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 for Game Changers Initiative program

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.

Waverly Improvement Association – volunteers needed for clean up on Saturday, April 28th

The Waverly Improvement Association will be taking part in the Baltimore City National Day of Service, a community cleanup event where people who live in the community shows pride in their neighborhood by helping to clean it up. Students, youth, and young adults get an opportunity to acquire service learning and community service hours for their efforts and display of sacrifice on Saturday.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Number of volunteers needed: 10 – 20

Location:
Melville Ave. and Old York Road
Baltimore, MD 21218

How to volunteer: Call Mona Addison at (443)730-4375 or email her at Mpaddison605@icloud.com.

Waverly Main Street and Tree Baltimore: Tree Planting – volunteers needed Saturday, May 12th

Waverly Main Street and Tree Baltimore are planting 10+ trees at the 32nd St. Farmer’s Market!

Do you want some shade at the Farmer’s Market this summer? Do you enjoy seeing big, beautiful trees in your city landscape? Trees are imperative to a healthy environment: they provide us with oxygen, improve air quality, and increase property values!

Arrive at 11AM to watch a planting demo with Tree Baltimore and organize into planting groups. We will start planting trees at 11:30AM.

(This event follows Tree Baltimore’s Tree Giveaway, which will be happening alongside the Farmer’s Market from 7AM-12PM. If you have space for a tree of your own, come early to grab one! For more info, go to treebaltimore.org)

Shift: Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 11am – 2pm.

Number of Volunteers Needed: as many as possible

Location:
432 E 32nd St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

How to Volunteer: Register here!

Upcoming Summer Opportunities

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 5pm – 7:30pm; groups of 8 – 15 people needed; help serve dinner to neighbors in need
Clothing Room Volunteers: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 1pm; 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.

Soccer Without Borders – volunteers over 21 needed

Soccer Without Borders is looking for volunteers who are 21 and up to help pour wine at the Canton Wine Fest. All volunteers will get a free admission ticket, free drink, and souvenir glass. They will pour wine and talk to people on their shift, and as a result, the organizer will donate $500 back to Soccer Without Borders, which works with refugee and immigrant youth.

Date: June 16, 2018, volunteer’s choice of either 11-3pm or 3-7pm.

Number of volunteers needed: 10 volunteers per shift

Location:
Canton Wine Fest
Canton Waterfront
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

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

U.S. Dream Academy Looking for Mentors

The U.S. Dream Academy seeks to inspire and transform the lives of children of incarcerated parents and vulnerable young people. Through high performance relationships with caring adults, we build dreams, perseverance, skills, and strengthen character.

Mentors must be committed to developing a supportive, developmental relationship with one at-risk middle or elementary school student. They are expected to make a one year commitment to developing and maintaining a Mentor relationship with a student in an after-school program context; attend Mentor orientation and training session before meeting Mentee; attend ongoing Mentor training and support sessions; meet one hour weekly with Mentee cultivating developmental competencies through prescribed activities, conversation, and interactive projects; assist Mentee in enhancing his/her self-image through character building and dream building; keep time logs and other information as requested by Mentor Coordinator.

Shifts: Dream Academy is a Monday through Friday program, from 2:30-6:00pm. They are an on site mentoring program, and most mentors visit their mentees between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

Number of volunteers needed: 50

Location:
3910 Barrington Road
Baltimore, MD 21207

or

4849 Pimlico Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
(starting July)

How to volunteer: Please contact rangelo@usdreamacademy.org or call 410-937-2595.

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 and non-profit interns 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.

The positions available are both as follows:

Word Document: Force Call for Nonprofit Management Interns 2018

Word Document: Force Call for Studio Interns 2018

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.

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 5pm – 7:30pm; groups of 8 – 15 people needed; help serve dinner to neighbors in need
Clothing Room Volunteers: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 1pm; 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.

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.

Hungry Harvest – volunteers needed to help sell fresh produce

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.

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.

Maryland New Directions – job search assistant volunteers needed

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.

Maryland New Directions – volunteers needed to help sort donated clothes

Maryland New Directions (MND) is in need of some short term volunteers to assist with our professional clothing donations – sorting and organizing our clothing closet so our clients can dress for success. MND has been helping individuals in Baltimore get employed and on a career track for 45 years!

