Become a Volunteer

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Baltimore First General Virtual Volunteer registration is open on Hopkins Engage for Fall 2020 and will close Saturday, September 12..

As a student-led program of the Center, PDF Document: Baltimore First is an opportunity for students at all stages of the active citizenship continuum (Break Away 2014) to engage with our Baltimore community. Baltimore First offers two volunteer opportunities for student engagement: as a General Volunteer or a Site Coordinator. Learn more about becoming a General Volunteer below or consider becoming a Site Coordinator.

Still have questions? Contact the Baltimore First Student Executive Board at baltimorefirst17@gmail.com.

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Become a General Volunteer

Why Should I Register?

Baltimore First volunteers will:

  • gain hands-on, real life experience supporting community organizations and non-profit agencies in Baltimore City, thereby launching into a career of service at Hopkins;
  • unpack the complex historical, political, and socio-cultural elements that make Baltimore City;
  • explore their own intersecting identities and how they inextricably connect to larger systems and structures of power, privilege, and oppression; and
  • synthesize their experiences by engaging in dynamic educational workshops and peer-led critical reflection.

Registration Process and Procedures

Baltimore First General Virtual Volunteer registration is open on Hopkins Engage for Fall 2020 and will close Saturday, September 12..

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Overview

Founded in 2017, Baltimore First is a direct service organization focused on affecting transformative social change. It strives to achieve this goal by establishing volunteer commitments with community partners, where students can actively engage with social justice issues prevalent in the city of Baltimore. By providing a platform for volunteers and local activists to collaboratively address social inequalities, Baltimore First helps students better understand the city and view themselves as active citizens and community members.

Below are a set of guidelines and policies to help you understand how our organization works:

Site Attendance Policy

All members of Baltimore First select a community partner, known as a site, to volunteer with throughout the semester. A group of General Volunteers and Site Coordinators will conduct site visits on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis depending on the site in question. The attendance policy for all sites is as follows:

  • Each volunteer is permitted 2 absences from a weekly site, 1 absence from a bi-weekly site, and 0 absences from a monthly site for the semester.
  • Volunteers MUST notify their Site Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance by email if they are going to be absent, except in case of emergency. Site Coordinators MUST notify the Director of Volunteer Management.
  • Volunteers with more than the permitted number of workshop absences must meet with the Director of Volunteer Management and/or the CSC staff advisor. After this meeting, volunteers will be assigned a make-up task to complete.
  • Volunteers with more than the permitted number of absences will be at risk of probation for the remainder of the academic semester and/or year.

Co-Directors of Volunteer Management: John Frye & Catriona Mitchell
baltimorefirst17@gmail.com

Educational Workshop Policy

To foster an understanding of active citizenship, Baltimore First incorporates a series of educational workshops into its volunteer program. These workshops cover various social justice issues in Baltimore and the role Hopkins students play in the community. Many workshops will feature community activists as guest speakers to present topics and lead group discussions. There will be four workshops throughout the semester; attendance for each workshop is required. The attendance policy for workshops is as follows:

  • Each volunteer is permitted 1 absence from educational workshops for the semester. Review the “Important Dates” tab to see all education workshop dates/times.
  • Volunteers MUST notify the Director of Education at least 24 hours in advance by email if they are going to be absent from a workshop, except in case of emergency.

Director of Education: Carrine King
balitmorefirst17@gmail.com

  • Volunteers with more than the permitted number of absences must meet with the Director of Volunteer Management and/or the CSC staff advisor, and will be at risk of probation for the remainder of the academic semester and/or year.

Co-Directors of Volunteer Management: John Frye & Catriona Mitchell
baltimorefirst17@gmail.com

  • As with the site attendance policy, volunteers with more than the permitted number of workshop absences must meet with the Director of Volunteer Management and/or the CSC staff advisor. After this meeting, volunteers will be assigned a make-up task to complete.
  • Volunteers with more than the permitted number of absences will be at risk of probation for the remainder of the academic semester and/or year.

