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!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Living Classrooms Foundation – volunteers needed December through June

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.

Living Classroom’s Game Changers Initiative is a program focused on health and wellness. The idea is to provide programming to students when Baltimore City Schools are closed due to holidays and/or professional development days. Volunteers can expect to act as camp counselor for the day; supervise and support different activities such as sports, games, arts and crafts; set up, serve, and eat lunch with students; and have fun!

Shifts: Several dates over the course of the school year. Typically 8am – 4pm, but may be shortened around specific holiday dates. Volunteers may also sign up for just a morning (8am – 12pm) or afternoon (12pm – 4pm) shift.

Number of volunteers needed: 25

Location:
The UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

How to volunteer: Please contact Erin Myers at emyers@livingclassrooms.org. If you are interested in signing up or seeing what dates/times events are taking place, visit the signup page.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Carnegie Institution for Science – volunteers needed for BioEYES Program (City Schools and community outreach)

The following volunteer opportunities are available to help with BioEYES’ (a program of the Carnegie Institution for Science) life science outreach in K-12 settings and to the public. PDF Document: View .pdf flyer for more information and learn more about the BioEYES Program.

1) Public Events (2–3 hr minimum): Focus microscopes and talk to the public about scientific research and what people are seeing (zebrafish adults, embryos and larvae). Training is provided.

2) In K-12 Classrooms (60-90 minute classes): Assist BioEYES Outreach Educators in the classroom (Mon/Tues/Fri) with various tasks (training is provided). Opportunities to teach are available to committed volunteers. Volunteers who are in a school more than three times/month must have completed a background check and fingerprinting.

3) K-12 Teacher Trainings (15-30 minutes): Presenters are needed for a 15-30 minute talk/demonstration about a science topic. We will work with you to develop your idea and presentation skills. Sample presentation topics include CRISPR/gene editing, animal research, stem cell research, careers in the sciences and more.

Shifts: TBD, varies based on opportunity

Number of volunteers: TBD, varies based on opportunity

Location:
varies based on opportunity

How to volunteer: If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Valerie Butler at vbutler@carnegiescience.edu or (410) 246-3041.

FORCE – studio intern needed

Force: Upsetting Rape Culture is an art activist collective that works to upset the dominant culture of rape and promote a counter-culture of consent. We believe that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and we envision a world where every individual has final say over what happens to their own body. To promote this needed conversation, we create art actions to generate media attention and get millions of people talking. FORCE is led by Saida Agostini, Hannah Brancato, and Shanti Flagg, creative educators, organizers, and activists in Baltimore, MD.

In this position, you will experience how a non profit art project operates day to day. You will learn community outreach, volunteer coordination, and sewing skills. You will meet and connect with local activists. You’ll learn how to plan an event for a non-profit. You will be exposed to the culture of contemporary feminist and anti-rape organizing, a culture of growing importance in our world.

Shifts: This internship is unpaid. Start date and end date are flexible, with the start in the February and the end in May. Interns will be asked to commit to at least 8 hours a week and may do up to 25. Studio hours are Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 1:00 – 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12:00-5:00pm.

Number of volunteers needed: TBD

Location:
The Motor House
120 W North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201

How to volunteer: Please send an email with your availability, brief statement of interest, and resume to Shanti, Studio Director: shanti.flagg@gmail.com.

Higher Achievement – middle school mentors needed

Higher Achievement needs volunteers like you to provide middle school students in under-served communities with caring role models. Teach a small group of 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th graders in a core academic subject: Math or English Language Arts, or help our scholars with their homework and supplemental work.

Shifts: One night a week from 5:30-7:15pm on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays during our Afterschool Academy (September – May).

Number of volunteers needed: 100

Location: Varying Locations

Commodore John Rogers Elementary / Middle School
100 N. Chester Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Carter G Woodson Elementary / Middle School
2501 Seabury Road
Baltimore, MD 21225

Lakeland Elementary / Middle School
2921 Stranden Road
Baltimore, MD 21230

How to volunteer: Please email volunteerbaltimore@higherachievement.org if you are interested in applying or have more questions.

