December 2017 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2017 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities


December 2017 - Baltimore

Adopt a Resident
Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (WHRC)
Date/Time: December 1 through December 15. Please sign-up by December 1.
Location: 620 Fallsway, Baltimore

WHRC hopes to provide a Christmas gift to every resident at our homeless shelter. Many of these individuals are separated from family and friends, and they may not receive anything otherwise for Christmas. We aim to collect at least 275 presents for our residents. Santa will deliver the gifts on Christmas Eve after a special dinner served restaurant-style to all residents. Sign-up by December 1st by emailing WHRC or by completing the online form. You will be provided a wish list for your resident in a few weeks. The suggested amount to spend on a gift is $40. Gifts must be wrapped and labeled and dropped off the WHRC Volunteer Manager by December 15. Learn more here.

Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: or 667.600.2000
Eastside Family Shelter Wish List
Community Assistance Network (CAN)
Date/Time: Ongoing - Monday through Friday, 9am - 4:30pm
Location: 9100 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 108, Baltimore

CAN's purpose in operating the Eastside Family Shelter is to provide a safe, clean, supportive community to help stabilize individuals experiencing homelessness in Baltimore County, by promoting self-worth, encouraging personal responsibilities, and providing linkages to community resources. The Eastside Family Shelter serves as an all-inclusive resource to help the homeless of Baltimore county. The shelter is always in need of a variety of items to serve its residents. Click here to view the wish list.
Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: April Stevens, 410.285.4674 ext. 211 or
Winter Coat Donations
One Warm Coat
Date/Time: Now through December 31. Click on this link to find drop-off sites and to check specific hours
Location: Find a drop-off near you at

One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to children and adults in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Coats can be dropped off at a designated donation site or you can coordinate your own donation drive.

Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: or 877.663.9276
Adopt an Angel
Salvation Army Central Maryland
Date/Time: Now through December 16, 10am - 9pm
Location: Gift drop-off at
  • 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 Town Centre at Plow & Hearth, 118 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley
Because of you, a little boy or girl in our community will have gifts on Christmas morning, knowing their Angel Tree gifts were thoughtfully chosen just for them. Adopting an Angel online is an easy 3-step process. Fill out the online registration form here. Your donated gifts will go directly to the specific child you select. Once you pick a child's name from The Salvation Army Online Angel Tree, he or she is removed from the list. You will be the only donor who will have the name and list of gifts for that child. Gifts should be dropped off at mall locations listed above.

Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Peggy Vick, or 410.783.2920
Holiday Gift Center
The Family Tree
Date/Time: Open for drop-offs Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm through December 11
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
Presents for Pets
Maryland SPCA
Date/Time: Throughout the month of December:

SPCA Adoption Center
Monday & Tuesday, 2:30pm-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(s): 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 and the items you purchased will be delivered to the pets at the Maryland SPCA.

Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 410.235.8826

Display a Kindness Quilt
Create a Kindness Quilt
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home
During this busy holiday season sharing kind acts can be a wonderful way for your family to reconnect. Your family can take time to celebrate small acts of kindness with a paper quilt. Designed to accompany The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, this project will have your family doing a kind act, drawing a picture of it, and sharing it with one another in the form of a beautiful, continuously growing paper quilt. Find project templates and more information on the Doing Good Together Display a Kindness Quilt project page.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Just in time for Holiday Shopping... DGT™ debuts a SHOP KIND Store!

You've relied on DGT for tips, activities, book recommendations, and more. Now we have another resource to offer: our SHOP KIND Store. This online store features a page of kindness-themed Amazon store items (because, yes, DGT is an Amazon Affiliate Advertiser). And we have just launched another SHOP KIND page featuring like-minded organizations offering outstanding, mission-driven products. You can try these unique items for your next service project or when you're shopping for big-hearted gifts for yourself or others. We'll be  continually adding more items, so revisit often to find something new. We think you'll like what we've found, and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions for more SHOP KIND products!


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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.
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