Become a Volunteer

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. Deeply rooted in racial and social justice frameworks and critical pedagogy (Freire 1963), Baltimore First supports students in their journey to better understand our city and their place in it. Baltimore First is a catalyst program for students looking to expand their philosophy of service and learn how to engage in intentional, community-driven, and transformative PDF Document: social change. Baltimore First offers two volunteer opportunities for student engagement: as a general volunteer or a site coordinator. View the volunteer descriptions and and learn more about the application process below.

Still have questions? Contact the Baltimore First staff advisor, Nairuti Shastry, or email the Baltimore First Student Executive Board at baltimorefirst17@gmail.com

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General Volunteer Overview

Become a General Volunteer

Why Should I Apply?

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 reflection.

Application Process and Procedures

The 2018 General Volunteer application will be open August 30 to September 24 at 9:00 a.m. Please check back here for the application soon.

View General Volunteer Description

More information coming soon.

Important Dates

Important Fall 2018 Dates

EventDate/Time
General Volunteer Application OpensThursday, August 30
CSC Meet and GreetWednesday, September 5
First Day of Trial PeriodMonday, September 17
General Volunteer Application ClosesMonday, September 24 (9 a.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, September 30 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Last Day of Trial PeriodMonday, October 1
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, October 14 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, October 28 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, November 11 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, December 2 (6-7:30 p.m.)
End of Semester CelebrationFriday, December 7

Site Coordinator Overview

Become a Site Coordinator

Why Should I Apply?

Baltimore First Site Coordinators will:

More information coming soon.

Application Process and Procedures

The 2018 Site Coordinator application will be open from August 23 to September 5 at 5:00 p.m. Please check back here for the application soon.

View Site Coordinator Description

General Summary:

Founded in 2017, Baltimore First is a student-led individualized direct service program of the Center for Social Concern. Committed building a mutually-beneficial, consistent relationships with community organizations across the city of Baltimore, Baltimore First provides local nonprofit and community organizations with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly student volunteers.

This position is responsible for supporting the overall mission and vision of the organization by: 1) building community among and managing the general volunteers that attend your assigned service site, 2) facilitating reflection during each educational workshop, 3) serving as a brand ambassador of the program to community & campus partners and the general student body.

Essential Job Functions:

Volunteer Management (40% of time)

  • Familiarize self with program expectations and requirements including vision, values, & mission and attendance policy.
  • Supervise all service-related site logistics (member attendance, schedule changes, inclement weather policies, etc.).
  • Coordinate with Director of Education and Director of Community Partnerships in maintaining an accountability structure for the program.

Facilitation of Multipartial Reflection (30% of time)

  • Support the Director of Education in building a culture of reflection among all program members.
  • Review workshop material prior to the day of the workshop in order to build reflection sessions that support members on their journey towards PDF Document: active citizenship.

Brand Ambassador (10% of time)

  • Build authentic, reciprocal relationships with community partners.
  • Model engaged and intentional volunteerism for general student volunteers.
  • Support program marketing and recruitment efforts as requested.

Other Duties as Assigned (10% of time)

  • Attend a series of educational workshops co-facilitated by the Director of Education and CSC Staff Advisor/Executive Director:
    • Sunday, September 9 (7-8 p.m., location TBD)
    • Wednesday, September 12 (7-8 p.m., location TBD)
    • Monday, September 17 (7-8 p.m., location TBD)
    • Wednesday, September 26 (7-8 p.m., location TBD)
  • Attend a Project Coordinator team building event led by the Director of Education and Director of Volunteer Management.

Qualifications

At least one semester of service with Baltimore First required, including a clear understanding of program values, expectations, and requirements. Experience facilitating multi-partial reflection is preferred.

Important Dates

Important Fall 2018 Dates

EventDate/Time
Site Coordinator Application OpensThursday, August 23
Site Coordinator Application ClosesWednesday, September 5 (5:00 p.m.)
CSC Meet and GreetWednesday, September 5
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Sunday, September 9 (7-8 p.m.)
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Wednesday, September 12 (7-8 p.m.)
First Day of Trial PeriodMonday, September 17
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Monday, September 17 (7-8 p.m.)
Mandatory Training
(Site Coordinators Only)
Wednesday, September 26 (7-8 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, September 30 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Last Day of Trial PeriodMonday, October 1
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, October 14 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, October 28 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, November 11 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Mandatory Educational Workshop
(Site Coordinators and General Volunteers)
Sunday, December 2 (6-7:30 p.m.)
End of Semester CelebrationFriday, December 7

Community Partners

During fall 2018, Baltimore First will be partnering with 15 local nonprofits and community organizations. Learn more about each organization below.

29th Street Community Center

The 29th Street Community Center works to strengthen neighborhoods within North Central Baltimore by bridging the gap between community and agency through a wide range of free and low-cost programming. Featured programming at the center foregrounds on covering a diverse base of interests, from Zumba and Yoga to Martial Arts and Marching Band. After-school programming is a highly specialized and carefully executed component of the center with specific intentions of inspiring and educating the leaders of tomorrow. Center staff dedicates great time to certifying that instructors of after-school programming are equipped with the tools needed to holistically access the youth of North Central Baltimore. With this mission in mind, several after school programming activities have proven successful and we are looking to maximize on this output by adding to the catalogue. A list of some of our current after-school program activities include dance, step, theatre, and football. We are looking for volunteers that are empathetic, skilled, and goal-oriented to join us in expanding after school initiatives.

BCCC Refugee Youth Project

More information coming soon.

Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors Overview

Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing under-served Baltimore City youth with educational, enjoyable, and safe outdoor experiences at no cost to them. BICO is part of a national network of 56 ICO groups that works under the guidance of the Sierra Club. All ICO programming is run entirely by volunteers. Over the last 19 years BICO has organized nearly 550 outings, serving almost 6,000 youth. Outings could include trips like: kayaking at Middle Branch Park, hiking at Patapsco Valley State Park, camping at Leakin Park, bicycle riding at Carroll Park, playing disc golf at Druid Hill Park, or bouldering at Rocks State Park. If you are interested in the outdoors and working with youth, BICO is a great place to volunteer.

There are four agencies that work with BICO each runs on average a trip a month from September – May.

1. Digital Harbor High School – If you would like to work with older youth (14-18) and take part in more physically challenging adventures this may be the agency for you. This agency also has an active after school bicycle club that BICO facilitates that traditional meets on Wednesday afternoons.Located in Federal Hill. Nicole Veltre is the agency leader.

2. Mi Espacia – This agency is a community center for primarily High School youth (14-18). Many of the participants are bi-lingual. Being able to speak conversational Spanish would be helpful if volunteering at this agency though this is not a requirement. This agency does 3- 4 trips per year. Located in Fells Point. Gina Baez is the agency leader.

3. Paul’s Place – At this agency youth participants are usually in Middle School (11-14). The staff at Paul’s Place are very active with BICO activities. Located in Pigtown. Jeff White is the agency leader.

4. Southwest Baltimore Charter School – Participating youth are predominantly from 4th and 5th grade (10-11) with a few older Middle Grade students attending too. Skill development is a core tenant of this program, teaching youth how to have fun outdoors in a safe and productive manner. Located in Pigtown. Brad Hunter is the agency leader.

BioEYES: The Carnegie Institution for Science

BioEYES is a K-12 life science outreach and teacher training program that uses a remarkable fish called the zebrafish to get kids excited about science. Volunteer opportunities are available to help BioEYES in public middle school classrooms through Baltimore First. For this opportunity you will interact with kids that are learning genetics, and assist BioEYES Outreach Educators with various tasks. These can include helping students catch fish, use microscopes, help with scientific observations of fish, work on Punnett square problems, graph or analyze data, or by asking probing questions provided by the program. Training is provided. Opportunities to teach are available to committed volunteers. Volunteers who are in a school more than three times/month must complete a background check and fingerprinting.

Carmine Garden

Carmine Garden is a community garden in the westernmost part of Baltimore City. Obtained through the cities adopt-a-lot program, Carmine Garden functions with the support of the Franklintown community association, community members, and two volunteer garden coordinators. At Carmine, volunteers assist with developing garden infrastructure, assisting community members with maintaining and beautifying their plots, general maintenance of the garden, and the planting and harvesting of fresh produce, which is shared between community members.

Civic Works

Civic Works is an urban farming program that works to turn vacant and abandoned lots into community gardens and green spaces with the goal of creating a more sustainable, economically viable, environmentally responsible agriculture sector in Baltimore. Civic Works also works to combat the growing problem of food insecurity in the Baltimore Community. Volunteers at Civic Works will work on existing urban farms to cultivate various crops for the community.

Hampden Elementary/Middle School

JHU Sharing Languages is an after-school foreign language program at Hampden for elementary school students. Each week, we teach basic language courses to children grades 3-5 to introduce them to language fundamentals in an engaging manner, with interactive games and cultural activities. We hope to inspire a love of language and appreciation of different cultures at a young age, so students can grow up with a greater cultural understanding in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

Keswick Multi-Care Center

Keswick is a facility that provides a multitude of services to the elderly such as rehabilitation, long-term care, and health services.

Volunteers at Keswick will:

  • help transport residents downstairs to the dining facility.
  • help serve the residents lunch and dessert.
  • have the opportunity to socialize with the residents.
  • coordinate transportation to and from the dining facility with nursing staff.

Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens

More information coming soon.

Paul’s Place

Paul’s Place is a community outreach center designed to help the homeless and those in need. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity, and growth. Volunteers at Paul’s Place will assist in the center’s Marketplace, a clothing bank designed to provide those in need with the experience of shopping for their own clothes.

Reading Partners

More information coming soon.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center

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. This program provides disadvantaged youth and families living below poverty in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood, ages 5 to 18, with the opportunity to receive academic enrichment, one-on-one tutoring, attend educational seminars and workshops, participate in our dance, art and music groups, and establish valuable relationships with caring and responsible individuals who will serve as positive role models in their lives.The after school program is at no cost to youth and families and is held at the Center Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:15 pm during the school year with snacks and dinner provided. The program can accommodate on average, 60 children at a time. Volunteers will support all facets of the The Power Project.

The Commodore John Rodgers School

There are few different volunteer opportunities with the Bulldog Basketball School at the Commodore John Rodgers School as described below.

Tutoring:

  • help with homework (elementary or middle school subjects, math, language arts, science, social studies)
  • help write high school application essays
  • help fill out high school applications
  • do self-adapting math and language arts lessons on a computer website called iReady

Basketball Practice:

  • assist with basketball practice
  • rebound for the shooters
  • act as the passer for the shooters
  • act as “dummy” defenders
  • monitor skills and maintain quality control

Basketball Games:

  • keep the scoreboard during a game
  • collect entrance fees at games
  • sell concessions at games
  • help clean gym after games.

The Community School

More information coming soon.

The League for People with Disabilities (Club 1111)

Club 1111: is Maryland’s first and only nightclub for people with disabilities that includes DJs, dancing, spa, games, and much more! The Club provides a place for people within the Baltimore disability community that might not otherwise have such a social opportunity. On the second Saturday of each month, year-round, The League for People with Disabilities’ 50,000 sq foot facility is transformed into a nightclub with the capacity to serve 600+ guests. Volunteers assist with registering guests, staffing snack windows, helping out with the spa, and generally engaging participants and ensuring that each person has the best possible experience.