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

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
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!

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
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
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
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

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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 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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