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 vkopeck@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.


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 10am-1pm. 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:
2700 N. Charles St
Ste 200
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 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: Tuesdays 3-4:30 PM at John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School, Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM at the Martin Pollak Project, Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM at Highlandtown Elementary Middle School #237. 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.

OrchKids – tutors needed

The OrchKids Team is looking for dedicated, experienced volunteers to work with some of our students in the areas of homework completion, reading and math. This would be for OrchKids students in grades 1st-5th.

We are looking for members of the community, students, or other mentors who can commit to a consistent schedule and time each week through the dates listed above. Volunteers can sign up for multiple days. Tutoring volunteers will also work with Lead Teachers who will help implement any specific resources or guidance on best tutoring practices throughout the year.

Shifts: Possible shifts are Monday-Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm. Volunteers should commit to a certain day and time each week. Tutoring positions run through May 17th, 2018.

Number of volunteers needed: 5-10

Location:
Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School
#215, 3223 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

How to volunteer: If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Raquel Gilmer at RGilmer@bsomusic.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). Ushers’ Training taking place in early January 2018.

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

Refugee Youth Project – tutors needed

The Refugee Youth Project provides quality after-school, summer school, community arts, and mentoring programs for more than 300 students from over 17 different countries. RYP is committed to creating a safe environment for refugee children to improve their literacy skills, enhance their knowledge of American culture, engage in enriching extracurricular activities, and grow to be confident, caring individuals.

The organization relies on the weekly contributions of trained volunteers to meet the needs of the 300+ students served annually through mentoring programs and three after-school program locations. Volunteers are recruited from many walks of life but many are from local high schools, universities, and workplaces. Volunteers benefit from interacting with refugee students, learning about different cultures, and making a difference in someone’s life.

Number of Volunteers Needed: Undetermined

How to volunteer: Please email camille@refugeeyouthproject.org or call 410-558-3258.

Hungry Harvest – volunteers needed

Commodore John Rodgers is hosting Hungry Harvest at their school every Friday and need a few helping hands! Bags of fresh produce will be sold just inside the main entrance for only $7.

Shifts: Fridays, 11:00am – 5:30pm

Number of volunteers needed: Undetermined

Location:
Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School
100 N Chester Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer: Please contact Mike Glenwick at glenwick@thecjrschool.org or call 212-685-3634.

Tutor Baltimore Middle School Students through MERIT – tutors and mentors needed

MERIT is recruiting graduate students to tutor and mentor 7th and 8th grade students interested in STEM. You can be part of a pipeline program that provides math academic support, homework help, and STEM enrichment to promising Baltimore City students!

Shifts: Mondays & Thursdays, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Number of volunteers needed: Undetermined

Location:
Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School
100 N Chester Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer: Please contact Jessica Libowitz at jessica.libowitz@meritbaltimore.org.

Community Donations, Events, and Resources

Many of our community partners seek support throughout the year. Consider making a donation, contributing to their wish list or volunteer with them. Continue reading about how your contribution can make a difference.

Catholic Charities Supports Numerous Programs – Check out their Wish Lists

Catholic Charities is a movement to improve lives. They serve and support children and families in crisis, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, our new neighbors in the immigrant community and older Marylanders. Their programs and services address both immediate needs and provide support and preparation for fostering the independence and self-sufficiency of our clients. With compassion and a standard of excellence second to none, they continue a legacy of service that began with the establishment of the Catholic Church in Baltimore in 1792. Below is a list of some of their programs that help support our community.

The Things They Need Most, in Priority Order are:

  • DONATIONS
  • VOLUNTEERS
  • GIFT CARDS
  • IN-KIND DONATIONS

How to contribute:

My Sister’s Place Women’s Center is a comprehensive resource center for women experiencing poverty/homelessness. Read more below or learn more about their donation and wish list process.

