Community Bulletin

picture of students cleaning up green space in baltimore during president's day of service

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 Events and Resources

Support the Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School – 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.

But they’re not waiting until the 28th to get the fundraising started! On November 18th, they will be celebrating the launch of that donation page with an event at Canèla, a neighborhood-based coffee shop and bar in Fells Point. The cost of entry is $25 and 100% of sales will go directly to the New Playground Fund. In addition, a percentage of sales from beverages that night will also go to the Fund.

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.

Date: Saturday, November 18th (5pm-9pm)

Location:
Canela (Fells Point cafe)
1801 E. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

Cost:$25 online tickets or $30 at the door.

How to attend/contribute: Purchase tickets now. If you can’t attend, don’t worry–the online donation page will be up soon–but it would be great to see many of you there at the launch event to help us get things started.

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

SNAP E&T Learning Academy – Call for Applications

Persons who receive SNAP benefits can qualify to participate in this program. But, they abide by the established criteria mentioned in the call for applications form. Persons must submit a 250 word letter of interest explaining why they are applying for the program and how the participation in the learning academy will advance their role. Persons must submit a proposed SNAP E & T Project proposal of 250 words or less, and persons must commit to attending the two in-person workshops as well as virtual sessions. Organizations can only endorse one candidate.

Dates: Letter must be submitted by 5pm ET on November 27, 2017. The Learning Academy will go from February 2018 to September 2018, with some limited pre-work in January 2018.

Location:
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington , District of Columbia 20250

Learn More: Find out more about this opportunity and how to apply PDF Document: here.

Contact: Questions about the application process or the Academy should be directed to Marcie Foster at Marcie.Foster@fns.usda.gov. If you need local assistance preparing your application, contact Donté Wylie at 410-516-4843 or email him at dwylie3@jhu.edu.

Waverly Improvement Association – job training/placement opportunity

The Community Resource Connections Program will provide youths, young adults, men and women with job training and job placement opportunities. Minimum requirements for applicants and training track personnel apply.

Dates: Every Tuesday at 1pm. The program starts November 21st.

Location:
Waverly Elementary/Middle School
3400 Ellerslie Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Contact / How to apply: Call Donte Wylie for an initial interview and Pre-screening Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 am – 5 pm at the phone number above or Call and make an appointment to see him on Tuesday and Thursday at Waverly Elementary Middle School from 12 pm – 4 pm at 410-396-6394.

Prescreening for proper ID and paperwork is done before this meeting. Afterwards applicants are given directions to the Baltimore Center for Green Careers and information on bus routes and subway routes to get there.

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.

Health Leads Accepting Volunteer Patient Advocate Applications for Spring 2018

Health Leads is currently accepting applications for volunteers for Spring 2018! Volunteers with Health Leads serve as Patient Advocates, helping connect patients to community services.

Number of volunteers needed: Undetermined

Location:
The Johns Hopkins University

How to volunteer: The application can be found here. Simply use the drop down menu to select Johns Hopkins University. If you are interested in learning more about Health Leads and the Advocate role or have any questions please contact the Program Associate, Celeste Hamre at chamre@healthleadsusa.org.

Living Classrooms Foundation – volunteers 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.

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.

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 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.


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:
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.