Shifts: We could use individuals or a group of students to assist us in the next few weeks between 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Even one 1-2 hour volunteering could be helpful!

Number of volunteers needed: Not specified

Location:
Future Care
2700 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

How to volunteer: If you are interested in learning more please reach out to Stefanie Hopkins at shopkins@mdnewdirections.org.

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.

Northstar Baltimore – Tutors 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!

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.

People Uniting to Elect Mary Washington – weekend volunteers needed

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.

Reading Partners – readers needed

Reading Partners empowers volunteers to become leaders in the Baltimore community by helping struggling readers succeed. Each week, you will meet one-on-one with your student to help him or her develop strong literacy skills and discover a passion for reading. They’ll provide a proven structured curriculum, in-person training, and ongoing support to help you and your student thrive.

Shifts: Flexible weekday volunteer times are available. It’s recommended to volunteer at least one hour a week, but doing more is always welcome!

Number of volunteers needed: Not specified

Location:
1500 Union Ave.
Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21211

How to volunteer: To volunteer, you may submit an online volunteer application.

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.

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).

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!

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.

Thread – family member volunteers needed

Thread enrolls some of the most vulnerable students in Baltimore City and surrounds each student with up to 5 volunteers who have one goal – to build a trusting relationship. Thread Family member volunteers are asked to have at least one meaningful interaction each week with their student, at a time and place that works for you and your Thread student!

Shifts: Can be discussed between you and your student.

Number of volunteers needed: TBD

Location:
Meeting place can be discussed between you and your student.

How to volunteer: On Thread‘s website, under the “Volunteer” page, scroll down to the bottom. If you’re ready to join, you can accept a request volunteer application. If you’re unsure, you can sign up to join an info session instead.

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.

U.S. Dream Academy Looking for Mentors

The U.S. Dream Academy seeks to inspire and transform the lives of children of incarcerated parents and vulnerable young people. Through high performance relationships with caring adults, we build dreams, perseverance, skills, and strengthen character.

Mentors must be committed to developing a supportive, developmental relationship with one at-risk middle or elementary school student. They are expected to make a one year commitment to developing and maintaining a Mentor relationship with a student in an after-school program context; attend Mentor orientation and training session before meeting Mentee; attend ongoing Mentor training and support sessions; meet one hour weekly with Mentee cultivating developmental competencies through prescribed activities, conversation, and interactive projects; assist Mentee in enhancing his/her self-image through character building and dream building; keep time logs and other information as requested by Mentor Coordinator.

Shifts: Dream Academy is a Monday through Friday program, from 2:30-6:00pm. They are an on site mentoring program, and most mentors visit their mentees between 3:30 and 5:30pm.

Number of volunteers needed: 50

Location:
3910 Barrington Road
Baltimore, MD 21207

or

4849 Pimlico Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
(starting July)

How to volunteer: Please contact rangelo@usdreamacademy.org or call 410-937-2595.

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.

BYFA Open House Event

Baltimore Youth Film Arts Open House flyer

Baltimore Youth Film Arts (BYFA) offers city residents ages 16 to 29 the opportunity to learn camera skills, refine storytelling techniques, and create films and photographs to be shared at public screenings and exhibits and on the program website. Participants are paid stipends and receive certificates for successful completion.

The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program is made possible by the support of the Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program and a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation.

On Saturday, May 12, from 1-5pm, BYFA will be hosting free videography and photography workshops at Mondawmin Mall’s TouchPoint. There will be food, drinks, and prizes!

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.

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

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.

Soccer Without Borders – runners needed for Baltimore 10-Miler

Soccer Without Borders (SWB) uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change among newcomer (refugee and immigrant) youth through year-round soccer programming, academic support, mentoring, and leadership opportunities. Students come from a variety of countries, such as Syria, Nepal, Eritrea, Honduras, Mexico, DRC, Sudan, etc.

How to contribute:

 

SWB is looking for Ambassadors who would be interested in running the Baltimore 10-Miler as part of the SWB Team on June 2. Runners just need to fundraise at least $100 and donations can be doubled through an organization called Positive Tracks for anyone 23 and under! Come out to support refugee and immigrant youth while being physically active! SWB will help provide students with fundraising material to achieve their goals. Learn more about the Baltimore 10-Miler and sign-up here!