Daily Bread Employment Center (workforce development): Read more below or learn more about their donation and wish list process.

Baltimore City Head Start (early childhood youth development): Read more below or learn more about their donation and wish list process.

Baltimore Safe Streets (violence prevention partnership with Baltimore City Health Department): Read more below or learn more about their donation and wish list process.

Centro SOL’s Holiday Drive

Centro SOL (Center for Salud/Health and Opportunities for Latinos) is currently holding a holiday drive for families in need. They provide a number of services to families and individuals in our community, including resources for medical care, mental health support groups, education support, and disease prevention services.

They were able to sponsor 35 families through last year’s holiday drive and are hoping to reach 50 this year. Every gift matters!

How to contribute:

1. Purchase gifts for the family you decide to adopt (gifts can be dropped off at Centro SOL HQ: 5200 Eastern Ave. Mason F. Lord Center Tower 4200 Baltimore, MD 21224).
2. Make a monetary donation to Flor Giusti (CMP Social Worker) via PayPal.
3. Gift cards

Visit the website to see the list of families that have yet to be adopted.

Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance – donations fund the Gilead House

Engage in the mission of Welcome, Carry forth the good news of Gilead House (Housing and Community Connection for Asylum Seekers).

Throughout 2017, ERICA supporters got down on their knees, scrubbed floors and pulled weeds, washed windows and did plenty of heavy lifting. It’s been a devastating year for refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants, but responding to their needs with the sweat of one’s brow has been very uplifting. Of course, labor must be partnered with vision, plans, and funds, so in fact, a multitude of supporters worked hard over the past three years to make a genuine and dramatic difference in the lives of vulnerable newcomers. The result is magnificent!
In September, Gilead House, the former rectory of St. Mark’s on-the-Hill Church in Pikesville, opened its doors as a place of refuge and community connection for asylum seekers. Today, three asylum seekers share a new home with a Resident Advisor. The house is peaceful, made of good bones, and full of light. It offers each resident a chance to focus new found energy on healing, planning, and overcoming hurdles while awaiting work authorization and establishing independence. Neighbors from Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s Gemilut Hasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness) program joined with St. Mark’s on-the-Hill and ERICA on house preparations and now collaborate on offering advice, material assistance, and welcome. Relationships are growing and deepening, and there is room to welcome an additional asylum seeker. This is good news! Now YOU can help carry forth the good news of Gilead House. Learn more about the Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA).

How to contribute:

All December 2017 and January 2018 donations will go to fund Gilead House. Make a donation now.

Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School – Support and donate to the Playground Fund

photo of Commodore John Rogers School playground after fire summer 2017Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School lost their playground due to a fire this past summer. The loss has been devastating for their students. On November 28th (Giving Tuesday), they will be launching an online donation page to raise money for their New Playground Fund (NPF), in the hopes of raising $150,000 for a safe, fun, and transformative play space for all of their 900 students.

To learn more about the 100% Project and what Commodore has been up to lately, feel free to check out this WBAL piece, this Sun article, or this District Administration article.

How to contribute:

You can donate online here. All donations made between now and December 15 will be DOUBLED!

If you have questions, please contact Michael Glenwick, Community School Coordinator, The Commodore Johns Rodgers School, at mglenwick@gmail.com.

Donations for Devastated Communities in Puerto Rico

The holiday season is one of joy, laughter, hope, and giving. As you consider ways to help the less fortunate, consider donating money or goods to those in need in Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico Rising is part of a grassroots movement that has taken the task to help Puerto Rico during its disaster and recovery phases after Hurricane María. In Maryland, they will be focusing their efforts in the long-term projects that will improve public health, quality of life and infrastructure. Their team includes physicians, public health practitioners, engineers and other professionals volunteering their time and talents. Specific projects include developing communication technologies that do not require internet access, linking medical and grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico to communities in need, and providing sustainable ways for community capacity building.

On this last initiative, they have partnered with Sector Maná, a local community in Barranquitas in the path of the eye of the hurricane. They are collaborating with community leaders and have conducted a preliminary needs assessment to help the community from within. Their first capacity building event will take place January 5th, the eve of Three Kings Day. During this event, they will deliver supplies, health education, mental health services, a medical clinic, warm food, holiday gifts for children, and being identifying long-term projects alongside members of the community.

How to contribute:

View the Amazon Wish List of articles that have been identified by local community leaders as necessary to assist with immediate issues: lack of power and running water; water-borne illnesses; mosquito-borne illnesses; lack of shade/exposure to excess sunlight; houses without roofs; acute illnesses; poor hygiene; and feeding children and the elderly.

At checkout, select the delivery address “Yonaira Rivera’s Gift Registry.” All donations will be delivered in-person January 5th and thereon out, as they work in efforts to rebuild.

They will also be collecting monetary donations to help in rebuilding houses, purchasing propane gas tanks for portable stovetops, and providing communication technologies to help with lack of internet access. For those wanting to donate money, you can visit their Go Fund Me page

FORCE – Make a Donation to Support Work to End Rape Culture

Support FORCE’s work to end rape culture by making a donation today. Every donation made to FORCE supports critical work like the Monument Quilt, Gather Together’s survivor skillshares or art actions like the self care graphics to reclaim spaces for survivors.

How to attend/contribute: You can donate online here.

Franciscan Center- Shop their Amazon.com Wish List or make a donation

The mission of the Franciscan Center is to provide emergency assistance and supportive outreach to persons who are economically disadvantaged in an effort to assist them in realizing their self-worth and dignity as people of God. Everything they do at the Franciscan Center is dependent upon generous donations from our community.

Donations:

View the Franciscan Center’s Amazon Holiday Wish List.

For more information, read about the donations that they accept or contact the Gift-In-Kind Coordinator Angela Hall, at AHall@fcbmore.org or 410-467-5340 ext. 113.

BABY ITEMS

  • Baby Food
  • Baby Powder
  • Clothes (new or gently used)
  • Diapers (various sizes, 1 – 4)
  • Formula
  • Shoes
  • Wipes

CHILDREN’S BOOKS (NEW OR GENTLY USED)

The Mary Lacy Fetting Children’s Library is located on the second floor of the Franciscan Center. It is a safe space for children to read, draw, or play games while their parents/guardians wait to receive our services. All books are free for children to take home, and do not need to be returned. Help us encourage literacy by donating new or gently used children’s books.

CLOTHING & SHOES (NEW OR GENTLY USED)

We are happy to accept gently used, seasonally appropriate clothing – including shoes – for men, women, and children in all sizes. New and unwrapped underwear, undershirts, and socks are needed year-round.

In the warmer months we need:

  • Jackets
  • Pants (light weight)
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeved tops
  • Sleeveless tops
  • Sundresses
  • Etc.

In the colder months we need:

  • Boots
  • Coats
  • Flannel Shirts
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Scarves
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirts
  • Thermals
  • Etc.

FOOD

  • Beans (canned or dry)
  • Canned fish (regular and water packed)
  • Canned fruit (regular and low sugar)
  • Canned meat
  • Canned vegetables
  • Frozen meat (ground beef or turkey)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Hot or cold cereal (regular and low sugar)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Milk
  • Pasta (regular and whole grain)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Rice (white and brown)
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Soup (regular and low sodium)
  • Vegetables (fresh or frozen)

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (NEW OR GENTLY USED)

  • Bedding
  • Blankets
  • Dishware
  • Small appliances

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Backpacks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Compasses
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Large Pink Erasers
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • #2 Pencils (pre-sharpened)
  • Pencil Cases
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pocket folders
  • Safety Scissors
  • Subject Dividers
  • 3×5 Index Cards
  • Three Ring Binders (2” – 3”)
  • Tissues

SUITS (NEW OR GENTLY USED)

Our Attire-4-Hire program provides men with free professional clothing for funerals, graduations, job interviews, or other formal occasions. All sizes are needed, but especially big and tall/extra large sizes.

