February 2017 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2017 - Baltimore

 
Donations Wish List
Hampden Family Center
 
Date/Time: Please call to arrange a donation drop-off time.
 
Location: 800 W. 36th St., Baltimore

The Family Center has served as a "hub" for community activities in Hampden for 21 years. They provide programs and support services for all who live, learn and work in the community. Children enjoy after-school and summer enrichment programs. Adults can participate in literacy classes to brush up on their math, reading and writing skills in preparation for the GED class and exam. And seniors from the community can enjoy monthly lunches with their peers. In addition, they offer emergency and benefit assistance programs. The Family Center welcomes in-kind donations. Click here for their Donations Wish List.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: 410.467.8710 or info@hampdenfamilycenter.org
www.hampdenfamilycenter.org

 
 
Donate Classroom Supplies
Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap
 
Date/Time: Thursdays, 3 - 5:30pm and Saturdays, 11am - 2pm. Donations can be dropped off during open hours - no appointment necessary.
 
Location: 1224 Wicomico Street, Baltimore

Every year, teachers and families spend a significant amount of money on supplies to help students learn. Meanwhile, stockpiles of perfectly good supplies get thrown away or go to waste when they're no longer needed. The Teacher Supply Swap equips teachers and families with educational supplies by repurposing supplies others no longer need. The goal is to reduce the financial burden on teachers and families by redirecting unwanted supplies into their hands. Click here for a list of needed supplies.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Melissa at melissa@teachersupplyswap.org or 443.826.9147
www.teachersupplyswap.org  
 
 
Stone Soup Volunteer Event
United Way of Central Maryland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 8:30 - 10:30am
 
Location: Bel Air United Methodist Church - 21 Linwood Ave., Bel Air

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. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome, so invite your friends and neighbors to join the fun!

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Beth Littrell at beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Family Supper Program and/or Cookie Bake
Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation
 
Date/Time: Call to schedule a date and time
 
Location: Believe in Tomorrow House at St. Casimir - 2712 O'Donnell St., Baltimore

The Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir is the first stand-alone hospital housing facility nationwide to focus exclusively on the long-term housing needs of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their immediate family members. Volunteers are needed for two different programs:
  • Family Supper Program: Prepare a "grab-and-go" meal for our families to enjoy! Families staying here may often not be at the house during mealtime, but appreciate coming back to a pre-prepared meal at a time convenient to their schedule.
  • Cookie Bake: Treat the families of the Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir to delicious homemade goodies.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@believeintomorrow.org or 410.614.2560. Potential volunteers should complete the online volunteer form
http://believeintomorrow.org/
 
 
Mailbox Cubbies for Valentine's Day
Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Open seven days a week, 9am - 9pm
 
Location: 635 W. Lexington St., Baltimore

Each family has a mailbox/cubby that can be stuffed with gifts from the 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.  We encourage volunteers to bring enough items to stuff 36 cubbies. 
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Amber Rose at arose@rmhcbaltimore.org or 410.528.1010 ext. 106
www.rmhcbaltimore.org  
 
 
Write a Letter!
Operation Gratitude
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: All your cards and letters can be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ Care Packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops. Letters are accepted year-round. Right now, we have a special need for those specifically written to our New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. Holiday cards need to be received two to three months prior to the holidays in order for them to reach our service members on time. Once we receive letters it takes us time to screen, sort and assemble them into our care packages and then we have to factor in the shipping time. If your letters will arrive at a later date it will work well to make them general letters of appreciation so that they may be used year round. Don't know where to start? Click here for the Write a Letter flyer.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
www.operationgratitude.com
 
 
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact:
mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 
 
 
WE'RE SHARING STORIES FOR STORIES
Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.
 

 

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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. 
                                                                            

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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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January 2017 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 2017 - Baltimore

 
East Baltimore's MLK Day of Service
The 6th Branch
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: 1100 Brentwood Ave., Baltimore

The 6th Branch is a community of veterans and civilians that believes we can make Baltimore great through community action. For the MLK Day of Service, we will be working at project locations in the Johnston Square community doing light demolition (taking up old parking pads, a cinder block wall, and other things), overgrowth removal and large scale trash pick up, and working on a urban farm. Young children will not work near the demolition projects but they can help in a variety of other ways. We have had families with small children help us in the past as we can find a task that they can do. We provide all the tools and safety equipment needed for the event.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate. All ages. Families & children are absolutely welcome!
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
 
Contact: Colin Lyman, colinlyman@the6thbranch.org. A completed waiver form is required.
www.the6thbranch.org
 
