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Community Site List


Access Art, Inc.  (TOPIC: art, youth mentoring)

Locations:

Lyndhurst Elementary School
201 N. Bend Road
Baltimore, MD 21229
Pre-K – 5th

Access Art
2446 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
Middle and high school age

Morrell Park Elementary School
2601 Tolley Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Pre-K – 8th

Contact: Tiffany Jones
Phone: 443.691.6403
Website: www.accessartmd.org

Mission/Description: Access Art is a youth-focused community arts organization that inspires personal success by providing a safe space for hands-on learning in a variety of artistic media combined with civic engagement and leadership development.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Homework help and teaching assistant. Each location provides a program including an outdoor or indoor play session, homework assistance session, art, and reflection.

Minimum number of hours: 
1 Hour per week. Ideally consistent day and hour per week.
Times when needed:
Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., until 6:00 p.m. for middle and high school sessions.
Application process:
 Contact Ms. Tiffany Jones at the number listed above. She will provide an application. Submit the application, a resume and references.
Time needed to be placed:
1 week.
Background check required:
Yes. Two, both paid for by Access Art. Ms. Jones will provide the forms along with the application.
Orientation/Training:
 Yes. On your first visit you will have a short orientation meeting.
Transportation: 
 The Access Art location on Washington Boulevard is served by MTA route #36. The Tolley Street location is a five minute walk from the Washington Boulevard location. The N. Bend Road location is a 6 minute walk from Frederick Road on the MTA Routes # 10 and 46.

Adelante Familia/House of Ruth (TOPIC: women, domestic violence, bilingual services)

2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

Volunteer Coordinator: Vacant. Please send an email.
Phone: 410.554.8449
Email: volunteers@hruthmd.org
Website: http://www.hruth.org/about-volunteers.asp

Mission/Description: The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. "Our vision is that one day, every woman in Maryland will be safe in her own home."

Adelante Familia is an additional location dedicated to the eradication of intimate partner violence in the Latino community.

The addresses of the centers are undisclosed for the safety of the clients, however the House of Ruth is in the 21218 area and Adelante Familia is in Highlandtown, 21224.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Playroom aide
  • Help organize incoming donations
  • Volunteer at the resale boutique (Ruth's Closet)
  • Help with fundraising
  • Work with abuse
  • Intervention services
  • Several others depending on your interest.
Minimum number of hours:  1 year. 
Times when needed:
Varies depending on the position you choose.
Application process:
Download the Volunteer Application from their website under Get Involved/Volunteer Opportunities. Mail or fax to Ms. Savill. She will call you within several days to start the background check process.
Time needed to be placed:
 3-4 weeks.
Background check:
Required. Student must pay for it. It must be violence free.
Orientation/Training:
Extensive 10 hour training is required.
Special requirements:
Adelante Familia requires fluency in Spanish.
Transportation:
MTA Routes #33 and #19 service the 21218 location.
MTA #10 and #22 serve the 21224 location.

Baltimore Humane Society (TOPIC: animals)

1601 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Volunteer & Foster Coordinator: Daneille Kirchstein
Phone: 410.833.8848 ext. 223>
Email: volunteer@bmorehumane.org
Website: www.bmorehumane.org


Mission/Description: Provide a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for unwanted and homeless animals. Work aggressively to place each animal that comes to our shelter in a loving, permanent home. Strive to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable& animals by promoting and offering affordable spaying and neutering to control the population of unwanted animals in our area and addressing the issues that cause people to give up animals. Ensure a peaceful final resting place for beloved pets through the operation of a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery for companion animals. A no-kill shelter.

Service-Learning Opportunities:Opportunities are based on how much training you would like to receive.
  • Cleaning cages
  • Washing bedding and food/water dishes
  • Office support
  • Front desk greeter
  • Maintenance of the play areas and pet cemetery
    • (requires only the volunteer orientation)
  • Working with the animals: socializing with cats and small animals, walking the dogs, etc.
    • (requires additional 1 ½ hour classes)

Minimum number of hours:
No minimum although 8 hours per month is preferred for long term volunteers.
Times when needed:
  • Cleaning day is Monday: 9:30 a.m. – noon
  • Office assistance is needed Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Shelter work: Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. This includes front desk as well as socializing with the animals.

Application process:
Go to the website. From the Volunteer tab, submit an online application. You will then receive a welcome email from the volunteer coordinator who will let you know the times and dates for the orientation. 
Time needed to be placed:
It may take a week to process your application.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
Volunteers should attend an initial 45 minute orientation which is held 4 times a month. Additional training is required depending on the type of animal interaction you choose. Once you have registered as a volunteer you will have access to information on the specialized training.
Transportation: None.

BARCS (TOPIC: animals)

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter
301 Stockholm Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Volunteer Coordinator: Laura Griffiths Phone: 410.396.4695
Fax: 410.783.6266
Email: volunteer.BARCS@gmail.com
Website: baltimoreanimalshelter.org

Mission/Description: 
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter takes in homeless, neglected, and unwanted animals in Baltimore City.
BARCS' mission is to accept and care for all animals in need and promote responsible pet ownership for a more humane community in Baltimore City.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Short-term volunteers: No minimum hours required. Cleaning cages, washing bedding and food/water dishes, office support.
  • Long-term volunteers: 8 hours per month for 6 months required. Animal care, customer service, community programs.

Minimum number of hours: See above.
Times when needed:
  • Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Holidays 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Application process: Submit an online application. It can also be faxed or mailed using the information above. You will then receive an email to schedule an orientation session.
Time needed to be placed: 1 -2 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
All volunteers must attend an initial orientation. Additional training is required for long term placement depending on the type of work you choose.
Special requirements:
Must show proof of health insurance.
Transportation: None.

BCCC’s Refugee Youth Project (TOPIC: youth, immigration, education)

3516 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Volunteer Coordinator: Brittany DeNovellis
Phone: 410.558.3258
Email: rypvolunteerspecialist@gmail.com
Website: www.refugeeyouthproject.org

Schools:
Moravia Park Elementary
201 Frankford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21206
Pre-K – 5th grade
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Patterson High School
100 Kane Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
9th through 12th grade
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:35 – 5:15 p.m.

Catonsville
1040 S. Beechfield Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
Middle and high school
Mondays and Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Mission/Description: BCCC’s Refugee Youth Project seeks to improve the lives of Baltimore's youngest refugees by supporting their academic needs and making their acculturation simple and meaningful. The RYP is committed to its mission of creating a safe environment for refugee children to improve their literacy skills, enhance their knowledge of American culture, engage in enriching extracurricular activities, and grow to be confident, caring individuals.

Service-Learning Opportunities: They are seeking after-school program tutors to work one-on-one with refugee students to ensure their homework is accurate and complete, help increase students’ vocabulary and basic math skills, and provide social support by playing games, assisting with art projects, and building meaningful relationships with students.

Minimum number of hours: At least one day per week for 13 to 15 weeks.
Times when needed:
Semesters: late September to early December; late January to late May. See the list of schools above for days and times.
Application process: Program information for the upcoming year is typically released in August. Email Brittany DeNovellis, the volunteer coordinator, at the email address above to receive an application, information about program times and dates and orientation dates and locations.
Time needed to be placed:
Must sign up before the semester begins.
Background check: Required. $15 paid by student.
Orientation/Training:
3 hour orientation required.
Special requirements:
N/A
Transportation:
Varies depending on the school chosen.

Beans and Bread (TOPIC: hunger, food services)

402 South Bond Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Volunteer Coordinator: Catherine David
Phone: 410.732.1892 ext. 111
Email: catherine.david@vincentbaltimore.org
Website: www.vincentbaltimore.org

Mission/Description:Beans and Bread is a homeless day resource program that serves 300 people daily with meals, healthcare, showers, laundry, employment services, case management, housing referrals and placements, mail receipt, and telephone access.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers work in the meal program serving food.

Minimum number of hours: Volunteers must stay for the entire shift.
Times when needed:
  • Monday – Friday, Breakfast: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and Lunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Lunch: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Application process: Submit the online General Volunteer Application. You will receive an email from the volunteer coordinator letting you know what times are available.
Time needed to be placed:
1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
10 minutes before the meal service the first time you work
Special requirements:
Closed toe shoes. You will need to wear a hairnet (provided) or you can bring a hat with you.
Transportation: TA #10& to Gough Street, 3 minute walk to the center. Charm City Circulator (free bus) passes the center.
Comments: Groups up to 5 can volunteer by contacting the volunteer coordinator but you must contact her 4 weeks in advance. Groups of up to 12 are welcome but need to contact the coordinator several months in advance.

Believe in Tomorrow House at Johns Hopkins (TOPIC: youth with critical illnesses, family and youth programming)

1915 McElderry Street
Baltimore, MD 21205

Contact: Kelly Nguyen
Phone: 410.614.2560
Email: knguyen@believeintomorrow.org
WEB: www.believeintomorrow.org

Mission/Description: Believe In Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. They are committed to keeping families together during a child’s medical crisis, and believe that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Home Helpers – using Clorox wipes, clean every surface in the home; water plants; straighten public rooms. Cleanliness is very important for the children with serious health issues.
  • Theme Dinners (i.e. taco night, Italian night for 25 people) – provide, prepare and clean up dinner for the children and their families. Join them for dinner in the large dining room.
  • Both opportunities enable students to interact with the children and their families.

