December 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2016 - Baltimore

 
Donate Your Books
Maryland Book Bank
 
Date/Time: Drop-off is available seven days a week from 9am - 6pm. The building does not have to be open to leave books.
 
Location: The Baltimore Sun Complex (back gate) - 501 North Calvert St., Baltimore

In schools and homes all over Maryland, the Maryland Book Bank works tirelessly to ensure that every child has the educational resources needed to become a successful and proficient reader. Your support will help us continue to provide books to children, classrooms, and organizations serving those in need. We need and accept ALL KINDS of books, whether they are for children or adults! Please do not donate books that are damaged or moldy. The facility does not have to be open for you to leave your books on the loading dock. Please leave your donation on the dock packed in boxes. Your donation of books is tax deductible and we are able to provide tax receipts for your records. Books Pick-Up is available for a fee: City Pick-Up $25; Baltimore County Pick-Up $40; Other Counties Pick-Up $60.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: bookbank@marylandbookbank.org or 410.598.1771
www.marylandbookbank.org

 
 
Presents for Pets
Maryland SPCA
 
Date/Time: Drop-off hours through December:
  • SPCA Adoption Center: Monday & Tuesday, 2:30 - 6:30pm; Wednesday through Friday, noon - 5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 4pm
  • Project Adopt, White Marsh Mall: Friday, 1- 7pm; Saturday, 11am - 7pm; Sunday, 11am - 5pm
Location: Two drop-off locations.
  • SPCA Adoption Center, 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore
  • White Marsh Mall Project Adopt, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., Baltimore
Throughout December, The Maryland SPCA is collecting toys for the cats and dogs in their adoption center. The goal is to collect enough toys in one month to entertain the homeless animals in our shelter throughout the coming year by filling our sleigh! You can help by bringing new cat and dog toys and treats to the Maryland SPCA. Some of the toys the pets like best are Kongs, Buster Cubes, toy mice (without catnip), and plush squeaky toys. Providing toys for the animals is more than a nice touch. Having toys and treats in the shelter environment helps socialize pets, reduces stress, and improves health. Pet donations can also be ordered directly from our Amazon Wish List. Items will be delivered to the pets at the Maryland SPCA.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact:
410.235.8826
www.mdspca.org



Learn more about
helping care for animals

 
Collect Needed Items for Hope for All
Hope for All
 
Date/Time: Ongoing. Donation drop-off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between
9:30am and 3pm
 
Location: Hope Central, 122 Roesler Rd., Glen Burnie

HOPE for All is a Christian ministry which provides furniture, housewares, clothing, and personal items to families and individuals without sufficient economic resources. During the holiday season, Hope for All is collecting donations of children's pajamas, diapers (sizes 3 to 5), socks and underwear (all sizes and genders), cribs and/or pack & plays. Click here to view a full list of needed items.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Leo Zerhusen, 410.766.0372 or hopeforall72@gmail.com
www.hopeforall.us
 
 
Holiday Gift Center
The Family Tree
 
Date/Time: Open daily for drop-offs from 9am - 9pm through December 12
 
Location: 2108 North Charles St., Baltimore

The Family Tree is Maryland's leading child abuse and neglect prevention center, providing the education and support parents need to raise healthy, productive children. Each December, The Family Tree organizes a Holiday Gift Center for vulnerable families who participate in our programs. Parents and caregivers sign up to meet with our shopping helpers and are given the opportunity to choose gifts for their children - at no cost to them. But we need your help in getting new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 0-16. View the full wish list here.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Stephanie Jacobs, 410.889.2300 or sjacobs@familytreemd.org
www.familytreemd.org  
 
 
Kitchen Assistant/Meal Preparation
Moveable Feast
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 8am - 3pm; Thursday evening, 5:30 - 8pm
 
Location: 901 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore

The mission of Moveable Feast is to foster a community that cares for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering nutritious meals and groceries and providing nutritional counseling and other services. Kitchen Assistant volunteers typically help with:
  • Food preparation tasks such as washing and chopping produce, seasoning proteins, and mixing sides
  • Portioning, packaging, and sorting meals for delivery
  • Cleaning up and stocking the pantry.
Ages: Families with children at least 14 years old are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Angie Elliott, 410.327.3420 x31 or aelliott@mfeast.org. Registration is available online
www.mfeast.org  

 
Food Drive, Homemade Greetings, & Scarf Collection
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Ongoing through December. Please call for drop-off hours.
 
Location: 515 South Haven St., Baltimore

This holiday season, Meals on Wheels is looking for families to donate shelf-stable/non-perishable food to assist their neediest clients. Families with young children can also create a card with cardstock, construction paper, or any other craft items to be delivered to a senior in the community. Include a little information about yourself and decorate it however you like! Cards can be for an upcoming holiday or season, or just to say hello! Please exclude last names and please be mindful of others' religious beliefs. Do you knit or crochet? Meals on Wheels could use your help to make a difference in a homebound person's life by donating a hand-made knit or crocheted scarf. We are collecting scarves to distribute to our home-bound clients during the winter months. By December, we would like to have over 1,200 scarves - help us reach our goal! Scarves should be at least 6" x 60". Please feel free to use any pattern or stitch that you like!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Elle Falk, 443.573.0923 or falk@mowcm.org
www.mealsonwheelsmd.org
 