 
Bmore Humane Kids Club/Animal Enrichment Squad Member
Baltimore Humane Society
 
Date/Time: Kids Club Meetings are held once a month on Saturdays (join email list for future dates). The next meeting is Saturday, January 21, 11am - 12:30pm. Volunteers can call to schedule time to Read to the Animals during shelter hours Tuesday through Sunday, noon - 6pm
 
Location: 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown

The Bmore Humane Kids Club is hands-on humane education with innovative games and activities created exclusively for the Baltimore Humane Society. Your child will learn about pet needs, pet safety, and compassionate care of animals at our free monthly Saturday meetings. Club members will make enrichment toys for our shelter pets and engage in exciting animal themes each month including:
  • Dogs, Dog Safety & Clicker Training - learn about dogs, work with robotic dogs, read to shelter dogs, and make enrichment toys for shelter dogs
  • Cats - Learn about the amazing qualities of cats! Visit the cat shelter, read to the cats, and make enrichment toys for shelter cats
  • Rabbits and Other Small Animals - Visit and read to rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals and learn about their care.
Our Bmore Humane Kids can also Read to the Animals:
  • Read any day of the week to a shelter animal and earn a reading credit
  • Each meeting read and earn a reading credit
  • Earn enough credits and read your way to different award levels.
  • Most frequent readers earn a Super Hero to the Pets award.
Ages: Children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to participate with adult supervision
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: education@bmorehumane.org. Register for the next Kids Club Meeting here: https://baltimorehumane.wufoo.com/forms/p9p05l0klr2q8/
www.bmorehumane.org

 
 
Warm Hearts & Warm Coats Drive
Burlington Coat Factory
 
Date/Time: Ongoing through January 23, drop off during store hours
 
Location:  Drop off at the following local Burlington Coat Factory Stores:
    *    Burlington Store 757, 7735 Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore
    *    Burlington Store 91, 6500 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore
    *    Burlington Store 324, 6901 Security Blvd, Baltimore
    *    Burlington Store 215, 1955 East Joppa Rd., Baltimore
    *    Burlington Store 733, 7700 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie

Collect and donate gently used or like-new winter coats to the Warm Hearts & Warm Coats drive. This collaboration is part of an ongoing effort to ensure no individual goes without a warm coat during the cold winter months. Each year the Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Coat Drive relies on the generosity and compassion of Burlington customers across the country. In partnership with ABC's Good Morning America and the national non-profit organization K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Burlington collects gently worn coats in all its store locations and works with local agencies to distribute the coats to those most in need within the community. Having completed its 9th year, the coat drive has collected well over 1.5MM coats!

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 



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helping to fight poverty

 
Pull Tab Program
Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore
 
Date/Time: Ongoing; the house is open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm
 
Location: 635 West Lexington St., Baltimore

Start collecting aluminum pull-tabs from every soda, soup can, and food can! When you're finished collecting, drop off or mail the tabs to the Ronald McDonald house. Ronald McDonald House recycles the tabs and receives a check that is used to pay for gas for the shuttle that takes their families to and from area hospitals. It benefits the families and is a great way to help protect the environment! Click here to learn more about the pull tab program.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Amber Rose at 410.528.1010 ext.106 or arose@rmhcbaltimore.org
www.rmhcbaltimore.org  
 
 
Supply Closet Needs Donation
Harford Family House
 
Date/Time: Ongoing - open hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

Location: 53 E. Bel Air Ave., Apt. 3, Aberdeen

Through housing, support and resources, Harford Family House, Inc. helps homeless families transition into stable/permanent housing. Harford Family House provides a fully furnished apartment to each of our families. When a family graduates from our program, they are able to take many of the items with them, so we are always in need of household items. In addition, our families are able to access a supply closet on a weekly basis for cleaning supplies, toiletries and other personal hygiene items. You and your family can help by donating needed supplies for our families. Click here for a list of needed items.

Ages:
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Tiffany Simmons, tsimmons@harfordfamilyhouse.org   
www.harfordfamilyhouse.org  

 


Learn more about
helping the homeless

 

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
 
Location:  Your home
 
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
 
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
 
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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Whether you're new to family volunteering and want to stay focused on your service goals, or you've gotten started but want expert help on how to expand your family's kindness practice, DGT's Big-Hearted Families™ Membership Circle is a great way to make 2017 a year of kindness and service! Learn more today, and sign up any time throughout the year.
 
 

 

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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
Sent by mail@doinggoodtogether.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact