Weekend activity times and dates are worked out by the mentor and the family of their student.

Number of volunteers needed: 1-15

Location:
Northstar Baltimore
3701 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

How to volunteer: Please email Matt Peterson at mpeterson@mppi.org if you are interested in this opportunity!

Soccer Without Borders – seeking soccer and academic tutors

Volunteers would be working as assistant soccer and academic tutors at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School or Vanguard Collegiate Middle School. Soccer Without Borders participants are English language learners and come from a variety of countries and backgrounds.

Shifts: Volunteers would serve at least one day a week (Monday-Thursday) during the semester from 2:30-5:30pm. Sites are either at Vanguard Collegiate Middle School or John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School. The semester runs from September 18-December 14, but volunteers can finish a week early if needed due to exams.

Number of volunteers needed: 1-30

Location:
Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
5000 Truesdale Ave
Baltimore, MD 21206

or

John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School
701 Rappolla St
Baltimore, MD 21224

How to volunteer: Please contact Stephanie Wolfe at stephanie@soccerwithoutborders.org.

Spotlighters Theatre – ushers, Box Office staff, and technicians needed

Spotlighters Theatre, one of Baltimore’s oldest theaters, is seeking student volunteers!

Location:
Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

How to volunteer: Please contact Fuzz Roark at Fuzz@spotlighters.org.

They are looking for students that enjoy the performing arts, who would be interested in any of the following areas:

Ushers for Performances

They are seeking teams of 2 people, to usher for the 56th season. Each team will assist with concession sales before the show (beginning at 6:50pm or 12:50pm), taking tickets, and finding seats for patrons. Ushers will also sell concessions during intermission. Ushers will be able to attend the performance they usher, but will also receive 1 comp each for the run of the show (usually 4 or 5 weekends).

Usher teams are only needed to work one performance per production run, and will be given a brief 45 min – 1 hour training.

Shifts: Starting 12:50 PM or 6:50 PM before each show, but are only needed to work one performance per production run.

Number of volunteers needed: 6-10 teams of 2


Front of House/Box Office

They are seeking individuals that have cash handling/customer service experience to assist with handling the Front of House and Box Office ticket sale duties. Box Office volunteers will arrive no less that 90 mins before the start of the performance to set up tickets and prepare lobby areas for the audience. Once the lobby opens, Box Office volunteers will assist patrons with picking up tickets, selling tickets, and promoting items. Individuals will be responsible for maintaining an accurate cash box, and for processing all ticket sales.

Box Office staff will remain in the Box Office until 30 mins past the opening of the show, to handle any late arrivals and to close out the cash drawer and ticket sales. The individual may at that point turn operations over to a board member on-duty and leave.

Volunteers will receive 2 comp tickets to attend the show at another time.

Shifts: 90 minutes before show begins to 30 minutes after the opening (total time commitment, 2 hours). Due to the nature of the work involved, Box Office staff will be needed to work one night per weekend, for 2 weekends per show.

Number of volunteers needed: Undetermined


Theatre/Booth Technicians

They are seeking individuals to assist, either as part of the Run Crew or in their Light/Sound Control Booth. No previous experience is needed. All volunteers will be trained by Spotlighters staff.

Run Crew will assist the stage managers to handle back stage needs during performances. This may include handling props, costume changes, or other tasks for the specific show.

Volunteers will receive 2 comps for the show they work, and 2 comps for the following performance as well.

Shifts: All tech week rehearsals, and then all performances (Fri, Sat 7 PM, & Sunday 1 PM) in the run.

Number of volunteers needed: Undetermined

TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Therapy Center-volunteers needed

Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland (TALMAR) is a non-profit is a 10-acre farm located in the 360-acres of Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland. They focus on rehabilitating special needs individuals, particularly those with physical, social, mental, and behavioral disabilities, through horticultural therapy- gardening activities and techniques which help to heal.

Options for becoming apart of their landscape are many and varied- partaking in daily farm activities, prepping for organic farming workshops (view TALMAR’s calendar of events), and helping with our special needs programs.

Likewise, this year marks the start of our beginner farmer’s training, Breaking New Ground- a veterans-to-farmer’s training for those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Volunteers would make a massive impact by helping with this training’s Farm Practicum (or field lab). If any students are interested, give them a call. They’d be more than happy to give you a tour/show you around their farm to see what you think.

Shifts: They need volunteers who could work a 2-hour shift (once or twice a week) on either Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. They are flexible and will adapt to your schedules/time constraints. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Number of volunteers needed: 15 – 20

Location: TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Therapy Center, 1994 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, MD 21234

How to volunteer: Please contact Tracy Hauser at tracyhauser@talmar.org

To learn more about other opportunities that provide clinical exposure and experience, please refer to the Pre-Professional Advising Office’s website. Note: any shadowing/observing opportunities do not qualify as volunteering so cannot be counted towards HopServe50 or Track it Forward.