Learn more about
helping the elderly

 
Housewarming Basket Assembly
Catholic Charities of Maryland
 
Date/Time: Call in advance to schedule a drop-off date
 
Location: Weinberg Housing and Resource Center 620 Fallsway, Baltimore

The Weinberg Housing and Resource Center serves hundreds of Baltimore's most vulnerable individuals each day. We give these items to WHRC residents moving into their own permanent housing. A complete basket includes the following items, assembled in a laundry basket or a large trash can. At this time, we are only accepting full baskets with ALL the included items in the first section. Items listed in the optional section are welcomed but not required.
  • 1 set of twin blankets, sheets, pillow, and pillowcase
  • 1 bath towel and 1 washcloth
  • 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 knives, 2 spoons, and 2 cups
  • 1 pot and 1 pan
  • 1 shower curtain and 1 set of rings
  • 2 dish towels, 2 oven mitts
  • 1 pack of hangers
  • 10-20 cans or boxes of non-perishable food
Optional items you can include in your basket:
  • Air mattress, or a bed
  • Cleaning products (1 each of Lysol disinfectant spray, 1 broom and dustpan, pack of sponges, dish detergent, all-purpose cleaner, mop, etc.)
  • 1 floor mat for the shower
  • 2 packs of simple t-shirts
  • 1 container of laundry detergent
  • 1 toiletry kit
  • 1 microwave
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 coffeemaker, 1 pack filters, 2 packages coffee
  • 1 can opener
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: volunteerWHRC@cc-md.org
www.catholicharities-md.org

 
 

Giving Plates
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Your own home or community location


Making some baked goods to bring along to a holiday gathering? You and your family can bake up some extra treats to share as a holiday gift with new or isolated neighbors, sick or stressed friends, or even service providers you meet on a regular basis, like the mail carrier or school bus driver. Then your family can design giving plates to place your home baked goodies on as part of your gift! Visit the Doing Good Together Design a Giving Plate for directions to make your plates and for additional ideas and reflection questions
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.DoingGoodTogether.org
 
 
Thank You for Your Giving
 
During this season of thanks, we want to thank each one of you for your commitment to making a positive difference in your communities. We are especially thankful for all the families who are living our mission of kindness and volunteering by using these monthly lists to find local volunteering opportunities. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. If you believe these lists are a value to you and your family, please include Doing Good Together in your #GivingTuesday donations tomorrow or in your year-end giving.
 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2016 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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November 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

November 2016 - Baltimore

 
Wish List Donations
House of Ruth of Maryland
 
Date/Time: Ongoing - Monday through Friday, noon - 8pm; no appointment necessary. NO SATURDAY OR SUNDAY DROP-OFF.
 
Location: Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center, 2311 Argonne Dr., Baltimore

The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. Your family can help by gathering items that are very much in need for House of Ruth residents. They have an immediate need for baby supplies and toys, new socks and undergarments for women and children, and bed linens. Check their wish list for other needed items. Please review these Donation Guidelines before collecting your donations.

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 410.554.8449 or info@hruthmd.org
 
 
Assemble Comfort & Toiletry Kits
Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Open for drop-offs seven days a week from 9am - 9pm
 
Location: 635 West Lexington St., Baltimore

Help us provide families at the Ronald McDonald House with a little extra comfort! Create a toiletry kit with a personal touch. These kits are placed in each bedroom for families to use during their stay at the house. To prepare a kit, please use the following guidelines: Kits should be neatly wrapped in transparent wrap and gathered at the top with a ribbon, string, or twist tie. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY TYPE OF MEDICATIONS & ALL ITEMS MUST BE CHILD SAFE.

Comfort Kits:
  • Idea #1: Wrap a new towel set (bath towel, hand towel, face cloth) in a ribbon or a gift bag. Include a note of encouragement.
  • Idea #2: Wrap a new bathrobe with slippers in a ribbon or gift bag. Include a note of encouragement.
  • Idea #3: Make a 'Goodie Bag' with a variety of candies, gum, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, mints, playing cards, crossword puzzles, pens, etc. Package items neatly and include a note of encouragement.
Toiletry Kits:
  • Priority Contents for toiletry kits are (travel sizes only): Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Bath Soap
  • Additional Contents: Mouthwash, Toothbrush/ Toothpaste/Floss, Razor and Shaving Cream, Deodorant, etc.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Amber Rose, arose@rmhcbaltimore.org or 410.528.1010


Learn more about
helping people with
serious illness 

 
Flashlight "Seize the Night" Sleep-Out
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5, 4pm, through Sunday, November 6, 9am
 
Location: Timonium Fairgrounds (Infield) 2200 York Rd., Timonium

The mission of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is to ensure that those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential. They provide a variety of programs and services for people in Baltimore who are struggling with poverty. You can help raise awareness and funds for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore by participating in the Flashlight sleep out. Flashlight is a fundraising event powered by St. Vincent de Paul that challenges individuals, families, and teams to sleep-out to provide support and raise funds to help fight homelessness in Baltimore. On this special night, there will be music, entertainment, and fun games and activities. Click here to learn more!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Overnight/sleepover
 