Minimum number of hours:  No minimum. 
Times when needed:
  • Home Helpers are needed any day 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Theme Dinners are served every day starting at 6:00 p.m.
Application process: Go to the website to fill out and submit the Volunteer Application.
Time needed to be placed:
Several days at the most.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
None.
Special requirements:
No tank tops or cut off shorts. Jeans and T-shirts are fine.
Transportation:
The house is two blocks from the main entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital. There are numerous buses to Hopkins as well as the Johns Hopkins metro stop.
Comments: Group volunteering is possible for up to 9 people.

Blue Water Baltimore (TOPIC: environment)

3534 Belair Road
Baltimore, Maryland

Contact: Katie Dixs
Phone: 410.254.1577 ext. 100
Email: volunteer@bluewaterbaltimore.org
Website: bluewaterbaltimore.org


Mission/Description: Blue Water Baltimore is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore the quality of Baltimore's rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Plant and prune trees
  • Assist at Herring Run Nursery in spring and summer
  • Clean up streams and many other opportunities.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Visit the events calendar on their website.
Application process: Go to the website and click on Take Action/Calendar of Events. Click on an event and fill out and submit the registration form at the bottom.
Time needed to be placed:
Varies depending on the events scheduled.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
None.
Special requirements:
Wear clothes and sturdy (closed-toe) shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet. Bring a bottle of water.
Transportation: Varies by location of event.

Book Thing (TOPIC: literacy)

CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO A FIRE. PLANS ARE TO RE-OPEN IN LATE FALL.

3001 Vineyard Lane
Baltimore, MD 21213

Volunteer Coordinator: Russell Wattenberg
Phone: 410.662.5631
Email: bookthing@bookthing.org
Website: www.bookthing.org

Mission/Description: The Book Thing collects and sorts books during the week and gives them away on Saturdays and Sundays. It is a free book store that gives books to the community, on the sole condition that those who take them do not resell them for profit.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Sort and shelve donated books.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed:
  • During regular store hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Special volunteer hours: Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Application process: None. Arrive ready to work.
Time needed to be placed:
Immediate.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: 
None.
Special requirements:
None.
Transportation:
MTA #8, #3, #12 and #22 to Greenmount Avenue.
Comments: Call ahead if 2 or more people will be volunteering together.

CCBC Childcare Center - Catonsville  (TOPIC: early childhood education)

800 South Rolling Road
Baltimore, MD 21228

Contact: Caroline Barringer
Phone: 443.840.4242
Email: cbarringer@ccbcmd.edu
Website: CCBC Childcare Services

Mission/Description:The Catonsville Campus Childcare Center offers age appropriate programs for children from infancy through school-age at the campus. The center promotes knowledge and understanding of children within these age groups.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students assist teachers in the classroom. Students may be helping with snacks, going onto the playground with the children, reading to them, helping them with projects – whatever the teacher needs. The students working with the children are always under the direct supervision of the teacher

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Application process: Students must call the Director, Ms. Caroline Barringer, to be placed on the volunteer calendar.
Time needed to be placed: Students can be placed quickly, usually that week. However, at the end of the semester with many students trying to fulfill the requirement, it could take a week or more.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
None.
Special requirements:
Experience and/or enjoyment of children.
Transportation: MTA bus route #77

CCBC Childcare Center - Dundalk (TOPIC: early childhood education)

7200 Sollers Point Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21222

Contact: Pat Shafer
Phone: 443.840.3190
Email: pshafer@ccbcmd.edu
Website: CCBC Childcare Services

Mission/Description: The CCBC Childcare Center offers age appropriate programs for children ages 2 through 5. The center promotes knowledge and understanding of children within this age group.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students assist teachers in the classroom. Students may be helping with snacks, going onto the playground with the children, reading to them, helping them with projects – whatever the teacher needs.The students working with the children are always under the direct supervision of the teacher.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Application process: Email the Director, Ms. Pat Shafer, at the address above to be placed on the volunteer calendar.
Time needed to be placed: 2 weeks. However, at the end of the semester with many students trying to fulfill the requirement, it could take longer. It is also possible that there may not be any opportunities remaining.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
None.
Special requirements:
Experience and/or enjoyment of children.
Transportation: MTA bus route #31

CCBC Childcare Center - Essex  (TOPIC: early childhood education)

7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21237

Contact: Merri Cage
Phone: 443.840.1631
Email: mcage@ccbcmd.edu
Website: CCBC Childcare Services

Mission/Description: The CCBC Childcare Center offers age appropriate programs for children from infancy through school-age at the campus. The center promotes knowledge and understanding of children within these age groups.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students assist teachers in the classroom. Students may be helping with snacks, going onto the playground with the children, reading to them, helping them with projects – whatever the teacher needs. The students working with the children are always under the direct supervision of the teacher.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Application process: Email the Director, Ms. Merri Cage, to be placed on the volunteer calendar.
Time needed to be placed:
Two days. However, at the end of the semester with many students trying to fulfill the requirement, it could take a week or more.
Background check: Not required.
Special requirements:
Experience and/or enjoyment of children preferred.
Transportation: MTA bus route #55

CCBC Children's Developmental Class, Essex (TOPIC: youth, disability services, autism)

7201 Rossville Boulevard
Wellness and Athletics Center
Baltimore, MD 21237

Contact: Marcia Hill
Phone: 443.840.1387
Email: mhill@ccbcmd.edu
Website: www.ccbcmd.edu/cdc

Mission/Description: The Children's Developmental Class helps children with special needs, ages 1 -14, manage their unique challenges. We
assist children, ages 1 - 14, in strengthening motor skills, reinforcing communication and language skills, and enhancing social skills through
individual and group activities.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Children's sessions are a one-on-one Fun with Friends program using the Floor-time approach, which builds on child interests to establish personal social interactions in a non-threatening way. Children learn skills through play.

Minimum number of hours: Must stay for the entire shift.
Times when needed: 9 sessions on Saturdays, 8:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Application process: None. Come to the Essex Wellness Center.
Time needed to be placed: Immediate.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: 
15 minute orientation before each day.
Special requirements:
Volunteers must be at least middle school age. Feel free to bring friends or siblings with you. They welcome everyone
who wants to volunteer. Middle and high school students can get service learning credit for this.

Transportation: Located on the Essex campus which is MTA bus route #55.
Comments: Scholarship opportunities for CCBC students, credited to your CCBC account, are available for those who attend all 9 sessions.

Catonsville Emergency Assistance (TOPIC: hunger, eviction prevention, utility turn-off prevention)

25 Bloomsbury Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

Contact: Peggy Carr
Phone: 410.747.4357
Email: saturdays@catonsvillehelp.org
Website: catonsvillehelp.org


Mission/Description: Catonsville Emergency Assistance serves residents in the greater Catonsville area with emergency food, eviction prevention, and utility turn-off intervention.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteer duties may include picking up food donations, sorting and stacking food, preparing basic food assistance packages, and managing the store room as well as data entry and other clerical duties.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Several Saturdays per month 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Application process: Contact Ms. Carr to find out what Saturdays are available that month. Or, fill in and submit the form on their website (Ways to Donate/Donating Time) choosing Saturday and Ms. Carr will contact you.
Time needed to be placed:
Usually only several days to find an open spot.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
A short introduction to the center on your first visit.
Special requirements:
Some heavy boxes may need to be carried up stairs.
Transportation:
MTA bus routes 37 and 107 go up Bloomsbury. MTA Purple route goes up Frederick Road. The CEA is several doors down from this intersection.
Comments: They cannot accommodate more than 3 students volunteering at a time. Please do not go with a large group.

Chimes (TOPIC: disability services)

Locations:
3630 Milford Mill Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
3185 Kelso Drive
Essex, MD 21221

4814 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215<

Contact: Robert Collins
Phone: 410.585.2068
Website: www.chimes.org/maryland

Mission/Description: Lead, support and promote the efforts of each business component within the Chimes Family of Services. Recognizing the uniqueness of each customer and market, we will ensure individually and collectively the highest quality and cost effective community supports and employment opportunities to help people have better lives.

Service-Learning Opportunities:

  • Administrative work: data entry, organizing paper work, etc.
  • Assist with job training which gives participants the opportunity to experience a real work environment.
  • Helping with activities at the day program with lower functioning persons served.


Minimum number of hours: 16 – 20 hours preferred.
Times when needed: Job training programs run Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Milford Mill Road and Kelso Drive locations.

Activity programs run Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Seton Drive location.
Application process: Contact the volunteer coordinator, Mr. Robert Collins, to discuss the location you would like to attend. He will email you an application to complete the process.
Time needed to be placed: 2 weeks.
Background check: Provided on your first day of volunteering.
Special requirements:
Ask about any dress code for the opportunity you choose when talking to the volunteer coordinator. It varies by task and location.
Transportation: N/A

Christopher Place (TOPIC: homelessness, employment services)

725 Fallsway
Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact: Kim Kahl
Phone: 443.986.9031 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Email: kkahl@cc-md.org
Website: catholiccharities-md.org

Mission/Description: Christopher Place is a residential program that promotes the transformation of formerly homeless men. The program offers counseling, education and vocational training, life management skills and case management.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Meal preparation, delivery to the dining room, eat and interact with the residents.

Minimum number of hours: Must stay for the entire shift.
Times when needed: 7 days a week, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Application process: Call Ms. Kim Kahl to be placed on the schedule.
Time needed to be placed: 2 – 3 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Short orientation (10 minute) on your first time volunteering.
Special requirements: No open-toed shoes, tank tops or shorts. Must wear a hairnet but you can bring a cap if you prefer.
Transportation: MTA route #36.

