Community Bulletin

picture of a group of JHU students volunteering at second chance by refurbishing building materials

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 and year of service 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 agencies to create this page that we hope can become a valuable resource for the Hopkins and local communities. These agencies have identified themselves as having needs with varying levels of commitment and/or expertise, so check out the opportunities below and contact them directly for more information. If you’re interested in submitting a post for the Community Bulletin, click the button and submit the form below.

Submit Volunteer Opportunity and Event Form

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).

Submit Volunteer Opportunity and Event Form

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!

Students looking to get involved or volunteer on a more consistent schedule, can always get involved with a CSC program instead. The Community Bulletin will constantly be changing and updated as we learn of new opportunities. Still have questions? Contact volunteer@jhu.edu or (410) 516-4777.

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.

Year of Service Opportunity

The Literacy Lab- 11-month, full-time volunteering opportunity

The Literacy Lab serves children from age three through grade three. They partner with school districts to help close the literacy gap largely implementing full-time, rigorously trained tutors in early childhood centers and elementary schools. The Literacy Lab also supports early literacy for families experiencing homelessness.

Dates:
Tutors serve at their school site for the entire school year on a daily basis. Tutors are required to serve 40-45 hours per week and commit to an 11-month service term during the 2019-2020 school year.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60
The Delta Community Center
2501 Springhill Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

How to volunteer:
Interested applicants can visit the Literacy Lab official website to fill out the 2019-2020 online application.

Upcoming Opportunities

 

Ongoing 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 Classroom Foundation – volunteer with Baltimore Public Schools students (October – June) on off days through a variety of programming

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 School are closed due to holidays and/or professional development days. This program will take place on several dates over the course of the school year. Sessions typically run from 8:00am-4:00pm, but may be shortened around specific holiday dates. Volunteers are welcome to stay all day, but may also sign up for just a morning (8:00am-1:00pm) or afternoon shift (12:00-4:00pm)Volunteers can expect to act as camp counselor for the day, supervise and support different activities such as sports, games, arts and crafts, setup, serve, and eat lunch with our students, and, of course HAVE FUN!

Dates:
October- June
4-8 hour shifts

Number of volunteers needed: 50

Location:
The UA House
1100 E. Fayette St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

How to volunteer:
Use this sign up link to see what dates and shifts are available

Soccer Without Borders – seeking soccer and academic tutors

Soccer Without Borders is looking for family mentors who will be matched with a refugee or immigrant family and meet weekly at the family’s house to work on English, navigate social services, and build friendship. Volunteers should have their own transportation,

Commitment: The commitment is at least 2 hours a week for at least 9 months. Volunteers should be 21 or older. Graduate students are encouraged to apply!

Number of volunteers needed: 10

Location:
3700 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

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

Living Classrooms – Work in the HR department

Come help Living Classrooms in our HR department! Duties include filing, organization of employee files, printing out drug screenings and background checks. There is a possibility of some data entry. Must maintain a level of discretion

Dates:
Any time, Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Location:
1417 Thames St.

Baltimore, MD 21213

How to volunteer:
Email Abigail at abarenblitt@livingclassrooms.org

Next One Up- Tutors needed Sundays 1-3 @ Gilman School

JHU graduate Matt Hanna started Next One Up aimed at transforming the lives of young men in Baltimore City by supporting and advancing their academic, athletic, and social development. Next One Up is looking for tutors on Sundays 1-3 pm in areas of math, science, and essay writing.

Dates:
Sundays, 1-3pm

Location:
Gilman School

5407 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210

How to volunteer:
Email program director Shel Simon

Thread – Work with youth mentorship

Are you open to meeting new people? Thread disrupts the pattern of social isolation by enrolling 9th grade students who rank in the lowest 2% of their class academically and who face additional challenges outside of the classroom, and connecting them to network if volunteers. These students and volunteers for Thread families where they build reciprocal and transformative relationships to help each other through the ups and downs of life. Be part of the Thread movement!