Contact: eventreply@vincentbaltimore.org, 410.662.0500 ext. 202
 
 
Family Volunteer Day
Ministry Beyond Myself
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 19, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: The Synergy Center 6419 York Rd., Baltimore

Families will collect, donate, and assemble care packages for 150 children and their families living in the Dominican Republic (DR). These families are in dire poverty and unable to buy food on a regular basis. The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has made this even more difficult. Prior to the Family Volunteer Day, families will be encouraged to donate toiletries, school supplies and dry goods. On the service day, families will sort and package the donated items for shipment. The children will make cards with special messages as well as friendship bracelets to be sent to the children in the developing community. There will also be a mini-video presentation to introduce participants to the economic and social structures in the DR and how they impact the families in this nation. Food and drink will be provided to all volunteers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Kristy Herring, info@ministrybeyondmyself.org or 443.796.6402. Registration is available online


Learn more about
fighting global poverty

 
Happy Helpers Meal Preparation
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday in November, 11:30am - 1pm
 
Location: Happy Helpers Headquarters, 1550 Catons Center Dr., Halethorpe

Happy Helpers for the Homeless bring love and necessities directly to homeless and poverty-stricken men, women, and children every Saturday. Families are welcome to meet at our headquarters to make and bag sandwiches. After this, volunteers will head to Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, to distribute sandwiches and other necessities to the needy in the community.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Bobbi Coffman, 443.433.2416 or web@happyhelpersforthehomeless.com
 
 
Happy Helpers Meal Distribution
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
 
Date/Time: Every Sunday in November, 1 - 3:30pm
 
Location: Our Daily Bread, 725 Fallsway, Baltimore

Happy Helpers for the Homeless bring love and necessities directly to homeless and poverty-stricken men, women, and children every Sunday. Families are welcome to meet at Our Daily Bread where we set up their dining room, organize our goods and clothing, and then hand out all that we can to Baltimore's needy.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Bobbi Coffman, 443.433.2416, web@happyhelpersforthehomeless.com
www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com

 
Angel Tree Program/Adopt An Angel
Salvation Army of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: November 14 through December 17
 
Location(s): 
  • White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., Baltimore
  • Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson
  • The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Dr., Towson
  • Hunt Valley Towne Center, 118 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville
The Angel Tree program matches donors with children from qualified families to ensure children receive gifts and clothing during the holidays. Visit one of the malls listed above to choose your Angel. Then:
  • Take one or more Angels from the tree. Keep a list of the codes for the Angels so information can be obtained again if Angels are misplaced.
  • Purchase age and gender-appropriate toys, clothing, and/or special needs items as listed on the coded section of the Angels.
  • Return your unwrapped gifts with the coded section of the Angel attached to the item to the designated location. All items must be returned by the indicated deadline (December 14th for most mall locations; earlier for corporate sponsors) to ensure delivery to Angels by The Salvation Army in time for Christmas.
Feel free to keep the Angel portion of the card and place it on your Christmas tree as an ornament.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Connie Wise, connie.wise@uss.salvationarmy.org
www.salvationarmymwv.org

 
Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
 
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@boxproject.org, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
 
 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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October 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2016 - Baltimore

 
Herring Run Park Tree Planting
Blue Water Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 1, 9am - noon
 
Location: 4800 Parkside Dr., Baltimore

Get your hands dirty for clean water! Join Blue Water Baltimore for a volunteer tree planting. We will provide the trees, gloves, tools, and training. Our tree planting projects are rain or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Wear clothes and sturdy (closed-toe) shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet. Please bring a water bottle.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: volunteer@bluewaterbaltimore.org. Registration is available online.
www.bluewaterbaltimore.org

 
 
Harvest Helpers Volunteer Event
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 15, 9am - noon
 
Location: First Fruits Farms 2025 Freeland Rd., Freeland

Bring your family and friends for a Harvest Helpers volunteer event at First Fruits Farms. Together, we'll roll up our sleeves and harvest produce for our neighbors in need of healthy fruits and vegetables. 

Ages: Families with children are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact:
Beth Littrell at beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.

 
Prepare Meals/Casserole Donation for Families
St. Vincent de Paul - Sarah's Hope, Hannah More
 
Date/Time: Ongoing; contact Lauren Keane to schedule a drop-off time . Lunch is served seven days a week.
 
Location: 12041 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown

Sarah's Hope, Hannah More has opportunities for those in the community to bring in home-cooked dinners and fresh lunches for its residents. Meal donors can choose to either drop off the meal in advance or stay to serve it to shelter residents if there is availability. We typically serve 30 adults and 45 children at dinner, and for lunches we usually have 20 adults and 20 children. Volunteers can cook and donate food several ways:
  • Schedule a day (only on weekends) to bring items to cook a hot meal (and possibly serve too!)
  • Donate cooked casseroles that can be frozen and used for either inclement weather or when we don't have volunteers
  • Bake some delicious desserts to go with our donated dinners
  • Donate healthy treats for our after-school snack time
  • Participate in a food drive in your neighborhood, school, church or other community group. There is a food drive sheet available as we no longer except canned vegetables because we use frozen and fresh.
You can either use your own recipes or take advantage of our cooking guide that includes sample recipes. This is a great project for an individual, family, youth group, social club, or other mid-large group of volunteers! Meals can be donated one time, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact:  Lauren Keane, lauren.keane@vincentbaltimore.org
www.vincentbaltimore.org

 
 
Donation Wish List Giving
Empower410
 
Date/Time: Contact Casey to schedule a drop-off time.
 
Location: Empower410 is located in Carney, MD. Donors will be given the exact address when they schedule a drop-off time.
 
Empower410 inspires hope and promotes health in at-risk homeless children under 18 years of age in the Baltimore-metropolitan area through wellness education, health, and fitness lessons, and provisions of adequate resources. Families can help by donating items to Empower410. Specific items that are currently needed include: Travel-sized personal care products, Twin sheet sets, Diapers/wipes, and Formula.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Casey, donations@empower410.com  
www.empower410.com  
 
 
Kibble Connection
Maryland SPCA
 
Date/Time: Drop-off donations during business hours:
  • Monday and Tuesday, 2:30 - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday through Friday, noon - 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Location: Morton Gorn Center for Animal Adoption 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore

The Maryland SPCA collects donations of pet food and kitty litter from the public for Kibble Connection, a program that provides pet food to local Meals on Wheels clients. Maryland SPCA accepts pet food in unopened containers and bags. The Maryland SPCA collects pet food donations from the public and packages everything for Meals on Wheels clients. Meals on Wheels picks up and delivers the pet food to their clients with their meals.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Katie Flory 410.235.8826 ext. 136 or katie@mdspca.org
www.mdspca.org

 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF
 
Date/Time: The 2016 UNICEF campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
 

Location:
Check the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF website for donation instructions

Add a giving component to your child's trick or treat experience! When children Trick or Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help add up to lifesaving change for children. UNICEF helps improve the health and wellness of children in over 150 countries and territories. You can help your children learn about issues facing other kids around the world including education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. Visit the Doing Good Together Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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September 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2016 - Baltimore

 
Fall Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 10, 8am - 2pm
 
Location: Registration will be at 2408 Plainfield Road, Dundalk

Rain or Shine, we clean up the section of Historic Bread and Cheese Creek from the Berkshire Area to North Point Road. This event will be run in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancies annual International Coastal Cleanup and American River's Nation River Cleanup as well as Reclaim the Bay! We run our cleanups as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. Every person of every ability level is welcome to contribute and assist with the cleanup. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snacks set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them. Learn more online.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: As long or as little as you're able to stay
 
Contact: info@breadandcheesecreek.org or 410.285.1202
 
 
International Coastal Cleanup at Masonville Cove
The National Aquarium
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 17, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center - 1000 Frankfurst, Ave., Baltimore

Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) to remove harmful marine debris from the shoreline at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center campus. Learn about sources and effects of marine debris, and what you can do to help! Debris data collected at this event will contribute to the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.
 
Ages: Must be at least 10 years old. All volunteers under 18 will need to be supervised by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours. Registration is required and is available online.
 
Contact: conserve@aqua.org or 410.576.1014
www.aqua.org
 
 
Dogfest Walk-a-Thon and Festival
The Baltimore Humane Society
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 17. You can sign up for different shifts but the main two shifts we need covered are from 8:30am - 1pm and noon - 5pm
 
Location: 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown

The Baltimore Humane Society is hosting its annual fundraiser Dogfest Walk-a-thon and Festival. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year! It is lots of fun for the dogs and the whole family. Activities include games, Walk-a-thon, crafts, dog swim, contests and much more. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt! Jobs include running a game for the dogs like bowling, 20 yard dash or paw painting; directing cars into the parking lot, dumping trash boxes, selling merchandise, working at the kid craft table, or holding leashes while people use port-a-pots.
 
Ages: Volunteers under the age of 14 need to be accompanied by a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Four and one-half to five hours
 
Contact: Danielle Kirchstein at volunteer@bmorehumane.org. If you are interested please register online.
 
 
Community Cleanup Beans & Bread Center
St. Vincent de Paul's Beans & Bread Center
 
Date/Time: Friday, September 23, 1 - 4:30pm
 
Location: 400 South Bond St., Baltimore

Help beautify and promote a cleaner, safer community in the Fells Point area. The Beans & Bread Center is a homeless day resource program that serves 300 people daily with meals, healthcare, showers, laundry, employment services, case management, housing referrals and placements, mail receipt, and telephone access. This event includes a 30-minute tour of Beans & Bread facility, volunteer registration and assignments, and the actual cleanup. Dress comfortably in attire you won't mind getting dirty. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Supplies and tools will be provided.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Catherine David, catherine.david@vincentbaltimore.org. Registration is available online
 
 
Help Cleanup Bear Stream Creek
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Intersection of Lynch and Park Haven Road (near the pumping station), Dundalk

This event will be run in conjunction with American Rivers, Trash Free Maryland, National Public Lands Day and the Ocean Conservancy as part of annual International Coastal Cleanup Event. We run our cleanups as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. Every person of every ability level is welcome to contribute and assist with the cleanup. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snacks set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them. Learn more online.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Stay for as long or as little as you'd like. Volunteers are also needed to arrive early and stay later to help with setup and breakdown.