Community Assistance Network (CAN) Food Pantry (TOPIC: poverty, nutrition)

7900 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

Volunteer Coordinator: April Stevens
Phone: 410.285.4674 ext. 211
Email: astevens@canconnects.org
Website: www.canconnects.org

Mission/Description: CAN is a Baltimore County-based non-profit organization, established in 1965 as part of a national network of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies. The network was designed to work in partnership with the community to develop, strengthen and support programs that reduce vulnerability among the poor as well as promote growth, stability and self- sufficiency among low-income residents of Baltimore County. This reinforces the most basic principle of the Community Action Partnership: "Helping People. Changing Lives."

Service-Learning Opportunities: Sort and package food, unload donations from trucks.

Minimum number of hours: No Minimum.
Times when needed: N/A
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. April Stevens, to be sent an application
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
A brief orientation the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements:
Able to lift boxes of food.
Transportation: N/A
Comments: Can accommodate groups of up to 10 people.

Eastside Family Emergence Shelter (TOPIC: homlessness)

Operated by the Community Assistance Network (CAN)

9100 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Contact: April Stevens
Phone: 410.285.4674 ext. 211
Email: astevens@canconnects.org
Website: www.canconnects.org

Mission/Description: CAN's purpose in operating shelters is to provide a safe, clean, supportive community to help stabilize individuals experiencing homelessness in Baltimore County, by promoting self-worth, encouraging personal responsibilities, and providing linkages to community resources.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Assist in preparing and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, clean up after meals.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Weekdays
  • Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. 
  • Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Weekends
  • Breakfast 7:30 a.m. — 8:15 a.m.
  • Lunch 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. April Stevens, to receive an application and information about the background check.
Time needed to be placed: 1-2 weeks.
Background check: Required.
Orientation/Training:
A brief orientation the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Adjacent to the Essex campus. MTA route #55.
Comments: Can accommodate groups of up to 12 people.

Epiphany House (TOPIC: senior citizens)

5610 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

Contact: Valerie Walker
Phone: 410.323.0908
Website: http://habitatamerica.com/communities/epiphany-house

Mission/Description: Epiphany House, conveniently located on York Road in the Mid-Govans neighborhood of Baltimore City, offers comfortable efficiency apartments for those ages 55 and over with low incomes and disabilities. The residents live in an independent living apartment.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Visiting with seniors, recreational activities aide, socializing with residents during lunch (bring your own lunch), build up a rapport and assist the seniors with small tasks they may need.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Tuesday — Friday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Application process:
  1. Go to GEDCO.org and fill out the online application form.
  2. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Walker, to be placed on the schedule.
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
Yes, a small tour and introduction the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements:
N/A
Transportation: MTA Routes #8, #12, and #48 travel on York Road.
Epiphany House is at York Road and Bellona Avenue.

Esperanza Center (TOPIC: immigration, bilingual services, employment services, English tutoring)

430 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

Contact: Eric Seymour
Phone: 443.825.3423
Email: eseymour@cc-md.org
Website: www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants/

Mission/Description: The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive immigrant resource center that offers hope and essential services to people who are new to the United States. Our dedicated volunteers provide services and referrals, ESL, education, healthcare, and low-cost immigration legal services to thousands of immigrants each year.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers will be working with the English as a Second Language program. They will be trained in the program and then work with adults.

Minimum number of hours: 20 hours of tutoring, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. Plus 4 hours of training.
Times when needed: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Tuesday and Thursday
  • 1:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Application process: Go to the Esperanza website, click on Get Involved, fill out the online application. Or, contact the Volunteer Manager, Mr. Eric Seymour.
Time needed to be placed: By the start of the session if steps are followed.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: A 3 1/2 to 4 hour training is required.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: The Charm City Circular (free bus) runs near the center. MTA routes #10 and #30.

Gather Baltimore (TOPIC: food services)

2800 Sisson Street
Baltimore, MD 21211

Email: Website: gatherbaltimore.org

Mission/Description: First and foremost, we hope to decrease the prevalence of food deserts in Baltimore City by providing healthy food to communities in these areas. Second, we hope to address the serious issue of food waste. Did you know that approximately 40% of all food in the United States never gets eaten?

Service-Learning Opportunities: Our regular volunteer activities occur at the Gather Baltimore Warehouse (2800 Sisson Street) every Sunday-Wednesday from 10 AM-2 PM. During this time, volunteers sort, prepare and distribute donated surplus produce for distribution in the form of our Healthy Blue Bags .Work on Sundays may go longer during the farmers market season. We highly recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Children are more than welcome to join, as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

Helping with Blue Bag preparation, a week of groceries for a family of four, which occurs every week. Occasionally picking up unsold food from wholesalers, supermarkets, and farmer's markets; and gleaning - going to local farms to harvest the fields after the farmers have completed their harvest (usually starts in May). Additional help is needed to unload, sort, and load food onto trucks for delivery.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Blue Bag preparation typically occurs
Thursday-Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Application process: Go to their website to sign up.
Time needed to be placed: Immediate if space is available on the sign up page.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
None.
Special requirements:
None.
Transportation: N/A
Comments: Work days can be cancelled if there are not enough food donations. Following on Facebook is the best way find up to date information.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (TOPIC: youth)

4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

Contact: Jennifer Gibbs-Keith
Phone: 410.358.9711
Email: jgibbs@gscm.org
Website: https://www.gscm.org/

Mission/Description: Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. GSCM is committed to continuing the legacy
of Girl Scouts’ founder: Juliette Gordon Low who organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912; her mission was to help girls and
young women realize their full potential outside of the home.

Service-Learning Opportunities: For short term volunteers, event assistance or office support is available. Events could be cookie events, environmental, STEM etc. Look at the website and click on events at the bottom.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Times vary according to the event.
Application process: Fill out form »
Everyone starts with Become a Troop Leader even one day volunteers. In the space for Troop Number, put the name of the event. For help with the form, contact Ms. Jennifer Gibbs-Keith.

Time needed to be placed: A background check takes at least 28 weeks.
Background check: Required. Paid by the student.
The price varies according to the information it needs to verify. After filling out the form it will tell you how much the cost will be. The minimum is $6.50. If you need assistance with the cost, print the form and fill it out. Either mail it or take the form to the office and they will help you as much as they can.
Orientation/Training:
Girl Scouting 101 is for those with no experience in girl scouting. It is also a prerequisite for other more specialized training (i.e. camping).
Special requirements:
N/A
Transportation: Varies by event location.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (TOPIC: GLBTQ) 

1000 Cathedral Street, 3rd floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410.777.8145
Email: info@glccb.org
Website: www.glccb.org

Mission/Description: The mission of the GLCCB is to be a catalyst for uniting and empowering sexual and gender minorities in Baltimore and Maryland, and to advocate for a better quality of life for the entire community.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Help plan pride events, join a committee or group, share your special skills or provide office support.
See their list of areas of need on the website under Get Involved/Volunteer. The volunteer form lists opportunities and pride events.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Special events vary.
Application process: Submit the volunteer application on the website under Get Involved/Volunteer.
Time needed to be placed: 1 week. 
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
Yes. Scheduled after they receive your volunteer application.The orientation includes the GLCCB's history, the programs and services offered, and the volunteer opportunities available.
Special requirements:
N/A
Transportation: Varies by event. The main office is close to the Light Rail Cultural Center stop and MTA bus Purple line.

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy/Chesapeake Bay Trust (TOPIC: environment)

611 Central Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

Contact: Peggy Perry
Phone: 410.668.0118
Email: pperry@gunpowderfalls.org
Website: http://gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org/

Mission/Description: Members of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) value the beauty and bounty of the land and waterways they call home. They believe that protecting the planet includes stewarding the ground beneath their feet. And they understand that keeping any watershed system running means caring for its parts.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Planting trees and tree maintenance which includes removing vines and invasive plants. Go to their website. Click on Volunteer and Calendar, click on the green box titled “Upcoming Volunteer Events Calendar and Registration.”


Minimum number of hours: No minimum. Projects usually last 3 hours.
Times when needed: Varies. Check the event calendar for dates and times.
Some are weekends and some are during the week. They could be mornings,afternoons, or late afternoons into early evening.
Application process: Arrive at the site at the suggested time as listed on the event calendar.
(Only community workshops require registration in advance.)
Time needed to be placed: Immediate.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
No.
Special requirements:
Wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes (boots are best.) Bring leather gloves if you have them. Bring a filled water bottle.
Transportation: Varies, depending on event location.
The event listing will let you know where it is and where to park.

Habitat for Humanity Restore (Topic: housing, homelessness, recyling/re-use, retail, customer service)

Store Locations

505 Kane Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

7 W. Aylesbury Road
Timonium-Lutherville, MD 21093

3741 Commerce Drive, #311
Halethorpe, MD 21227

8909 McGaw Court
Columbia, MD 21045

711 E. Ordnance Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21226

300 North Fulton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Email: volunteerrestore@habitatchesapeake.org
Website: https://www.chesapeakerestore.org/


Mission/Description: ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses. Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are donated by building supply stores, contractors, manufacturers, and individuals. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by putting usable materials into use instead of into landfills.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers assist in accepting contributions, preparing items for sale, arranging inventory on the showroom floor. Plus, our volunteers help keep our warehouse and showroom floors well organized and clean. Volunteers also assist our shoppers, providing helpful customer service, support and cashiering.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (at all six stores.)

Sundays
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at Columbia and Glen Burnie.
Application process: Contact them with your desired dates, times and store at the email address above.
Or call 443.240.8105, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Time needed to be placed: 1 -2 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
None.
Special requirements:
N/A
Transportation: Varies by location.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (TOPIC: housing, construction)

Corporate Office
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
3741 Commerce Drive, Suite 309
Baltimore, MD 21227

Current projects located in: 21203, 21206, 21207, 21212, 21213, 21218, 21225, 21229, 21230

Contact: Mrs. Diana Kean
Phone: 410.366.1250 ext. 157
Email: dkean@habitatchesapeake.org
Website: https://habitatchesapeake.org/

Mission/Description: Putting faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake brings partners together to build decent, affordable homes that change lives, empower families and strengthen communities.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers work with site staff on indoor or outdoor projects in all stages of construction, from demolition, framing, painting, flooring, landscaping and building fences, to site maintenance and cleaning.

Minimum number of hours: Volunteers must commit to a full day of volunteering.
Times when needed: Fridays and Saturdays
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with a 30-minute lunch break.)

NOTE: Construction site staff reserve the right to dismiss late-arriving volunteers.
Application process: Visit Habitat for Humanity website to notify the volunteer manager of your interest.
Timed needed to be placed: 1 -2 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
No prior training or construction experience needed.
Special requirements:
Complete a Waiver of Liability prior to your volunteer day. Work gloves are not provided, so please bring your own. All tools are provided although you are allowed to use your own hand tools. No personal power tools allowed.
Transportation: Depends on the work site chosen.
Comments: Additional volunteer days are available for groups of up to 10. See complete information about volunteering »

Head Start (TOPIC: youth, family, education)

Back River Head Start Center
799 Back River Neck Road
Essex, MD 21221
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Campfield Head Start Center
6838 Alter Road
Baltimore, MD 21207
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Emily Harris Head Start Center
27 Main Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 am – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m. 

Fleming Head Start Center
641 Main Street
Baltimore, MD 21222
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Highland Village Head Start/Early Head Start Center
4165 McDowell Lane
Lansdowne, MD 21227
Offers part-day morning Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Offers full-day Early Head Start from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wrap-around care is available for the Head Start and Early Head Start families.


Kenwood Head Start/Early Head Start Center
4601 Fullerton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21236
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m.
Offers full-day Early Head Start from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Wrap-around care is available for Early Head Start families.


Merritt Park Head Start Center
1728 Merritt Park Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21222
Offers part-day morning Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wrap-around care is available.

Riverview Head Start Center
3290 Kessler Street
Lansdowne, MD 21227
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Towson Head Start Center
1801 Glen Keith Boulevard
Towson, MD 21204
Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Volunteer Coordinator: Yvonne Bellamy
Phone: 443.621.9152
Email: y.headstart@yahoo.com
Website: https://ymaryland.org/programs/preschool/headstart

Mission/Description: Throughout Baltimore County, we provide a traditional Head Start program for preschool children ages 3 – 5 and an Early Head Start program for infants and toddlers, age 6 months – 3 years. Our goal is to ensure that every child is school-ready. In fact, Baltimore County Head Start children tested 41 – 69% higher in school readiness than other low income children across the state. We work hand-in-hand with low income families and local communities to strengthen the family unit through comprehensive services.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Aid in a classroom for 3-5 year old: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; all sites
  • Aid in a classroom for infants through 3 year old children: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; at two sites, Kenwood and Highland
  • Aid in programs for parents
  • Aid in program for pregnant women
  • Create a presentation to be presented to one or more parent groups (groups or individual volunteers): topics may include health, education, etc. (this may involve an interview with a coordinator)
  • Volunteer with family service advocates, who do intakes, goal setting, and resource finding for families (best for people interested in social work). Volunteers could either work directly with families or work on creating resources.
  • Volunteer to go on Home Visits to work with families. (Ask about times/locations)
  • Complete administrative/office work


Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: See listing of each center above.
Application process: Email the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Yvonne Bellamy, and request an opportunity to volunteer. Complete the application sent to you.
Time needed to be placed: Varies by center.
Background check: Required. Paid for by Head Start.
If you are volunteering for fewer than 10 hours, background check completed by Head Start and will take about a week. If you are volunteering for more than 10 hours, the check may require fingerprints, which can take up to three weeks.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Varies depending on the center chosen.

Helping Up Mission (TOPIC: homelessness)

1029 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Contact: Barry Burnett
Phone: 410.675.HELP (4357)
Email: volunteering@helpingup.org
Website: www.helpingupmission.org

Mission/Description: Our programs are designed to help men fighting addiction and homelessness become sober, responsible members of society. At any given time, we have 500 men on campus in various stages of recovery. Their needs are as diverse as the population we serve, and we strive to meet each man where he is with the love of God and the comprehensive services that can lead him to wholeness.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Serve lunch or dinner seven days a week. You could be in the kitchen or serving out front. You will have the opportunity to interact with the residents in any position you are assigned.

Minimum number of hours: Must stay for the entire shift.
Times when needed: Lunch is 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dinner is 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Application process: Call the volunteer coordinator, Mr. Barry Burnett, to be placed on the schedule.
Time needed to be placed: Could be one month or more.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Not required for one time volunteers but there is a one hour tour available.
Special requirements: Must wear closed toe shoes, long pants. No tank tops or bare midriff tops. Hair nets are provided but a cap could be worn instead.
Transportation: MTA routes # 10
40X also Charm City Circular free bus.
Comments: A one and one-half hour tour, without volunteering, can be arranged with Mr. Barry Burnett.
Mr. Burnett can also arrange the opportunity to meet some of the residents.

Hope Forward (TOPIC: youth, foster care)

1 N. Charles Street, Suite 1102B
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact: Susan Emfinger
Phone: 410.856.1700 ext. 102
Email: semfinger@hope-forward.org
Website: www.hope-forward.org

Mission/Description: Connects transitioning and former foster youth ages 17-25 to housing, employment, educational and mental health resources and supportive individuals and networks.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Assistance with special events, communications assistance in posting items to Facebook. They are still working on ideas.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum
Times when needed: Varies based on the event. Needs vary and the times vary.
Application process: Contact Ms. Susan Emfinger, Director of Business and Community Relations, to discuss what they have at the time.
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Located at Charles and Baltimore Street. Many MTA routes go there including #10, #11, #15, #20, #23, #35, #36, #40.

International Rescue Committee (TOPIC: immigration, mentoring)

3516 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Contact: Taylor Jenkins
Phone: 410.327.1885 ext. 182
Email: taylorjenkins@rescue.org
Website: rescue.org

Mission/Description: The International Rescue Committee aids refugees from other countries adjust to a new life in the U.S.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Some duties may include assisting IRC employees with orientation and accompanying refugees to various appointments.

Minimum number of hours: N/A
Times when needed: Days and time vary.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Taylor Jenkins, to receive an application.
Or fill it out online »
Time needed to be placed: 2 weeks.
Background check: Required.
Orientation/Training: All volunteers must attend an orientation session.
Special requirements: References needed.
Transportation: N/A

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (TOPIC: youth, business, finance, management)

10711 Red Run Boulevard, Suite 110
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Contact: Sam Hodapp
Phone: 410.363.6495
Website: www.jamaryland.org

Mission/Description: Junior Achievement is an organization that works with over 80 schools in Baltimore city and county to help young boys and girls understand business management and economics.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers work in BizTown where you will work with staff and community business professionals assisting 5th graders who are tasked with setting up their own business. You will receive detailed instructions to help you do this.

Minimum number of hours: One day.
Times when needed: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Application process: First, contact the volunteer coordinator, Mr. Same Hodapp, to find a day needing volunteers.
Second, fill out the form - JA BizTown Volunteer Training.
Time needed to be placed: Several days at the most.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Online training is part of the form you fill out. Short orientation on the day you volunteer before the children arrive.
Special requirements: Business casual dress, comfortable shoes.
Transportation: MTA routes #53 and #59.

Manna House (TOPIC: food services, hunger, homelessness, mental health, addiction, chronic illness)

435 East 25th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Contact: Jennifer
Phone: 410.889.3001
Email: jennifer@mannahouseinc.org
Website: www.mannahouseinc.org

Mission/Description: Manna House is a non-profit organization that serves meals to homeless men, women, and children. Manna House embraces the holistic approach for providing services, be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual; they have incorporated understanding while responding to societal ills. The clients served are faced with poverty, homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction, followed by HIV/AIDS, spousal abuse, and other chronic diseases.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Serving breakfast

Minimum number of hours: Must stay for full shift.
Times when needed: Every day from 7:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Application process: Call or email the volunteer coordinator, Ms. Destiny Monks, to be placed. Download the Volunteer Application, fill it out and take it with you the first time you work.
Time needed to be placed: One week. Weekends shifts fill quickly.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: MTA routes #8, #12, and #48 to Greenmount Avenue and 25th Street.
Comments: Groups of 7 to 8 can volunteer at one time.

Maryland Council for Special Equestrians(TOPIC: disability services, animals)

2501 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

Contact: Angie Schwartz
Phone: 443.388.0364
Email: aschwartz1506@yahoo.com

Mission/Description: The Maryland Council for Special Equestrians (MCSE) is a non-profit organization providing equine facilitated therapies to children and adults with disabilities. Our unique and specialized riding program offers participants immeasurable physical and therapeutic benefits while the career based vocational training teaches equine facility skills. Program Instructors engage participants in meaningful activities that foster self-esteem and confidence and life skills coaching. The program's horses and ponies are gentle, well-mannered, and specialty trained. The MCSE team is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers are needed mornings, afternoons, and evenings. No previous horse experience is necessary. Duties range from grooming horses and working in the barn to assisting riding instructors and riders.

