July 2017 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2017 - Baltimore

Help Plant a Rain Garden!
Gunpowder Valley Conservatory (GVC)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 1, 10am - 1pm or Saturday, July 29, 10am - 1pm
  • July 1: 1926 Wilson Point Rd., Middle River, MD
  • July 29: MD State Game & Fish Protective Association, 8735 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD
Rain gardens are a beautiful and functional solution to stormwater runoff. A rain garden is a special, water-loving garden that helps soak up rainwater. It is designed to capture water from a 1" rainstorm and slowly infiltrate it back into the ground. By using beautiful native flowers, grasses and even trees, a rain garden will beautify  while reducing storm water impacts. It also provides habitat for wildlife, beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, and pollinators like butterflies. No gardening experience necessary! Community service learning hours are available.

What to expect: Dress for yard work (hat, long pants, sneakers/boots, sunscreen) and bring your own water bottle. Garden gloves and tools will be provided. Our hosts will provide lunch after the garden installation.
Ages: Families with children ages seven and older are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Amy Young at ayoung@gundpowdervc.org or 410.404.4748

Dundalk War of 1812 Monuments Clean Up
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
Date/Time: Saturday, July 1, 8 - 11am
Location: Battle Acre Park 3115 South North Point Blvd., Dundalk

Please join us we clean up three of our communities War of 1812 Monuments: Battle Acre Park, North Point Battlefield Park, and the Methodist Meeting House Monument. We can use as many volunteers as possible of all ages and abilities. We are all aware of the importance of our community's history and particularly the important role it played during the War of 1812, Battle of North Point. The importance of preserving this history cannot be overstated. This event will be run in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. We run our clean ups as family events 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 and snacks, as well as gloves. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them. We are also authorized to sign-off on Community Service and Service Learning Hours for students. The more people who participate, the easier the work will be for everyone.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: John Long at info@breadandcheesecreek.org or 410.285.1202. Join our Facebook Event here.
Super Summer Series for Kids: Tools for Teachers
The United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Thursday, July 13, 10am - noon
Location: Wegmans Columbia, 8855 McGaw Rd., Columbia

Join the Super Summer Series for a POW-erful family volunteer event. Learn about the challenges facing our community, then help save the day by taking action with a hands-on activity putting together welcome back kits for teachers. Once you have registered, we will send you a follow-up email indicating which items your family should provide.

Ages: Families are welcome. Minimum age is five years old (accompanied by an adult).
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Beth Littrell at beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
Harvest Helpers with Families Living United
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Saturday, July 15, 9 - 11am
Location: Howard County Community Garden, 6110 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia

Have a green thumb? Have kids that like to dig in the dirt? Or perhaps you're looking to get that perfect farmer's tan? If so, Harvest Helpers is for you! Bring your friends, coworkers and family to join in the fun at the Howard County Community Garden. Together, we'll roll up our sleeves and harvest produce for our neighbors in need of healthy fruits and vegetables.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate 
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Beth Littrell at beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online
ShareBaby Gear and Diaper Drop-Off
Date/Time: Tuesdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: The Mill Centre, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 104, Baltimore

Bring us your new and gently used baby items, diapers, wipes, and diaper cream to distribute to children in need at our partner organizations in Baltimore. We accept new AND open packs of diapers. Wipes and diaper cream must be new. We have an especially high need for diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5, & 6. Please review our list of items we do and do not accept before you donate.

Drop off Instructions:
  • Pull up to the building loading dock
  • Call 667.212.3455 when you arrive and a ShareBaby team member will come out to assist you
  • Tax receipts are available upon request
Ages: Everyone is welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Eliseba Osore, eliseba@sharebaby.org or 667.212.3455

ShareBaby Volunteer Session: Wrapping and Sorting
Date/Time: Wednesdays, July 12 & July 26, 7 - 9pm, and Sunday, July 23, 3 - 5pm
Location: The Mill Centre, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 104, Baltimore
Want to get hands on with helping babies in need? Come help us with gear sorting and diaper wrapping at the warehouse! ShareBaby provides diapers, clothing and gear to highly effective community organizations- working to ensure Baltimore's young children get the best start in life. Our volunteer sessions are a great way to spend some time giving back to children in need in Baltimore. Unless otherwise noted, our sessions are family-friendly. There is space for small children to play/do activities and generally children six and up are able to help with sorting and/or diaper wrapping. Snacks and water will be provided. We suggest that you dress comfortably and wear layers in case you need to adjust to the temperature of the space.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Eliseba Osore, eliseba@sharebaby.org or 667.212.3455. Online sign-up is required.
Donation Wish List
Catholic Charities - My Sister's Place Women's Center
Date/Time: Monday through Friday; drop-off between 9am and 4pm
Location: 17 West Franklin St., Baltimore

My Sister's Place Lodge is a transitional housing program for homeless women of Baltimore City who have been diagnosed with a disability. The Lodge provides a safe, therapeutic, and nurturing environment where our residents can increase their self-esteem and develop the skills necessary to successfully transition into the community once they complete the program. The primary goal of the program is to assist our residents in becoming self sufficient, active members of their community who reside in affordable and safe permanent housing.
Items currently needed the most for in-kind donation or donation drives include:
  • Cereal
  • Cereal Bars
  • Applesauce
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Tuna
  • Baked Beans
  • Mayonnaise
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Napkins
  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Sanitary Napkins
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 410.727.3523 or jreid@cc-md.org
BARCS Wish List Donation
BARCS Animal Shelter
Date/Time: Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 6pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 8:30am - 4pm
Location: 301 Stockholm St., Baltimore

BARCS operates Maryland's largest open admission animal shelter and pet adoption center, nestled in downtown Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood. Caring for our animals requires a lot of time, love, money, and supplies. Click here for BARCS Wish List of needed items. You can also donate items from our Amazon Wish List. If you donate an item through Amazon, please let us know (Amazon sends it to us anonymously) so that we can properly acknowledge your contribution, by emailing your full name, address and item purchased to mmccomas@barcsanimalshelter.org. Donating wish list items helps us with the day-to-day care of our animals and supports our operational needs.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mmccomas@barcsanimalshelter.org
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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