February 2018 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities


February 2018 - Baltimore

"We Care for Kids" Toiletries Drive 2018
The We Cancerve Movement, Inc.
Date/Time: Ongoing through February 4. Check hours at collection sites for donation drop-off.
  • Safeway, 5485 Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia
  • Safeway, 540 Benfield Rd., Severna Park
  • Safeway, 225 Brierhill Dr., Bel Air
  • Safeway, 1017 York Rd., Towson
  • Safeway, 9645 Belair Rd., Perry Hall
  • Restoration World Ministries, 901C Philadelphia Rd., Joppa
  • St. James A.M.E. Church 615 Green St., Havre de Grace
The We Cancerve Movement is a nonprofit organization that creates giving opportunities that can be supported by the community to bring happiness to homeless, sick, and foster children. Your donations will help to provide for homeless children within the Greater Baltimore and Harford County Region. We will be collecting the following items at each of our drop off locations:
  • shampoo & conditioner (travel side and regular size)
  • toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • razors and shaving cream
  • dental floss                                     
  • soap
  • washcloths
  • hairbrushes
  • deodorant
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: peoplewhocare@wecancerve.org
Friendly Visitor Volunteering
Augsburg Village
Date/Time: Ongoing; exact time will be determined once you've signed up
Location: 6825 Campfield Rd., Baltimore

Augsburg Village is a faith-based community that welcomes individuals of all beliefs, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Augsburg has been providing a home to seniors for more than a century. Our philosophy is to treat our residents, and each other, with respect, support and thoughtful consideration. Volunteering your time at Augsburg Village can be not only very fulfilling, but also fun. We find that our volunteers enjoy the experience just as much as our residents. Families often enjoy volunteering together. Our Friendly Visitors spend time with residents, playing cards/games, singing, and hanging out. There are also opportunities to help with a fun game night!
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. Families are welcome.
Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: Kevin Webb at 410.486.4573 ext. 120. To learn more, fill out the online application.

ShareBaby Volunteer Session: Wrapping and Sorting
  • Wednesday, February 7, 7 - 9pm
  • Sunday, February 25, 3 -5pm
Location: The Mill Centre, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 104, Baltimore
Want to get hands on with helping babies in need? ShareBaby provides diapers, clothing and gear to highly effective community organizations- working to ensure Baltimore's young children get the best start in life! Come help us with gear sorting and diaper wrapping at the warehouse! 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.
ShareBaby Gear and Diaper Drop-Off

Date/Time: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, anytime between 10:30am and 1:30pm

Location: The Mill Centre, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 104, Baltimore

ShareBaby provides diapers, clothing and gear to highly effective community organizations working to ensure Baltimore's young children get the best start in life! Please only donate items that are washed, free of stains/rips, and in new or good condition. It is only with your help that we are able to ensure that every item ShareBaby distributes is something that you would give or use with your own children or ones you love. 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 be sure to review the list of items we do/do not accept before you come.
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: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Eliseba Osore, eliseba@sharebaby.org or 667.212.3455 
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 to help with the following:
  • 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.
  • Family Activities: Bring a smile to the faces of our children and families by hosting a fun activity. Examples include arts & crafts, holiday-themed events, and magic shows. We're open to your ideas!
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:  info@believeintomorrow.org or 410.614.2560. Prospective 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,  arose@rmhcbaltimore.org or 410.528.1010 ext. 106
2018 Books & Buddies
The We Cancerve Movement, Inc.
Date/Time: February 2 - 22. Check hours at collection sites for donation drop-off.
  • Weichert-Diana Realty, Inc. 414 S. Main St., Bel Air
  • Harford Day School 715 Moores Mill Rd., Bel Air
Help the We Cancerve Movement, Inc. is teaming with Harford Day School to pair children's books with stuffed animals that match the main character in each book as gift sets for area hospitalized and homeless children. Let's promote literacy and the joy of reading for children with an easy escape in a fun book! We've held this project since 2013 with much success and we're counting on your help for continued success. Drop off your donation at either of the locations listed above.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:  peoplewhocare@wecancerve.org or 410.322.0822
EGGSTRA Special Easter Collection
The We Cancerve Movement, Inc.
Date/Time: February 20 through March 20. Please contact to schedule a time for donation pickup or drop-off.
Location: Email We Cancerve to schedule a pickup or to determine a drop-off location

Every year, We Cancerve prepares baskets for shelters, hospitals and foster care group homes to bring happiness to children there. In 2017, we donated 470 baskets and 322 goodie bags to 10 homeless shelters, three foster care organizations, four medical programs, and five programs for homeless and hungry persons. This year, we're collecting individually-wrapped candy and novelties for local homeless, sick, and foster children. Requested items include: chocolate bunnies, individual packs of jelly beans, spring-themed pencils, small spring-themed crafts, and individual packs of chocolate and hard & soft candies. There will be a massive basket stuffing party on March 20th; look for details on how to volunteer in the March listing.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: peoplewhocare@wecancerve.org
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!



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