Therapeutic riding lessons for adults and children with physical and emotional challenges are held for 8 weeks in the spring and 8 weeks in the fall. Volunteers will be walking alongside the rider watching that they are stable and providing encouragement and a sense of security; could be leading a horse or holding a horse while the rider is being helped on, whatever the instructor needs.

Volunteers needed to clean the barn, feed horses, etc. every day of the week, year round.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Contact Angie Schwartz for available times.
Application process: Contact Angie Schwartz to be put on the schedule.
Time needed to be placed: Immediately.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Volunteer training happens on site and usually before the lessons.
Special requirements: Wear appropriate attire for working with horses. You will get dirty.
Transportation: None, not on a bus route.

Maryland Food Bank (TOPICS: hunger, nutrician, food services)

2200 Halethorpe Farms Road
Baltimore, MD 21227

Phone: 410.737.8282 ext. 270
Website: https://www.mdfoodbank.org/

Mission/Description: The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long-term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 120,000 meals per day—nearly 44 million meals annually—the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Warehouse: Daily, tasks include repacking donated food on our conveyor system, packing assorted food kits, packing health and beauty kits, and checking expiration dates.
  • Charles T. Bauer community kitchen: Help bag and flash-freeze meals in our community kitchen.
  • Office: On occasion, volunteers with experience in computers are needed to assist in our office. We are also in need of periodic volunteers willing to help with filing, data entry, and large mailings.

Minimum number of hours: Must stay for the entire shift.
Times When Needed: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 12 - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the warehouse
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 12 - 3:00 p.m.
Application Process: Volunteers must complete an application one week before volunteering.
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: All volunteers must attend a brief orientation at the beginning of their shift the first time they work.
Special requirements: For safety, volunteers may not wear open-toed shoes or heels. Volunteers should dress comfortably — preferably in jeans, shorts, sweats and t-shirts.
For work in the kitchen, wear warm clothing. The temperature is kept at 68 degrees.
Use of cell phones, iPods, audio devices, headphones, and ear buds is prohibited in all areas.
Transportation: MTA route #36 then a 10 minute walk. The walk is through a warehouse and industrial area. Not recommended.
Comments: Working in the warehouse is great for groups of 15 to 25 people.

Maryland SPCA (TOPIC: animals)

3300 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211

Contact: Rae Borsetti
Phone: 410.235.8826 ext. 146
Email: rae@mdspca.org
Website: http://www.mdspca.org/

Mission/Description: The Maryland SPCA's mission is to improve the lives of pets and people in the community. We are dedicated to helping both pets and people and to saving the lives of animals in the community.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Short-term volunteering and one-day service projects are acceptable, although animal handling is not permitted in these instances. Service learning volunteers will be assigned laundry/dishes duties, shelter cleaning or to other areas of the grounds as deemed appropriate. Long-term volunteering required more of a commitment but allows interaction with the animals. It requires additional training. Volunteers help socialize and show cat and dogs, as well as with laundry, sterilizing surgical equipment and more.

Minimum number of hours: 2 short visits per month for at least six months to handle pets. Shorter term volunteers can help with laundry and cleaning
Times when needed: 7 days a week, business hours
Application process: Fill out the volunteer application on their website. A staff member will then contact you about scheduling hours. http://www.mdspca.org/volunteer
Time needed to be placed: 1 week to help with cleaning only. Orientation and training process to handle pets takes about two months from time of application.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None for short term volunteering, only for long term.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Own transportation required. Also, See MTA new transportation route schedule

McKim Center (TOPIC: youth, tutoring)

1120 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(Enter the building from the back at Baltimore and Aisquith streets through the fenced in basketball court. Use the door knocker.)

Contact: Debra Coates
Phone: 410.276.5519
Email: McKimctr@aol.com
Website: http://www.mckimcenter.org/

Mission Statement: The McKim Community Association will provide activities and experiences that support the academic, physical, social, and spiritual growth of the children and families we serve in a safe and caring atmosphere conducive to learning. With dedication and commitment, McKim will nurture young people as they grow into caring and capable adults. McKim's vision is to be the leading community center for the children in the Jonestown area and will be the role model of community centers in the City of Baltimore as measured by program statistics, achievement of the children, quality of staffing, volunteer support, fund raising results and community recognition.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers help the children, ages 5 – 12, with homework and assist with various other activities at the center including snacks and short field trips.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed:
  • Summer (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Fall/Winter (2:30 - 6 p.m.)
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Debra Coates, to be put on the schedule.
Time needed to be placed:
  • Summer (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Fall/Winter (2:30 - 6 p.m.)
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: A short orientation the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: because of new changes / contact MTA

Mosaic Community Services (TOPIC: mental illness, addiction)

Locations:

27 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD

9201 Philadelphia Road
Baltimore, MD 21237

2225 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

1931 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093


Contact: Will Arrington
Phone: 410.453.9553 ext. 1182
Email: william.arrington@mosacinc.org
Website: www.mosaicinc.org

Mission/Description: Mosaic Community Services transforms lives through comprehensive health services for people with mental illness and addictions.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students will be volunteering with Mosaic Psychiatric Rehabilitation Day Program (PRP) which provides a wide-range of
support services and educational programs to promote independent living skills. Clients suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, addiction, depression, and bipolar disorder. Students will monitor and participate in activities that help the adult clients improve coping skills, social skills,etc. They will also help with the meal
program.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: The PRP program runs Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Application process: Send an email to Will Arrington who will send an application. Send the completed application and a resume to him to be forwarded to the coordinator of the location you choose to work in. The center coordinator may conduct a phone interview with you. For students, Interest in the field is more important than experience.
Time needed to be placed: 2 weeks.
Background check: Required, paid by Mosaic.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: Background or interest in psychology.
Transportation: Varies based on the location chosen.

Movable Feast (TOPIC: food services, terminal illness, nutrition)

901 North Milton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Contact: Angie Elliott
Phone: 410.327.3420, ext. 31
Email: aelliott@mfeast.org
Website: www.mfeast.org

Mission Statement: Moveable Feast provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Kitchen help which could be doing prep work chopping vegetables or adding seasonings, sorting the items, placing servings of foods on the trays, wrapping the trays for delivery, adding nutrition tags to the trays and many other tasks. They will let you know what they need to be done when you arrive. Working in the garden may also be available through Labor Day.

Minimum number of hours: You must stay an entire shift which could be from 3 to 5 hours.
Times when needed: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Thursday
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Angie Elliott, to let her know you are from CCBC. Go to their website and click on Volunteer/Individual Volunteering. You must create an account using the instructions. You will receive an email from Ms. Elliott when your account has been set up. At that point you need to sign up for a Meet the Feast orientation session. They are held Saturdays, Sundays, and Thursday evenings.

Note: Because you are with CCBC and have let Ms. Elliott know, she will waive the need for the second orientation. After the Meet the Feast session, you will have access to the schedule and will be able to sign up for what day and time you would like to volunteer.
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: When you arrive, the kitchen supervisor will show you what you need to do.
Special requirements: Close-toed shoes, long pants, no tank tops, no loose/baggy clothing that could drag in the food.
Transportation: MTA bus routes #35 and #13 stop at Monument and Milton, 3 blocks away.
Comments: For groups, contact Ms. Ellicott. They can accommodate up to 25 persons.

My Brother's Keeper (TOPIC: homelessness, food services, health care)

4207 Frederick Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229

Contact: Ms. Danise Jones-Dorsey
Phone: 410.644.3194 (after 10:00 a.m.)
Email: danise1@verizon.net
Website: www.mybrotherskeeperbaltimore.org

Mission/Description: A grass roots ministry dedicated to meeting the needs of the Irvington community, My Brother's Keeper (MBK) has been empowering residents since the early 1980's. While we serve a variety of guests, our responsibility is to serve the most marginalized members of society. Our mission is to provide social services and tools to inspire hope and transform the Irvington community.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Food preparation, setting the dining room table, serving clients. Experiences other than food service can be arranged. Contact Ms. Jones-Dorsey and she will work with you to create a project.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Meal Service: Monday-Saturday
8:30 a.m.- 12:30.p.m.
Application process: Visit website and become familiar with their services. Print a copy of the volunteer application and send it to Ms.Jones-Dorsey.

Send Ms. Jones-Dorsey an email stating:
  • What you are interested in doing at My Brother’s Keeper
  • Why you want to volunteer
  • What you hope to get out of the experience
  • Available dates and times
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Not for food service. Special project training is as needed.
Special requirements: See the application instructions above.
Transportation: N/A
Comments: Classes or groups can also volunteer. Ms. Jones-Dorsey can also work the instructors/leaders to create a special project or directed experience.

My Sister's Place (TOPIC: women, health care, homelessness, employment service)

17 W. Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact: Jackie Reid
Phone: 410.659.3763
Email: jreid@cc-md.org (preferred method)
Website: http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/my-sisters-place/

Mission/Description: MSPWC is a comprehensive resource center, a single location, where women can find out where to get the help they need with health, mental health, returning to work, and financial problems. Many services are offered at our location, including 3 meals a day, a day room shelter, and laundry facilities.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Meals.
  • Breakfast – serve what the center provides.
  • Lunch and Dinner – prepare and serve meals provided by the center
    Or prepare and serve a meal of casserole with vegetables.
If you cannot provide the whole meal, designed more for groups, you would be asked to provide a portion (i.e. salad, dessert) or provide an item from their wish list which can be found on the website.

Minimum number of hours: Must stay for the entire shift.
Times when needed:
  • Breakfast is 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch is 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner is 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Application process: Contact Ms. Jackie Reid, bu email, to be put on the schedule.
Time needed to be placed: 1-2 weeks
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: A hairnet is required and provided but you can bring a hat if you prefer.
Transportation: It is located at Franklin and Cathedral. MTA #320 runs on Franklin and the #3 and #11 go on Cathedral. There is also a parking garage next door on Franklin.
Comments: Lunch and dinner are specifically designed for groups to volunteer.

New Lens (TOPIC: youth, media, art)

2401 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217

Contact: Zoë Reznick Gewanter
Phone: 410.383.7200
Email: zoe@newlens.info
Website: www.newlens.info

Mission/Description: New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change. New Lens works on a variety of social issues including employment, justice, health and education issues. New Lens produces art and media on commission, teach youth in schools and communities and advocate for issues that impact young people’s lives. New Lens employ youth as leaders and through their efforts impact over 200 youth throughout the year.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Various projects are available for volunteers interested in art and media. Examples are media work such as editing and filming videos, community organizing, and event planning.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Projects vary. Contact Ms. Zoe Reznick Gewanter to find out the current project needs.
Application process: Contact Ms. Zoe Reznick Gewanter.
Time needed to be placed: 1 - 2 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: N/A

Our Daily Bread (TOPIC: hunger, homelessness, food services)

725 Fallsway
Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact: Kim Kahl
Phone: 443.986.9031 (between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.)
Email: volunteerodbec@cc-md.org
Website: http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/volunteer

Mission/Description: Our Daily Bread is a non-profit organization that serves meals to homeless men, women and children.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students would serve breakfast and lunch.

Minimum number of hours: Must work full shift.
Times when needed: Weekdays: Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Daily)
Application process: Call the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Kim Kahl, to schedule a shift.
Time needed to be placed: 2 – 3 weeks notice. Up to a month at the end of the semester when many students are trying to meet the deadline.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Short orientation on your first time volunteering.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: MTA route #36.

Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway (TOPIC: environment)

P.O. Box 96
Ellicott City, MD 21041

Phone: 410.480.0824
Email: info@patapscoheritagegrenway.org
Website: https://patapsco.org

Mission/Description: The Patapsco Heritage Greenway Inc. (PHG) is dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting and restoring the environment, history and culture of the Valley between Daniels and Elkridge, Maryland.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Stream clean-ups, tree planting, etc.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Primarily weekends.
  • Fridays: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Check their website for scheduled clean-up dates.
Application process: You must register to volunteer on their website “Event Calendar” before 5:00 p.m. the day before the event.
Orientation/Training: None for clean-up events.
Time needed to be placed: One day - by 5:00 p.m. on the day before a scheduled event that doesn't indicate that it is cancelled or full.
Background check: Not required.
Special requirements: Appropriate clothing to work outdoors and in water.
Transportation: Varies depending on the event chosen.

Paul's Place Outreach Center (TOPIC: homelessness, health care, employment services, youth, tutoring)

1118 Ward Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Contact: Jayna Powell
Phone: 410.625.0775 ext. 121
Email: jpowell@paulsplaceoutreach.org
Website: www.paulsplaceoutreach.org

Mission: Paul's Place is a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life in the Washington Village/Pigtown neighborhood and the surrounding Southwest Baltimore communities. Paul's Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Assigned as you arrive based on what they need that day.
  • Hot Lunch Program:
    Monday — Friday
    10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., must stay for the entire shift. ( First time, should come at 9:30 for tour)

  • Clothing Marketplace: sort clothes and/or be a personal shopper
    Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (sorting any time between those hours)
    Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (sorting)
    Wednesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (personal shopper - must do entire shift)
    No minimum number of hours required for sorting.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to arrange to do the following:
  • Mentoring children: grades 1 through 12, help with homework, educational games, general conversation, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday - must commit to ONE day a week for a semester.
  • GED classes: tutor basic subjects, one-on-one, 3 hours once per week for 6 weeks, Tuesday or Thursday, morning or afternoon.

Minimum number of hours: See above.
Times when needed: See above.
Application process: To work with meal program or Clothing Marketplace, submit the online volunteer form. If interested in working with the children's program or tutoring for GED classes, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Jayna Powel.
Time needed to be placed: 2-3 weeks.
Background check: Only if working with children in the mentoring program.
Orientation/Training: One evening for mentoring. For other jobs, 9:30am is a tour/orientation on first day.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: MTA Yellow line at Washington Blvd. and Cross Street. OR Navy line stops at B&O RR Museum
Comments: Good for individuals or groups up to 10 in number.

Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) (TOPIC: at-risk youth, tutoring, mentoring)

Cockeysville P.A.L. Site
9835 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Contact: Anthony Hudgins II
Phone: 410.887.7708

Dundalk P.A.L. Site
15 Commerce Place
Baltimore, MD 21222
Contact: Maria Ruberti
Phone: 410.887.7229

Hillendale P.A.L. Site
1111 Halstead Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
Contact: Ask to speak to someone about volunteering.
Phone: 410.887.5561

Mars Estates P.A.L. Site
1498 E. Homberg Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21221
Contact: Wade Henninger
Phone: 410.887.6422

Shady Springs P.A.L. Site
8876 Goldenwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21237
Contact: Jason Bremer
Phone: 410.887.0505

Woodmoor P.A.L. Site
7111 Croydon Road
Baltimore, MD 21207
Contact: Rob Grossman
Phone: 410.887.6806 or 410.887.6807

Scotts Branch P.A.L. Site
3651 Rolling Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
Contact: Joan Ingrams
Phone: 410.922.1823

Landsdowne P.A.L. Site
2301 Alma Road
Baltimore, MD 21227
Contact: Lisa Ritchey
Phone: 410.887.7414

Winfield P.A.L. Site
8304 Carlson Lane
Baltimore, MD 21277
Contact: Ask to speak to someone about volunteering.
Phone: 410.887.7707

Website: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/programdivision/pal/

Mission/Description: Baltimore County Police Athletic League centers provide a safe, positive and developing atmosphere for youth ages 8 to 17. Through a variety of programs offered at each center, our focus is on helping youth develop various aspects of their lives including, but not limited to academics, athletics, social interaction, nutrition, life skills, the arts and community service.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Help students during Homework Hour which is 3:00 – 4:00. Lead an activity of your choice or a craft class, interact by playing sports with them, present an education program (i.e. first aid, info about fingerprinting, whatever you want to do.) They are very open to ideas and ask only that you get involved with the kids and not just sit and observe.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday-Friday
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Application process: Contact the coordinator of the center where you would like to volunteer. Let them know your interest, why you want to volunteer there and what you would like to do. Complete the online background check using the ACCESS CODE: BCGRec16. The coordinator will contact you when they have received clearance from the background check. Schedule your hours with them.
Time needed to be placed: 1 to 2 weeks due to the background check.
Background check: Yes. Apply now »
Orientation/Training: Short overview the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements: None.
Transportation: Varies depending on the location.

Professional Healthcare Resources (TOPIC:  healthcare, hospice services, geriatric services

1501 S. Edgewood Street, Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21227

Contact: Shari Perkes
Phone: 703.752.8770
Email: sperkes@phri.com
Website: www.phri.com

Mission/Description: To provide high quality home healthcare and hospice service to more people. We are committed to the highest standards of quality in the healthcare industry today. Collaborates with multicultural, muti-generational patients and medical professionals to deliver and maintain superior quality in health care.

Service-Learning Opportunities: To give companionship and respite to a hospice patient and their family, shadowing the nurse while they see the patient you are assigned to. Attend the Interdisciplinary Team meeting as we discuss all of our patients which is done every two weeks.

Minimum number of hours: 6 to 9 hours in a semester. If you have time once a week to visit with the patient during the semester that would be great.
Times when needed: Usually during the day, it can be morning or afternoon. Occasionally they have weekend hours.
Application process: Contact Ms. Shari Perkes for an application, she will then have an informal interview.
Time needed to placed: 1 - 2 weeks. As soon as you are ready and have been trained.
Background check: Yes. Professional Healthcare Resources pays.
Orientation/Training: Approximately 5 hours of orientation and training.
Special requirements: TB Testing. Done there, no cost to the student.
Transportation: Varies. This is home care, it depends on the client's location.

Project PLASE (TOPIC: homelessness, unemployment)

People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment

1814 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Satellite Office
3549-3601 Old Fredrick Road
Baltimore, MD 21229

Contact: Sheri Jackson
Phone: 410.837.1400 ext. 113
Email:
Website: projectplase.org

Mission/Description: Project PLASE serves approximately 450 individuals in our Transitional and Permanent Housing programs each year and thousands over the past 36 years. They bring hope, restore dignity and end the cycle of homelessness for clients and their families.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Moving crew, special events staffing, inventory, office assistance, purse sorter.

Minimum number of hours: N/A
Times when needed: N/A
Application process: Fill out the application form indicating the task you are interested in after reading the descriptions listed on the screen.
Time needed to be placed: N/A
Background check: N/A
Orientation/Training: N/A
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: N/A

Reading Partners (TOPIC: youth, tutoring, education)

1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21211

Contact: Maria Goodson
Phone: 540.454.3512
Email: maria.goodson@readingpartners.org
Website: readingpartners.org

Mission/Description: Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one targeted literacy instruction to students reading below grade level in Title I elementary schools across Baltimore City. Currently, in Baltimore, 9 out of 10 fourth graders cannot read at grade level.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers are provided with a structured and easy-to-follow curriculum, as well as on-going training and support from an on-site Reading Partners staff member. You will work with the same student each week, building a lasting relationship and a real understanding of their academic needs.