Dates:
PDF Document: List if info sessions can be found here

How to volunteer:
Sign up for an info session here. Or email maria.goodson@thread.org

Commodore John Rodgers – 1hr/ week volunteer opportunities

The Commodores John Rodgers (CJR) Elementary and Middle School is a wonderful school a short walk from Hopkins and have numerous programs that could really use your help! Time commitments range from just 30 min/week or 1hr/week for the year:

The Newcomer Student Support Team

The Newcomer Student Support Team (NeSST) is an excellent opportunity for Spanish-speakers to help serve the needs of students who have recently immigrated from Latin America, primarily in middle school science and math classes. Time commitment can be 1 hour/week!

Dates:
Times/Days are flexible
Candidates should be able to dedicate 1 hour per week

Location:
100 N Chester St, Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer:
Please fill out this google form if interested

Healthy Minds Math Volunteering

Healthy Minds Math Volunteering provides support to elementary school students who are below grade level in math. Healthy Minds will engage in one-on-one or small group support. Time commitment can be 1 hour/week!

Dates:
Times/Days are flexible
Candidates should be able to dedicate 1 hour per week

Location:
100 N Chester St, Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer:
Please fill out this google form if interested

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies is a one-on-one elementary school tutoring program for students reading below grade level. Commitments vary from 30 min to an hour per week. CJR will do its best to accommodate complicated schedules!

Dates:
Times/Days are flexible
Candidates should be able to dedicate 1 hour per week

Location:
100 N Chester St, Baltimore, MD 21231

How to volunteer:
Please fill out this google form if interested

MERIT

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

Dates:
Mondays/Tuesdays 3:00-5:30 pm

Wednesdays/Thursdays 3:00-5:30 pm

Location:
MT: Commodore John Rodgers

100 N Chester St, Baltimore, MD 21231

WTh: KIPP School

How to volunteer:
Email Blossom Tewelde for more information

Living Classroom Foundation – Multiple After School Programming Volunteer Opportunities

Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students

The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program works with children from under-served Baltimore City communities throughout the year with an after-school program as well as a summer program. The program’s primary goal is to empower and inspire our children to develop academically, creatively, and socially. BUGS is currently looking for volunteers to help throughout the year!

Dates:
Monday – Thursday 3:30-6:00pm
Candidates should be able to dedicate 2.5 hours per week

Number of volunteers needed: 6

Location:
1417 Thames St
Baltimore, Maryland

How to volunteer:
Contact Abigail Barenblitt
(410)685-0295
abarenblitt@livingclassrooms.org

DIY Crafting

Love DIY projects? Want to share your crafting knowledge with others? Then come volunteer with our arts and crafts club at Living Classrooms’ Park House! We would love volunteers with the ability to make a weekly commitment to our after school programming.

Dates:
4:00-6:00pm
Candidates should be able to dedicate 2 hours per week

Number of volunteers needed: 1

Location:
200 S. Linwood Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

How to volunteer:
Contact Abigail Barenblitt
(410)685-0295
abarenblitt@livingclassrooms.org

Cooking Classes

Are you handy in the kitchen? Do you love teaching others how to cook? Then come volunteer with our cooking club at Living Classrooms’ Park House! We would love volunteers with the ability to make a weekly commitment to our after school programming.

Dates:
3:00pm-6:00pm
Candidates should be able to dedicate 2 hours per week

Number of volunteers needed: 1

Location:
200 S Linwood Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

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

Franciscan Center – volunteers needed for Community Dinner, Clothing Room, and Truck Task Force

The Franciscan Center serves as a “one stop” shop for families and individuals in crisis, providing a broad range of programs and service designed to help them achieve stability and build self-sufficient lives. The following weekly opportunities are available:

Community Dinner Volunteers: Monday evenings from 5 – 7:30 p.m.; groups of 8 – 15 people needed; help serve dinner to neighbors in need
Clothing Room Volunteers: Mon – Fri 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; groups of 5 – 10 people needed; commit to one day per week/month; ability to lift 10lbs.; receive, sort, dry , bag and hang clothing
Truck Task Force: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month; 5 – 10 volunteers needed; assist with unloading items and stocking shelves; ability to lift 50lbs.

