May 2018 - Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 Baltimore Family Volunteer Opportunities


May 2018 - Baltimore

Cedarmere Tree Planting
Blue Water Baltimore
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 9am - noon
Location: Cedarmere Elementary School, 17 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown

Get your hands dirty for clean water! Join Blue Water Baltimore and the Cedarmere Elementary School Community for a volunteer tree planting. We will be planting 40 trees around the campus to add shade and beauty. We will install deer fence around all of the trees to ensure robust growth and survival. Please let us know if you are a Baltimore TreeKeeper. The Baltimore TreeKeepers is a city-wide tree stewardship program open to anyone interested in Baltimore's trees. TreeKeepers promote healthy trees by educating residents and increasing their role in the care of the City's trees. Our tree planting projects occur rain or shine, so please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Wear clothing and sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting wet or dirty! Please bring a water bottle, we will provide water, snacks all tools and the trees.

Everyone is welcome to participate. First time volunteers, student groups and families are encouraged to join us.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Alison Young, or 410.254.1577 ext. 100. Registration is available online.
Habitat Gardeners in Patterson Park!
Patterson Park Audubon Center
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 9 - 10:30am
Location: 2901 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore. Meet at the wetland garden (uphill & northwest of the boat lake) or the pollinator garden (just west of the boat lake) in Patterson Park.

Build bird habitats in Audubon's native plant gardens in Patterson Park. We need volunteers to make sure they remain healthy habitats for the park's birds and butterflies. Weed, mulch, and/or plant while spending a relaxing morning outdoors with friends, family, and Audubon. We're happy to sign community service hours for helpful students.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. This is the perfect service opportunity for your small group to get active in the community. We welcome family, community, corporate, faith-based, scouting, and all kinds of groups. Join us!
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
Help Make a Native Plant Garden
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 10am - 1pm
Location: 7021 Healthcoate Dr., Kingsville

The mission of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is to educate and mobilize people and resources to preserve and restore the lands and waterways of the Gunpowder watershed. Join us for a free garden workshop to learn about Bay-Wise landscaping with native plants and then get hands-on experience planting an edible Bayscape Garden at a private residence in Kingsville. Bayscapes replace lawn with native plants that support wildlife, reduce maintenance, and filter rain water from your yard, driveway, or other hard surfaces. Bayscapes are planted in areas that will intercept and filter rainwater before it runs off to the creek, the Bay or a storm drain. Edible Bayscapes provide the added bonus of growing your own seasonal produce! We will be planting a Fig Tree Guild with currants, rhubarb, native shrubs and flowers. 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.

 Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Amy Young, or 410.404.4748. Registration is available online.

Organize a Summer Send-Off Bag Drive
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Flexible, now through Friday, May 18
Location: United Way of Central Maryland Office - Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 340, Baltimore

Help students in United Way's On Track 4 Success program this summer with some fun, educational, and recreational goodies to take home at the end of the school year. Collect items with your family and friends or organize a drive at work to fill summer send-off bags for students in need. Send-off bags include games, puzzles, books, sports gear, sidewalk chalk, planting seeds, and more.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Beth Littrell, Sign up here to receive more information or check our Amazon Wish List to purchase items and have them shipped directly to United Way of Central Maryland. Once you sign up, you will receive an email from United Way to confirm your registration and to receive the send-off bag shopping list.

Summer Send-Off Bags Volunteer Packing Event
United Way of Central Maryland
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - noon
Location: United Way of Central Maryland Office - Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 340, Baltimore

Help students in United Way's On Track 4 Success program this summer with some fun, educational and recreational goodies to take home at the end of the school year. Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack donated Summer Send-off goodies at United Way's offices.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Beth Littrell, Registration is available online.

Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger:



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