Contact: info@breadandcheesecreek.org or 410.285.1202
www.breadandcheesecreek.org

 
Magic Mail Center
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Set up in your own home

Creating a Magic Mail Center in your home can make it easy to keep kindness part of your family's fall routine! As your fall family schedule gets busy, keep this simple worksheet on hand. When you have unexpected free time, send a letter and make a difference. Visit the Doing Good Together project page to for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As we start Back-To-School Season, let's remind our kids about the importance of kindness. We're making it easy to deliver this message with our new Doing Good Together™ Infographic that offers insight and ideas for making kindness a priority! 

Presented in a problem/solution format, with relevant stats, fun graphics, and easy-to-find links, we encourage you to post, pin, tweet, and share this graphic with your circle of friends, family, and educators. You can find this graphic on our website, along with other compelling articles on why kindness matters and why DGT matters too. Thanks for sharing DGT™ with others!
 
 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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July 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2016 - Baltimore

 
Super Summer Series: Homeless Heroes
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 6, 10am - noon
 
Location: Wegman's - Columbia. 8855 McGaw Rd., Columbia

Volunteers will assemble toiletry bags to give to men and women experiencing homelessness.

Ages: Families with children all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Please register in advance. Click here, scroll down to the Homeless Heroes Volunteer Event, then click on 'Learn More' to register. 
www.uwcm.org
 
 
Stone Soup Volunteer Event
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 9, 9:30 - 11:30am
 
Location: Lighthouse Shelter 10 Hudson St., Annapolis

Bring your whole family and join us to assemble meals for people in need who are guests of Lighthouse Shelter. Inspired by the children's story, Stone Soup, we ask for each family member participating in the event to bring an item from our grocery list. Once you have registered, we will send you a follow up email indicating which ingredients your family should provide. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome, so invite your friends and neighbors to join the fun!
 
Ages:  Families with children all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Please register online in advance.
www.uwcm.org

 
Cleanup of Battle Acre, Northpoint Battlefield Park, and Methodist Meeting House Monument
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 10, 8am - noon
 
Location: Battle Acre Park - 3115 South Northpoint Rd., Dundalk

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed! This cleanup is run as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. We welcome every type of person of every ability level to contribute and assist with the cleanup. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snacks set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with snacks and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them.
 
Ages: Families with children all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Stay for as long or as little as you'd like.

Contact: John Long, 410.285.1202 or info@breadandcheesecreek.org  
www.breadandcheesecreek.org  
 
 
Yoga to Save the Bay
Blue Water Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16, 9 - 10am
 
Location: On the Pier next to Barcocina in Fells Point - 1629 Thames St., Baltimore. There is free-metered parking until 10am.

Beginning in spring and running through early fall you can donate money to take a yoga class with Yoga to Save the Bay, and all the proceeds benefit Blue Water Baltimore and our mission to restore local waterways. So bring your water bottle and yoga mats and let's help make a difference in the growing movement for clean water! Classes will be held in Fells Point on the Pier next to Barcocina. No registration is required to participate in the class. Click here for more information. 

Ages: Families with children all ages are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Katie Dix, 410.254.1577 or kdix@bluewaterbaltimore.org
www.bluewaterbaltimore.org

 
 
Harvest Helpers Volunteer Event at First Fruits Farm
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 23, 9am - noon
 
Location: 2025 Freeland Rd., Freeland

Volunteers will pick produce straight from the fields that will provide fresh, healthy food to those in need.

Ages: Families with children all ages are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment:
Three hours

Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Please register in advance. Click here, scroll down to the Harvest Helpers Volunteer Event, then click on 'Learn More' to register. 
 
 
Adopt a Local Student
United Way of Central Maryland

Date/Time: Now through July 31

Location: Contact Beth Littrell for more information.

Provide a Baltimore City student with a uniform, shoes, and school supplies to return to school in the fall prepared for learning.

Ages: Families with children all ages are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org.
www.uwcm.org  

 
Volunteer Baker
Moveable Feast
 
Date/Time: Dessert drop-off is Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm
 
Location: 901 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore. Main entrance is at the corner of Milton Ave. and Eager St.

Moveable Feast provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. Volunteers are needed to bake desserts at home and drop them off at Moveable Feast so that we may distribute them to our clients. All desserts must be individually portioned and packaged with a full list of ingredients attached.

Ages: Families with children all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Melissa Taylor, mtaylor@mfeast.org   
www.mfeast.org  
 
 
Host a Fundraiser
 
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
 
Location: Anywhere in your community
 

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

*Please note: Our DGT™ website features affiliate links to Amazon, which allows DGT™ to earn advertising fees on purchases made from those pages. Thank you!

 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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June 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2016 - Baltimore

 
Our Daily Bread Hot Meal Program
Our Daily Bread
 
Date/Time: Flexible. Call the volunteer hotline at 443.986.9031 to schedule drop-off.
 