Minimum number of hours: One hour, one day a week, for at least one semester (September to the end of December) or (January to the end of May). For Fall 2017, tutoring begins in late September
Times when needed: Monday - Thursday, an hour per week between the hours of 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Tutoring session times vary by school site.
Application process: Go to readingpartners.org, click on 'Volunteer', and select 'Maryland'. You'll be directed to our volunteer application site and will be prompted to create an account. Create a username and login, pick a volunteer orientation as well as the school you'd like to tutor at, and provide some basic information. At your orientation you will receive information about completing our free background check. Once you've attended an orientation and initiated your background check, a Reading Partners staff member will get you scheduled for tutoring!
Time needed to be placed: Varies; on average 3-10 days
Background check: Fingerprinting at the Baltimore City Schools Central Office, free for the volunteer. You will receive your background check documents at orientation.
Orientation/Training: In addition to the required orientation you will receive a tour of your reading center upon starting, as well as ongoing coaching and support from your reading center site coordinator. We also offer tutors access to our Volunteer Hub, an online portal with training resources and videos.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Volunteers are required to secure their own transportation.


Schools participating:

Liberty Elementary
3901 Maine Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21207

Matthew A. Henson Elementary
1600 N. Payson Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

Furman L. Templeton Elementary
1200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary
507 W. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 
Lockerman Bundy Elementary
301 N. Pulaski Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
 
Southwest Baltimore Charter School
1300 1300 Herkimer Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Westport Elementary
2401 Nevada Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Arundel Elementary
2400 Round Road
Baltimore, MD 21225
 
Friendship Academy at Cherry Hill
801 Bridgeview Road
Baltimore, MD 21225
 
Francis Scott Key Elementary
1425 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Abbottston Elementary
1300 Gorsuch Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Moravia Park Primary School
6201 Frankford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21206

Lakeland Elementary
2921 Stranden Road
Baltimore, MD 21230
 
Commodore John Rogers Elementary
100 N. Chester Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Dr. Bernard Harris Sr. Elementary
1400 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21213

Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary
201 E 21st Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Waverly Elementary
3400 Ellerslie Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Holabird Elementary
1500 Imla Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

Real Food Farm/Civic Works (TOPIC: hunger, urban farming, environment)

Clifton Park site

Lake Clifton High School Campus
2801 St. Lo Drive
Baltimore, MD 21213

Perlman Place site

1950 Perlman Place
Baltimore, MD 21213
Closed November, December, January and February

Contact: Molly McCullagh
Phone: 443.531.8346
Email: rffeducation@civicworks.com
Website: realfoodfarm.civicworks.com

Mission/Description: Real Food Farm works toward a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education, and developing an economically viable, environmentally responsible local agriculture sector.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Real Food Farm extends an open invitation to all volunteers to come help at our farm sites. Any day’s project may include planting, weeding, invasive species removal, hoop-house construction, compost spreading, bed preparation, fruit tree planting, and lots more.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Generally Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Closed when Baltimore City schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Application process: Go to the website and click on Events in the top right corner. Show up ready to work. There is no registration needed but a volunteer waiver is. Print one from the Volunteer page under Download Waivers and take with you. Meet under the pavilion to get your assignment for the day.
Time needed to be placed: Immediate, based on event calendar.
Background check: No. However, a volunteer waiver must be submitted before you work.
Orientation/Training: None. No experience in gardening needed.
Special requirements: Appropriate clothing – closed-toed shoes, bottle of water. All work is outdoors.
Transportation: N/A
Comments: Real Food Farm welcomes students of up to 25 to the farm to complete their service learning hours or work on a specific community service project. All groups receive an introduction and tour of the farm, work with the staff to complete a project that benefits the farm, and participate in a wrap up session to talk about what they learned and saw during the day. Contact the CW Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@civicworks.com to schedule.

Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore, Inc. (health care, youth, critically ill youth)

635 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact: Amber Rose Gaines
Phone: 410.528.1010, ext. 106
Email: arose@rmhbaltimore.org
Website: www.rmhbaltimore.com

Mission: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families, and helps to fund programs in the local area that directly improve the well-being of children.

Our Vision: By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore is working to better the lives of children and their families whether they live in or travel through our communities.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Host an Activity Hour. A night of karaoke, or bingo or special craft nights can help keep little ones busy and often provide parents with a little relaxation. For more information on activity hour, please look at “Helpful Hints for Activity Hour” on their website under Volunteer/Individual (or Group) Volunteer Opportunities.

Minimum number of hours: One hour.
Times when needed: Activity Hours are at 7:00 p.m., each day.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Amber Rose, to schedule an event.
Time needed to be placed: 1 - 2 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: N/A

Safe House of Hope (human trafficking, domestic abuse)

4710 Curtis Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21226

Contact: Vacant
Phone: 443.312.6729
Email: volunteersatbcshoh@gmail.com
Website: safehouseofhope.org

Mission: Safe House of Hope helps victims of sex trafficking become an active part of a healthy community through education and training, and provides support for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of these victims.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students can volunteer in several ways: volunteer at the Drop-In Center on Curtis Avenue once a week; plan a one-hour group class; participate in street outreach.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum but the program hopes volunteers will have a consistent volunteer schedule.
Times when needed: Drop In Center:
Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Street Outreach:
Friday and Saturday night
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Application process: Download application and background check forms »
Time needed to be placed: 1 -2 weeks.
Background check: Required. Paid by student.
Orientation/Training: Yes, a 2 hour training.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: MTA route #64 stops directly in front of the building

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs (TOPIC: at-risk youth, mentoring, tutoring)

Franklin Square Club
215 N. Calhoun Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
Phone: 410.728.4888
Acting Director: Tim Squires
Hours: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Glen Burnie Club
511 S. Crain Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Phone: 443.749.0849
Director: Lisa Lima
Hours: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Middle River Club
1400 Fuselage Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21220
Phone: 410.682.2450
Director: Tim Squires
Hours: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Website: salvationarmymwv.org/centralmaryland


Mission/Description: Works together with families, schools, and outside agencies to provide at-risk youth, ages 6-18, with a safe, positive, and nurturing after-school environment.

Service-Learning Opportunities: After School programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs for children ages 6-18.Mentor with homework, participate in sports
activities and the game room.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday-Friday. Times vary by location
Application process: Contact the director of the center you choose to receive the application and paperwork for the background check. Return the paperwork in person or by mail, no emails.
Time needed to be placed: 1 - 2 weeks.
Background check: Required. Paid by the Salvation Army.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Varies by location

Samaritan Women (TOPIC: human trafficking, urban farming)

602 S. Chapel Gate Lane
Baltimore, MD 21229

Volunteer Coordinator: Meghan Ross
Phone: 443.858.7796
Email: volunteer@thesamaritanwomen.org
Website: thesamaritanwomen.org

Mission: The Samaritan Women’s mission is to glorify GOD by seeking justice, reconciliation, and healing.

We fulfill our mission through:
  • Operating transitional and restorative shelter programs for women recovering from domestic human trafficking. Our program emphasis is on life-rebuilding, personal accomplishments, social re-entry, and spiritual reconciliation.
  • Inspiring people–inside and outside of the Church–to engage in combating domestic human trafficking through awareness,prevention, service, and advocacy. We provide the education and tools for them to do this work.


Service-Learning Opportunities: Students will work in the organic garden and farming areas.

Minimum number of hours: 3 – 4 hour shift.
Times when needed: Available volunteer days are posted on their website under Support Our Work/Farm Volunteers.
Shifts are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Application process: On their website, under Support Our Work, submit a volunteer registration for the shift you choose.
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not for farm workers.
Orientation/Training: 30 minute orientation to the center and human trafficking the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements: Volunteering in other areas of the center requires a longer time commitment or specialized training. See their website for more information.
Transportation: MTA route #10 (Frederick Road and Chapelgate Lane) then 10 minute walk.
Comments: Students in any area of study can find a connection to the issue of human trafficking due to the nature of the issue and the effects it has on survivors.

Sarah's Hope (TOPIC: women, homelessness, youth programming)

Sarah’s Hope at Mount Street
1114 Mount Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

Contact: Olivia McCall
Phone: 410.396.2204
Email: olivia.mccall@vincentbaltimore.org

Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More
12041 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Contact: Lauren Keane
Phone: 410.773.0334
Email: lauren.keane@vincentbaltimore.org
Website: http://www.vincentbaltimore.org/our-programs

Mission/Description: Sara's Hope provides 24-hour emergency shelter, case management and other support services for homeless women and children at two locations. One in Sandtown-Winchester area of Baltimore, City and the other on the Hannah More campus in Reisterstown in Baltimore County. Services include meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes, case management, housing placement and referrals.

Service-Learning Opportunities:
  • Administrative work: answering phones, organizing office, etc.
  • Prepare and serve meals (weekends; best for groups of volunteers; no minimum requirement of hours)
  • Serve meals, no preparation required (weekdays; hours: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and/or 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. - individuals or groups welcome; no minimum requirement of hours)
  • Youth (infants to high school age) program volunteers, Monday - Friday: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - engage with children. This volunteer role is best filled by someone wishing to volunteer at least once every other week for the semester.
  • Plan a project/program. Students can work with the volunteer coordinator at Sarah’s Hope to plan and implement a project.

Minimum number of hours: Generally no minimum. See the above descriptions for more information.
Times when needed: Varies. See the above descriptions for more information.
Application process: Apply on their website.
Time needed to be placed: 1 - 2 weeks.
Background check: Required. Can choose to have Sarah’s Hope pay for background check. Be sure to indicate this on the application.
Orientation/Training: Yes.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Mount Street: MTA Routes #1, #21 and Metro to the Upton Station. Sarah’s Hope Hannah More – MTA Route #56.