  • Belts
  • Blazers
  • Dress Shirts
  • Dress Shoes
  • Dress Socks
  • Suits
  • Ties

TOILETRIES/PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

  • Adult Diapers/Depends (needed for both men and women in various sizes)
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable razors
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hairbrushes & Combs
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Towels
  • Lotion
  • Nutritional supplements (Ensure/Boost)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (regular and travel size)
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Washcloths

JHU Athletics Shoe Drive

pictures of old sneakers that will be recycled and donated to a nonprofit, Community Recyling

The JHU Athletics Department is collecting gently used athletic and running shoes. (Please no regular shoes or boots and do not tie shoes together). The JHU School of Nursing and Community Recycling will deliver the items to communities in Haiti, Bolivia, and Nigeria. Learn more by reading the JHU HUB article now.

Dates: Through December 22nd; then January 8th through February 5th. The volunteers anticipate continuing and expanding the effort throughout 2018.

Drop-Off Location

JHU Athletic Center front office and the entrance to the Recreation Center at the Homewood Campus.

Living Classrooms Holiday Toy and Winter Clothing Drive (Tues., Dec 19) and other items needed

Living Classrooms Foundation needs your help to make this holiday season bright for students and their families! Donate a new unwrapped toy or gently used warm clothing in all sizes now through Tues, Dec 19. Gift cards and monetary donations are also being accepted. Donations can be dropped off at UA House at Fayette, 1100 E. Fayette St. Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm.

Wishlist

Living Classrooms Foundation is continuously accepting non-perishable food items as well as hygiene and toiletry supplies. PDF Document: View listing of accepted items. For more information, including drop off location email Erin Myers, emyers@livingclassrooms.org or learn more about how to donate now.

Paul’s Place – make a donation to help improve the quality of life in the Southwest Baltimore communities

Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life in the Southwest Baltimore communities. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth. With health and wellness programs, case management services, and after-school and summer programs for children of all ages, Paul’s Place is the only resource of its kind that meets the full spectrum of needs – always with dignity and respect and always at no cost to our guests. Your generosity makes that possible.

How to contribute:

Learn more and donate now.

Project Plase is seeking donations – Adopt a Child or Veteran

Adopt a homeless child or a veteran for the holidays. Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment) serves over 1,000 vulnerable homeless men, women and families a year with housing and hope.

How to contribute:

Contact Barbara and Hope to be matched with a child in our Family Stability Program or if you choose, a veteran client, who is most in need of holiday cheer. Wrapped and labeled gifts valued at about $25 or a $25 gift card to stores such as Target or Walmart are appreciated. Email blarcom@projectplase.org and hsanders@projectplase.org for your match.

Ruth M. Kirk Recreation Center – Toy Drop off Locations

Located in west Baltimore, the Ruth M. Kirk Recreation and Learning Center was opened with the goals of giving the kids in the community a safe place to learn and play and to provide some basic family needs such as food, coats, toys and hygiene products. Founder and Director, Arthur “Squeaky” Kirk, hosts a toy drive for underprivileged kids in his community. He makes it his mission to see that every child has something to smile about during the holiday season. Learn more about how to donate to the Ruth M. Recreation and Learning Center.

Both new and used toys for the big event are being collected at the addresses below until Friday, December 22nd.

3 Toy Drop Off Locations:

Ruth M. Kirk Rec Center
122 N. Vincent Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21223

Sweet Bay Magnolia Academy
201 Love Point Rd.
Stevensville, MD 21666

Hogan for Governor HQ
190 Admiral Cochrane Dr., Suite 170
Annapolis, MD 21401

Strong City Baltimore’s Winter Appeal Kickoff

Strong City Baltimore loves this city, and we know you do too. Your donation will help us continue to support adult learners, community organizers, the great kids in our neighborhoods, AmeriCorps volunteers, everyday visionaries, and so much more. Donate here!