Location: 725 Fallsway, Baltimore

You and your children can help continue Our Daily Bread's tradition of daily meal service to those in need by making and donating casseroles. Casserole assembly is an easy, fun family activity, and a good way to teach your children to help those less fortunate. Families can become regular monthly casserole donors if interested. Find specific casserole recipes and more information online.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Kim Kahl, 443.986.9031 or kkahl@cc-md.org   
www.catholiccharities-md.org/our-daily-bread/
 
 
BioBlitz at Masonville Cove
National Aquarium & Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 18, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, 1000 Frankfurst Ave, Baltimore

Bioblitz is an all day event where scientists, naturalists, students, teachers, families, and other volunteers work together to find, identify, and record as many living organisms that can be found in a specific habitat. By combining biological fieldwork and education, a bioblitz inspires stewardship in the local community. With the help of local experts, Masonville Cove BioBlitz volunteers will conduct a biological survey of the Cove through hands-on activities, and learn about the actions needed to protect wildlife.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be at least 5 years old. All volunteers younger than18 years old will need to be supervised by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: conserve@acqua.org or 410.576.1014. Pre-registration is required for this event. Registration is available online.
www.aqua.org
 
 
Sandwich Squad Volunteer Event
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 21, 10am - noon
 
Location: Wegmans in Bel Air - 21 Wegmans Blvd, Abingdon
 
Volunteers will make bagged lunches to help those in need.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
www.uwcm.org   
 
 
Lynch Cove Run Stream Cleanup
Clean Bread & Cheese Creek
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 9am - 2pm. Registration is between 8 and 9am.
 
Location: 1799 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk. Cleanup will be located in the stream alongside the parking lot of the Merritt Park Baptist Church and running downstream from there.

Volunteer for the cleanup of Lynch Cover Run Stream in conjunction with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Annual Project Clean Stream! Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed! Help us remove the trash before it flows into Bear Creek, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean! Every piece of trash removed is a small victory to be celebrated! This cleanup is run as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate.  Every person of every ability level is welcome to contribute and assist with the cleanup. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snacks set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them. 
 
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers can stay for as long or as little as they like. A brief five-minute orientation is given prior to the start of the event.
 
Contact: John Long, 410.285.1202, info@breadandcheesecreek.org
www.breadandcheesecreek.org

 
Harvest Helpers Volunteer Event at First Fruits Farm
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 9am - noon
 
Location: 2025 Freeland Rd., Freeland

Have a green thumb? Have kids that like to dig in the dirt and get their hands dirty? Or perhaps you're looking to get that perfect farmer's tan? If so, our Families Living United Harvest Helpers volunteer event is for you. Bring your family and friends to harvest produce that will be donated to families in need as a part of our efforts to keep communities healthy.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
www.uwcm.org

 
 
Sandwich Squad Volunteer Event
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Monday, June 27, 10am - noon
 
Location: Wegmans in Hunt Valley - 122 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley
 
Volunteers will make bagged lunches to help those in need.

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
www.uwcm.org   
 
 
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: All summer long
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
 
Ages: Preschool to teen
 
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodogether.org
 
 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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May 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2016 - Baltimore

 
Stone Soup Volunteer Event - Baltimore County
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Rd., Lutherville-Timonium

Bring your whole family and join us to assemble meals for people in need who are guests of Epiphany Episcopal Church. Inspired by the children's story, Stone Soup, we ask for each family member participating in the event to bring an item from our grocery list. Once you have registered, we will send you a follow-up email indicating which ingredients your family should provide.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
www.uwcm.org

 
Stone Soup Volunteer Event - Harford County
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 8:30 - 10:30am
 
Location: To be determined. Email beth.littrell@uwcm.org for more information.

Bring your whole family and join us to assemble meals for people in need. Inspired by the children's story, Stone Soup, we ask for each family member participating in the event to bring an item from our grocery list. Once you have registered, we will send you a follow-up email indicating which ingredients your family should provide.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org  
www.uwcm.org 
 
 
Stansbury Park & Pond Cleanup
Clean Bread & Cheese Creek
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 9am - 2pm. Registration opens at 8am.
 
Location: 7800 Stansbury Road, Dundalk. Registration will be located at or near the pavilion. Look for the registration tents and the "Clean Bread and Cheese Creek" banners.

In celebration of National Kids to Park Day, please help cleanup this beautiful park and pond because every child deserves a safe, clean place to play in and experience nature. This cleanup is run as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. Every person of every ability level is welcome to contribute and assist with the cleanup.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Sorting recyclables from the debris removed.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snacks set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers can stay for as long or as little as they like. There will be a brief five-minute orientation prior to the start of the event
 
Contact: John Long, 410.285.1202 or info@breadandcheesecreek.org
www.breadandcheesecreek.org

 
 
Community Garden Volunteer
Park Heights Community Health Alliance, Inc
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28; 10am - 2pm
 
Location: 4151 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore

The Park Heights Community Health Alliance Urban Oasis Program promotes sustainability and consumer benefits of the local food movement in the Park Heights area. Volunteers are needed to help with their vegetable garden. Duties could include planning workshops for the community, weeding, mulching, community beautification, and maintenance. No previous experience necessary. Gloves, tools, and water will be provided. Volunteers should wear shoes and clothes they do not mind getting dirty.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: One-hour minimum. Registration is available online.
 
Contact: Ijeoma Agwu, 410.542.8190 or iagwu@phcha.org.  
www.phcha.org

 
 
Ronald McDonald House Mailbox Cubby Goodie Bags
Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Ongoing - any day of the week, 9am - 9pm
 
Location: 635 West Lexington St, Baltimore

Each family staying at the Ronald McDonald House has a mailbox cubby that can be stuffed with gifts from our community. It's such a wonderful treat for the families to see their cubbies filled with goodies when they come back from the hospital; it really brightens their day! Be creative. Think of something you would like to receive or something you would want to send to a loved one. Here are some examples of great cubby stuffers:
  • Handmade Gifts: If you're feeling crafty, make stuffed animals, picture frames, greeting cards or any other creations to brighten up our families' day.
  • Small Gifts: Individually wrapped snacks or toiletries always make a great gift!
  • Snack Bags: Fill gift/lunch bags with water, juice boxes, chips, fruit snacks, granola bars or other non-perishable food items. Families can take these with them to the hospitals for a mid-day treat!
  • Child Activity Bags: Fill gift/lunch bags with crayons, markers, stickers, activity pads, coloring books or other fun activities.
  • Adult Goody Bags: Fill gift/lunch bags with pens, pencils, paper, note cards, crossword or other puzzle books, or other gifts just for parents.
  • Notes: Write notes of encouragement to the families and children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Please keep in mind that all goodies must be new. Gender-neutral items are best. We encourage volunteers to bring enough items to stuff 36 cubbies.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Amber Rose, arose@rmhcbaltimore.org or 410.528.1010 ext. 106
www.rmhcbaltimore.org

 
 
Kids for Kids Sending Sunshine
Project Sunshine
 
Date/Time: Contact Tara to discuss specific volunteer projects
 
Location: Completed projects are sent to local hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, University of Maryland Children's Hospital, and Gilchrist Kids.

Project Sunshine volunteers assemble creative arts and crafts activity packages, create Sunny Gram cards, organize toy and book drives, and sew Surgi Dolls and other materials for children facing medical challenges. Upon completion, these items are sent to local pediatric medical facilities that have requested them for their young patients.
  • Craft Kits: Assemble individualized Craft Kits for a young patient to make a specific craft. The kits allow a child to be creative, use his or her imagination, and keep him or her from getting bored in the hospital! Craft Kits are customized based on seasons, and patient ages. Suggested for volunteers ages 8 and up.
  • Sunny Grams: Design a greeting card to brighten up a child's day. You can include a funny joke, or draw a picture. Suggested for volunteers ages 3 to 7.
  • Surgi Dolls: Help create and sew Surgi Dolls, which help children prepare for surgery and other medical procedures. This activity is recommended with adult supervision. Suggested for volunteers ages 12 and up.
  • Fundraisers: Hold a fundraiser at your school or community center. Host a lemonade sale, battle of the bands, bake sale, or walk-a-thon. Raising money helps Project Sunshine to provide important programming nationwide that lets hospitalized children forget about their illnesses and have fun!
  • Collection Drives: Many hospitals are in need of NEW books, games, toys, child friendly band-aids, and a variety of other supplies. These items serve as a distraction from hospital routine and help put a smile on a child's face. Please note that all materials must be NEW.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, volunteers should organize a minimum of one Sending Sunshine project.
 
Contact: Tara Pokras at 212.354.8035 or tara@projectsunshine.org  
www.projectsunshine.org
 
 
Host Families for High School International Exchange Students
International Student Exchange
 
Date/Time: Students arrive in August and January, and stay five months, ten months or one year and attend local public high schools.
 
Location: Your home and community

ISE is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values. Host families are expected to provide basic room and board. Students coming to the United States through ISE will arrive with spending money and health insurance. Students may share a room with siblings of the same sex. International students are between the ages of 15 and 18 ½. Host families are assigned a supervising area representative to help you through the entire process from beginning to end. The supervising representative will be with you every step of the way providing extensive guidance and support during the student's exchange program.

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome. An adult over the age of 25 must be part of the household.
 
Time Commitment: Five months, ten months or one year.
 
Contact: Lisa, 800.766.4656x103 for additional information or referral to a local representative. Click here for the link to becoming a host family.
www.iseusa.org
 
 
Download DGT's Feelings Flashcards and Play Empathy-Building Games
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Download and print our Feelings Flashcards and use them to play a variety of games that help kids of all ages recognize and converse about different emotions.
 
Ages: Preschool on up
 
Time Commitment: Games will take 15 to 60 minutes.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

For your next reunion, company party, or school gathering, help your organization help others! Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fairs allow groups of all ages to serve others in a two-hour fair-style event. Attendees come together to do simple and fun hands-on projects that benefit nonprofit organizations. Want to host a fun fair of your own? Our Family Service Fair Manual with Online Toolkit has everything you need to get started.

 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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April 2016 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2016 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2016 - Baltimore

 
Saturday Sandwich Making
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday, 11:30am - 2pm, except April 9
 
Location: Happy Helpers Headquarters 1550 Caton Center Drive, Suite L, Halethorpe

Happy Helpers for the Homeless is an all-volunteer organization. Each weekend, they engage young people, their parents, and organizations in preparing food and goods for the needy. Volunteers are needed to make and bag sandwiches at Happy Helpers headquarters. After the sandwiches are made, volunteers are welcome to head to Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, where some of the sandwiches and other goodies are distributed to the needy.

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer. Sandwich-making activities are appropriate for younger children.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Bobbi, 443.433.2416 or happyhelpersforthehomeless1@yahoo.com. Please call in advance if you will be volunteering with a group of 5 or more.
www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com
 
 
Sunday Meal Service at Our Daily Bread
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
 
Date/Time: Every Sunday, 1:40 - 3:30pm
 
Location: Our Daily Bread, 725 Fallsway Rd, Baltimore
 
Happy Helpers for the Homeless is an all-volunteer organization. On Sundays, they serve sandwiches, dessert, and drinks to Baltimore's needy. They also distribute canned goods, toiletries, and clothing. If you have items to donate, you can bring them with you when you come to volunteer.
 
Ages: All ages welcome, but suggested minimum age is eight years old.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately two hours

Contact: Bobbi, 443.433.2416 or happyhelpersforthehomeless1@yahoo.com. Please call in advance if you will be volunteering with a group of 5 or more.
www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com 
 
 
Tree Planting
Blue Water Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 9am - noon. Please arrive on time to receive direction and to watch a demonstration of the tasks before getting started.
 
Location: Beechfield Elementary/Middle School, 301 S. Beechfield Ave, Baltimore

Get your hands dirty for clean water! Join Blue Water Baltimore for a volunteer tree planting event. They will provide the trees, gloves, tools, and training. Tree planting projects are held rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather. Wear clothes and sturdy (closed-toe) shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet. Please bring a water bottle.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. First timers, groups and families welcome.
 
Time Commitment: A three-hour shift is encouraged, but we understand that circumstances might mean that a family needs to leave early.
 
Contact: Katie Dix, 410-254-1577 ext. 100 or kdix@bluewaterbaltimore.org. Registration is available online. Please let them know if you are a Baltimore TreeKeeper.
www.bluewaterbaltimore.org

 
Park and Shoreline Cleanup!
Clean Bread & Cheese Creek
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Bear Creek Park, at the intersection of Park Haven and Melbourne Road in Dundalk. Registration will be located at the intersection of Park Haven and Gray Haven Road (Near Bear Creek Elementary School). Look for the registration tents and the "Clean Bread and Cheese Creek" banners.

Help clean up the park and historic shoreline of Bear Creek. This cleanup is run as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including:
  • Digging out shopping carts and hauling trash to the dumpsters.
  • Running water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek.
  • Sorting recyclables from the debris that is removed.
  • Assisting with registration, food and snack set-up, as well as many other less strenuous activities.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch, snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them. This cleanup will be run in conjunction with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Annual Project Clean Stream Event and American Rivers. Learn more about the cleanup event here.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers can volunteer for as long or as little as they like. A brief five-minute orientation will be given prior to the start of the event.
 
Contact: John Long, 410.285.1202 or info@breadandcheesecreek.org
www.breadandcheesecreek.org
 
 
Earth Day Celebration 2016 - Make A Difference!
Howard County Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 9am - 1pm. There will be a children's craft activity from 11:30am-12:30pm in the picnic area.
 
Location: 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock

Join the Conservancy for this annual day of service where participants will be planting trees in and around stream buffers, removing non-native invasive plants from meadows and woodlands, and cleaning up our streams! Younger children will enjoy the tadpole release. Students can bring their service hour reports for Conservancy staff to sign. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Following your service project, you can visit the nature center and resident animals.

Ages: Families with children age four and up are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Service work events run from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers can stop by to help and leave when they like.
 
Contact: Tabby Fique, 410.465.8877 ext. 109 or tabby.fique@hcconservancy.org. Please contact Tabby to register in advance.
www.hcconservancy.org
 
 
Host an Activity Hour at the Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Can be held any evening of the week Sunday through Saturday, 7 - 8pm
 
Location: 635 West Lexington St, Baltimore

Are you good at crafts or maybe leading a game night? Think of the kinds of things you, your family and friends like to do together in your spare time and come share with our guest families. Organizing a night of karaoke, or bingo or special crafts nights can help keep little ones busy and often provide parents with a little relaxation. Please review these guidelines on how to plan your activity hour.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Amber Rose, arose@rmhcbaltimore.org or 410.528.1010 ext. 106
www.rmhcbaltimore.org
 
 
8th Annual Baltimore Heroes Event
St. Baldrick's Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday April 10, 1 - 6pm
 
Location: Martin's East - 9000 Pulaski Highway, Middle River

The Baldrick's Foundation is the largest volunteer driven charity to fund childhood cancer research in the world. At the Baltimore Heroes event, men, women, and children will shave their heads in solidarity with the children who lose their hair from harsh cancer treatments. All money donated to these brave shavees for their commitment to shave is donated to life-saving childhood cancer research.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Dan Jarkiewicz, 443.865.5937 or jark55@yahoo.com. Register online to be a shavee or a volunteer at the event.
www.stbaldricks.org
 
 
Seeds for Change
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Seeds can be sent to one of the locations on the Family-to-Family Seeds for Change page

You and your family can help a family in need to grow their own food by starting a collection of seed packets. You can raise money through a yard sale or a bake sale and purchase the seeds from your local gardening or hardware store. Visit the Doing Good Together Send Seeds for Change Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.family-to-family.org
 
 
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