July 2018 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2018 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2018 - Baltimore

Cleanup of Dundalk's War of 1812 Monuments
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
Date/Time: Saturday, July 7, 8am - noon
Location: Registration takes place at Battle Acre Park, 3115 S. North Point Rd., Dundalk. Please go to the Battle Acre Park location first. Other cleanup sites include Northpoint State Battlefield, 2880 North Point Rd., Dundalk

Please join us as we cleanup three of our communities War of 1812 monuments - Battle Acre Park, North Point Battlefield, and the Methodist Meeting House Monument. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed! This cleanup is run as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. We welcome every type of person of every ability level to contribute and assist with the cleanup. Though it is true we will need people to dig out shopping carts and haul trash to the dumpsters, we also need people to run water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek; help with registration; set up food and drinks; and more. We will provide snacks, and water as well as gloves and trash bags. A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but please bring your own if you have them. Learn more online.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Stay for as long or as little as you'd like
Contact: John Long, 410.285.1202 or info@breadandcheesecreek.org  
Help Plant a Native Garden
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday, July 14, 10am - 1pm
Location: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association, 3400 Northwind Rd., Parkville

Join us for a free garden workshop to learn about Bay-Wise landscaping with native plants and then get hands-on experience planting a Bayscape Garden at the Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association. Bayscapes replace lawn with native plants that support wildlife, reduce maintenance, and filter rain water from yards, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Bayscapes are planted to intercept and filter rainwater before it runs off to the creek, the Bay, or a storm drain. Dress for yard work and bring your own water bottle. Garden gloves and tools will be provided.

Ages: Minimum age to volunteer is seven. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Amy Young, ayoung@gunpowdervc.org or 410.4040.4748. Learn more here and register online.
Stone Soup Volunteer Event
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Saturday, July 21, 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 who are guests of Bel Air United Methodist Church. 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: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Beth Littrell, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online
Harvest Helpers Volunteer Event in Baltimore
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Saturday, July 28, 9 - 11am
Location: Filbert Street Garden, 1377 Filbert St., Baltimore

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 Filbert Street 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, beth.littrell@uwcm.org. Registration is available online.
ShareBaby Gear and Diaper Drop-Off
Date/Time: Drop off hours: Tuesday, July 3, 9:30am - 4pm. Tuesday, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31, 9:30am - 6pm
Location: 1792 Union Ave., 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, pull ups, and wipes. Be sure to review the list of items we do/do not accept before you come. Pull up to the building loading dock door and a ShareBaby team member will be available to assist you.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Eliseba Osore, eliseba@sharebaby.org or 667.212.3455
ShareBaby Volunteer Session
Date/Time: Sunday, July 8 and July 22, 3 - 5pm; Wednesday, July 11 and July 24, 7 - 9pm
Location: 1792 Union Ave., Baltimore

Join us at our warehouse to help wrap diapers and sort baby gear. Our volunteer sessions are a great way to spend some time giving back to children in need in Baltimore.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Eliseba Osore, eliseba@sharebaby.org. Registration is available online.
Project Cat Program Volunteer
Baltimore Humane Society
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown

Volunteers are needed to participate in the Project Cat Program. Volunteers will work with cats and other small animals, including playing and socializing, grooming, and petting. In addition to playing with and socializing with either the cats or small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) the position can involve cleaning the animals' kennels which means hands-on work and scooping up of poop! You will have the opportunity to be an active participant in the Open Paw Program, which is an enrichment and training program geared toward improving the animals' quality of life and their adoptability. Hygiene control is very important, as is ensuring that the smaller animals remain stocked up with food, water, bedding, and toys.
Ages: Everyone can participate. Volunteers age 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Time Commitment: Eight hours per month is requested, but the BHS will not turn down anyone who cannot commit to this amount of time. 
Contact: Danielle Kirchstein, volunteer@bmorehumane.org or 410.833.8848. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session. Please complete this online form if you are interested in participating.
Write Letters to a Soldier
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
Location: Contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude for information on where to mail your letters

Practice gratitude as well as kindness. You and your family can send some appreciation and cheer to men and women who are serving our country far from home. Reach out to a soldier that you know or contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude, two nonprofit organizations that  make it easy to send letters to soldiers eager for mail from home. Visit the Doing Good Together Write a Letter to a Soldier project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference for soldiers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org. If you have specific letter-writing questions please contact www.amillionthanks.org/contactus.php or info@operationgratitude.com directly.

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