Shifts: Varies based on opportunity

Number of volunteers needed: Varies based on opportunity

Location:
Franciscan Center
101 W 23rd St
Baltimore, MD 21218

How to volunteer: Contact Angela Hall, Volunteer & In-Kind Coordinator, at ahall@fcbmore.org or 410-467-5340 for more information and how to get involved! Fill out a volunteer application here.

Moveable Feast – volunteers needed for food prep project

Moveable Feast is a non-profit organization that home-delivers nutritious meals to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life threatening illnesses. Their kitchen is open 7 days a week, and can accommodate groups up to 15 volunteers – perfect for the next office or department retreat! Operating since 1989, Moveable Feast serves nearly 5,000 clients annually across Maryland. Moveable Feast also offers medical transportation, nutritional counseling, and culinary arts training.

Shifts: Choice of hours anytime between 8am and 4:40pm, Monday through Friday.

Number of volunteers: Up to 15

Location:
Moveable Feast
901 N Milton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

How to volunteer: Check out how to volunteer–either as an individual or in a group–on the Moveable Feast website, under the “Volunteer” tab. For additional information, please contact Angie Elliott at 410-327-3420 ext. 31 or aelliott@mfeast.org.

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.

Living Classrooms Foundation – volunteers and tutors 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.

Service Opportunities at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School

The Center for Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health partners closely with Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School (CJR). The Center for Adolescent Health is committed to assisting urban youth to become healthy and productive adults. Together with its community partners, the Center conducts research that identifies the needs and strengths of young people and tests programs designed to promote their health and well-being.

Number of Volunteers Needed: As many as possible.

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

How to volunteer: Please contact Mike Glenwick (mglenwick@jhu.edu) or Terri Powell (terripowell@jhu.edu).

Walking School Bus

The CJR Walking School Bus supports families whose students are struggling getting to school on time (or at all). We follow a few routes in East Baltimore and begin picking up kids at 7:15am. The goal is to get kids to CJR by 7:45, when breakfast begins.

Shifts: 7:15am – 7:45am

Produce in a SNAP

Produce in a SNAP is a program run by Hungry Harvest that provides $7 bags of produce to members of our neighborhood. We begin setting up at 11, sell from 1:15 until 5pm, and clean up from 5pm until 6. We can always use support, either with packing bags or managing the money.

Shifts: Fridays 11:00am – 6:00pm

Attendance Checks/Support

Because teachers are juggling so much, they do not always get their attendance in on time (or at all) without reminders. Attendance checks make sure that accurate attendance is submitted. We either go door to door or reach out to teachers directly to make sure it is submitted.

Shifts: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Food Pantry

The CJR food pantry is open twice a month and provides free food to members of our community. Ms. Hazel, who is our lead volunteer in the pantry, can always use a few extra hands.

Shifts: 2nd/4th Thursdays from 8:00am – 11:00am

Health Outreach

Health outreach varies from month to month. Sometimes we are working with families to make sure that they get the necessary vaccines needed before September 30th. Other times it means reaching out to families to make sure that forms for eye exams are taken care of. Other times it is providing support to the mobile dentists or the Hopkins students doing vision screenings.

Shifts: Ongoing. Please contact Mike Glenwick (mglenwick@jhu.edu) or Terri Powell (terripowell@jhu.edu).

CJR Reading Buddies

CJR Reading Buddies is a reading tutoring program where volunteers read one-on-one with students to help them improve. They can read once a week or twice a week. Each block is a half hour long, and volunteers can read with multiple students.

Shifts: Ongoing. Please contact Mike Glenwick (mglenwick@jhu.edu) or Terri Powell (terripowell@jhu.edu).

College Readiness Coaches

The CJR College Readiness Coaches program is a new program where we pair volunteers up with our high-achieving alumni to provide academic support and mentoring for juniors and seniors during the college process. We provide the materials (prep books, graphing calculators, etc.), and the tutors meet with students once a week. We are also in need of someone to provide support to the tutors and manage the entire program.

Shifts: Ongoing. Please contact Mike Glenwick (mglenwick@jhu.edu) or Terri Powell (terripowell@jhu.edu).