CSC Staff Advisor: Gerrod Williamson

Training

Members of Baltimore First are required to complete the following trainings in order to volunteer:

  • All volunteers must complete any required CSC Student Trainings through Hopkins Groups before volunteering. Required trainings must be completed at the beginning of each school year, prior to engaging in any form of volunteerism.
  • Volunteers must complete any additional application(s), training, background check, or fingerprinting required of their specific volunteer site.

Hopkins Engage

Volunteers must log their hours through the the university’s community engagement platform, Hopkins Engage.

General Policies

In addition to Baltimore First’s policies and expectations, volunteers are expected to adhere to the following policies:

In line with our value of intentionality, Baltimore First volunteers should practice full engagement–living in line with community and program values–during service. While at service sites, volunteers should be fully present (e.g. not texting, having side conversations, etc.) respectful to community partners and other volunteers. Baltimore First also has a zero tolerance policy and should a violation occur, JHU Policy and immediate termination of membership will occur. .Students who are alleged to have violated the Student Conduct Code will be reported to the Associate Dean of Student Conduct in the Dean of Student Life Office for resolution

Important Dates

Important Fall 2020 Dates

EventDate/Time
General Volunteer Registration OpensMonday, August 31
General Volunteer Registration ClosesSaturday, September 12
Educational Workshop 1Thursday, October 1 (5-6pm EST)
Educational Workshop 2Thursday, October 29 (5-6pm EST)

Community Partners & Volunteer Times

During Fall 2020, Baltimore First will be partnering with 5 local nonprofits and community organizations virtually. Learn more about each organization and commitment times below.

Times are flexible, and most sites will not have set meeting times (more information coming soon).

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities for Fall 2020

Central Baltimore Partnership: (weekly)

Description

Volunteers will be engaged in partnerships across Baltimore in a virtual capacity. More information about the projects will be released in the coming weeks. This is a new community partner, and they would like to screen site coordinators/volunteers before matching with a specific project.

Corner Team Inc.: (weekly or daily)

Description

Corner Team, Inc. is organized around the longstanding and successful tradition of community sports programs that address holistic well being at the neighborhood level to shape Champions for Life! Volunteers have 3 potential projects they can get involved with:

  • Youth champions, an after school program for students grades 6-12, which consists of two groups of 20 students each based on grade. Volunteers partner up with students as mentors/accountability buddies. 4 days a week. 30-45 min call on Monday to set up goals for the week, see what they need, and then check in every day for about 10-20 minutes to check how they’re doing. If they need help in any class/subject they can help the student with it as well.
  • Pollinator garden, CTI recently got a grant for a pollinator garden and they will need help planning it, preferably with input from their students. Volunteers will help coordinate. 2-3 volunteers would help and meet with each group of students (two groups of 20 students) once a week for one hour and incorporate/integrate their ideas into the design if possible.
  • STEM projects , volunteers would ideally be environmentally/ecologically oriented, and they have the opportunity to host a STEM project for students to learn more about the pollinator garden that they will be designing and building. Any other projects exploring STEM topics are welcome as well.

The League for People with Disabilities (Club 1111): (monthly)

Description

Club 1111: is Maryland’s first and organization dedicated to people with disabilities. The Club provides a safe place for people within the Baltimore disability community that might not otherwise have such a social opportunity. In Fall 2020, volunteers will be hosting sessions via Zoom and have the opportunity to join social events at Club 1111 virtually.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center: (weekly)

Description

St. Francis Neighborhood Center, in the Spring of 2009, established an after school youth development and family stability program called The Power Project. The Power Project consists of three major components: education, mentoring, the arts, and human services. Volunteers will meet with high school interns of the program to discuss future career paths, i.e. explore majors/interests.

Vegetarian Resource Group: (monthly)

Description

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a nonprofit organization promoting public awareness and knowledge of vegetarianism, health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. This new community partner’s work involves publishing the Vegetarian Journal as well as producing books, pamphlets, and article prints.