Skatepark of Baltimore (TOPIC: public relations)

1121 West 26th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211

Contact: Stephanie Murdock
Phone: 410.916.5570
Email: skateparkofbaltimore@gmail.com
Website: www.skateparkofbaltimore.com

Mission/Description: The Skatepark of Baltimore, Inc. (SOB) is a grassroots 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the construction of a public, custom, concrete, destination Skatepark in the City of Baltimore. We are moving towards our mission by actively working on our most important objectives: planning, fundraising, educating and advocating. We are a grassroots volunteer driven initiative.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Marketing, administrative tasks, special events, photography of events, clean-up of the Skate Park.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Varies by event.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Murdock, to find out times and locations of events. You can also attend a monthly open volunteers meeting on the second Sunday of the month. Contact Ms. Murdock for the location of the meeting that month.
Time needed to be placed: Varies.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: Varies by event.

The 6th Branch (TOPIC: community revitalization, poverty, youth programming, urban farming)

1400 Greenmount Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact: Colin Lyman
Phone: 443.540.8635
Email: colinlyman@the6thbranch.org
Website: the6thbranch.org

Mission/Description: The 6th Branch is a nonprofit organization utilizing the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute aggressive community service initiatives at the local level. At any time, The 6th Branch (T6B) is working on a host of initiatives to improve their shared community.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers will engage in helping to restore abandoned greenspaces into usable assets for the Darley Park, Oliver, and Johnston Square communities.
Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Wednesdays:
  • 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Darley Park.
  • The address is: 2325 Harford Rd, Baltimore MD, 21218
Friday - Semper Friday:
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Oliver Community Farm.
  • The address is: 1600 Ellsworth St, Baltimore MD, 21213
The 2nd Saturday of Each Month:
  • 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Ambrose Kennedy Park.
  • The address is: 923 E Chase St. Baltimore MD
Application process: Go to their website and click on Upcoming Events which is their Facebook page. Choose an event and indicate your interest.
Time needed to be placed: Depends on the project.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Will be done on site.
Special requirements: Close Toed Shoes. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine. Also recommended to bring a hat and a refillable water bottle
Transportation: Varies depending on Site location.

The Baltimore Station (TOPIC: veterans, homelessness, addiction)

140 W. West Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Contact: Keith Martucci
Phone: 410.752.4454 ext. 101
Cell: 443.720.9277
Website: https://www.baltimorestation.org/

Mission/Description: The Baltimore Station is a therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Assist in resident program. Help prepare and/or serve breakfast, lunch or dinner. You may be helping serve with an organization that has provided the meal or preparing food provided by the center. You will have the opportunity to talk with the residents.

Minimum # of hours: Must stay the entire shift.
Times when needed: Breakfast
Saturday and Sunday
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Lunch
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dinner
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Keith Martucci. He will email you the necessary application and waiver. Send it back to him or bring it with you when you volunteer.
Time needed to be placed: 1 -2 days.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: None.
Special requirements: Close-toed shoes. Jeans and t-shirt are fine.
Transportation: Light Rail Hamburg station 10 minute walk, MTA routes #1 (Hanover and West Streets) and #64 (Light and West Streets) are 5 to 10 minute walks.

Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (TOPIC: homelessness, poverty)

620 Fallsway
Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact: Caitlin Balicki
Phone: 667.600.3236
Email: volunteerwhrc@cc-md.org
Website: http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/weinberg-housing-resource-center/

Mission/Description: The WHRC, managed by Catholic Charities, provides temporary overnight shelter, case management, and resource referrals to people living in poverty in Baltimore City to help clients transition to permanent housing and self-reliance.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Serve breakfast and dinner. Meals are served restaurant style allowing for lots of interaction with the clients.

Minimum number of hours: Must work the entire shift.
Times when needed: Daily:
  • Breakfast: 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
  • Dinner: 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Application process: Send an email to the volunteer coordinator, Ms. Caitlin Balicki. She will respond with the procedures. She will also send an application form and an interactive schedule where you can sign up for the time you want.
Time needed to be placed: 2 days.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training:
Special requirements: Closed toe shoes; long pants; no shorts, leggings or tank tops. You will be wearing a hairnet but you can bring a baseball cap if you’d prefer to wear that.
Transportation: N/A
Comments: Groups of up to 7 people are welcome.

Westside Men's Emergency Shelter (TOPIC: homelessness)

Operated by Community Assistance Network, Inc. (CAN)

309 Redwood Circle
Catonsville, MD 21228
(On the grounds of the former Spring Grove State Hospital)

Volunteer Coordinator: April Stevens
Phone: 410.285.4674 ext. 211
Email: astevens@canconnects.org
Website: www.canconnects.org


Mission/Description: CAN's purpose in operating shelters is to provide a safe, clean, supportive community to help stabilize individuals experiencing homelessness in Baltimore County, by promoting self-worth, encouraging personal responsibilities, and providing linkages to community resources.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Volunteers can fulfill a variety of resources such as prepare and serve lunches and dinners, help maintain our garden at the shelter and office support.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Weekdays
  • Breakfast: 6:00 — 7:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Weekends
  • Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Application process: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. April Stevens, to receive an application
Time needed to be placed: 1 week.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: A brief orientation the first time you volunteer.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: MTA routes #77 and #99.
Comments: Can accommodate groups of up to 12 people.

YMCA Family Catonsville Family Center (TOPIC: 

850 S. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 2122

Contact: Robert Smith
Phone: 410.747.4951
Email: robertsmith@ymaryland.org
Website: https://ymaryland.org/locations/familycenterys/catonsvillebaltimorecounty

Mission/Description: Y Journeys in Catonsville School Early Childhood Development focuses on the developmental and educational needs of the young child – with an emphasis on school-readiness and fun! Using the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence, Y staff teaches skills related to school-readiness as measured by the Maryland State Department of Education. Plus, the Y’s character development values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are infused into everything they do.

Service Learning Opportunities: Working with the Preschool for ages 2 – 5 years old. Also the Before and After Program with children ages 5 – 14. You could be leading songs and games, helping with snacks and whatever the teachers may need help with.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Preschool is Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Before and After Program is Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and then at 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Application process:
  1. Contact Mr. Robert Smith.
  2. Provide a syllabus of your class showing service-learning as a requirement.
  3. Provide a letter from your instructor explaining what the expectations of service-learning is for the class.
  4. Provide a photo ID and sign in at the front desk.
Time needed to be placed: 1 – 2 weeks.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: Short orientation to the program your first time volunteering.
Special requirements: See above under Application Process.
Transportation: Walking distance from CCBC Catonsville campus which is on MTA bus #77. The bus also goes down S. Rolling Road with a stop just past the entrance to the YMCA.

YMCA M.S. Program (TOPIC: health care, exercise)

850 S. Rolling Road
Baltimore, MD 21228

Contact: Joan Peters
Phone: 410.747.9622, ext. 302
Website: www.usams.org/otherprograms.htm

Mission/Description: The MS program is a therapeutic program designed to help patients suffering with Multiple Sclerosis with enhancing their physical capabilities.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students will work one on one with patients in the water. You will be a “service floater.” After the session in the pool, you will help with refreshments and clean up in the multi-purpose room. If you continue to volunteer you will be trained to lead the exercises.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum but you should stay for the entire pool exercise session.
Times when needed: Friday & Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fridays are especially needed.
Application process: No application. No scheduling necessary. Go to the YMCA and sign in at the front desk as a non-member. You will fill out a short information form the first time you work with them.
Time needed to be placed: Immediate.
Background check: Not required.
Orientation/Training: No, you learn as you go.
Special requirements: You will be working in the pool. Appropriate attire.
Transportation: Walking distance from CCBC Catonsville campus which is on MTA bus #77. You can also continue on the #77 which will stop on S. Rolling Road just past the YMCA.
Comments: The program is cancelled on Friday if Baltimore County schools are closed for inclement weather. On Sundays, call the YMCA at 410.747.9622 to find out if they are open and if the program is being held.

Y Preschool at UMBC (TOPIC: early childhood education)

UMBC
Childcare Center Building
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Contact: Kimberly Meekins
Phone: 410.455.6830
Email: kimberlymeekins@ymaryland.org
Website: https://ymaryland.org/locations/preschool/umbcbaltimorecounty

Mission/Description: The most important goal of our curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. We’re teaching them how to learn and allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. We’re instilling good habits and attitudes, character development, and a positive sense of themselves, which will benefit them throughout their lives.

Service-Learning Opportunities: Students will have the opportunity to read to children as well as assist teachers.

Minimum number of hours: No minimum.
Times when needed: Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The center follows UMBC’s inclement weather closings
Application process: Contact the director, Ms. Kimberly Meekins, to arrange for a time to meet with her. Bring a letter of your interest and reasons for wanting to volunteer at their center. She will give you an application and other paperwork to fill out.
Time needed to be placed: 2 weeks. A fingerprint and background check must be completed and sent to them before you can begin volunteering.
Background check: Required. Student must arrange to get a fingerprint and background check. Paid by the student. Can be anywhere from $45 to $60 depending on the company chosen.
Orientation/Training: Must complete online training in child abuse, CPR, first aid etc.; a total of 1 ½ hours of online training before you can volunteer. On your first day the director will give you a short tour and an orientation about the center.
Special requirements: N/A
Transportation: MTA Routes #35, #77 and #99.
Comments: Parking is not free on the campus. Take quarters to feed the parking meters. You will be ticketed if you park in student or staff spaces.